I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible.
I have no formal training as a photographer. I'm not even a highly technical photographer. In fact, I never even knew how to use a camera on manual mode until about 9 years ago. At that time my life, I was an actor and was gifted a used Nikon D70. Until that point, I had no intent to become a professional photographer; it wasn't even in passive thought in the back of my mind. The camera was an accident. A gift from the universe. The truth is, that the day I was gifted that camera is when my life actually started. It began there because up until that point, I held the belief that fulfillment and making money were always separate acts; I thought that if I wanted to make money, I would have to find a job and just do that (which was never really fulfilling). Or, if I wanted to be fulfilled and inspired I would choose to follow that dream but would not be making money at it. Becoming a photographer has allowed me to do what's fulfilling all while by working with inspirational people and making a very good living doing it.
If you have ever experienced the thrill of getting paid to do what excites and fulfills you, you know what I'm talking about. Sometimes, it might even feel like you shouldn't be taking money at all because you're having so much fun. I get it. However in order to continue to do what you do and to serve your clients at the highest possible level, you have to take money. It's a must for any successful business or creative venture - and none of us can live without it. If you haven't yet experienced this thrill, or if you've made money as a photographer and want to increase your income, that's the common thread that all my coaching clients share:
To get paid as a photographer.
Some of my clients are full time photographers, but many are part time. They all have one thing in common: they are committed to consistently getting paid for their work. They're not hobbyists. They're not out to settle for social media likes or follows. They are committed to getting paid because they are committed to spending their very limited time on earth doing work that fulfills them. They know that the more they get paid, the better they can serve their clients and the more they'll get to do what fulfills them with people that inspire them.
For years, I never really thought about coaching photographers. Being mostly self-taught, I assumed if someone wanted to learn they would do what I did: watch videos, read books and experiment/practice like crazy. I felt this way until a friend reminded me of an experience I had early on in my career with photographer George Pitts.
George was looking for an assistant at the time for a book he was working on. He needed someone to drive him back and forth from New York to D.C. and to assist him on the shoot. George was a true New Yorker in that he didn't have a drivers license because he'd taken public transport his whole life. That's where the driver/ assistant job came in. George and I were connected through a mutual photographer and when I looked him up, I knew I had to jump at the chance to assist him. His resume was amazing and his photography was as beautiful as it was compelling. I got to spend a day and night with George; probably about 18 hours in total. It was a life changing experience; I learned more about being a photographer in those 18 hours then I did from all the studying and experimenting I did on my own. It was truly a master class and I'll never forget those hours I got to spend with George.
What my friend made me realize is that it would be selfish of me to not offer the same thing George offered me: the chance to learn from someone else's mistakes and experience at an accelerated rate. In truth, it's my time with George that continues to inspire me to help other photographers get paid to do what fulfills them.
No matter where you are in your career I want to help you. Maybe you're just starting your journey and are still learning your craft, maybe you're a full-time parent and want to be a part-time photographer, maybe you're a pro and you have a certain income goal you want to reach - the end goal is always the same: To get paid as a photographer. If someone who only has a couple of acting degrees and no formal training can do it - so can you. All you need to have is a commitment to the result: To get paid as a photographer.
I offer a limited amount of one-on-one coaching slots for photographers. This includes Skype calls, work reviews and strategy sessions. To hop on a free discovery call use the application below and a member of my team will get us connected:
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