I received a phone call from a budding wedding and portrait photographer, Jill, (name changed for privacy) last week asking for some advice. It was easy to hear that she was a little nervous in the beginning but relaxed as we chatted. What surprised me most, was Jill’s last statement – which lead me to my offer below.
The initial questions were technical in nature about lens and camera body choice but we went on to talk about many aspects of being a photographer in business as opposed to being a photographer for fun or hobby.
Starting out in business – reading and listening to loads of advice, Jill was coming to the conclusion it was impossible to do both. I agreed and disagreed at the same time but assured her that I still have a hell of a good time at my shoots and feel that my clients have a great time at my shoots too – I’ve made that a priority in my business.
Without going into details, we had a great conversation and I believe Jill will go on to start and run a great photography business for herself.
What surprised me most about our conversation came as we were saying our goodbyes. Jill was totally surprised at how long I was happy to chat and more so, how much I shared.
I didn’t think anything of it and have always shared whenever I’ve been asked. If it wasn’t for some of the best wedding and portrait photographers in Australia sharing with me when I was starting out, I would never be in the position I am today. I am forever grateful for their advice and willingness to share with me.
I believe a clients good time at a shoot, wedding or portrait, is more important than technically brilliant photography
Knowing how tough it was for Jill to get some help and advice I have an offer to make to any budding photographer… if you have a question, simply ask. If I can help, I will.
Shoot me an email and I’ll do whatever I can to steer you in the right direction. Yes, you’re identity will be kept totally private. It can be technical in nature or business related, I’m happy to share if you think it’ll help.