In the first blog post, 3 Ways Being a Mom Has More than Prepared You for a Photography Career, we covered logistics, patience and love. And the truth is that even with those three qualities alone, every mom I know has what it takes to have a terrific career in photography (with a little practice of the art). But there are 3 bonus traits moms possess in abundance that seem to put them on a different level when it comes to running a business in this industry.
I’m sure you’ve had days when you just wanted to throw your hands up and say “that’s it! I’m outta here!”
Maybe it’s the getting up in the middle of the night for the millionth time to soothe a crying baby who doesn’t need anything but wants to be held. Or maybe it was you who was crying because there was a marker on the wall/cat/new sofa that just about sent you over the edge. (Sidebar: sorry about that mom…and Mr. Whiskers.)
Regardless of what happened or how you felt, you kept going.
And can I just tell you — if the dog haircut 5 minutes before your book club showed up didn’t stop you, you can make it through ANYTHING the photography business throws your way. You can laugh when the toddler refuses to look at the camera. You can scoff at the off-camera flash that refuses to fire.
You, mama, are the queen of “keep calm and carry on.”
#5: You Can Roll with the Punches and Knit a Cap on the Way Down
Improvisation is your birthright, or at least your core competency. If you are anything like my mom, then you are quick on your feet with a solution to anything life throws at you. Not only can you roll with the punches, sometimes you can even anticipate them with Kreskin-like abilities.
And this is great because photography can be like the old adage “If you want to hear God laugh…tell him your plans.”
The bride’s face broke out the day before the shoot. The groom was 2 hours late. Or whoopsie…you went to the wrong park on the wrong Thursday with the wrong camera bag. But it doesn’t phase you. You’re a mom! You deal with worse than this before 8 AM! You love to make it work, and this is just another opportunity for you to show the rest of the world the magic you can make with a bit of scotch tape and some dental floss.
MacGyver has nothing on you!
#6: You Could Show Freud a Thing or Two About Dealing with Insecurities
Every day, you are part therapist and part patient. You get to see the drama of the human psyche unfold right before your eyes with your own children, and you play an important role in building them up. You help your children tackle fears of things that are totally harmless — the dark, the beach, clowns (okay…clowns are truly horrifying).
You’re a master at talking your toddler down from a melt-down and your teen up from a put-down. You can look at your kids and see them for the amazing human beings they are, despite all their flaws and weaknesses. And when you tell your daughter she has an incredible smile, you mean it, and you wish with all your heart that she could see it too.
As a photographer, part of your job is to showcase your client’s beauty and help them feel secure in front of the camera. As a mom, you’re already trained!
What I want you to see is that being a mom doesn’t mean you can’t chase your dreams of becoming a photographer. In fact, it equips you to be a better photographer than most people ever dream.
So many moms sell themselves short when their whole lives seem to revolve around bake sales and playdates, but the truth is, this is what makes you unique and ambitious and talented.
You are a rock star…and don’t ever let anyone tell you different!
Now, it’s time to take the next step and sign up here for my free introductory course so I can teach you how to start your photography business the right way.
What are you waiting for?