From Hobbyist to Professional Photographer: 2 Weeks of Education + Contests

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From Hobbyist to Professional Photographer: 2 Weeks of Education + Contests

Running a photography business takes a ton of work. A ton. Ask any photographer that makes money (particularly the ones that make it look easy) and they’ll tell you that they got there by pouring blood, sweat and tears into every ounce of what they do. Yes, there are times – really amazing and fulfilling times – where as a professional photographer you will stop, take a look around and nearly pass out at how lucky you are to create photographs for MONEY. BUT It takes incredible motivation, business sense and inspiration to get there.

If you’re ready to give that in exchange for working a job that you’ll love then this week is for you! If you do not desire that, listen up: it’s okay. Pursuing and loving photography as a fulfilling hobby is a beautiful thing. You do not have to charge for your work simply because you feel like you should. And honestly, if you do not wish to put in the incredible amount of work to actually make money stay where you are and enjoy yourself.

For all you who are considering starting a photography business or who are new to your photography business, we have an incredible two weeks coming your way! We’re going to discuss what I’m calling “The 6 Vital Steps to Kick-Starting Your Dream Job.” Plus Jodi and I have lined up some amazing vendors who are donating fabulous prizes. So thank you Jodi and MCP Actions for partnering with me and allowing me to share with your readers.

Jessica Cudzilo of 503 Photography

Jessica is the photographer behind 503 photography and the owner and creator of 503 |online| workshops for adults and now, KIDS AND TEENS!

Here is the schedule for the next 2 weeks, so you do not miss a thing! Check back on Sunday May 23rd to see if you won any of the give-aways. Winners need to contact me to redeem prizes.

Monday, May 10th: Topic {Getting Educated}

Tuesday, May 11th: Contest {Enter to Win 1 of 5 copies of The Fast Track Photographer and a 503 online photography workshop }

Wednesday, May 12th: Topic {Gear – What You Actually Need}

Thursday, May 13th: Contest {Enter to Win a $75 Gift Card from Adorama and a one week rental from}

Friday, May 14th: Topic {Business Stuff}

Saturday, May 15th: Contest {Enter to Win Easy as Pie Pricing Guides and The Biz Buzz’s The Classroom}

Monday, May 17th: Topic {Building Your Portfolio}

Tuesday, May 18th: Contest {Enter to Win Simplicity Photography’s Marketing Pack and Design Aglow Posing Guides}

Wednesday, May 19th: Topic {Building Your Storefront}

Thursday, May 20th: Contest {Enter to Win Cinnamon Girl Custom Blog and a Cafe Joy/Joy of Marketing Meaty Marketing DVD Set}

Friday, May 21st: Topic: {Believe in Yourself}

Saturday, May 22nd: Contest {Enter to Win a one-hour Sykpe session with Deb Schwedhelm}


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  1. May 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm —

    I’m so excited for this! It’s a perfect timing for me!
    can’t wait to learn for the next two weeks!!!
    thank you so much!!!

  2. Tammy Wagner
    May 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm —

    If only I could be so lucky….

  3. Melissa
    May 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm —

    Can’t wait for this week! Thanks so much for all you do.

  4. May 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm —

    I can’t wait. It all looks great!

  5. May 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm —

    Awesome stuff as always, looking really forward to this! Thanks 🙂

  6. May 8, 2010 at 12:03 pm —

    This is awesome!! I am so excited for the next two weeks…this is just what I have been needing! Thank you!!

  7. Cindi
    May 8, 2010 at 11:58 am —

    Is there any way to catch this later if we cannot be online at that time? I am not sure if this is a webinar or something we can read at any time.

  8. May 8, 2010 at 11:49 am —

    Can’t wait for next the next two weeks! This is going to be amazing. Thanks Jodi.

  9. Andrea
    May 8, 2010 at 10:42 am —

    Jodi, You are so great! Thank you for going to so much work to find this information and for sharing all your knowledge with us!

  10. May 8, 2010 at 10:24 am —

    Hey there- I know you deal primarily with portraiture, but I was wondering if you had any great tips on photographing a room. You know, like Better Homes & Gardens or Pottery Barn style. If you’re like “Dude find that somewhere else” I totally understand. Thanks for all the info!

  11. Heather
    May 8, 2010 at 10:23 am —

    This is wonderful! I’m excited

  12. May 8, 2010 at 10:19 am —

    I’m thrilled and looking forward to this!

  13. May 8, 2010 at 10:08 am —

    This is excellent! I am so excited!

  14. May 8, 2010 at 10:00 am —

    This is amazing – thank you to Jodi, Jessica and everyone involved in this.

  15. Jodie
    May 8, 2010 at 10:00 am —

    OMG!!! Can’t wait to read your blog over the next 2 weeks!!!! Thank You!!! Perfect timing!

  16. Aubrea Schupp
    May 8, 2010 at 9:40 am —

    Fabulous idea! :o)

  17. May 8, 2010 at 9:29 am —

    Oh wow, what a great two weeks.

  18. christy schmid
    May 8, 2010 at 9:27 am —

    Awesome!!! christy

  19. Jen
    May 8, 2010 at 9:17 am —

    OMG! Have you been reading my mind or what!
    Will be right here waiting for each and every vital step!!

  20. May 8, 2010 at 9:15 am —

    Ohh, I’m so excited this is just what I need right now!

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From Hobbyist to Professional Photographer: 2 Weeks of Education + Contests