What is a Photo Proventure?Posted: April 17, 2013
I plan to pull back the curtain and give people a glimpse at what my photographic journey is. It will be a real and authentic; with all the wins and failures that come with it.
The Pro Photographer Curtain
I can’t speak for other photographers, but I know I have been guilty of some level of “fake-it-till-you-make-it”. A couple years ago when I declared myself as a “professional photographer”, I said it more out of hope than out of conviction. I figured that by acting like a professional, I could convince my audience that I was professional! Perhaps part of it was even to convince myself? At the end of the day, I declare that I am a professional photographer. I’ll add the caveat that I am a professional photographer who is in the middle of a process to grow a thriving sustainable business.
Was it all smoke and mirrors?
No, but there was definitely some smoke and a few mirrors. There is the smoke of getting job through friends and the mirrors of selling prints to friends and family. Have I sold some prints to random people? Yes. Just not so many.
I feel confident in what I do as a photographer, but not as confident running a photography business. So this blog will share what I experience as I venture into creating my business and building my photographic reputation.
Why lift the curtain now?
Authenticity, contribution and a bit of self-interest.
Authenticity – This is a core value of mine and a pillar of what Korinek Photography and Photo Proventure stand for. I’m still developing some of the other ideas that will underpin my brand, but authenticity will definitely be a foundation of the business. Although I don’t feel like I’ve been outright lying, there was some in-authenticity surrounding my photography business in the sense of that “fake-it-till-you-make-it” phenomenon. That didn’t jive with who I am.
So out loud (or at least in writing) I am making the commitment to you to be authentic throughout this blog and my photography business in general. It means that I will likely have to be vulnerable at times and share things I’d rather keep behind the curtain. So if you have any questions, just fire away. I can’t speak for all professional photographers, but I can respond from my experience and where I am now. I hope that since my re-launch you have felt this authenticity in my writing.
Contribution – If I spend the time and effort in writing a blog, but am not authentic in what I share, will you get anything out of it? Only by lifting the curtain can I share something of value with you. Once my business is as successful, I will again be able to share from a place where I can contribute. I hope we can grow together.
Self-interest – It can be hard to come up with new blog posts all the time. I figure that coming from a place of sharing where I am in my Proventure journey will make coming up with ideas easier. And of course I view this blog as an opportunity to share my photographic work and ideas in hopes that it will expand my reach. Although I haven’t yet articulated my vision for the business, I know that anything is possible and I hope that this blog is a stepping stone along the way to greatness.
I’d love to hear any feedback you have on this post. #ppventure