A few weeks ago we gathered in Utah to present at Evo Conference in stunning Park City . We presented at 2 photography and 1 food styling workshop to some of the most amazing and generous attendees. The setting in beautiful Park City was beyond beautiful and it was hard to not be inspired by all the community and support that the organizers at Mom It forward and Today’s Mama had set for everyone.
Part of why we love being part of the online community so much is because of the support that so many bloggers, writers and photographers have for one another.
We’re self taught photographers and early on in our photography career, it was tough to find the support and help from others. We’d often walk into camera stores or seek advice from local photographers and the responses were mostly cold and aloof. Collectively, the responses were along the lines of “It took me 30 years to learn all this and you need to go through the same learning process”.
After so many frustrated attempts, we worked even harder and became even more determined to learn everything ourselves.
Most importantly, we swore to never turn anyone away who needed help and to always remember to stay grounded, humble and offer assistance when asked.
As we gained more skills and experience, we helped others along the way with the little information that we had. Even the smallest bit of information that we had was valuable to someone else. Knowing that we were able to help someone was and is the best feeling. Ever.
This is our personal mantra, and during our food photography and food styling workshops at Evo Conference we had a simple request of the attendees.
We encouraged everyone to take the information that they learned from our workshops and to pass it on to 5 other people who needed help. To help make our community stronger, better and more informed as a group is the best way to pay it forward. If we all help each other succeed as a group, then in turn will succeed as individuals.
So taking from what we shared at our presentations, we ask the same of you all today.
Help someone with what you have now and pass it on to 5 other people who are seeking it. Whether it be material goods, inspiration, knowledge, information or a skill, share it with 5 other people around you. This is a open chain letter that we hope you all will participate in and help our community grow as a group.
It’s always so wonderful to see our friends and everyone around us succeed and at the end of the day, we’re so much more gratified when we can cheer on everyone we care about.
Love, live and share.
hugs and love,
diane and todd
Todd teaching lighting at food photography session. Above photo credit: Kristen