9 Critical Things I Wish I Had Known
Before I Started My Photography
paid for taking pictures is a fun thing. In case you are in campus or
you just graduated and have some creative Photography chops, you may
think of starting your own
photography business. Although it is fun to be out there making a
living out of seeing and recording beautiful memories, there are
several things that you have to bear in mind to ensure you don’t
make a mistake.
article, I have put forward some of the most critical things to
consider. To ensure that you find your photography foothold, I
researched comprehensively and talked to some of the prominent
photographers before coming up with the list.
1…Dedication, Creativity and Patience Pays
creative and patient is a lesson you need to keep on reminding
yourself of constantly. The main reason why majority of Photographers
give up before time is because they expect so much from the reality.
You didn’t venture into this business
to make money instantly. You need to be patient. You have to wait
until you are a ground figure in the industry. Creativity matters. It
brings uniqueness. It gives your clients the reason to come back to
you and the reason to pass all the other photographers in the market
for you. Be dedicated to what you do by simply making
your career make a living for you.
2…Referrals are essential
a word of mouth. The reality of the matter is that people are more
likely to trust the recommendations of their friends than the brand
they heard about in the town. You have to invest some money in getting
referrals. The first step in getting referrals is being unique. Give
your clients exemplary services that they will feel confident
referring their family and friends to. You will get referrals because
you are unique and you offer satisfactory services.
3…Learn to embrace failure
fail at one point or the other. Maybe it doesn’t feel like it right
now but one of the days you will think of giving up. In all the
challenges you will encounter, take everything as a lesson to make you
better. Remember, success is for those who don’t give up yet. Some
of the most prominent business
leaders in the world had spectacular moments of failure before
they found success. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Think of Henry
Ford who had more than 5 businesses
fail before he made it in life.
you can lose the motivation and energy to go on. You will feel like
you will not make it to the top. However, the best way is to stay with
those people who don’t give up. Stay close to those who inspire your
career and also get close to those who have had a successful career.
Inspiration will awaken you and make you realize that the limitations
you are experiencing are nothing compared to what some of the most
prominent business people in the world have dealt with.
5…You need to market your business or kill
are a business minded individual then you must be knowing very well
the importance of marketing. You are starting something new that
nobody knows about except you. This means that if you won’t let
people know about your business and the services you are offering then
you are likely going to fail. Showing people that what you are doing
is valuable and interesting is the key to a successful business. Make good use of social media to market your
business. You can create some Facebook page or even get a website for your business. This way, most people will get enough
information of what you are offering and why they need your services.
6…Find a Great Mentor
is someone who has successfully made it in life through patience,
dedication and personal realization. You should get someone who will
always be giving you a reason to hold on so tight. Get someone whose
work you admire and wish to get something close or far beyond what
they have achieved. The person you choose should be available to spend
some little time with you at least two hours a month.
7…Always back up your projects
You are a
photographer now and you need to be careful with the projects you
hold. You have to take photos and back them up. You don’t have to
take photos and end up losing all of them before your client is ready
to pick them up. You can back them up in a hard disc, flash disc,
phone or a personal computer. One of the reasons for this is to make
them available whenever they are needed.
8…Be a close friend to some of the
photographers in your locality
business people would want to be the only figure in the market.
Though, in real sense, there are a thousand other competitors trying
to lead the park. The same applies to you here. There are several
other photographers in the town that are potential competitors. Stay
close to them and learn from them. It’s always good to keep your
9…Find the best Photography course
are thinking of starting a successful photography business, then you first of all have to locate a photography course
for your training. This is where you will get a basic knowledge in
operating Cameras, how to shoot and how to keep your customers coming.
There are several photography courses offered online and even in some
of the local colleges.
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The Bottom Line
businesses have worked for
several photographers in the world and can equally work for you. All
you need is the right knowledge, equipment and the
right mindset. The first thing to do is to get into a serious and
comprehensive research before you venture into the business. Have the
right skills, stay dedicated, be creative and patient. Success
doesn’t happen in a day. Keep moving.
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