We’ve got an interesting new update from Samantha Higgs of Samantha Higgs Photography today. I first chatted to Sam back in April 2013 and again in July 2014, at which point things were getting quite exciting: this is what she said then about her plans for the upcoming year: “In a year I’m hoping I will have just had my Berlin exhibition, where I’m expecting to learn a whole load of new things very quickly.” She’d been doing quite a lot of event and party photography and was expecting that to continue or even grow, but she was very much focused on that big exhibition, too. So, how did that all go?
Hello again, Sam! Are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?
I am yes. I’ve done several craft fairs and I had my first exhibition in May. It was in a little gallery called GALLERY2 in Auguststraße, the main gallery street in Berlin, during Gallery Weekend.
You can read a little about it here.
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
This year has been a reverse of the last, I’ve had an exhibition and craft fairs, sold more in my online galleries and done less in the way of parties and events photography.
What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?
I’ve learned so much about the gallery scene that I didn’t know before, and a lot about exhibiting generally. Trying to hold the exhibition over such a long distance was tricky, too, and I’m extremely grateful for the team at GALLERY2 for all their help in making it possible.
Any more hints and tips for people?
Give yourself plenty of time to deal with new situations: learning anything new can take time.
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?
I’m planning to continue with the craft fairs and exhibitions, I love meeting people and hearing the stories they tell about why they buy a particular picture.
What an exciting year – and that’s very true: if you need to learn something new, even if it’s just a variation on something you already do, you do need to leave yourself time to do that. I sometimes have to learn new software packages, as much of my localisation work and some of my editing work is done within software used by translators: all of the programs are different and there is a learning curve involved in getting going. We wish Sam every success for her upcoming year!
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