The photography community can be just like any other: competitive. I have always been against this idea. I feel that there is a photographer out there for every different type of client and that we all can exist in the same environment while supporting each other.
As a kid in high school, I was in the National Art Honors Society, and while very proud of it, I would make sure to keep my art from being entered into any of the art competitions. It wasn’t my style, and I did not think that art should be a competition. First of all, art is subjective, but most importantly art is a very personal expression of ones self, and I felt that we should be supporting each other and our ideas, rather than competing against one another. This idea has continued into the work that I do now with photography. I want photographers to support each other rather than compete with one another. Someone else who I believe whole-heartedly represents this is Anthony Gauna.
Anthony Gauna is a San Antonio based wedding photographer who does amazing work! I discovered him on one of my favorite websites: shotkit.com. I then was lucky enough to actual chat with him face to face through Instagram and we began following each other. He is a huge proponent of the idea of photographers supporting photographers. He has a community and podcast called Photogivity. He uses these platforms to help, educate, and support as many photographers as he can. I was lucky enough, and humbled to receive a shoutout on one of his most recent podcasts, and wanted to make sure that I gave him a shoutout on here as well.
While I may not have the audience that he has, I find it important to make sure that we appreciate those who go out of their way to help us out. In the end, we are all human beings who are working hard every day to be the best that we can, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to support that.