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Motivation can make you a successful professional photographer! Or can it??

The one thing that eludes me on a constant basis is MOTIVATION. I can be pretty lazy at times. My wife can attest to that. When it comes to staying motivated to build my brand as a photographer, I have to admit that I have been pretty slack since I decided to go full on pro.

My mentor, whom I respect beyond measure, is a pretty successful photographer who has photographed some pretty big brands. He has given plenty of advice and has guided me in the direction I need to go. Pretty much copying his business plan would have all but guaranteed at least some success IF I would have stayed on track.

What was my problem? Why do I constantly lose my motivation? Frustration! Frustration from being rejected by more businesses than I care to admit. Reasonable quotes being turned down because the client says I don’t have what they need in my portfolio for the project they are doing. But, I know I can do the shots they need. Knowing that you can do the shots isn’t enough in this day and age.

Also, not seeing immediate results from what effort I have put into the brand. I will tell you from experience, success in photography will not happen over night. At least not profitable success. There is a big difference in staying busy and being profitable. I personally do not want to be one who stays busy but gets paid peanuts for hard work. I feel that my skill level and experience can justify my higher rates compared to someone who is just starting out, but the low ball quotes will always get in the way of landing good photography gigs.

That is another big reason why I lose motivation on a constant basis. There are plenty of folks out there that charge such a low price for the same services I provide, but they lack the experience and proper equipment to do a phenomenal job. Don’t get me wrong, there are some that will do a good job, but are underselling themselves by charging crazy low fees for all of the work that is involved with certain projects.

Anyway, I know it is very hard to keep moving forward with all of the things that can and will get you down when I comes to being a successful and profitable photographer, but I will say that we all need to ignore the rejection and learn from our mistakes. Always keep striving to get better.

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Am I ready To Be A Professional Photographer?

“Am I Ready To Be Professional Photographer? Part 1

I have asked myself that very question so many times since I retired form eighteen years of being a cop. I have dabbled in photography since the early 90’s but bought my first digital camera in Photographer Holding Camera Outside 2006. That purchase opened up a whole new world to me. I have since bought much better, and more expensive equipment in anticipation of my retirement because I knew that I wanted to be a “professional.” But, was I ready?

In this first blog of a series about my journey to become a pro, I will briefly cover what I have experienced in my first months at my attempt to achieve this goal.

I will say that it has not been easy and I knew it wouldn’t be. If it weren’t for a good photographer friend that opened my eyes to the dynamics of being a true professional, I seriously have my doubts that I would be where I am today as far as my skills and knowledge base. I mean this guy IS a pro and his work shows that he has been in the photography business for quite some time.

It has been an uphill battle with doubts about my skills and the daily tasks that I had no idea were necessary to keep above the rest of the endless number of “pros” in my area. Website maintenance, blogging, social media, networking groups. The list goes on.

My first priority has been to build my portfolio. To do this I have occasionally had to take photos for free. Yes, I said for FREE! In order to have a solid portfolio with a variety of images, I had to work many times for free. No one, in their right mind, will hire a “pro” that does not have proof of their work. This had to be done and I am still building my portfolio.

Second, I am always reading, studying, shooting. Then repeating.

The training NEVER stops. Even the guy I mentioned above is constantly trying new things. I can compare images I took last year with images I took recently and there is a big difference because I am always trying to improve. Keep training. Keep pressing on and your work will sell itself.

Am I ready to be a professional? My hard work has paid off. I can definitely do the job at a “pro” level. It can only get better from here because of the solid foundation that has been set by my mentor and friend, the “Professional!” You know who you are. Thanks, friend…..

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