Are you a photographer? A baker? A candle maker? An artist? A writer?
Then The Rising Tide Society is for you.
2017 marks my tenth year in business.
And I can tell you, that up until a few months ago, it's been a pretty lonely haul.
I had no photographer friends, except maybe a few online who I had never actually met in person.
After all, photographers see other photographers as competition, right?
So I would sit at my computer for hours on end, day after day, month after month .... alone and lonely.
Burnt out. Uninspired.
And then along came Courtney Abernathy, who was courageous enough to start an RTS branch right here in Hickory, NC!
She sent me an invite to join Tuesdays Together - Hickory, and after attending the first meeting, my life was changed.
You see the motto is simple....
Community Over Competition
I admit, that at first, I was a little hesitant.
Not sure what to expect from a group of photographers in my very own hometown as well as surrounding towns.
But the most wonderful thing happened!
We not only clicked, but we actually like each other!
All of us!
Photographers, candle makers, artists, bakers ..... we have such fun together now.
And we are always there for each other.
No competition. No hateful comparisons.
We are friends. All of us.
We encourage each other, refer each other, praise each other, and look out for each other.
It's truly a wonderful place to be.
We meet once a month for dinner and conversation.
And occasionally we have a "play date"! Just last month we all got together for "Swap Till Ya Drop!"
We met in downtown Hickory and all the photographers took headshots of everyone else - photographers and creatives alike!
It was great fun and we all walked away with some amazing photos of ourselves.
There's also a private Facebook group where we are safe to share our feelings, problems, accomplishments, and dreams.
#tuesdaystogetherhickory #communityovercompetition #risingtidesociety
As for me, I am here to help in any way I can.
If you're a photographer out there who needs some help, or some friendship, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
I look forward to meeting you! :)
Are you ready to be part of this fantastic group?
Just shoot me an email and I'll send you more information.