Are you wanting to start a photography business? Did you just get a new camera and enjoy booking clients? Then this blog post is for you!
How I Started
Who am I to give out advice? Well, here’s a little background on who I am before you start reading my tips. My name is Lexi and I’ve had a photography business for a little over a year now! I started out not knowing much and just knew that I enjoyed taking pictures and the joy it brought to people. After joining some Facebook groups, doing my own research, and learning from mistakes– I figured out what I needed to do to be the photographer I wanted to be.
Since then, I’ve been published on photography accounts and am well on my way to being full time! I’ve been getting questions from other photographers and decided to write this post to hopefully help some fellow peeps out!
The 5 Things
1. I wish I knew that it’s important to find friends in the community. I learned pretty early on that community over competition is the key to really flourishing. Thanks to the great people in my local photography community, I was able to learn and collab early on in my career, which helped tremendously!
2. Pro tip: it’s not the equipment, it’s the photographer. I started out with a little Nikon D3400 crop frame and had it for most of my first year in business. When it came time to upgrade, I was torn between buying a full frame or a better lens. I opted for a better lens and it was such a great choice. I decided to upgrade my most used lens (35mm) to a Sigma Art 35 mm and am never looking back! Here’s a comparison of before and after I upgraded my crop frame to a full frame with a Sigma 35 mm used for both.
3. Something I still am working on is the comparing game. The only healthy comparison is the comparison of your growth. Where were you when you started and where are you now? I love looking back at some of my first photos and now and seeing how much I’ve learned! Try not to compare yourselves to other photographers because everyone’s journey is different.
4. Another thing I strongly suggest: know your worth! You will get clients who want to bargain and ask for discounts (if you’re fine with that, go for it!) but if it makes you uncomfortable, know that you don’t have to. Stick with your prices and you will get the clientele who will value your work and have no problem paying your price!
5. My final tip is: you are always learning. A little over a year into my business and I’m still learning all the things! Whether it be photography or business wise, I am always open to learning new things! Keep an open mind and learn everything you can. I’ve learned tricks for my camera and tips that have helped my business– all from fellow creatives that have learned from me as well.
Well, there you have it friends! These are my 5 tips I have for all you other creatives out there! I am by no means saying you have to do things the way I did, but this is what worked best for me. Hope it helps!