Best of 2017 + Goals for 2018

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Since founding Kentucky Songbird Photography back on February 22nd of last year, I have learned so much. Like, a lot. 

2017 was a year of hard work, insightful experiences, enlightening interactions, artistic successes...

...and also painful disappointments, tough lessons, and harsh competition.

It hasn't been easy by any means, but I am wholeheartedly honest when I say that it has been completely worth it. The good moments still far outweigh the not-so-good ones, and I am thankful for all of them, because they have all taught me what it takes to own a small business running on artistic passion. 

I am extremely eager to see where 2018 takes Kentucky Songbird Photography. I can't express enough what an honor it is to do what I do, and I can only hope to be lucky enough to continue this honor for the rest of my life!!!


Without further ado, here are some of the images I consider my personal "best" from 2017.

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With everything I gathered and learned throughout the course of 2017, I now have several goals I intend to follow as I continue growing Kentucky Songbird Photography this upcoming year. If you're also trying to build a creative business, I encourage you to keep these goals in mind as well!! 

1. To not let social media drain my happiness:

Ah, social media. Social media is a double-edged sword. There's no denying that it's an amazing platform for creatives to share their art and help build their careers--Instagram and Facebook are especially powerful for photographers and other artists--but it can also be the main source of an artists unhappiness. 

It's so easy to get wrapped up in the likes and comments (and lack thereof). It's so easy to tell yourself that your business will never succeed because you don't have the amount of followers so-and-so has. It's so easy to make yourself think you're not as good as other photographers because you're never featured on the big, important pages like they are. It's so easy to allow yourself to believe your artistic worth and validity is based on these things. 

But you can't. Social media will rip you apart if you let it, and this year I choose to not let it do that. A lot of times, the people we tirelessly compare ourselves to have been working hard behind the scenes to make themselves/their businesses look really good. I refuse to buy followers, follow and then unfollow people to gain numbers, and spend hours upon hours superficially commenting on others' posts in the hopes of being noticed. What's the point? Do you really love photography, or do you just want to be popular? 

Remember that it takes time to build something truly amazing. Your journey is meant to be different from everyone else's, and you don't have to feel pressured to do what everyone else did to get noticed. Besides, it shouldn't be about getting noticed--it's should be about building a community of clients and other creatives that you truly care about, a community that you want to serve and share a gift with...a gift that has the potential of giving them something they can treasure for the rest of their lives. 

2. To trust my artistic vision + creative process no matter what:

Creative doubt has been one of the biggest roadblocks I've faced, as I'm pretty sure it is with other artists as well.

I honestly think a big part of my creative doubt ties back to social media. There have been several times when I have caught myself forgetting to create work that's meaningful to me in the fear of not remaining "on trend" with other photographers online, because those photographers seem to be the ones getting people to work with them. 

Again, I've realized you can't do that. Plain and simple. There's room for all of us when we all bring something different to the table.  

3. To pursue onward with confidence:

And finally, I hope to remember all of these things, especially on the low days. I hope to continue to pursue onward with hope, determination, and confidence no matter what.


From the bottom of my heart:

Thank you to everyone who has supported my passion this past year.

Thank you for asking me to step into your lives, even if only for a brief moment, to capture the magic that lies within.

Thank you for trusting me with all of your beautiful stories. Your lives have sincerely enriched mine, and I can't wait for all of the beautiful stories yet to come. 

♥ ,

Skyler

 

 

 

 

Skyler Smith