Last week, my Mom called me to tell me that Emma (my 5 year old niece) thought that my sister loved Bobby (age 2) more than her. The reason being that my sister spends a lot more time with Bobby than Emma. As the youngest in the family, I totally understood where Emma was coming from. Of course, it isn’t true at all. Emma is a smart and independent 5 year old who can dress herself and play in her room quietly on her own. My sister has made an effort to give Emma and Bobby their own “special time” so they feel loved equally.
Then it clicked, this was like me and my two businesses! I have had the print business since 2010 and the blog is the new baby. Of course, the blog takes up a lot of my time because it is growing and needs constant attention. There isn’t one that I love more than the other. I am SO proud of the print business and how much it has grown over the years. Just like Emma, it can run on its own. I still fulfill every print order myself and write hand written notes to all my customers. I feel so incredibly lucky to do what I do every day. I know it really doesn’t have to do with luck, it has to do with hard work.
As my friend Kat would say, “the print shop needs a little love”. I am terrible at self promotion. If you have ever met me at a show, I never push my customers into buying anything. I have always wanted someone to feel emotionally connected to a piece. When I sell my work in person or through the print shop, customers have shared personal stories on their connection to the city of Paris. My photographs have been gifts to family member to remember a trip, graduation gifts, and I even have first time art collectors spending their allowance on my art.
The last two years, I have started work at 7 am and worked way into the evening. I love what I do and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I know that it will be probably another year before the blog picks up and makes money. This has been the best month as far as traffic since starting the blog. I know hard work pays off and I am not giving up.
I wouldn’t be where I am today with all of you who have supported me by buying my photographs. Thank you!! To show some love to the print shop, I am offering 20% off through the end of September on ALL PRINTS! Just enter the code MERCI at checkout. I rarely discount my work so this is a great opportunity to take advantage of.
If you have been looking for a way to support the blog, this is the BEST way. I don’t do sponsored ads and I never push a product I don’t believe in to my readers. This makes generating income through the blog a whole lot harder. I could take the easy way out, but I always want to be authentic and keep my great relationship with you.