Read this article. And be afraid.
Actually, you have nothing to fear if you’re not trying to start a photography business.
But if you are (hi, I’m Erika), then go ahead and get a sick feeling in your stomach.
Because while you thought there would be people judging you and scrutinizing you and getting territorial and judge-y (did I say judging yet?) and perhaps not making but thinking snide comments, you didn’t know there was a TERM for it and boards with discussions and all that.
I’m not going to let this deter me. I’ll tell you that right now. Maybe I got the sick feeling and started thinking maybe I wasn’t good enough and maybe I should just throw in the towel because somehow I’m not a seasoned pro and couple that with my status as a mother and look what I must be: a MWAC and the industry hates me.
Well guess what I am now: a MWAC that is mad. A MMWAC. 🙂
You’re right. I am a mom. I am that FIRST. And I have a camera. It’s not entry level, but I didn’t pay 5 grand for it. I use other lenses, but I don’t have an arsenal.
But you know what I’m doing? I’m increasing my knowledge every day. With every shoot. With every book I read and every practice shot I take.
And you know what you’re not going to do? Take away my credibility or my desire to create or my aspirations because I have a son (who, by the way, is worth more to me than a photography business… which “the industry” wouldn’t understand unless by definition they too were MWACS).
I’m not here to contribute to an over-saturated market. I’m not here to steal anyone’s clientele by what I call “Wal-Marting” them. If I’m running a cheaper price or a better deal it’s because I’m getting established. If I’m a poor photographer, guess what, I’ll be out of business in just a little bit, regardless of how great my pricing is.
But don’t call me a MWAC because it takes away from not only what I’m pursuing here as a photographer (do you realize the guts it takes to follow a dream and put things you have created out for all to scrutinize?), but most importantly it diminishes my role as a mother. That isn’t going to happen.