This is the first a series of articles about some of the issues and challenges faced by photographers who might be new to the business, or those who aren’t exactly new to it, but do feel as if they might as well be given the problems and frustrations they deal with every day.
Over the course of this series, we’ll look at the difficulties and frustrations of gaining a strong foothold in the photography business, the importance of creating your personal online empire, why most marketing doesn’t work when you’re new, how to build relationships that will serve your business, and how to become an effective online marketer of your photography services.
Here in part one, we’ll travel back in time to that first exciting moment when you decided that a life as a professional photographer was the one you wanted to pursue, instead of spending the rest of your life working for someone else where you might end up feeling unfulfilled and full of regrets at not having at least tried photography as a business.
The Story For Most Photographers
It all starts with passion, doesn’t it? Without a deep love for photography and an almost physical need to be a photographer, there’s very little point in starting on the path to becoming a pro photographer because passion is, in a sense, the fire in which your creativity burns, right?
In fact, I bet you’d find it hard to imagine doing anything else for a living and still feeling any real sense of satisfaction.
You may not have realized it at the time, but that passion for photography is also the invisible force that will hold you up and encourage you to keep going forward when times get tough.
Because things will get hard, there’s no doubt about it, and anyone who tells you otherwise or says that being a professional photographer is a walk in the park full of smiles and laughs is simply not telling the truth.
In fact, if you’ve been in the business for even a short time, you probably already know all that, and you’re likely dealing with many problems right now that you had no idea even existed when you gave birth to your photography career.
Let’s talk in more detail about some of those issues…
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