How my Goals never needed to be completed

I have ummed and aahhed, pondered and poked at the big question this year: should I start my own business. What I decided was NO! Here's some of the why:
  • I don't feel I know enough about my craft to charge people for it. Someday, undoubtably, I will. But not right now. And when I feel like I can count myself among the best and have consistent, awesome quality to offer then branching out on my own will be an option. Which leads me to...
  • I don't want to add to the already flooding market of amateur photographers who think they're professional. (I don't mean to be rude but just because you have a digital camera and know the basics doesn't mean, in my humble opinion, that you are good enough to take awesome pictures consistently. This topic is a bit of a bone for me that I might gnaw at another day for you...!)
  • I'm a bit lazy and all that work of starting a business, learning how to run a business, self promoting, learning my craft and actually taking photo's, editing photo's and preparing photo's for purchase seemed like a bit too much all at once for me when I like my husband, my friends and my holidays!
  • I LIKE working with other people and for other people. It keeps me stimulated, challenged, excited, working hard and learning. And I can take holidays (!!!)
  • I felt like working for myself would be missing a step in my education and training in the photography industry. Think how much I could learn from working under a professional compared to taking classes or figuring it out myself!
  • I was a bit scared. And that's truth too. And that's ok.
  • My dream job is to second shoot and edit - not be the first shooter! I like the laid back, less pressure, capture the details and different angles that the second shooter position entails. And I'm addicted to editing. I don't think you can be the second shooter in your own business...
Having discovered through my soul searching that I didn't really want to start my own business right now (despite already having a name for my business picked out!) I set myself two goals and told them to some friends who would hold me accountable.

The first was this: to create a portfolio of my photography by the end of term 3 so that I could complete my goal for term 4. The second was this: to approach a few of the stand out photographers in Albury about doing an internship/apprenticeship/assistant type thing with one of them.

I had a few photographers marked in my mind and bookmarked on my computer but there was one particular lady who would be my first port of call. I liked her style. I liked the way she wrote on her blog. I felt like she was some one who could teach me what I want to know. I was seriously hoping I wouldn't have to ask anyone else! She already had an assistant so I was prepared to say, "let me follow you around! You don't have to pay me and I promise not to get in the way. Just let me soak up your knowledge please!" I checked her blog once a week to see what she had been up to.

On Sunday the 6th of September I was working in the dorm. I had a quiet moment so I checked this lady's blog and discovered this post: office + wedding assistant needed.

Yes! Me! I wrote her an email telling her some of what I've just told you and saying I was very interested in the job. It's not a photography position but it's with a real photographer - bottom step in the ladder and all that.

She called me back and asked me to come in for a chat.

I went in to meet her on Wednesday. (side story - I had to completely redo my resume and I wanted it to printed nicely so I emailed it to the Minute Man on Tuesday night and asked for it to be ready at 10am on Wednesday. He emailed me back a few times to get some clarification on paper type and number of copies and then at 9:59:56 am on Wednesday he emailed to say it was ready! When I went to pick it up I was so nervous about my interview that I didn't think to take change with me. All I had was a $1. He said "no worries, don't worry about it. Take it with you now and pay for it another time when you're going past". Seriously! How awesome is that! he did the most incredible job on the printing, had it ready right on time, gave me an extra copy and let me walk out with only giving him $1!!! If you're in Albury and need printing - go see him. He's on Swift street.)

The interview went well. My resume looked awesome. We got along really well. And yet you just never know do you? Some other girl might've gone in there and been even cooler than me!

A week goes by. Yesterday I start to get a bit antsy thinking it's been a whole week since my interview.... I know she's busy but... So I called her. And left a message "Hi, just wondering how you were going thinking about the assistant position... I look forward to hearing from you (if it's goo news...)"

2 hours late she called me back.

And offered me the job. She offered me the job!!!

I took it, of course. So now I will be working as someone's Assistant! (names removed because I am not interested in getting in trouble - 30/6/2010) Oh yeah! I'm in the industry now people. Look out! I will be organising your files, holding your babies, changing the batteries, sweeping the floors, answering your calls, buying the mocha's, watching you have your photo taken, helping to build the business and soaking up every tiny bit of it!

I'm going in next Wednesday ( I think she's a Wednesday person!) to work out details. Hooray and happy day! I have a job! Stay tuned for all my Assistant Adventures.


  1. Congratulations Rach!! That's amazing! I hope the job is everything you want it to be & more. =)

    You've definitely given me some things to think about with this post... One thing I would like to say though (even though I know your post wasn't directed at me, I just feel the need to defend myself anyway!) I don't think I'm a professional photographer... I'd like to start my business as an amateur and see where it takes me. I know if I don't at least give it a go, I'll always regret it. And it scares me a lot! Espeically, as you mentioned, having to come up with consistently awesome shots every time...

    Anyway, congrats again & I can't wait to hear about it when you start!

  2. THAT IS SUCH GOOD NEWS!!!! ahhh and you told it so well because i was getting more and more excited as i read your post! what fun! congrates...her site looks great...look at that goals being accomplished left right and centre! GOD IS GOOD!!

  3. Rach, that's amazing. Awesome news. Did you read my comment on your last post? Haha - was hoping it woulld be something like this!

    I, like you, would settle for almost any job in the graphic design industry. In two months I'll be doing the same thing as you've just done. But I don't think I'll be as successful. This is fabulous news and I'm really proud of you for your assertiveness, passion and for making the effort!

    As I said, I think you're really talented and can't wait to see this career unfold :)

  4. PS. I just checked out her website - BEAUTIFUL pictures. Congratulations, Rach. Will be brilliant to work under someone so talented :)

  5. Heya Rach!!!
    How amazing is God! Doesnt He just always continue to amaze us and totally BLESS us!!! Such a cool $1 for the printing story!!! Gotta love it!!!

    You'll be awesome at this job and having such a humble attitude which comes when we seek God anyway, is great! God WILL definitely bless you and Joel in all ways!

    CONGRATS again!

  6. Thank you Girls! Thank you! I am so excited about it and so very much encouraged by your kind words.

    Anna- YES! God is GOOD!

    Ellie - I did read your comment earlier and was saving my story so you could read it properly. :-) You're in my prayers as you put yourself out there for jobs.

    Lauren - Glad you could get wrapped up in the story!

    Kristin - I did actually think of you as I wrote that! But only to tone it down because i know that some people actually understand where they're at and want to experiment and give things a go - which is definitely to be commended not condemned! So yes - I though of you and that thought helped me maintain some perspective. You will be great! (you are already better than some of the others I've seen floating around the net and calling themselves 'pro'!!) And you still have my offer for any help you need - ever!

  7. Rach I am so proud of you! It sounds like the PERFECT job for you right like getting Mochas (and drinking them!), playing and entertaining babies, being clean, being organised...I am excited for you new beginning and can I say a twinge jealous but only because I know that it will be soooooooooooooooooooo much fun and challenging too but in a very rewarding way. Can't wait to hear all the adventures!

  8. hey rach. was perusing your blog (as I have it in my bookmarks bar now!) and came across this post that you have a job with a photographer! Nice work. Had a look at her site and she has some really nice photos. Been loving the photos you've been putting up too!

  9. Hi Matty!

    Thanks! Can't wait to catch up in a few weeks! x


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