Feeling a Little Lost...

Discussion in 'General Shop Talk' started by JayLynn, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. JayLynn

    JayLynn TPF Noob!

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    Ok, so here is the deal...
    I LOVE photography, and have had an interest in it since I can remember. I think it would be amazing to start a business that would be successful and still be able to love what I'm doing and not get frustrated with it.

    And now here is the problem...

    I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to business stuff, no idea how to get started, and no idea if I actually have talent to be successful and be able to provide for what my clients want. Plus on top of it all, I'm a broke college student so I can't really put any real money into anything yet. I have done a couple of little sessions with family and friends and put together a Facebook page (it's always on Facebook isn't it :er:), but like I said, I have no idea what I am doing.

    It would be really awesome if anyone had any feedback, or any helpful tips that they could give me, or even if anyone wanted to check out what I have on the page and let me know what they think about them. I haven't had any schooling or any type of teaching and only do what I feel looks acceptable and what I enjoy.


     
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  2. cgipson1

    cgipson1 TPF Noob!

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    Interesting that you would post the above, and yet still have this "Quality photography at reasonable prices. By Appointment Only." on your Facebook page! $80 to $85 for a FIVE HOUR SESSION? Whoa..... That is "interesting"!

    What are you taking in College? Business? Photography?

    If you post some of your images here.. you will get some answers on the images.

    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/...forum-functions-pictoral-guide-using-tpf.html

    There are several threads here on starting a photography business.. and all that entails. Taxes, Licenses, Insurance, Contracts, Release Forms, etc..... search and you will find them. You will also find some kind hearted souls here that will probably try and help you.. but only if you are serious, and want to learn.
    If you are shooting without contracts and insurance, please be careful... it only takes one angry person to put you in a world of hurt. If you are charging, and not paying taxes on what you earn.. that is a big can of worms also.

    Personally, based on your images, I don't think you should be charging yet. Good luck!
     
  3. raider

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    start with a business plan and a huge business loan. of course. love and a camera is not the way or a good reason to start a business.
     
  4. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If you don't know where you're going and haven't the money to invest then starting up a business will be hard. You might well want to try an internship/apprenticing/secondshooter etc... with an already established photographer or photography company. That gives you a bit of growing space to further your craft, learn some of the ins and outs of professional working.
     
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  5. AgentDrex

    AgentDrex No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    So, I looked through your photos at failbook (I deleted my failbook account about a month and a half ago). You seem to have, at the very least, people skills.

    I cannot, for the life of me, get anyone to stand still in front of the camera. As soon as I try to take photos, they put their hands in their face or just flat run away. I know I'm not all that good at portraits but how am I supposed to get practice if they don't let me take photos? I've been lucky to get a few people to stick around long enough to take a photo of them.

    None of them are good like yours though. I mean, yours still need some work. I saw some slight motion blur and a LOT of tilted photos (if thats what floats your Lake Superior boat) but overall, you have the talent, just need more practice. You are definitely going to need to go through and edit out the grammar/spelling mistakes on your page. You could be the most professional photographer out there and get no work based simply on the fact that there are misspellings and grammatical errors.

    I wish you luck. You have a gorgeous area to shoot in. How many shots have you done in the Rose Garden in Leif Erikson Park?
     
  6. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Here's my $00.02 (Before taxes) worth. Don't worry about the photography aspect of it just yet. In fact, just put the camera down and leave it alone for a while. NOW, pick up your local campus newspaper, and look for any and all night courses/adult-ed seminars etc on business ed, entrepreneurship, etc. While you're doing that, put together your resume and slog your butt around to every photographer in town and ask/beg/plead for a position as an "Intern" (Trade slang for "unpaid slave") or, if you're really lucky as a [very low] paid second-shooter. Learn the business that way.
     
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  7. KmH

    KmH In memoriam Supporting Member

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    A photography business is way more about business knowledge and skills than it is about photography knowledge and skills.

    The first step to starting a photography, or any other kind of, business is to do the research necessary for writing a solid business & marketing plan.
    Get started for free, right here - Starting & Managing a Business | SBA.gov

    You can also tap into the free, Service Corp of Retired Executives at www.score.org.

    It would be better if your life long interest had been business. ;)

    I started a photography business, so the business could support an expensive hobby I had.
     
  8. orljustin

    orljustin No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Why do you have "to start a business" just because you "LOVE" photography? You can "LOVE" a hobby. Why does everything think because they like to snap pictures, suddenly, they need to "start a business"?
     
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    fsquare No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Because doing what you love doesn't end up feeling like work. Why should she do something she isn't happy doing just to make a few bucks?

    Where i disagree with her is having to start a business from it. Start working for a studio or for another photographer and learn the trade as well as the business side of it. Pick his or her mind as much as you can and then move on from there.
     
  10. orljustin

    orljustin No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Actually, doing "what you love" does tend to end up feeling like work, because it is work.
     
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  11. Bossy

    Bossy No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Because Mom and Pop say that her pics are phenomenal and therefore she should make milllions of dollars from it. Slightly sarcastic, but mostly true. However that doesn't mean someone can't grow from that point.
     
  12. tirediron

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    True, but not nearly so much as doing work that you don't like to do does!
     
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