You read that right. Making connections, and meeting people in the industry has helped my business tremendously. I've booked jobs, I've learned things hands on about photography, and I've also learned a lot of the behind the scenes from people I've met in the industry. You've probably heard this phrase before but COMMUNITY OVER COMPETITION. This has been a very vital thing in my business.
Let me just tell you about some of the people I've met who have had a big part in booking me jobs, and helping my business expand. The first one I am about to talk about is my friend Haley Bateman. She is an amazing amazing videographer (HIRE HER ASAP) We first met when we decided to do a shoot together in Cali. We didnt know each other but we booked flights and literally met on the plane. She always recommends me to people who book her for video and I've booked probably 5 weddings because of her last year! Just by simply knowing her and having her refer me! I will forever be thankful for her!
My second example I have is meeting Stephanie Fischer of From The Daisies. Wow. She might not know this but I met her at this photographer retreat I went too, and she gave me some advice that has TRULY influenced my business. (if you want a blog post on what she told me let me know) Even just meeting her and being around her, she taught me so much! I then got to fly to boulder and do a styled shoot with her and it was amazing! I booked one wedding just from her referring me as well! (I swear this business is all about who you know!!!)
My last example is simple. I am in this local photography group that is SO helpful. I have met so many people on there who have no only hired me to do photos for them, but have collaborated on shoots with me, helped my creativity grow in so many ways, and just been there for me when I needed someone to listen. Im so thankful for this community we have made here in Utah.
I know these tips arent instantly going to grow your business, but doing these little things can have a huge impact in the long run. Not only has it helped my business grow, it has just brought new friendships into my life that will last forever! Im so excited to meet more people and make more connections and friendships in 2018!!