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There’s a Lot to Be Thankful For

Capture Crew November 23, 2022 29

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How you practice gratitude during this season will help shape the future of your photography business.

This week’s Capture Crew podcast joins Tom and Christora as they reflect on the unexpected tough moments this year has brought and how they have found reasons to be thankful for them.

Tom jumped in sharing that his gratitudes include building relationships with other photographers and making colleagues over competition. He shares his experience getting to create while surrounded by other photographers and how that’s helped push him creatively. There is something magical about being all in the same setting that can get your creative juices flowing.

Of course, there’s the goal-setting thankfulness too. Tom shared he’s feeling thankful that he’s been able to build a solid brand while also booking more weddings.

Christora shared that her reasons to be grateful actually come from grief. Losing her dad and then her husband’s grandmother in a short amount of time gave her reasons to pause during weddings. Getting to recognize the very human element and intimacy of these special moments and knowing that one day these might be the pictures that someone has to look back on, helps her frame the photos she captures in a different.

As you reflect on your own self-growth and reasons to be thankful here are some helpful tips to remember:

  • Be sure you’re taking mental breaks. Whatever that looks like for you, it could be reading a book, going for a walk, or sharing a coffee with a friend.
  • Know your limits. Abide by your boundaries so that you can protect your energy and find time to recharge.
  • Take the time to reflect on your business, what are some areas you’d like to improve? What worked well that you can continue to nourish?
  • Remember that comfort doesn’t help you grow. Comfort is easy, it lets you stay where you are, but you are designed for so much more! Allow yourself to stretch beyond your safe space to try some new things.
  • Watch your thoughts. Having a mindset of lack means that you’ll have a hard time respecting your boundaries. Thoughts like “I have to answer these emails on my days off, so they know I’m responsive and so they’ll want to book with me.”
  • Don’t forget, you’re allowed to have a life. You’re allowed to have appointments and time off and you don’t need to feel guilty about it. You especially don’t have to explain yourself to anyone. And spoiler alert, if a client is questioning your availability, they’re probably not a good client to work with.

So how else do you practice thanksgiving?

Be thankful for the opportunities you’ve had throughout the year. Even the ones that were unexpected, difficult, or downright awful. There’s beauty in every situation and sometimes that simply means learning how to handle a challenging situation next time.

You might not feel it, but these little hiccups are growing your foundation and helping you become more of an expert in what you do. So cherish the moments even when you’d rather they didn’t happen at all.

Be thankful for health, spirituality, and waking up in the morning. The more you can be thankful for the seemingly small things in your life, the more positive opportunities will present themselves to you.

Don’t forget to be excited about what’s to come. Reflection is great, but allow yourself to hope and dream about your future, too!

And make sure to figure out what you value. Because as you grow you may learn that success to you isn’t always about money or status. Sometimes it’s about having time to read a book or spend time with loved ones.

Christora has been most grateful to see her family come together when her father passed away. She’s been able to make connections and grow closer to family in a really positive way. As for business, she’s grateful to be learning how to not let overwhelm or burnout infiltrate her days.

Tom finds himself most grateful for his fiance and the time they get to spend together. He’s also putting his health first and being cognizant of what he’s eating and drinking and trying to be more intentional. In the business realm, he’s thankful to have more speaking opportunities on podcasts. And of course, the friendships with fellow business owners and changes to grow true friendships with them.

And lastly, we’re thankful for you, the podcast listeners. As our podcast continues to grow and we hear from more of you, we are so thankful to have a space where we get to share what we’re learning and let that be a positive resource for you.

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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