Hey friend! We photographers have to stick together and raise each other up in this industry. We are artists and comrades and connected spirits, sharing our love for freezing time behind our lenses and holding onto memories we love. I believe that we photographers love taking pictures because we love life so much, that we have to freeze it. We have to stop the moment so we can remember and reminisce. We are such nostalgics afterall!
I once received a message asking how I was able to be so confident with photography and my business when I had just started out. But let’s be real – I may have acted confident but don’t let that smile fool ya! To this day, I still get a wave of this so-called “Imposter Syndrome” before every. single. shoot. I get butterflies in my stomach before every session, and I often start wondering: who do I think I am to charge this much money for photographs? I sometimes felt like I was not worthy of calling myself a photographer. There are more and more photographers starting businesses every year. Why was I just starting now? Look, I know it seems like those who who have been in the game longer are crazy confident, but every photographer (especially female photographers – but that’s a whole other blog post on anxiety/psychology!) deal with their own insecurities. To think that we all have everything put together is utter nonsense!
But I look back at my first year of photography – those 20 free sessions before I took a big leap of faith and booked my first actual clients. I feel so proud of that 20 year old girl with her used dSLR and new business license. Do you know what I was doing, friend? I was faking it till I made it. I remember walking to one of my first family sessions on the Upper East Side in Central Park feeling so discouraged, thinking how unworthy I was to think I could actually run my own business. I was so nervous going to that session, that I asked my intuition for guidance. I took a deep breath, looked up and saw a Lulu Lemon store. In the window was a giant sign: “Fake it till you make it.”
Since that morning, I did just that.
I dedicated myself every day to the business and art of photography. I became obsessed with marketing, human psychology, and Photoshop. Before every session, I would consciously tell myself, “you are worthy. you are enough. You’ve got this, girl.” Self talk is powerful, friends. When you’ve told yourself something so many times, eventually your mind catches up to you. People sense authenticity. And when you tell yourself and believe that you are worthy of photographing someone – of earning money for those photographs – other people will follow suit.
Here are a few tips to help gain some confidence as a photographer….
Alright, friend – it’s time to take these tips and put ’em to action! Finding confidence as a self-employed artist seems daunting, but it’s the most important quality and lesson you can learn as a photographer. When you believe you are worthy and talented enough, everything else always seems to magically fall into place. 🙂
P.S. Share this post with any of your pals who are new to photography or art or who are taking a leap of faith into business and send some confidence their way!
March 29, 2018
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