Now that you know you want to pick up photography – whether it’s a hobby or a potential source of income – where do you go from here?
Patience, I am told, is a virtue. Practicing it is another matter altogether. Stepping outside my comfort zone has always produced growth, both personally and artistically. Trusting to the higher powers in life proves beneficial: there is no such thing as bad weather.
Not many of us have the capacity to be completely objective when it comes to our work and our businesses. Going it alone has pitfalls, and that is where the value of a mentor can become the most valuable relationship a photographer can cultivate in his life, especially early on in a career.
Getting a job as a second shooter is a great way to gain real world experience and build a portfolio. It allows you to work under a more established photographer, and provides you the opportunity to learn as you go along.
Being a photographer means you’re going to be an employer, at least on a temporary basis, when you hire assistants and other personnel to work for you. They are going to be independent contractors, and they are going to be just like you: talented, creative individuals who don’t like to work for anyone but themselves.