I’ve been asked many a time by newbie photogs:
“What should I do to get into the business?! What’s the secret to becoming a successful professional photographer?????”
And I’m going to tell you what it is. Right now. In this post.
This is truly a momentous occasion.
That’s the secret.
“Wait what?! So there’s no special camera I can buy? No workshop that will give me all the answers?? Really?!!”
Sorry to burst all your bubbles and spoil all your hopes of quick cash and instant fame, but there’s no magic key to photographic stardom and ridiculously amazing imagery!
If you ask the great names in the industry about how they achieved all their amazing success they have today, all of them will regale you with countless stories of how they have tried and failed, experimented, studied, had people who told them they sucked and should quit while they were behind, scraped together cash to buy equipment, or took on crappy jobs to be able to keep doing photography.
Why on God’s green earth would they go through that?
Because they love it. Because they are passionate about it. Because it’s worth it in the end.
And those who are truly successful are the ones who don’t throw up their hands and stomp off when roadblocks stand in their way, and they don’t say, “Nah brah, this is too difficult, I’ll just try something else.”
If you want to become a professional photographer, prepare your butt for a good kicking, because the road is long and twisting, and full of prickly cacti, (like taxes, clients from Hell, or branding nightmares. You know, the works).
2-3 years is about the average make it or break it point for most photography businesses. That’s the time when you decide if it’s just a fun hobby, or if you’re going to plunge in hardcore and make it your career, and pursue it wholeheartedly.
I’m not here to tell you that it’s impossible, or to dissuade your dreams, I just don’t like beating around the bush.
(or the metaphorical cacti, if you will).
Expect the roadblocks, prepare yourself for the headaches, and if you LOVE this job as much as I do, and you’re ready to take the plunge, DO IT. Don’t look for shortcuts, or for some magical 5-step-to-success program.
Persist. Persist. Persist.
And I promise, it will be worth it in the end.
Now, enjoy pretty pictures of the gorgeous Michelle and Kidder, with a special appearance by Huck the puppy.