The number 1 way to be successful in photography is to…………….. love what you’re doing! That sounds dumb, I know. For a long time I did photography #1, for the money THEN #2, because I loved it. I had it backwards.
I do NOT like doing family photo shoots, baby shoots, or maternity shots. Do I do them? Yes. I’m I good at them? Yes. Here is the problem. I would get shoots like these, go take the pictures, and procrastinate the editing because I did not want to do it. I had no passion for these types of shoots. As a result, it burnt me out and I gave up on photography for a couple of years. I stopped charging for my work because I just wanted to enjoy myself with no pressure attached.
One day my wife talked some sense into me. She told me to just follow my passion and not worry about anything else. Since then I have only been doing shoots that I enjoy! I love shooting senior pictures, weddings, basketball games, football games, baseball games etc.
Am I making a TON of money? No, not yet. But I am more successful now than I was when I was doing it for the money. My business is growing faster then it ever has.
The number 2 way to be successful is to have patients. YOU MUST LEARN YOUR CAMERA AND LEARN HOW TO SHOOT! Don’t be in such a rush to do gigs that you become the “sister or brother or cousin, or friend” with a nice camera. Learn how to be a photographer! Everyone these days has a camera on their phone and can take pictures. You need to learn the skills that set you apart from them. Take the time to learn the trade. Right this second can you tell me what these are?
If not, you are not ready to go compete with the big dogs. Good photographers can take into account/ use these things to their advantage on the fly in their sleep. It is second nature.
Go have fun shooting. figure out what you love to shoot. Figure out your style. Find your passion. While doing this, learn the functions of your camera and learn how to use them.