Making it as a business and sticking with it
You can make it as a business and as a wedding photographer, you just have to stick with it and understand your value. Now, what do I mean by that? Sticking with it? First of all is something that requires patience. And I definitely had said this earlier and I will keep repeating it because I do believe that it is very important. I've been doing photos. I have been freelancing. I have owned my own business for uh you know, a full decade of owning my own business being a freelancer for almost two decades. I've been doing this for a very long time. So sometimes it may seem easy what I'm doing, but it has come with a lot of time and a lot of experience, a lot of failure, a lot of success and a lot of different situations. The thing about it is that you have to stick with that. This is not gonna happen overnight. You are going to have worries, you're going to not have clients, you're gonna worry when your next job is gonna come. But I can promise you that if you give it your all and you do...
all these things and you stay consistent with it. Things will start to snowball and add up over time. Part of my rule was originally that it takes a minimum year to make things work. Now, given the last few years when this class is recorded, it's become increasingly difficult when people are forced to stay inside, but it will change and it will get better. You just have to be patient and you have to work hard. I don't know who said this saying, but the saying was the harder I work. The luckier I get, it's very, very true. And with wedding photography, freelancing, entrepreneurship, a business, wedding photography know is a viable business, it can succeed. So we know that it will work but you have to put the time in and you have to do it. Something that helps with that is valuing yourself. A lot of times people wonder why do I have to pay so much for someone to come and take pictures? Well, they're not necessarily paying for the photos themselves. They're paying for the person behind the camera and their experience. You have to hold that value in you. You have to understand that what they are paying for is the education and the time that you have put in to learning how to take those photos and you are worth it just by you making it this far in the course, you have put so much time and effort into being not only a wedding photographer, but a successful business, human business person, you are worth all that money that they want to pay. And not only that on top of that, your creativity, your art is one of a kind and it is yours alone and there's no one else like it. And that's why there's so many different photographers and we can all be successful because we all carry something different and unique in us, especially creatively. So if you add in your creativeness, your artistic vision, who you are uniquely as a person and you add in all the time and money and effort and education that you put into that and combine those, you're worth it all. So remember that when you go in, you are important and you are a wonderful photographer and business owner and you can be successful, the only person that's gonna help you out and the only person that's gonna stop you is yourself.