I knew I was meant to be a photographer. That's basically where my knowledge of actually being a photographer ended though.
I often think about the woman I was when I was a brand new baby photographer and how far I've come. When I say I had NO clue what I was doing I am not kidding. I mean, I know how to take photos and edit them (sort of) but there's more to being a photographer than simply taking good photos. There's the mental stuff. The emotional stuff. The stuff that's at the heart of your business and drives everything you do.
Those are the things I wish someone had talked to me about.
I can't tell you how much time I said to myself " I'm just a small fish in a giant pond " because these days everyone with a camera and a Facebook page is "a photographer". I had NO idea how to get my name out there.
I would spend hours and hours looking at other photographer's websites trying to copy what they were doing. I thought I needed to do what they were doing because obviously they had it all figured out. Oh my goodness, if only I knew then what I know now.
I shouldn't have been looking towards other photographers to find my own professional identity.
I wanted to network and make photographer friends and was repeatedly crushed when they couldn't be bothered to waste their time on a new photographer without thousands of followers and a case full of high dollar equipment. They made me feel like I wasn't good enough.
My business social media pages reflected a hobby and not a business, but I had no idea at the time.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Here are five things I really wish someone would have told me when I was just starting out. These aren't technical tips. You won't find techniques here. Instead you'll find gut check tips that cut right to the core of how you will feel as a photographer. It took me a long time to figure this stuff out on my own and I wasted SO much time!