The road to success is paved with many things:
hope, dreams, action, perseverance, passion. But there are also a few obstacles
along the way. Some might be little potholes, while others may seem like huge
boulders blocking the path. But they are all closely related to one thing.
FEAR. And a lot of the fear comes from within – that nagging little voice that
says you should quit before you ruin everything. Ugh!
Whether you’re a budding photographer with
dreams of turning your passion into full-time work or a professional growing
your photography business, there are always challenges to face, and if you want
to be successful and reach your goals, you’ll have to do just that.
Don’t let fear drive you off the path.
Instead, face these 5 challenges you might encounter as a photographer and
overcome them so you can keep moving forward and turning your dreams into
There is no shortage of shy or introverted
photographers, but the successful ones don’t let their natural selves stop them
from doing what they love. You don’t
have to be an extrovert, a people person, or outgoing to become a happy,
well-paid, successful photographer.
And if you’re sitting there thinking something
like, But how can I become a wedding
photographer if I don’t like being in social situations? The fact that you
are interested in becoming a wedding photographer at all should tell you that
you have it in you, despite your shyness or introverted nature.
Like most things outside of our comfort zones, practice makes perfect, so practice, practice, practice. The more you do it, the more comfortable you’ll feel and the bigger your comfort zone will get.
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Done is better than perfect when it comes to moving forward. If you wait for everything to be just so or never put your work out there, nothing will ever happen. Strive for progress, not perfection. You have to realize that not every photo you take will look like how you imagined, and not every project you tackle will end in success. That is just the nature of creative work. But to move forward, to become better today than you were yesterday means you must not fear failure. Just keep trying, keep photographing, keep putting yourself out there.
And don’t get caught up in comparing yourself
with others. It’s okay to look up to people and admire their styles, but you’re
creating your own. If you spend all day looking at other people’s photos and
wondering why yours aren’t as good, you’re not creating, you’re not practicing
your craft, and you’re not sharing your unique style. Remember, creation, not
This applies to both clients and well-meaning
friends and family. You might find yourself asking…
the client doesn’t like my work?
tell me a hundred different things when it comes to building a photography
business. Who do I listen to?
will people think if I’m working on street photography? Will I seem strange?
The only person that you really need to listen
to is yourself. Of course you’ll want to consider your clients’ needs and
wants, but you also have to remember that you can’t please everyone all of the
time. This also goes for friends and families (and sometimes strangers) who
share their opinions and/or give advice. Take what resonates and leave the rest.
Money, No Time
First, there are only so many hours in the
day, and everyone has the same amount of hours to use as they please.
Second, while it’s true that more money is
helpful, it’s not necessary for success.
To overcome these challenges, you have to have
priorities. Make the time to work on your photography, even if it means waking
up an hour earlier. And put money towards what’s really important to you. Start
a savings account for photography gear if you need to.
focused action, take one step at a time, and do the best with what you have at
the moment. You can’t become successful by trying to
do everything at once (make a website, buy all the gear, market your business,
etc.) You have to create a plan that works within your schedule and budget.
There will always be times when you doubt your abilities, and even when you overcome one doubt, another will pop up. New fears and insecurities will sprout up like weeds on the path to success, but you can’t let them trip you up. Squash them! The trick is to face your fears and do whatever it is that scares you. By doing so, your confidence will grow and you’ll keep transforming and building your photography skills and business. Envision the kind of photographer you want to be and work towards that.
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