When I first got started in photography I was only 21 years old. Back then there was no school or college in the state of Louisiana that taught you the kind of photography I am doing now. Back then there was no school or college in the state of Louisiana that taught you the kind of photography I am doing todayng today. I literally had every mountain of challenges you can think of in front of me, but with my youth and my ego, I took it on like a personal fight between good versus evil.
I didn't know the first thing about a business and I had a lot to learn! The one thing about photography I have always learned to appreciate is the vastness of which I can use my skills but in order to use them you must first acquire them. Throughout the years I have spent the equivalent of a college education on learning about becoming a professional photographer. If you ever had a grand thought in your head about becoming something way bigger than who you are at this moment then you'll understand that feeling I had when I was 21 years old. The hardest thing for me to do was go for it! My parents are always my major support system and having it from them made my journey even more fun and amazing. What I came to learn about the industry is how it is actually taught to each of us. Pro photography is actually a trade being passed down to other creative's who want to continue the legacy of this wonderful industry. Now there are several colleges could do a fantastic job of teaching photography but I'm not sure about who teaches the business.
I have met so many more advanced people than myself that were so super sharing of their knowledge it just made me want to be more like them. I have always wanted to be a leader but how do you do that when you have no idea what is left and what is right. Helping people become better than who they are at the moment has always been a fascination of mine since so many wonderful people have encouraged me in the past. These days anyone can buy a decent digital camera and get pretty good looking pictures from it if not amazing. This does not make them a pro photographer by any means. With Facebook businesses that really aren't businesses, just people that can claim to have one, the average person doesn't know the difference of someone up holding a real business and someone who is just collecting money for the sake of taking a pretty picture.
When I was getting started in the industry I once asked a long time pro photographer the question, what really makes you a professional photographer? His answer will stick with me for a lifetime. He said anybody can learn to take a picture, but the pro photographer needs to create amazing pictures every single time they are asked to complete a job and do it at the best of their abilities. He also said that even on your most sick days with fever and achy pains all over your body you should be able to photograph a wedding 100 times better than uncle Fred with the same camera you do. I said WOW, that is a journey I am willing to accomplish and make you proud sir. :)
That man was Master Photographer of light, Tony Corbell. To this day he encourages me to keep getting better and share the knowledge learned.
Today I wanted to share with you a wonderful source for business knowledge and inspiration. We all need the guidance and today I hope I am yours. If you do not know who Seth Godin is.......then your welcome. :)
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