You LOVE it! There is something about being behind the camera that gets you fired up and excited to be creative and in the moment. I totally get it because I was there too (and still am). At 14 years young, I picked up a point and shoot camera and instantly fell in love with photographing nature, which led me to start my own photography business after college. I also get that the thought of running a business can be SCARY. The thought of taxes might make you cringe, and the thought of nightmare clients makes you want to run away and hide. However, I promise, it is not as scary as it sounds. So without further adieu, here are the 3 reasons why you should start your photography business sooner than later.
I’ll never forget the first time I walked away from a session and a client paid me $20. I had the biggest smile on my face and thought, “oh my gosh, I am a total boss babe!” Am I saying you should start off charging $20 for your first paid sessions? Of course not. But once you get the hang of it, if you book multiple sessions in one weekend or many during the week, you would be surprised how fast the money adds up! Just remember to keep in mind you will have to put a percentage of that money aside for taxes.
On this photography entrepreneurial journey, you will meet SO MANY people! You would not believe the number of connections you can gain between clients, vendors, photographer friends, and much more! By collaborating with other creatives, there are awesome opportunities to showcase your work (and theirs) to your ideal clients. By networking and gaining connections, you’ll also establish relationships and friendships which will make your business spread like wildfire.
I’m sure you have heard the saying “practice makes perfect.” But in all seriousness, perfect is a unicorn and no matter what, you will never stop learning as you grow in your business. Your editing style will change, and techniques on how to run your business will change. It sounds cliche but everything becomes easier and harder at the same. Later down the line when you are looking at your past work and experiences, you will appreciate just how far you have come and how much you still have in store!