We’re little more than a week away from the first, and arguably the biggest, photographic event of the year – the SWPP Photographic Convention and Trade Show. Of course it means a lot of work on the professional side, but on the personal side it’s also that time of year when I can’t help but get INCREDIBLY proud, because it’s when a lot of the photographic associations hold their awards and panel gradings. And it fills me with such pleasure that we’ve got multiple photographers from our ‘Mentor Me On Steroids’ photography training programme who are going for Fellowships, who have submitted their Associate panels, who have been nominated for The Societies’ Photographer of the Year Awards, nominated for The Guild of Photographers’ Photographer of the Year Awards, and generally being recognised for photographic excellence at the very highest levels.
Win, lose or draw, I’m amazingly proud of all the time, the commitment, and the blood, sweat and tears that they’ve put in. Because whether or not they get the nod from the judges, the bottom line is that their photography and their businesses are better for all that effort they’ve invested. And that in itself is a far, far greater reward than a trophy standing on a shelf or a medal sitting in a cabinet.
Don’t get me wrong, walking away with a title is a fantastic achievement. But when you put this level of effort into your photography, the professional rewards can be much greater than the personal awards.
That’s something I continually preach to the delegates on Mentor Me On Steroids – our continuous professional development programme where photographers enrol for 12 months at a time, but many of whom have been with us for years and years. In the last 7 years we’ve produced 15 Photographers of the Year through various associations, and strengthened businesses to the point of average orders well into the thousands.
We help people not just to develop their photography, but to take control of what it is that they want and give them to the tools to plan and design their own photographic future. The only thing that we can’t do for them is put in the effort… but having said that, if we can’t implement effort we can certainly implement a good kick up the backside!
So best of luck to all our MMOS members in the upcoming awards season, along with my congratulations and pride for all the effort and hard work you’ve put in. If anyone is interested in learning more about our “Mentor Me” photography training and taking their professional photography to the next level, feel free to fire me a message and myself or Lesley will get back to you.
All the best,