Friends in photography,
Imagine going to the bank to make a meager deposit from your photography sales.
And the teller looks at your total, looks up at you and sez:
“Reality is a bitch, ain’t it”.
That would be funny.
This reality points to a common behavior among photographers, specifically newbies.
I had it too, way, way back when.
Of what do I speaketh?
The misguided, disillusioned, fallacious, erroneous belief that
we’re right. We can do no harm. Create no crap with our cameras.
Everyone else is wrong.
More specifically, our photography, our photography skills
is righteous, excellent and immune to criticism…since…after all, we’re so dam good.
And we “know” so much, until reality hits us square in the face.
Ever had this? Be honest…..
Let me explain some more. This behavior is common among not only newbs,
who for the most part can be excused since they know not what they speak of.
They’re merely protecting their thin and vulnerable egos.
But the crusty old pro who becomes a curmudgeon in his or her (way more often a him)
photographic ways since, well, as with the newbs, they know ssssooooo much.
As if knowledge, photographic knowledge is the bomb and end all be all.
I’ve said it a million times. And I’m saying it again.
The only vote that counts, is your clients.
And your clients vote with their wallets.
Newbs don’t have this, since, well, they ain’t got no clients.
Indeed they have comfort friends and family who will boost their egos.
And give them flakebook likes galore.
But the real ambitious, dedicated, serious and focused among them
know that the best opinion comes from those who are in the trenches.
When they don’t hear what they want to hear about their photography skills,
they rant, moan, complain and whine.
The real student (even old curmudgeons can and should be students) knows
how to take it and grow.
The real student not only delivers top notch photography but knows how to sell
Gasp!! Two words that make most gag. Selling and marketing.
But, you gotta do what you gotta do. Assuming you want to make money with your a camera
and run a legit bidness.
A great place to start, in my oh so humble yet laser sharp focused and accurate opinion, is with the advanced training series I created for my members.
It includes deep, deep learnings from such notables as Judy Cormier, Argentina Leyva, Vanessa Joy, Kirsten Lewis, Fuzzy Duenkel, Marilyn Sholin, Margeret Bryant, Maggie Habieda…..to mention but a few accomplished photogs.
Yours in photography and success,