Month: September 2014

Everyone’s full of crap, and that’s okay.

Yes, everyone.  (Except when I’m giving unvarnished truth on this blog, because that’s what you come here for.)

 

Do you find yourself comparing where you are on your photo biz journey to others – maybe more often than you should?  When everyone you read about seems to be endlessly busy, or doing these incredible, crazy travel projects, or living a glam photographer dream, it can be discouraging.  Don’t take it personally.

Better yet, don’t take it for unvarnished truth.

Every single person has lean months, botched gigs, unexciting ‘pay the bills’  jobs,  insecurities, and lousy days.  Everyone.

Thing is, that stuff rarely, if ever, goes onto a public persona, especially if that persona is linked to a business.  Marketing is all about being focused, often upbeat, brilliant, creative.  Even if you’re not feeling it.

So the next time you start feeling down that everyone around you seems to be living the fabulous photo life, realize that it’s not always true all the time – just like you.

It’s okay to have bad days, scared days, ‘wondering when my next job will come and what the hell am I doing’ days.  They’re completely normal.

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Why pricing yourself low may drive others nuts – and why it’s bad for you.

The Blogtogs

Time to analyze everyone’s favorite bitch session – the photographer who charges very little for their services and/or goods.  This invariably leads to a lynch mob of photographers claiming that the pittance charger is ruining the industry, and another mob amasses reasoning why low prices are good – or really, making excuses for them.

So, I’m going to break down some reasoning, and why pricing yourself well under market is bad for YOU.  (Because honestly, that’s who really matters in your business.  It doesn’t matter what your neighbor, sister, or some random person on the internet may think.)

1. We all start somewhere!

Well, sorta.  Yes, we all start at the very beginning, and build up tools and skills required to do the job, like any other trade.  What you don’t tend to see are other trades going into business long before they’re ready.  Imagine what kind of mess a…

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