Three years ago, I set out to become a full-time photographer. Did I have a booked out year when I quit my 9-5? Nope. But wow, was I ready to push myself to try my hardest to make this work. While I definitely had an idea about the difficulties (and joys) that would lie ahead of me, I certainly wish there were things I could’ve told myself back then. So if you’re ready to become a photographer, this one goes out to you. This is my list of:
10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Photographer:
- Owning a business is a lot of hard (rewarding) work. This journey you’re embarking on isn’t easy, but I believe in you.
- Community in the photography world is REALLY important. Soak up as much knowledge as you can. Find people who motivate, mentor, and support you.
- Community outside the photography world is equally as important. Continue to embrace your college and church friends.
- Some people will support you, and others will not. THAT’S OKAY. Lean into the people who support you!
- You’ll learn a LOT about yourself through wedding photography. Good things, bad things, work ethic, etc.
- Set work-life boundaries. For the sake of your mental health, relationships, etc. Learn to strike that balance early. You don’t need to work 24/7.
- There are a lot of highs and lows to being a wedding photographer. The highs outweigh any of the lows.
- You will cry. A lot. I’m an emotional person, but weddings just open up the waterworks!
- It’s an HONOR to capture a wedding day. It’s as simple as that.
- You’ll get the BEST clients in the world who will value and appreciate you. You deserve them.
There you have it, friends; my list of the 10 things I wish I knew before becoming a photographer. I’m humbled and so very thankful to have this job, community, and support. The best thing I ever did was believe in myself to do this dang thing!! If you’re looking for more Photography + Biz Tips, click HERE. As always, be sure to follow me over on Instagram (@sarahyatesphoto) for behind-the-scenes and more!