Anonymous asked: How did you start off, then get to where you are? Any tips on editing or getting to meet other local photographers?
I literally decided one day that I wanted to give it a try. I love art and I figured I would really enjoy myself. I did a little research as to what camera and brand to go with and then went out and bought my camera a week later(the last week in December of 2011) That camera was pretty much glued to me for the first month of two. I got lucky I guess because I started getting offers to do shoots within the first month. I started tackling bigger projects and getting in good relationships with other photogs that were already well established in their art.
the best advice I can give to you is:
1. Just shoot, don’t worry about what other people say about your work. It’s yours, not theirs.
2. Shoot because you WANT to, not because you HAVE to. the moment photography becomes more of a job and less of a passion I know I need to get out.
3.Criticism is your best friend. take what other people have to say to mind.(not to heart) remember that when you are new to something you are going to have a lot of criticism and negativity thrown your way
4. Make tons of photog friends. Surround yourself with better shooters than yourself. If you’re the best in your group than you have a problem.
5. Don’t ever undervalue your work as a photographer. If you feel that your times is worth a certain amount of money that charge that much. No sense in shooting 20 times in one month when you could have charged what you felt you deserve and make the same amount in 2 shoots.
6.Become a social networking whore(excuse my term). about 60% of all my clients find me through social networking sites via: Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. use what is already available to your advantage.
7. and last, treat all your customers like family, the other 40% of my cliental comes from word of mouth. if they have a bad experience you can forget about them telling their friends and family about you.
Hope this helped. if not, let me know and I’ll be more than happy to answer whatever I missed.