Invest in Yourself
I typically choose to keep my opinions to myself... okay for the people that really know me, not all the time I know... ;)
In lite of all the recent craziness in the photography industry about how to start a photography business and all these 10 step advices here and there, I have just watched people go back and forth. To be completely honest I am to busy and have other priorities than to worry about everyone else and what he said or she said. I say focus on yourself and your clients.
More importantly.. invest in yourself. Before you go buy a camera and open up a facebook page stating that you have a photography business.... seriously invest in yourself. What does that mean? One word.... Education. Go to workshops, take classes, and attend events. Take time to understand how to use a camera in manual, what aspects of a camera come together to make an image, what will my workflow be, post production, what software will I learn and use, how to run a photography business, marketing, how to pay sales tax, what situation happen in a wedding and how to handle them, ... list goes on.... Because our clients deserve the best.
Once you have done that... then get a business license and run a business. I get the email daily asking how to do this and I see images popping up everywhere from new photographers.
I am not here to judge... period. I was once a new photographer. We all were, I don't care if you started 20 years ago. I say let's stop the noise and invest that time in yourself and your business. And there is my two cents... any I realize my 2 cents is not much.
I was in Washington DC a couple of weeks ago and I snapped this image at sunset. I am thankful that photography has given me a voice that I didn't have before and has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally.
Have a great weekend Friends!