I’ll be honest, sometimes when I look around and see how well my competition is doing, I get a little bit discouraged. Don’t get me wrong, I like my peers, in fact, I’ve met many of them and they’re all really good people, not to mention excellent photographers. I’m genuinely happy that they’re doing well. However, photography is not an easy gig, and even though my own business is going quite well, especially considering the economy that slapped us all around last year, I always think that I could be doing better. When I gauge the success of other photographers, I sometimes start evaluating my own imagery and my marketing efforts and wonder why I’m not more successful.
This is actually a good thing, as long as you don’t let it get you too down. A little competition keeps us all on our toes; it’s the kick in the seat of the pants that makes us strive to be better photographers.