5 Misconceptions of Becoming a Professional Photographer
Becoming a professional photographer can be exciting. However, there are quite a few myths about the profession. Let’s take a peek at some of them.
Work Your Own Hours?
Not really, unless your own hours includes all of your weekends, every weekend and even most of your nights. The way to get around this is by doing child and baby photography as opposed to weddings and parties.
$75 an Hour?
It might look like that, but what about the time that you spend processing the photos, driving to the shoots, and working on prints, buying materials, etc.? Realistically speaking, you need to actually take a minute to determine what it costs for you to actually be in business and then determine what you can add to that while not overpricing your services.
Compliments = Professional? Not Hardly
People will compliment your photos but that doesn’t mean that you are ready to go pro. When they start actually offering to buy your pics, then you might consider it.
When it comes to weddings, there are so many things that can go wrong. Bridezillas do not like this. They don’t care if your equipment malfunctions, your memory card fails or anything else, they want and expect perfection. Second shooters (photographers) can alleviate this issue. Don’t be afraid to use one.
New Expensive Websites Bring in New Clients
There is more to attracting customer than just building a web site and filling it with great shots that you have taken. If you only do this and someone goes online searching for a photographer in your area, the search engines will not show them your site. You have to optimize your site for SEO and to do that, you need to have text on your site. Not just any text or a few words here and there either. You need to have keyword rich, SEO friendly text. To get around this, hire a tech savvy person who will teach you how to optimize your site so that it will be picked up by the search engines.
Hopefully, that will clear up at least a few of the myths regarding becoming a professional photographer.