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3 Things I thought I knew about photo marketing and becoming a professional photographer – WRONG!

Back when I first decided to become a professional photographer and get involved with photo marketing on a full time basis, I thought – foolishly – that all I had to do was practice and study all the latest techniques for creating stunning images! Then, once I learned to consistently do brilliant work, my career as a professional photographer would be more or less cast in stone.

Boy was I wrong! If you want to earn great money in photo marketing (I’ve lost count of how many $1000 days I’ve had) by becoming a professional photographer and working in the career of your dreams – here are 3 vital things you NEED to know. BTW – you can and should start part time!

First, let me establish a few assumptions on my part. I assume you are interested in photography and that you have dreamed about working in a career that you love.

I also assume that you are either considering/dreaming about becoming a professional photographer or possibly have already tried your hand at photo marketing – at least part time.

Note: I didn’t assume you are a brilliant photographer. That was the graduation photographerfirst huge hurdle I faced when I wanted to start my photo marketing career. I just wasn’t that good. I was and still am competent, but I don’t see myself ever winning any major creative awards.

I’d shoot and shoot. Remember – this was in the olden days of film, when every shot cost about a dollar after considering time, film, developing and printing costs. No matter how much money I pumped into my “hobby”, no matter how many credit cards I maxed out buying the latest and greatest, I just couldn’t measure up to the photos I was seeing in all the photo books and magazines.

My dreams of a career as a professional photographer seemed totally out of reach.

Wrong. That’s myth #1. You don’t need to be Ansel Adams! Just competent!

I don’t remember where, but somewhere I stumbled across someone who said, “There’s room in professional photography for every skill level.”

That sentence changed my life. I’d buy the originator of that little snippet of gold a beer, if I could remember who it was.