1. Find the best photography course or workshops that works for you
In order to have an amazing portfolio that suits to you, a great way to get it is to invest in a photography course/workshop. You will have to do some serious research first. Is the teacher a photographer that inspires you ? Is the style of teaching suited to your personality and photography? Consider weekend workshops and online courses held by experts in their fields.
Check out Creative Live for an outstanding new way of learning. Experts are there to help you creatively online by broadcasting lessons so you can listen wherever you want.
2. Find a great mentor
A mentor should be someone who has had a successful career or someone that knows a lot about this field, whose work you admire and is passionate about what they do. If it’s possible, they should be available for at least one hour a month.
3. Get as much industry experience as you can
Intern with as many different photography businesses as you can, both large and small. Go into fashion industry events to network with people of the area if you like portrait/fashion photography or anything like it. I came away with valuable skills that I still use today.
4. Hang around with people who inspire and support you
Some of your friends and family are going to try and talk you out of pursuing your dreams. They have good intentions but its your dream not theirs. Never stop shooting or you will loose your ability.
5. It takes 10,000 hours of work to become a master of your craft
If you spend 3 hours a day photographing and editing photos you will become a master at it in 10 years. There are no short cuts or magic formulas, just hard work.
6. Photography is not a job, it’s a passion
When you love what you do it never feels like work.
7. Learn to embrace failure
Some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs had spectacular failures before they found success. Never fear of failure, this explains why we are human. Be inspired by this quote:
Despite what you may believe, you can disappoint people and still be good enough. You can make mistakes and still be capable and talented. You can let people down and still be worthwhile and deserving of love. Everyone has disappointed someone they care about. Everyone messes up, lets people down, and makes mistakes. Not because we’re inadequate or fundamentally inept, but because we’re imperfect and fundamentally human. Expecting anything different is setting yourself up for failure.”
— Daniell Koepke
8. Your uniqueness is the most important asset you have
The photography industry does not need another Ansel Adams, Annie Leibowitz, or Alfred Stieglitz. Develop a unique style that sets you apart from everyone else. It’s also okay to be inspired by great artist: anything you create is your own anyway.
9. The most common cause of failure is quitting
Most people give up too early. Building a business takes years, there will be set backs.
Fact: the average entrepreneurial millionaire has been broke or nearly broke 3.2 times
10. There is no such thing as overnight success
Patience is key for success. Learn the more you can, but be patient for success. Have faith, it will come to you one day I’m sure of it. Trust in your work and everything else will flow.
11. Every time you are rejected means you are one step closer to success
Collecting new clients is a numbers game. Remember, rejection is never personal.
There are some very famous examples of people who experienced countless rejections before they achieved success.
- Author, J.K Rowling manuscript Harry Potter was rejected 12 times before she found a publisher,
- Walt Disney was knocked back 302 times before he got financing for creating Disney World,
- Several record labels rejected The Beatles,
- Colonel Sanders, the founder of KFC had his famous secret recipe knocked back a staggering 1009 times.
12. Seek constructive criticism and learn from it
Show your photos to as many industry professionals as you can. Ask for constructive criticism and learn from it. This is a great time of growth and learning. Deviantart is a great art comunity perfect so people can connect with you and they can also help you critique your work. Facebook groups also exists.
Be grateful for all the praise your family and friends will always give your work but remember they will always love everything you do and may find it difficult to point out any faults.
13. Work your strengths, hire your weaknesses
If you don’t enjoy editing images, why don’t you hire a retoucher? It will help you gain some time and it will help your business grow.
14. Social Networking
Blog, tweet, flickr, facebook, instagram, google+, linkedin do it all and do it often. Share your work, support other artists whose work you love and be generous with your information.
15. Shoot personal projects that inspire you
Shooting personal projects give you a chance to test new lighting styles, lenses, locations and it’s a brilliant way to showcase your personality.
16. An inexperienced make up artist or stylist can ruin and entire shoot
Work with a variety of different Hair and Make Up artists and Stylists till you find the ones that compliment your shooting style.
17. Make friends with other photographers
The best advice on equipment and technique has come from spending time with other photographers. Social networking makes it really easy to connect with different photographers from all around the world.
18. Just start. Today
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
There will never be a time when you are 100% ready. There will always be something missing. Just start. Today.
Hugs and love,
Cindy Melissa Boisvert xox