Path to Pro with AJ | The Arrivals Gate: How to know when you can call yourself a ‘Pro’.
How do you know when you can finally call yourself a professional photographer, legitimately and unapologetically? When will you be able to name yourself as a real ‘pro’ without fear of being called out as a fraud?
Path to Pro with AJ | Saying The ‘F’ Word
Failure, SNAFU, FU-BAR, blowing it, messing up, bombing, dying. f*ck-ing up, fiasco. Failure is the scary monster under the bed that keeps many of us from sticking our little pink toes on the floor and making tracks toward our own success.
Path to Pro with AJ | Work for ‘Free’ and Still Get Paid.
Many young (and not so young) photographers wanting to break into the photography business offer to do ‘free work’ in hopes of establishing a relationship with a potential client for paid services in the future.
Turn Photography New Year’s Resolutions into Reality
Well, it’s here, that perennial season of resolutions and good intentions. We’ve made it through the holidays and the best Christmas present has been saved till last: a clean slate. The New Year, like a blank canvas, brilliant with possibility, is laid out in front of you.
Finding the Path to Pro, Part 2: How to Work for Free
So many young (and not so young) photographers wanting to break into the photography business tell me that while they bide their time, when they can’t get paying gigs, they do ‘free work’ for clients, in order to ‘gain professional experience.’ This is usually further explained with the caveat, “If I’m not busy, I might as well be working for free until someone begins to pay me.”
Path to Pro, Part One: Don’t Quit Your Day Job
Photography is your love, your passion. And in your heart you know that you want to transition from being an amateur to pursuing your passion professionally. You’ve even gotten paid for a few jobs, so you are already doing some professional work. Nevertheless you may feel that you’re not a ‘real’ professional photographer because the photo jobs are on the side and you also have a day job.