Starting a business can be intimidating, especially if you don’t have the advice from someone who has walked in your shoes. We polled our amazing Facebook Fans who are also Photographers and asked them what advice they would give someone just starting out. Enjoy the large amounts of wisdom about to be delivered!
Stacie Lewis Oliver: “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
Bree Fowles: Comparison is the thief of joy! ( not sure who said it )
Rosi Buretz: Practice makes perfect… dont give up!!!
Sandra Armenteros: It’s going to be hard. It’s going to take every ounce of your energy. It’s also going to be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. Find a great mentor and do things right from the start. You can do this.
T Kat Curtis: Don’t give up, even when it seems nothing is working in your favor!
Andrea Ehmen: Don’t give up and take risks
Leah Tennant: Spend your $$ wisely
Stephanie Parent: its going to be a lot of work, its going to be scary you will feel like giving up – but whatever you do DON’T!!! Find it inside yourself to learn, grow and accept mistakes… it takes time and it will all work out for you.
Amie Green Reinholz: Don’t go crazy buying equipment. Figure out how to master what you have first. Don’t be afraid to fail and keep trying! Also, don’t compare yourself to other photographers!
Suzanne Francis: My favorite is “The only person you can compare yourself to is the you that you used to be.”
Irene Widder Hall: Don’t listen to the rude comments but listen to those who give the good and the bad and ways to improve it. Find your own way, be you. Don’t copy Pinterest, use it to inspire.
Bri Mason: Be patient and take the time to build your portfolio before taking on any client charged clients. Try to earn the respect of fellow photographers.
Matt Odom: Know the identity that you want to be, we are flooded with social media and if you compare yourself to other successful businesses, you will loose your own unique vision. Do what you love and you will succeed.
Erin Small Greenough: Enjoy the journey. Give yourself time to learn and explore your creativity. It’s truly amazing when you start to see your visions become reality!
Brenda Bills: Don’t Give Up! Nothing worth doing is ever easy. Your vision may not be the same as someone else’s, but it is your vision. Find your shooting, editing style and shoot, shoot, shoot!
Heather N Cory Bennett: Always follow your art and your heart do what you love not what you think you should love.
Amy Swetz: No greater feeling then doing something you love and getting paid for it! It rocks!
Lilly Garza Honaker: Practice, practice, practice…if you enjoy this then keep going.
Michelle Norgard: “Pick your Facebook forums wisely.”
Brianne Rock: Follow your heart!
Jesica E. Montgomery: When you are further down the road, you will look back and realize that it was worth it.
Marie Masse: Just have some fun with it!
Jennifer Hudson: You can’t be everything to everyone, but you can be something to someone.
Pam Simpson Moleski: (1) Make sure you understand how to run a business & most of the time the business side is not fun. (2) Cultivate relationships with other photogs, be it online or local to you. You will need that support system. Family is great support too, , but they don’t always understand our frustrations & it’s always nice to have a fellow photog you can talk candidly with. (3) Treat other photogs the way you want to be treated. Same goes for other vendors. (4) Stop second-guessing yourself & being your harshest critic. Here is where #2 comes in handy. (5) NEVER STOP LEARNING!!!
Philicity Sivley: Practice practice practice & you will see results