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  • Showing Up
  • Sumner Smith
  • bizlife

Showing Up

I went to a photography workshop with the amazing Nicole McConville a few months ago, and among many other good pieces of advice, she recommended that small business owners take pictures of themselves and share them at least once a month (I think, I'm paraphrasing here.)  Anyway, the point was that amidst all of the other things we enjoy photographing, don't forget that the common thread in everything you're doing is... you.  And I recognized this as good advice, and then kind of forgot it.  Because, you know, busy, distracted, other stuff going on. 

But then yesterday I took this picture (largely because I wanted a picture of the sweater I had just finished knitting), and put it up on Instagram and Facebook with a small introduction, and it was the *best*.  Not because my picture was the best, but because so many people responded to it, and introduced themselves in return, and I felt a deeper connection than social media sometimes provides.  It was fun - seeing other people's pictures, and their work, and hearing a little about their lives.  And it reminded me that the core of what I do, no matter what it is I'm doing, is the connection with other people.  That's what makes it all interesting, and rewarding.

You can expect a few more pictures of me on social media, because it was awfully fun to see other people show up too, and for me to have the opportunity to appreciate them; for their willingness to be there.

  • Sumner Smith
  • bizlife

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