• Sarah Smith

Coffee Shops & Community

Photo by S & Company Portrait Photo

I'd be lying to you if I said that coffee shops haven't become second homes. I'd also be lying to you if I said I didn't start drinking coffee until a few months ago when I started going to coffee shops around the state. Okay but hear me out... Coffee shops are seriously the PERFECT places to bring people together. They're always so cute, they smell good, and there's tons of them around. But I honestly didn't come here to talk about coffee... I came to talk about some things that have been at the forefront of my photography journey, to share my perspective and part of my story with you guys.

Sarah Noele Photography was born (officially) in August of 2018. At the time, I truly had no idea what I was doing. All I had was a desire and passion to find a creative outlet and make it into a job. Truthfully, I had no idea it would become what it is today, but I had a vision and I ran with it. I've learned sooo much over the past year, and have grown more than I could have imagined. But it wasn't until just a few months ago that I got into the flow of things and started to double down on my business. It was actually after I came home from vacationing with my family in Mexico. After a break from everything back home, I came back to CT with a clean slate and a clear mind. I hit the ground running as soon as I got home. The most important thing I learned? Networking & community.

I started branching out a bit, posting on local facebook groups about wanting to simply connect with people, it didn't really matter who. I started setting up my calendar with coffee date after coffee date, and the connections I made were AMAZING. I started to really grasp the importance of putting myself out there. The more people I connected with, the more I grew, the more people knew about me and my business, the more my business grew. So that's what I've been doing. Drinking coffee and meeting tons of new people.

I think this is important no matter what you do. I'd be lying if I said that going out and meeting new people was inside my comfort zone, because honestly it is NOT. Like at all. I've pretty much always been a homebody, and liked to keep to myself. And while I still like my alone time (with my dog lets be real), stepping out of my comfort zone and connecting with so many people has taught me so much already. There's so much to learn from others, especially ones who are doing the same things as you.

I feel like, as humans, our natural reaction is to compete with others, especially when they're doing the same things as us. I used to be held down by limiting beliefs. I wasn't good enough, others were doing it better than me, I was often jealous and envious of others work. While I haven't necessarily perfected this (and I'm not sure I ever will) I've shifted my mindset around these beliefs and it's worked magic in my life. Here's a peek into what I've shifted:⁣ ⁣ - The clients that I attract are going to be different than the clients every. single. other. photographer will attract. ⁣This was such an important mindset shift for me because it allowed me to manifest more of my ideal clients. - There are SO MANY PEOPLE. In the world. In CT. In New England. ⁣Like seriously. So. Many. People. To think that others are going to take away from your clientele is just silly. - Being around other creatives, and especially other photographers keeps me inspired, connected to my "why," and constantly learning and growing. ⁣ - Having community, and other people to talk to who are going through the same things as me is SO FREAKING HELPFUL. ⁣ - Also there are so many beautiful humans out there who have huge hearts and so much wisdom and I want more people like that in my life.

If you're searching for people to connect with, are scared to reach out, are being held back by limiting beliefs, or just haven't even thought about networking with other photographers - I SEE YOU. I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, I promise you that's where the growth is. Here's to all the badass humans who are building businesses and crushing shitty mindset patterns. We're in this together!

** Scroll down to see some photo I got while I was at J Rene Coffee Roasters connecting with 2 other beautiful photographers!



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