Becoming a photographer is among the most significant life decisions I have made so far. I started taking photos as a hobby, but I soon realized that I wanted to do it for life. Photography allows me to capture incredible moments and use my imagination to the fullest. It relieves stress, and it is also financially rewarding.
Over the many years I have been a professional photographer, I have learned many things. They have enabled me to take better pictures, satiate my customers’ needs, and become a better person in general. Today, I would love to share these things. As photographers, we must inspire each other and grow together.
I believe that one must be passionate about photography to be a great photographer. It’s the only way they will be motivated to learn more and improve their skills. More often than not, photographers who are only interested in making money fail because they lack the required drive to satisfy a clients’ needs.
When I have a shooting, I always prepare adequately for it because I don’t want anything to deter me from doing my best. I wake up early and charge the battery so that it doesn’t disappoint me in the field. I also ensure that my tripod is okay.
Again, I discovered that a photographer’s mood affects how the shooting goes. Clients hate working with gloomy photographers. Hence, I try to be jovial, even when I am dealing with some troubling personal issues.
The most realistic way to achieve our dreams is to set goals and create smart strategies to make them a reality. During my first months as a professional photographer, I only cared about taking a few great photos a day. I didn’t care much about my career, and I realized that I wasn’t progressing. So, I started setting short- and long-term goals, and things began to change. I got more clients, and my income increased. I felt more fulfilled, and I had a reason to wake up early every day. Years later, I established my company. It all started with knowing my objectives!
If you ask me, the term ‘bad weather’ only exists in the dictionary of photographers who lack creativity. I took some of the best pictures of my career when it was raining or snowing. The important thing is to find the perfect spot and angle to take the shots. Of course, it helps when you have a client who is ready to embrace your imagination and trust that you know what’s best for them.
Even when shooting during unfavorable weather conditions, I always put the safety of my clients first. It would be unprofessional to put their lives in danger for the sake of excellent shots.
Needing help is not shameful. As an inexperienced photographer, I knew nothing about taking amazing photos. There were times when I disappointed my clients and lost them. So I contacted a few more experienced photographers and asked them for tips to be a fantastic photographer. It helped me to learn and enhance my photography skills.
We might want everything to be smooth, but that’s not always the case. Having been in photography for decades, I know that some days can be bad. Even when things go wrong when I’m shooting, I don’t beat myself up. Second chances exist for a reason. One day might be awful, but things always get better.
With my passion for photography, I do not doubt that becoming a photographer was a smart choice. I have learned a lot about the skill.