| p.1 #6 · How to stay motivated/encouraged as a new photog? |
Jack Daniels and I are good buddies.
Photography is one of the toughest professions to be REALLY successful at financially. Everyone is a photographer nowadays, doing it better and charging less. Competition is fierce. It's not like the old days. If you have another career keep it. Continue your hobby.
Specifically, if you are doing portraits and building a portfolio, maybe join a local phot club who periodically does model photo shoots/days ? That will give you exposure to subjects to practice on, get some new samples ? If you're good they'll tell their friends.......if you're not that good, change hobbies or keep it a hobby, not a profession. Join your local chamber, get to know people, offer FREE sessions with a print for any auctions for local charities. There are tons out there. High school organizations, church organizations. area clubs, non profit organizations are always having fund raisers and need donations.
Non profits usually have higher income members who are a great source for clients. As I said, if you do excellent work, they will refer you after the fact. If not, then realize your limitations and take appropriate action.