Remember this: You can’t receive with a clenched fist…
As you may know, I recently had surgery on my leg — so I have to take some time away from the studio. Keeping it real, not being able to do my photography and create in my studio has been difficult, I miss being able to create these memories with my clients.
But I’ve decided if I can’t be in my studio, I would continue to grow my photography business in other ways. There’s a course for everything — literally everything — and there’s one that I’ve been ‘eyeing’ for months on how to systematically run a photography business regarding marketing and everything else in between.
I was excited and eager to invest in this course that I knew wasn’t going to be a cheap penny, easily worth $4k. Let me be clear, this is not money that I have hanging around the house, but because of how the program was portrayed, the reviews that it received, and what I perceived to be a photographer who desired to help encourage and uplift other photographers to achieve the success that she proclaimed to have, I decided it would be something I would invest in if it would grow my business.
Before signing up for the course, you have to undergo a phone call consultation to guarantee that you are ‘right’ for the program and that you are willing to do the work that the program requires for you to be successful. The site makes the effort to inform viewers that their time is limited, so only schedule the consultation if you are serious about growing your photography business; I could appreciate this because my time is limited too.
So I re-arranged my schedule and proceeded to book the consultation, fully prepared to make payment on the program at the end of the call. And I was really looking forward to it. Not only at the promise that it would help grow and prosper my business, but to be in mentorship and community with others that understand the journey.
Well, today, at 1PM it was finally time for the consultation. When talking with the photographer’s representative, I expressed my excitement, and while he was very nice, the first thing he asked me was where am I located. Of course, I answered South Jersey, outside of Philadelphia.
This is where things went downhill. Apparently, because I am in the program owner’s market area (which I didn’t know), they would not accept me into the program. This continues to astound me for many reasons:
- With their expression of how important their time was, they clearly do not hold themselves to that same standard for others. If I had known that I would not be accepted into the program, simply due to my location, I would not have rearranged my schedule, to accommodate for the consultation times that were provided.
- For someone who promotes wanting to aid others in growing their photography business, it feels completely fake after hearing that they don’t want to support anyone who is within their target market; I guess fear of competition? It leaves me feeling that it’s not about support, but their own personal gain — and maybe that’s why it wasn’t mentioned on the website? There are 8.8 million people in the state of NJ, and 23.7 million in the tri-state area. Surely this photographer can’t expect to photograph all 23.7 million people. My point, there is enough work to go around; if this program was really about helping photographers achieve their goals, it wouldn’t matter where I was located.
- Someone who is confident and secure in their business does not need to worry about the competition. Their work should speak for itself. I wouldn’t want my clients to work with me simply because I’m a photographer in the area. I’d want them to work with me because they value the quality of my work, they appreciate the session experience that I offer, and are left feeling that their investment was worth coming back.
I guess I should count this as a blessing; why would anyone want to invest money into a product or service that is so short-sited?
This is not me complaining, and sorry if it appears that way. I have nothing against this program or the photographer behind it. Especially since I haven’t been given the opportunity to experience it to provide a valuable review — which I’m sure would have been positive.
Instead, I ask this question: why as business owners, and especially as women, can’t we truly support each other?
Although this experience was extremely disappointing, I must say that it has added fuel to the fire. I’m even more eager to grow and expand Myzie Photography to new levels. I thank everyone who has been a source of support and encouragement in this journey so far, and oh the places we will go…