May 10, 2020 at 7:49 pm #15231
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David Llewellyn-JonesParticipantPoints: 699
Just thought I’d ask how everyone is doing/coping here?
I have been feeling very guilty and TBH a little bit down the last couple of weeks because I have not done anything with or to do with my business! I’m stacking shelves at the moment most days and between that and family, I have not had the energy or will power unfortunately to do anything!
I’ve just dragged myself into the office and mapped out the week on my wall planner with lots of positive things to do and promotions to start working on and I have to say, just doing that little step has given me a huge boost! ????. I guess just a little bit of focus can go a long way!
Anyway, I hope everyone else is managing to stay positive through this and if not, I’m sure there are plenty of people on here who could help!
Take care and stay alert?!?
Dave.May 12, 2020 at 9:13 am #15233PaulKeymasterPoints: 16,682
I know what you mean – none of the news I read feels helpful or hopeful!
Spent yesterday talking to some of our business clients to try and get a sense of perspective and, actually, came off the phone feeling much happier. We’re also starting up some projects and, at the same time, trying to get our website redesigned so that we’re ready to go once the lockdown lifts (or, more likely, partially lifts.)
It’s normal to feel down – and then to feel guilty about that too. This one is particularly hard because it’s not due to anything we’ve done: the business was solid and everything was in place for an amazing year and then it crashed, and it’s completely beyond our control.
It’s hard but you’re right that doing small things (portfolio / website / make some calls) can really help and there’s one thing that’s definitely true: feeling cross doesn’t help me very much, it just makes people around me (aka family!) feel miserable too.
So, we’re working hard to stay upbeat, stay on top of things, do what we can do and ignore what we can’t.
I look forward to seeing what you create in the future Dave – you’re a remarkable photographer (and probably a good shelf stacker too!)
Paul Wilkinson FMPA FBIPP FSWPP
Be kind to yourself!May 14, 2020 at 4:29 pm #15244Rachel ThornhillParticipantPoints: 613
Hey Dave, I hope you are well!
That’s great to hear you’re feeling more organised; it took me a good few weeks before I could do any work too, everything just seemed pointless. And the more people were going on about how busy and productive they were being just made it all seem much worse! Like I was wasting this time we’ve been given.
And not qualifying for any grants or furlough didn’t help me feel any better either – a huge well done you for heading out and being practical!! Now we have a little more of an idea of how things might be for the next month or so, we can start to put a tentative plan in place, but until families are able to see each other again properly, I don’t think it’s right to be talking about family sessions. Just my opinion of course! Weddings on the other hand…. ?
From the few zoom meetings / webinars I have done, some people are in a much better financial position than others, so may well have the disposable income to spend on Portraiture. And Christmas might be bumper celebrations to make up for this time of lockdown.
Businesses on the other hand may still need photography, so I have a feeling that it might be the way things go for the next couple of months.
I guess we just have to keep on pedalling, doing the best we can with what we have, and believe that we’ll be back behind the camera shooting again when the time is right.
Stay in touch,
Much love, Rachel xx
PS. Great to see you at the HP Quiz!
In a world where we can be anything, be kind ?
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