The time has finally arrived!
If you have been following my journey at all over the past few years, you know my passion is working dogs and not money. You also know that my vision has been to provide photography to working dog teams at no cost to them. I want to include their stories in my books, on my blog, on my podcast and create DogJoy for them, exclusively.
Well, the time has finally arrived and I am now devoting 100% of my working time to this endeavor.
What does that mean? Well, first I am no longer working with private clients nor am I taking on commission or commercial work unless it benefits working dogs.
Yep, it's a huge step, but I believe in the power of manifestation, following my intuition and going with my gut. (Woo woo stuff? Perhaps, but these things have never failed me.)
But, Holly, how will you make money?
When I share this vision with people, that is always the first question they ask me. "How will you make money?"
First of all, what a sad statement to make. Are we only allowed to do things that make us money? What about things that make us happy? Things that bring us joy? Things that fill us with purpose? Those things are what motivate me. Don't get me wrong, I understand that money is a tool and I need it to create my place in this world, but it is not the motivation for my work.
Secondly, the realist part of my brain understands that money is necessary. How can I travel to these working dog teams without money? How can I create books without money? See? I get it, I just don't like it.
Anyway, it has taken me a little over a year to figure this out and I'm at the point where I can do this work and not have money be a huge consideration for me. How?
By building a solid community that supports the work that I do and giving them an opportunity to financially support that work.
Here's how my community supports my work:
1. They get involved in my projects and bring in new friends.
2. By purchasing my books, calendars and other creations.
3. I have an amazing Patreon Community.
4. I have given my community the opportunity for a one-time contribution, if they are moved to do so.
5. They "Buy Me A Coffee".
These things all add up so I am able to work with working dog teams at no charge to them! I call it "The Working Dog Photographer's Fund" and I use it to work with working dog teams who might not otherwise be able to work with a photographer.
Would you like to get involved? All of the options to support my work are listed below. You can become a monthly supporter or simply Buy Me A Coffee. Every penny is helpful and is used for my work.
Listen, this isn't the easiest way to make a living. But, the work is more important than the money. Ask anyone who knows me. =)
The working dog photographer's fund
Here are a few ways to contribute:
No commitment. $5-$15 with a big thank you!
One time contribution in any amount with a big thank you!
This involves a monthly contribution, but you get access to great stuff with a big thank you!
You can also sponsor a team, contribute to a current fund raising effort or just share on social media. Little things add up!
Let me know if you have any questions.
Hugs to your dogs!