Learning the Ropes
I VERY quickly learned that owning a camera, starting a website and shooting photo sessions for pennies did not make me a professional photographer. I made a lot of mistakes in the beginning but quickly learned from them as I went. After a few months I realized I needed to really educate myself and become and expert and I painstakingly read, practiced and worked on anything and everything I could. My goal was to learn how to shoot in any and every situation, with each and every type of client. I invested in myself in my business in a big way; I learned to shoot in manual, how to pay taxes and value myself as an artist. I can promise that each of these lessons came in a hard way, and if I can impart any advice on anyone hoping to become a professional photographer it would be to harness your initial excitement and passion and invest in yourself and your business so you can be the best you can possibly be.
Finding My Niche
Once I had a handle on how to use my gear, I began photographing everything, from newborns to families to events. I wanted to try my hand at everything so I could decide what I loved the most, and what I was the best at. I quickly realized that my passion was with weddings and couples and artful portraitures. I began decline the types of sessions that didn't push my creativity and spark my passion. Once I began to focus on what I was good at, I also began to book more and more. Instead of trying to be good at every type of photography, I was showcasing my expertise in a particular area and because of that I attracted more clients.
My Business Today
Fast forward to today, and I am completely in love with where my business is. While I am passionate about what I do, don't mistake that for meaning that I have it all figured out. I continue to stretch my skills, learn new things and venture into unknown territory. For example, last year I began learning and shooting film photography, and I also co-founded and teach The Bloom Workshop for anyone in business or interested in starting their own business. After making so many avoidable mistakes and learning what it really takes to navigate owning my own business there is nothing I love more than sharing with others.
I don't think I will ever be done learning or pushing myself to grow but I can say that I have found my passion in life and absolutely love my job! So if you're a budding photographer, don't give up on your dream; try new things, reach out and ask questions and continue to learn! Find your passion, and stick to it!
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