Yes that’s right, I was scared! I still am.

It’s scary! I guess putting yourself out there always is but unlike my wedding photography where people hired me to create emotional photographic art of their wedding day, with my fine art photographs I’m putting out there my own view on the world, my own ideas on beauty, and my own personal style. Talk about frightening!

 

At every step of the way I was bombarded with the familiar questions:

  • What if no one likes it?
  • What if they say mean things?
  • What if they don’t see any value?
  • What if my own image of myself as an artist is shattered?
  • What if I’m just wasting time and money on creating my art?

but I forged ahead anyways!

 

First, I started learning more about Etsy and reopened my shop. (www.etsy.com/shop/rebeccanashphoto)

Slowly but surely I added new pieces. I updated policies. I created descriptions that actually shared something.

Then the even more terrifying part…I needed to promote it.

When I was building the shop it was easy to say ‘of course I have no traffic or sales, I haven’t told anyone about it yet’ but what would happen when I did put it out there?

Slowly I started sharing. Views went up, then a few favourites started popping up, then my first sale, and even a few treasury inclusions.

 

Deep breath, okay, people don’t hate it. Some of them even seem to like my work. What now?

This month I took another scary step…I signed up for a booth at the Ogilvies Food & Artisan Market to sell my work in person to people. Admittedly, I convinced my fiance Ross of Ross Emerson Photography to join me in this endeavor of selling at the market.

On June 28th & 29th we set up our first booth. Traffic was steady and people were interested to see who we were and what we had to offer. We even had our first print sale!

On July 5th & 6th there I was at the market again. This time without Ross at my side but feeling much more confident.

Now I’m excited to announce that the art from Rebecca Nash Photography & Ross Emerson Photography will be available here in London more often!

Come check out our art in person and share your favourites.

 

So far, You can find us…

  • Friday July 11th at the Masonville Farmers Market 8am-2pm
  • Saturday July 12th & Sunday July 13th at Olgivies Food & Artisan Market 9am-4pm
  • Friday July 18th (My Birthday) at the Masonville Farmers Market 8am-2pm
  • Friday July 25th at the Masonville Farmers Market 8am-2pm
  • Saturday July 26th & Sunday July 27th at Olgivies Food & Artisan Market 9am-4pm
  • Saturday August 9th & Sunday August 10th at Olgivies Food & Artisan Market 9am-4pm

…but watch for more dates and locations!

 

Joining from outside London or can’t make it to the market? Be sure to stop by the Etsy Shop at www.etsy.com/shop/rebeccanashphoto and take advantage of coupon code “SUMMERSUNSHINE” for 20% off your order (before tax & shipping)

9 comments
  • VivayneJuly 26, 2014 - 12:45 pm

    It’s so scary putting yourself out there! All those feelings you mentioned, I really connect with. As an artist, you don’t want to show a part of yourself, just to have people reject it, reject you. But look, people love you! Your work is great! Keep on being brave!ReplyCancel

  • Marcie NortonJuly 26, 2014 - 10:28 am

    I love how real your heart is. Thank you for sharing your feelings. It really is ok to be scared, because that means you care about what others think. Please know that there will always be negative people out there unfortunately. You cannot please everyone. Your work is beautiful. I love the flower shots. You have to just keep plugging away.Thank you for sharing your personality in your blog. Keep it up. That is what wins trust with me as a customer of a company. When I am beating myself up about our company, I will re-read our testimonies that are positive to remind myself what we are doing matters and helps other families bond. Have a fantastic weekend. I am visiting from our Facebook Blogger group.

    Marcie Norton
    http://www.timecapsule.com/blogReplyCancel

  • k9studiophotographyJuly 23, 2014 - 4:50 pm

    It is ok to be scare or be afraid of what they would say? or what do they will think? You just have to step outside and show them what you are worth it for. I had same issue at the beginning of my career as a photographer because i wanted to combine Architectural/Industrial Photography with my Pet Photography but know i figured it out that my thing is just pet photography and that i would keep doing architectural photos when I travel to other places :0P just as a hobbyReplyCancel

  • ValerieJuly 22, 2014 - 8:04 pm

    I think that sharing any part of ourselves, whether it our art or other forms of work, means opening ourselves up and being vulnerable. This is scary but it also where I do my best work, my most creative coaching, and my best facilitation. Without bring scared I wouldn’t grow, I wouldn’t become better at my craft. So, I agree that we should try the scary stuff – being a better person happens on the margins.ReplyCancel

    • Rebecca NashJuly 23, 2014 - 9:23 am

      You hit the nail on the head here Valerie!
      I must push through the fears and doubts if I want to continue to move forward in my life and my business. I need to push myself to get excited about stepping outside my comfort zone and the unlimited potential that exists.ReplyCancel

  • JenFWJuly 22, 2014 - 5:48 pm

    Well done! Cheers to you for putting your work out there! It already sounds as though it’s less scary than it once was, and it will get less scary still.ReplyCancel

    • Rebecca NashJuly 23, 2014 - 9:20 am

      You are absolutely right Jen! Once I took that first step it was a little less scary and with every step forward it becomes more and more comfortable.ReplyCancel

  • theredscorpioJuly 22, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    Beautiful! I just posted about stepping outside my comfort zone. It’s liberating, isn’t it? Congrats!ReplyCancel

    • Rebecca NashJuly 23, 2014 - 9:21 am

      I was just over reading your post! Stepping outside of our comfort zone can be terrifying but if we don’t keep moving forward and pushing ourselves we’ll never get to where we want to be.ReplyCancel