“We want you to know why we believe in you. Because you were MADE to create.” -CEO Todd Watson
Made to create. Those words rang in my head the entire week I was at Showit United. If you don’t know what Showit United is, I’ll give you the short version. Like my website? The platform I use is called Showit. They are an amazing company that makes it super easy for photographers like myself to display my work in a beautiful and creative way. The platform is specifically designed for creative entrepreneurs. Every year, they have a conference for all photographers all over the country. This year, it was held in Tempe, Arizona at a beautiful resort. I found out about it this past summer and couldn’t pass it up. What I thought was going to be a week of styled shoots and learning new photography skills turned into a week of encouragement and learning. Don’t get me wrong, I learned A TON! But, to be honest, I went in a very fragile photographer. If you knew what has been happening the last few months, you would understand. But I’m not going to bore you with those details. My family and I have been through a few heavy trials the last few months and they don’t seem to be stopping any time soon. But we know God is good and is bigger than anything we go through.
So when I walked into the conference, I was ready to quit. I thought, “Maybe this full time thing isn’t for me. Maybe it’s time to call it quits.” Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had plenty of business but there are seasons where it feels like whatever I do something breaks, falls apart or slow-coming/cancelling clients. So when Mary Marantz got on stage that first day and talked about hot water moments: Are we less prone to breaking or becoming softer or harder? She offered a few points:
1) We can’t mind getting our hands dirty
2) Do the work when no one is looking
3) In hot water moments, add JOY!
I was balling my eyes out at the end of it. Not only was I encouraged but I felt like I needed that tough love as well. And this was just on the first day, ya’ll. It was a week of learning how to manage my business, money, and time along with some awesome photography lessons. I also participated in a few styled shoots. And did I mention I had the best roommate/traveling companion? Megan Haun was so much fun! I’ve also included some of our traveling adventures in the form iPhone photos at the bottom.
First styled session was at sunset
And for our iPhone photos: