A Seat for Everyone | Guest post by Shannon Roddy by Annemie Tonken

I learned lots of things that week, but my biggest take home was TFN’s vision and commitment to address inclusion in the family photography industry. I saw that I could make an impactful contribution to that cause in my own business as a family photographer, and it was a wake-up call that I had a lot of personal work to do to get there.

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My Worst Enemy | Guest Post by Amy Hanen by Annemie Tonken

Recognizing that my self-doubt existed was the first step to getting around it. This was by far the hardest pill to swallow. I had to admit to myself that I am worth what I needed to charge, and commit to living up to that number both in quality and service. Taking that leap made me grow not only as a businessperson but as an artist.

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Who is your Why? | Guest Post by Jenna Elliott by Annemie Tonken

For much of my career - which is going on almost 10 years now - I had thought the value of family photography was in holding time still for parents as their kids grew and changed. That’s certainly a very valid reason to photograph families - parents are the ones paying after all. But in the months that followed TFN, I started to examine my work to figure out what it was about the images I loved most that really resonated with me. In doing so, I realized that I am not taking pictures for the parents.

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