“Professional Photographer”… That’s heavy!
I think I prefer “Professional Photographer in Training”.
Yes, that’s better.
Although I have had a camera on hand since I was in the 6th or 7th grade, I decided to get serious about it in 2014. Yup – I chose the worst time to choose this as a profession. Seasoned photographers often say, “With the price of DSLR crop sensor camera’s so low, every mommy is a photographer” or “Everyone with a cell phone is a photographer these days”. I understand how frustrating it is for them because they aren’t completely wrong.
You can hire a wedding photographer from Craigslist for $200 and get all the images on a disc if you really want to. Yesterday on a Buy/Sell Facebook group page, someone was offering to photograph pets for $2 for 50 images. I know we all have to start somewhere, but that’s just crazy. When I started last year, a few people asked if I would photograph them or their loved ones. It was a win – win for us because they got free images and I got to practice. Now, I admit that some of those were not the greatest portraits so I’m glad they didn’t pay, but that was good practice and I gained experience.
One of the lessons I quickly learned was that photography is not cheap! Everything is very expensive and you need two of nearly every gadget. There are cameras, lenses, speed lights, meters, flashes, insurance, memory cards, batteries, filters, bags, tripods, modifiers, soft boxes, bouncers etc. That’s just for outdoor photography. Don’t get me started on studio equipment. Aside from all of the gadgets, TIME is something else that took me by surprise. Post-processing (a.k.a. digital darkroom) can take a very long time – especially when you’re first starting out. However, that’s not all that takes time. I spend hours studying by watching videos, reading, researching, taking classes, practicing, joining photography groups for hands-on learning, as well as attending workshops, conventions and trade shows. My husband told me today that he misses me. Poor thing. I’m busier now than when I worked full-time in the corporate world.
Here is the thing though, I AM LOVING IT!
- Don’t sell yourself short by devaluing your talents.
- Do not undervalue photographers (or anyone) in their profession. You pay us for our creativity, time, and cost of our equipment, knowledge and skill.
- I am my biggest critic. I know I have a lot to learn and I get stressed, overwhelmed and even become fearful, but the truth is; I am eager and my skills and knowledge get better
- everyday. I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
My feet are planted in the world of photography & I am here to stay.
So book your spring 2015 session with me because my calendar is going to book up fast!!!
(Like how I did that? heehee)
Veronica Adams Photography (630) 965-1457 www.veronicaadamsphotography.com email: email@example.com
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