I have a pretty amazing support network. On days like today where I am feeling discouraged I have a whole wack load of amazing friends and family I can rely on to encourage me.

Marco is my number 1 supporter! He is always there to motivate me, tell me I am doing a great job, leave me notes in my oatmeal pot so when I go to make breakfast I see it. I could not be doing this without him. I don’t think I would have taken this leap into photography and starting my own business without him.

My Mom and sisters are right there with Marco. My Mom reads and comments on every blog, my sisters are helping me coordinate a creative shoot this Spring. My sister Chantale is a wedding designer, and my other sister Monique is an amazing hair stylist. Both are so talented and have such amazing ideas :) Monique and Chantale were also models for me when I first started so I could practice as much as I could.

I do feel there is one hole in my support network that I would love to fill. Other photographers! I met and got to know some amazing photographers in WPPI and I have kept in close touch with one of them! We have sent emails back and forth almost daily talking about our work, our lives, and photographer in general. It has been amazing having another photographer to talk to!

I would love to form more relationships like this! When I am discouraged about business, or photography, or a lighting/camera issue I would love to have close photographer friends that I can network with. I would love to have coffee dates/meetings with other photographers both in the Okanagan and the Lower Mainland. I have been discouraged with this lately…I have sent out a few emails inviting other photographers out for coffee and sadly most of the time am getting no response. It is very discouraging. I am new at this career and am so wanting to learn, and network and join the community of photographers 100%! It made me wonder this morning if maybe it is because I am so new at this…I am not sure. I have so many questions and ideas for this career and I would love to have a network of photographers to bounce these ideas off of….to gain feedback on how I am doing. Feedback is the one thing I would love the most.

Since I got my first job I have been surrounded by people. I was drawn to jobs with positive atmospheres and that involved talking and working closely with groups of people on a day to day basis. I knew that photography would be hard. Other than my photoshoots it is mostly spent alone, editing, blogging, responding to emails, upgrading my website, working on marketing material, etc. I miss the day to day busy-ness of an office. I miss having co-workers. I miss working daily with other people!

So I thought I would put myself out there….see if any other photographers are feeling the same. I would love to meet for coffee or tea! :)


8 responses

  1. Aw, I know just how you feel. Photography is a unique and amazing profession but can leave you a little lonely at times because it’s so independent. Networking with other photographers is sanity saving. I will have coffee with you!! :)

    March 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    • Justine Russo

      It definitly gets lonely sometimes! Yay! I will email you for a coffee date :)

      March 17, 2011 at 8:50 pm

  2. I want to hangout email meee!!!! :) xoxo

    March 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    • Justine Russo

      I will! :) Thanks!! xoxo

      March 17, 2011 at 8:50 pm

  3. Holly

    You can hang out with me ANYTIME :) <3

    March 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    • Justine Russo

      I can’t wait to hang out with you next week!!!!! :)

      March 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

  4. Hi, wow, I can SO relate to this post, thank you. I just don’t have a business and I don’t think I am probably ready as I only take pics of my kids when they let me, I am too chicken to ask others. It would be so great to meet other photog friends and would love to make contact however I am in Sydney, Australia (I follow you on facebook). I can show some of my photos to relatives and they are just like yeah it looks good but there isn’t a lot of encouragement… sorry for whinging!! My greatest supporter is my hubby but thats about where it stops. You definitely need to find other people who have that same passion and are embracing, it certainly would keep the motivation going.

    March 17, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    • Justine Russo

      You aren’t whining at all!! That sounds so famliar! Good to know I am not alone!
      Thanks for taking the time to comment :)

      March 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm

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