March 21, 2017. My birthday. It seemed that the question of the day (in various formats) was, “How is business going?” The honest answer was that Tam D Photography was non-existent at that point. This year, 2017, I have operated as Tam D only once. I worked with a local non-profit, Saving Our Daughters (www.savingourdaughters.org), to capture a book give-a-way at the Barack Obama Magnet School (http://www.barackobamaes.dekalb.k12.ga.us/).
Radio Personality Ms. Shyneka and Ms. Precious
In 2016, I think the only events I did was Oasis Family Life Church stuff ( www.oasisfamilylife.com ... my church is awesome!) and Saving Our Daughters events.
OFL Church Cookout
Saving Our Cinderellas (Ron Clark Academy) with DLOW
I did two weddings. (I totally messed up the photography experience for my bride October bride… more about that later.)
OH! I forgot, I was able to capture the wonderfully made ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Kaptivating Kappa Gamma chapter of Fisk University.
So what happened?
The last time I was really completely engaged with Tam D Photography was before my grandmother passed away. This past February marked 2 years that she’s been gone.
I’m not 100% positive why Tam D seemed to be the only place that took a hit due to Grandma’s passing. I think it’s really the only part of life that I do almost completely alone. People know that I do it, but they don’t know how, when or where. It was a LONG time before people started to communicate they noticed less activity.
I allowed Uber to enter my life. Got a new car. Making money was EASY. I didn’t have to convince anyone that the price was worth it. I didn’t have to split the payments so they would feel better about it. People got in the car. Start trip. Follow directions. End Trip. Payday was every week. Quickly, Uber took over. I didn’t have time for anything else in my free time.
Even though my clients probably didn’t notice, I struggled through their events. I arrived missing equipment. Half charged batteries... All kinds of unprepared. Over the years, I have learned so much, I was able to still produce in a way that at least met most of their expectations. That was not the case with all.
The last wedding I did, I completely shut down. I stopped communicating. She had nothing. No pictures, no product, no answers. Eventually, she received her online album. Some months later, she received some other things. She pretty much hates me now. I’m not mad at her for it. I remember I use to pride myself on not being THAT photographer. I have heard so many horror stories of people never seeing their wedding pictures. In the time that I was fading, my delivery times got longer and longer. My processes from the time my grandmother passed to now got worse and worse.
Knowing that I was not operating in excellence, I thought I’d just stop all together and let Tam D Photography fade away. Not long after this thought, friends started to seriously get on to me about getting back to my gift (photography).
Let’s fast forward to the present. I’ve had multiple collisions in the last 2 months, and photography talk has been coming at me rapidly for a while now. Yesterday, April 5, 2017 was my most recent and worse collision.
The weather here has been horrible for the last 48 hours. Flights cancelled. Flights delayed. So much so our scheduled speaker for church was not able to get to Georgia. Sooooooo Pastor Anthony brought in someone else. Apostle Travis Jennings came in and gave an ON TIME word. He told us to leap! This message reminded me of the time Pastor Anthony advised us to jump and used Steve Harvey’s video to as a reference a few years ago. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PdjNJz7B1Q)
The combination of my accident and the message I heard last night is what has lead me to composing this blog entry.
I'm connected to some wonderful people that continue to speak life into me and my business. I'm still in the process of regrouping, however, I now declare that my Tam D Photography hiatus is over. I’ve learned some things. I know what my business weaknesses consist of. I’m coming back better than I left off. Tam D Photography is leaping into the next level. I look forward to getting reacquainted.