I am so excited to be able to share a few more answers that I recieved from some amazing photographers when I asked them “What is the one thing that you wish you knew when you started your business”. Be sure to check out part one and part two if you missed them. Stay tuned for the next set of responses…there are so many great ones to come. And I have to add a HUGE thank you to all of the photographers that participated and sent in thier response. If you are a photographer and have something that you wish you had known when you started feel free to send me a message through my contact form so that I can add it to my list, and if you would like to see a question or photography/business topic addressed on the blog feel free to send me a message so I can make sure it gets covered.
BE YOURSELF. BE authentic. It might feel like you are lost and have no idea where to start. Start within. Don’t just look to other photographers. Breathe in all types of influences, books, movement, nature. Get inspired and find your authentic voice. This will be the KEY to your success.
ASK. Don’t be afraid to ask for something. INVEST. If you want to learn from a specific mentor, invest in them. In their time, knowledge, brain space. Whether that is reading through their entire blog, paying them for a workshop or mentor session, or reading a book about them. Invest. Remember what it was like to study something you loved.
ACTION Sometimes you just have to take a step. Move forward in some fashion. If you find yourself in the paralyzed position, take action. Even if it is putting on your shoes. Sometimes that is all you need to get you out the door.
I wish someone had told me that it would be impossible to please everyone. I wish they had said that the way to be successful is to be authentic, treat others with kindness, be confident and unapologetic about running your business, and don’t give a second thought to those who either don’t take you seriously, try to take advantage of you, or criticize your every move. As a self-professed people-pleaser, I’ve spent many hours of my life worrying about what other people think of me and if I’m good enough, when I should have been focusing on the encouragement I was getting from those who love and support me. It sounds so cheesy (and a LOT easier said than done), but practice, patience, and positivity is pretty much all you need.
I wish someone had warned me about the trap that comparing yourself to other photographers can be. Following the work of others for inspiration is one thing. But if you let it consume you, it has real potential to squash your confidence and passion to be YOU, which is the most essential aspect of any photographer’s brand. It is OKAY to feel like you have a long way to grow. And it is even MORE okay to be different. Embrace what makes you, YOU. And then wooork it!! :)
The one thing I wish I had known as a young photographer is that I wish I would have followed my gut & intuition more. From clients to studio management to images that inspire me, I’ve learned that when I follow what my instincts are, I end up in a much better place and when I don’t trust that little voice? I ALWAYS wish I had in the end. If there is something that makes you feel uneasy, it’s worth sitting down and examining what and why it’s making you feel that way. There is so much power and knowledge inside of ourselves and I so wish I had known that instead of caring (more) about what others had to say.
And a picture…my husband snapped this awesome ring shot during Matheus and Camille’s Engagement Session and I was pretty impressed! He is a keeper for sure!