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:

  1. Owning a business is a lot of hard (rewarding) work. This journey you’re embarking on isn’t easy, but I believe in you.
  2. Community in the photography world is REALLY important. Soak up as much knowledge as you can. Find people who motivate, mentor, and support you.
  3. Community outside the photography world is equally as important. Continue to embrace your college and church friends.
  4. Some people will support you, and others will not. THAT’S OKAY. Lean into the people who support you!
  5. You’ll learn a LOT about yourself through wedding photography. Good things, bad things, work ethic, etc. 
  6. 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. 
  7. There are a lot of highs and lows to being a wedding photographer. The highs outweigh any of the lows.
  8. You will cry. A lot. I’m an emotional person, but weddings just open up the waterworks! 
  9. It’s an HONOR to capture a wedding day. It’s as simple as that.
  10. 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!


10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Photographer

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