When opportunity knocks, we see a chance to show our appreciation for participation.
So often I’m amazed at how posts link together on the blog. A post about threes is followed by a post about twos. A post about the importance of Challenges precedes a post about the ripple challenge on G+. Most of these connections occur purely by chance, or do they?
Last week Kristina wrote about product photography and how it’s not for her. Shelly wrote about the merits of having a website.
These two posts happened right around the time something else exciting was happening. And they both relate to this exciting news.
Recently, we were contacted by a Senior Content Strategist for a Digital Agency via the blog, with a desire to “include more toy photography within their content plan” for a client.
Opportunity knocks once, let’s reach out and grab it
Together we’ll nab it
We’ll hitchhike, bus or yellow cab it!
Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear – Movin’ Right Along
You’ll have to excuse my haziness here, but we had to sign non-disclosure agreement, so I’m being wary as to how much detail I reveal.
With this offer, we reached out to friends of the Toy Photographers blog, those who have posted on the blog and those who had won our recent photo competitions.
Whilst Shelly made a completely relevant point that a website is a fantastic place for potential customers and marketing representatives to discover your work, I’d like to point out, so is Toy Photographers!
This is not the first time we’ve been contacted with offers for commercial engagements, and I’m sure it won’t be last.
Whilst we are always flattered when these offers arise, we fully understand that they are often made based on the merits of the blog, which is a collaboration with many of you.
If we can pass on opportunities for our friends to get a foot in the commercial door, of course we will. Nothing gives us more pleasure than forwarding names as appreciation for participation. As well as growing the Toy Photographers community, we endeavour to expand the opportunities for those within it.
Punch drunk from the punch clock
Opportunity never gonna knock
Rancid – Name
As Kristina found out, product photography might not be everyone’s cup of tea. I get that.
Getting recognised for what you do, receiving appreciation for the art you produce, and having the chance to be rewarded for your participation, are wonderful things. It’s not often that these offers arise, but, by being an active participant, your chances to expand your horizons are greatly increased.
This is not a empty attempt to drive traffic our way. We genuinely want to pass on these opportunities to our community. We want to reward those who participate.
Sure, winning some Minifigures in a giveaway is cool. But maybe that’s not the only prize on offer? And yes, writing for the blog is fun. But maybe that’s just beginning of the fun?
We ask a lot of folks why. If we’re ever asked why we do that, maybe this is the answer. Participation has the potential to pay off. Maybe this little tale of possible opportunities is the catalyst for you to join in?
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What great news Brett! This community is going to do great things.
Technically I think toy photography is product photography. If you are good at one then the other can easily sit inside that sphere of influence. I think it also depends on the type of product. I figure to take awesome shots of a product you need to have a passion for it or at least to making it look like you’ve got a passion for it. I really enjoy the Toy Photography community and this blog – thank you for all the work you guys do to keep this interesting and growing. I’m finding that my photography skills have improved immensely over the past two years of taking toy shots and I learn a lot from all the contributions to this community. It really is all about participation as well. 😎👍