Top 5 things I have learned as a Photographer

After 20 years in the photo business and the last 10 years as a full time photographer, I have seem this industry change. Here are my Top 5 Things I have learned as a photographer:

  1. PASSION: is the only thing that will keep you going year after year. You will have clients that are delightful and you will feel grateful to be able to utilize your talents and others that will make you doubt your choice of profession.
  2. EVER EVOLVING: The world of photography is constantly changing and it’s hard to keep up with all the technology involved. It’s mind-boggling how many different hardrives & camera and lighting choices there are. It will drain your bank account if you let it and send you into debt if you aren’t careful.
  3. FOLLOW PEOPLE YOU LIKE: I know it sounds basic, but follow people with a similar personality to yours. For example, I like to learn from photographers that have very simple gear, simple systems, and no gimmicks. Are you a person who likes a lot of production on your photoshoots (hair, makeup, stylists) or are like me who prefers to be a one person shop photographing very authentic and natural people?
  4. USE WHAT YOU HAVE: This one is BIG. There was a time when I was new to the business and thought that I needed to purchase so much education (lots of photogs selling it !) and so many products. I quickly found out that it leads you down the wrong roads and straight into a big ol’ credit card bill. Use what you have and save up for what you need. This way will even give you some extra time to actually decide on the right things for your business.
  5. BE TRUE TO YOU: Your brand will develop over time. Be patient. Be true to who you are. Follow brands that you like and people whose work you like. Don’t worry about the “quantity” of followers, but rather the “quality” of your followers who like you. Does it matter that you have 100,000 likes if you don’t like them? No. Furthermore, follow people who are similar to you and they will give you inspiration.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tiny perspective of the world of photography as I see it. I’m starting to feel “very seasoned” after being in this world for 20 years, but I suppose there is wisdom in that.