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From Hobbyist to Professional: Step 6. Believe in YOU

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From Hobbyist to Professional: Step 6. Believe in YOU

Believing in yourself might very well need to be your very first step. If it is, re-read the letter I wrote to myself. If you have the courage to take that first step you will never regret it.

For the rest of you who find yourself in the same place I found myself not too long ago I have a few words for you.

You are ready. You are educated. You are prepared. You have worked hard to get to where you are today. Because your phone is not ringing off the hook does not mean your prices are too high or your art not good enough. Be patient. It takes time. And, in the meantime when you do book that client be grateful. Treat them like family. You will get referrals. And, the snowball will only grow larger.

When you find yourself working more than you intended learn to say no even more. Be selective. Take care of you. Take care of your family. Don’t lose site of why you went into owning your business in the first place. It wasn’t to be a slave to everyone else. It was to have flexibility in your schedule. Keep it that way.

When you find yourself in a rut take a step back and think through why you fell in love with photography in the first place. Check out Jodi’s tips for breaking out of a rut, too. Take a break from looking at other artists’ blogs and sites and focus only on your own work. Visit your site as if you were viewing it for the very first time. Get out and take pictures for yourself. Take breaks. Give yourself weekends when you don’t even check email. Not even on your phone. Focus on those around you. It won’t take long before your head is clear again and you are creating work that comes easy, genuinely, and from the heart.

With every step you take be confident, remain humble and do not apologize for any decisions you make for yourself or your business. As soon as you let others dictate your life you will hate what you do. Don’t let it happen. Be kind, be bold, trust your instincts and be you. Then, enjoy a fulfilling career doing something you are passionate about, making money that not only pays the bills, but also gives you a bit extra to take that vacation you’ve always wanted to go on.

You are working your dream job. Congratulations!

Jessica, our guest writer for this series on going from Hobbyist to Professional Photographer, is the photographer behind 503 photography and the owner and creator of 503 |online| workshops for adults and now, KIDS AND TEENS!

p.s. Sign your chid up for one of our kid/teen workshops and use code MCP503 for $50 off. Offer ends May 23rd.

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  1. Christine
    September 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm —

    I just stumbled on this series. Thanks so much for all the fabulous info! Lots to think about…

  2. Jessica
    February 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm —

    By far one of THE BEST series for aspiring professional photographers that I have read! Great job Jessica and thanks MCP for featuring her in this series 🙂

  3. August 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm —

    I just read the entire series. THANK YOU. It was a simple way of outlining what can be so daunting to an aspiring photographer. It gave me a little boost of confidence and paved a clearer path to take.

  4. April 24, 2012 at 10:34 am —

    Thank you for taking the time to write this series! It was very inspirational to me.

  5. October 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm —

    I loved this series!

    I’m there right now – working through the tough questions from family and friends about pricing and still plowing through the portfolio building period. I’m on a 3 year transition from full time paralegal/part-time photographer to full time photographer.I’d love for the transition to be shorter – but patience is a virtue!

    Thank you for sharing your experience!

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