Advice from Photographers – What I Wish I Knew

Are you someone who’s getting ready to start a photography business? We asked our users what they wish they knew before starting their photography business? Let me tell you… the wisdom we received was too good not to share!

Lauren Enright Photography

“I wish I had a better understanding and experience with Photoshop to bring editing to a new level…also how time consuming all of the admin items are and take away from the fun part of shooting.”

Eleventh Hour Goods

“Some people see price tags, not art. Don’t let it get to you. I remember one potential client asked about a session for a special event. I quoted my pricing and she said they couldn’t afford it at that time. My heart broke for them and this really weighed on me. I HATE the idea of someone not having photographs to pass along special memories to future generations. As the day approaches, I offered to stop by and take 2-3 pictures for free. Her response: “We already hired a less expensive photographer!” It hurt. I toughened up. And kept going.”

Halee Betzner Photography

“I wish I knew how to just balance everything better. I got overwhelmed quickly once my business took off. Making a workflow schedule and finding an assistant or program (like Iris)  to help with emailing and paperwork is key! I wish I knew to not take everything SO seriously and personal.”

Tumbling Sparrow Photography

“Honestly I just wish I had more time – time to experiment and play with different ideas & setups. I find myself playing a little catch up now but it is a very great feeling knowing that you are good enough and giving yourself creative control over your images.”

ENV Photography

“I wish I knew more about what it really feels like to be self-employed, worrying about where that next booking is coming from. How it feels to always think into the future to plan your life around wedding bookings. I wish I realized just how much of the job is marketing.”

Joline Cameron Photography

“I wish I knew that I wasn’t going to successful right away, to be successful you need to be willing to put in lots of hours, hard work and take risks. Not all your risks will pay off but it’s guaranteed that you will learn from everything that you do. I take stock of every session that I do and write out things that I rocked and things that need improvement. It’s important to note areas that can be made better.”

Jaimie Nicole Krause Photography

“I wish I would have known how many roles I would have to play; I wish someone would have told me that by outsourcing the things I dislike or am not good at will make me more productive; I wish I would have learned long ago to only compare myself to who I used to be (and not to anyone else).”

Angela Doran Photography

“Something that I wish I knew before I started my business would be to not worry about what everyone else is doing. Focus on yourself, your art, your business. Comparison is the thief of joy.”

J Swenson Photography

Specialize in what you’re passionate about!! Don’t just take every client that calls, messages, etc. Do what you love and your work will speak to that. It also helps to be recognized as an expert in that field too!”

For those of you out there who have already been in the business – What is something you wish you knew before starting a business? Let us know in the comments below!

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