Years ago when I was trying to get my foot in the door, I mailed out my portfolio to dozens of photographers in the area. Most of my mailings went unresponded to….except one.
A girl emailed me to let me that although she received my portfolio and appreciated that I contacted her, she ran her business solo and wasn’t hiring. Then, she became mean.
The rest of her email consisted of pointing out the flaws in my work, noting that I should focus more on building skills before looking for work. I became defensive, telling her she was wrong. Clearly she had no idea what she was talking about and just trying to seem like she was better than me. I knew what I was doing.
I want to apologize to her. I want to tell her that she was right all along, with every single bit of advice she offered. I want to thank her. She took the time to try to help me and I just pushed her away, defensively.
Sadly, I can’t remember her name. I spent hours looking through my email, trying to find her response but in all likeliness, I probably deleted it out of anger.
So photographer in South Central PA, if you see this, please accept my apology <3