Ok, so I needed some time to regroup. I think I put too much pressure on myself when it came to the blog, but at the same time I had so much going on. I was overwhelmed.
I know nothing about starting a small business. I’m going to be completely honest and open with my life and what I’m doing. I feel like this is a place when I can write and hey, who knows, maybe someone else is going through something similar?
I’ve got the little Etsy shop. 12 sales and I’m not super active on it and it’s only been up for several months so 12 isn’t too bad, so I am happy with that! I’m not good at promoting myself and still feel weird calling myself a “photographer.” Maybe one day I’ll get used to it?
Other than Etsy, most of my sales are local. Right now I only sell photo prints and cards, but I still surprise myself when people actually reach out to me to want to buy prints. Selling photos is not easy. I mean, I love my prints, and I would love to have a huge gallery of my own, but realistically I can’t do that. Well, maybe I could? Ha!
Lots of amazing things have been happening. It’s been exhausting especially since I have the chronic illness thing going on.. I get wiped out so much more easily. It’s frustrating, but I do the best that I can. Now I have the new display at the Milton Artists’ Guild which I mentioned in the last post, a new display at a BioTek building, and had the opportunity to display at a hair salon in Burlington thanks to a friend reaching out to me and letting me know they were looking for a local artist, and I’m still at one library. While all of this has been so awesome, I have felt so run down and burnt out. All of my energy has gone towards these displays and it’s so awesome and amazing and I’m so grateful, but it’s a lot of work and I exhaustion is a big problem for me.
How does one find balance? I can’t seem to figure it out. I know this goes for so many people in the world. I only wish I could bounce back like so many do. It takes me weeks sometimes. I want to do so much, but I am limited.
I am not sure where I am actually going with this post. haha! Maybe I needed to vent a tiny bit, or just explain where I am currently at. I am proud of what I have accomplished even if it has taken a toll on me.
Oh and how could I forget! I was also interviewed for a local paper about how photography is a form of therapy for me and how it helps me cope with living with a chronic illness. The Art Gallery I am a part of has several members with disabilities/illnesses and I was lucky enough to be one of the ones interviewed!
You can read the article here:
I’m not someone who is used to getting attention and it feels sort of weird, but this was a positive experience and thought the article was well written.
I’ve added in a collage with a select few of the photos that went up in the salon last month. The owner wanted 11 huge 20×30 prints and then four 12×18. I was exhausted, (can you tell -haha), but it all came together and overall, I’m happy with how they came out. She also allowed me to sell cards and matted 8×10 prints which was awesome too. No idea if I’ve sold anything, but hoping that some cards and matted prints will go. I don’t expect to see anything that is framed. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to show and have some new exposure. It’s such a challenge to put myself out there, but I’ve got to do it.
Also, if you’re interested, follow me on Instagram. I have no idea what I am doing, but I try to keep it interesting with variety.
I’ll leave this here for now and hopefully not takes months to write the next 😉