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The one thing I wish I knew….part 4

I am so sorry that we took a break from this series last week. It was just one of those crazy exhausting weeks, but I have lots more tips from some amazing photographers this week. If this is your first time reading, I asked several photographers what the one thing they wish they had known when they started their business was and they emailed me their answers…and they had some great ones. If you missed part 1, part 2, and part 3,  be sure to check them out. Stay tuned for more next week…


Justin and Mary Marantz

“The biggest thing I wish we would’ve known when we first got started was that we just needed to run our own race. We spent SO much time in the beginning looking left & right at what everyone else was doing, that we didn’t spend any real time moving ourselves forward. We were so paralyzed by the “what are we supposed to do, what’s everyone else doing” questions, that we weren’t trusting our own voices. Once we made the decision to change all that, that’s when we really started seeing things take off. Because at the end of the day, no one knows (or can sell) you better than YOU.”


Nancy Ray

“Read read read.  Read “Tribes” by Seth Godin.  Read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. Read “The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.”  Read “The E-Myth” by Michael Gerber.  Read “Crush It” by Gary Vaynerchuk.  When I first started my business, I wish I knew everything these books have taught me.  Also, two things I have lived by from day 1 of Nancy Ray Photography are 1. NEVER go into debt, an 2. ALWAYS buy used equipment.  These 2 things have helped me grow faster than I could have imagined.  Don’t worry about getting the brand new camera off the shelf at Best Buy or B&H.  Don’t worry about getting everything right away either. Take your time searching Craigslist and Amazon, and buy used when you have the cash to pay for it.  It will save you thousands of dollars in the long run!”


Gladys Jem

Something I wish I knew when I was getting started? Dont get caught up on what others are doing.
When I was starting, I doubted myself so much because I spent a lot of time looking at other blogs. It’s so easy to get caught up, and compare yourself to others who clearly have been doing it longer than you have. It’s important as a new photographer to remember and focus on creating images that reflect who you are. Spend less time looking at others, and allow yourself to shine. If you do this, you’ll be more confident which is huge when you’re shooting. Clients will hire you because they love your work, people will respect you, and you’ll be so happy with yourself and work :)



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Love these.. what a great idea seriously.. so wonderful of you to do this!! Also, I am getting an error message when submitting my comments.. my blog did this for awhile too and then randomly stopped.. weird. Hope you get my comments :)

Love this helpful information Kristin! Thank you for sharing!!

They nailed it! I just hit that point last week, realizing how laterally I was looking at everyone else’s work to the point where I almost lost my own style! Thanks a ton Kristin, this really encourages.

Very much appreciate Nancy’s advice! I’m trying my hardest to run my business debt free and it’s difficult (not to be jealous) when “the other person” has a bigger and better camera, more lenses, etc. Thanks for sharing the advice, Kristin!

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