Lately I’ve been encountering a LOT of negativity in the photography world, and that’s one thing I am SO not down with. It’s really tough seeing artists bringing other artists down, and it just causes a lot of bad blood between professionals. THANKFULLY I’ve been blessed enough to be surrounded by super supportive and passionate people. Two that I definitely wanna brag about are Michael and Carina, of Michael and Carina Photography! How me met was super spontaneous, but I fully believe we were meant to become friends! These two have an amazing heart and passion for photography and for their clients, not to mention they’re both ridiculously talented! Seriously, they have an amazing eye for light and use it to their full advantage, and I love seeing their work pretty up my newsfeed on a daily basis! When they were in Richmond for an engagement session, we met up earlier in the day to grab some lunch and go shooting, (duh). It’s probably the best thing ever to work with a couple who are photographers, because they pretty much posed themselves and shooting them was effortless! They also brought along little August, their chihuahua, but he had NO desire to cooperate. I then had the pleasure of assisting them during their e-session and getting a behind the scenes look of how they work, (plus I learned how to shoot with a Contax!!), which was awesome. The whole day I was reminded how lucky I am to have such awesome friends who are so supportive and encouraging, instead of some who would rather trash talk and gossip about others they don’t like. I really believe that who we surround ourselves with have a huge impact on who were are as individuals! Which is mostly why I surround myself with super gorgeous people
I bet a lot of people wonder why I tend to brag on other photographers, because doesn’t that affect my business, and maybe they’ll like their work more than mine? And I answer them this: I am confident in my work and what I do, I know there are plenty of people who are much better than I am, but people choose to work with me because they enjoy my style and who I am. I brag on people because I admire them. I don’t expect them to “return the favor”; I don’t expect anything at all. Being kind and building one another up should just be something that we do naturally! So let’s just take a second, turn to the photographer next to you, and give em a big ol squeeze, but make sure you ask first or else things are gonna get weird.
If you’d like to read a little bit more about these two read THIS POST