One of the bad things about a small community and the photography business is that there are so many photographers. Some photographers feel like they have to compete with each other because of living in a small town. Also, the town I’m living in, I’m not from so there are some photographers that are related to half of the town and therefore they have the upper hand. I am not from here so I don’t have family that I know will be using me for photography.
I’m in a few photography groups on Facebook and a lot of photographers talk about how they have monthly meetings with areas photographers to chat, bounce ideas off each other, and collaborate. I would love to be able to do that with local photographers but I have a feeling it wouldn't work.
Even though it is a business, I’m not trying to compete with any of them in a "I'm better than you" sense. But on account of it being a business then yes, I am competing with other photographers. I see it as photographers are like chain stores. They both sell the same thing but the pricing will be different, advertising is different, sales are different, and may offer a little more or a little less than the other. Regardless of the cost what matters is the quality. I guess all of this will never really change. It's just unfortunate that somethings have to be the way they are.