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Three short words make up the SMP Manifesto. And they all lead into the most important piece… SHOW THE WORLD YOUR KIND OF BEAUTIFUL!

I’ve been pouring over sentences, words, + phrases since forever when I attended a workshop. At the time it seemed so simple when we sat down to write our Manifesto.

  • Explain why I do what I do?
  • Why do I love photography?
  • Why work so hard to build your business?
  • Share the reason photographs matter so much?

I thought it sounded like a simple task to write it down on paper and share it out into the world.

Mistake #1::

It hasn’t been simple.

Did I mention I’ve been working on this for SIX MONTHS! I’ve written sentences, then deleted. Added phrases, scratched them out. Made a list of my most important words to include + whittled them down even smaller to the very-most important.

The words + phrases aren’t perfectly eloquent, or express all the reasons why I love photographing teens and the challenge of the headshot.

But if I wait for perfect I may never hit publish.

Mistake #2::

Writing from the heart means being vulnerable.

That’s a word I’m not good at practicing.  In this age of social media, where people say unkind words hiding behind their phone or keyboard, it’s tough!

I mean the kind of TOUGH where I’m standing on the edge of a cliff looking out wondering if that edge will hold or crumble. That kind of scary-tough putting myself out there. It makes a person more vulnerable throwing something out in words and hoping people get it.

Will my words be read or shared? No idea. But I finally hit publish and it’s out there! Next, it’s time to print it and add it to my office wall.

Show the world YOUR kind of BEAUTIFUL!

Live

Laugh

Shine

Cheers & Sparkles

đŸ’–Andrea | Shining Moments Photography

Andrea

Modern High School Senior Portraits + Headshot Photographer serving Dekalb County and Kane County

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