“Making money at photography is a difficult thing to do. I don’t want to discourage you from your dreams, you should always pursue whatever it is that you love doing. The fact is that in the last three years the business has changed considerably. It has gone from being hard, to being very very hard. Success requires considerable luck, a vision that is relevant to the market, business sense and most of all perseverance. There is a certain Darwinian element to it, those who try the longest and the hardest survive.”—David Henry Stewart, Original Article, via A Photo Editor
Wow, you're amazing! So, I wanted to ask you a few questions to help me get started. I'm currently 18 years of age and I have an insane passion for photography. I turn to it for a lot of things. I'm going to college and I need to make some money, but I wanted to make it doing what I love. I can't seem to find any portrait studios anywhere that are hiring so I was thinking I could just start myself out early. I have already taken a few peoples pictures and I get paid for it but I want a wider variety of clients. I was wondering if you had any tips for me on how to spread the word more and also if you think I could fix anything with my photographs to make them any better? Thanks!
Kanisha Walker :D
Thank you for writing to me. It sounds like your passion will take you very far in photography. What I recommend to get started is to really immerse yourself in the business side of things to get a feel for what’s going on in the industry, read PDN magazine, join networking groups like APA, attend industry functions, and network like crazy. Good things will come from that.
I just love your work! I look at your blog every day, and I absolutely love what I see! I was just wondering if you'd be willing to recommend me to your followers? Don't worry about hurting my feelings if you'd prefer to not do this, I totally understand.
Thanks so much!
Thank you for your kind words - I really appreciate that you read my Tumblr and enjoy my work!
my last three days in NYC were wonderful. the weather held out for most of the trip and i was able to flit around the city without rain gear (thursday excepted).
thursday’s meetings were a slam dunk. i met with two magazines who i’m excited to work with and an ad agency who i may be a good fit with. the day (as you noticed from earlier photos) started out with H&H bagels which made for much happiness. i spent the evening working and prepping for friday’s meetings.
friday i had one meeting canceled which wasn’t ideal, but my other two meetings were wonderful. i was able to meet someone i’d long been in touch with but never met in person and also have lunch with an editor i hadn’t seen in a few years. both rendez-vous were lovely and filled with good chit-chat. at the end of the the day i dropped in to see the nice people at the impossible project to see if we’d be able to collaborate on my upcoming instant film portfolio development workshop that i’m teaching at the maine media workshops in june. i also was checking out their very cool new film that i will be spec shooting soon. to close off the day, i dropped off my ipad and promos for my agent, deb ayerst, since she’ll be in NYC starting on wednesday. drop her a line if you’d like her to swing by!
friday evening was spent celebrating the end of the week with my best friend. we headed up to the top of the strand for drinks after spending dinner with her colleagues.
saturday morning i was up early to fly home and also to shoot my best friend’s engagement portraits. our plan was to shoot from hoboken looking across to NYC (near where he proposed) with the view of the city in the background, and then to go to the hoboken train station for some lovely interiors. we nailed it. the city looked sparkling in the daylight and the train station was more gorgeous than i imagined. i look forward to editing the images and delivering them.
my flight home was easy and seeing my husband was a delight. i’ve now caught up on my sleep and will do a standard recap post to sum up the trip!
Just finished my last 2 NYC meetings which went well! I also stopped in at a place to network, dropped off my book for my agent to pick up since she’ll be in NYC next week, and now off to have a girls night with my best friend. All in all, a good day. I haven’t yet written about yesterday nor provided much detail regarding today so expect another more comprehensive post soon!
whew, hump day. or really, slog day. it was a long one but at least the weather held!
5 meetings today, all of which were really good. two of them were even excellent. it was great catching up with an art buyer i hadn’t seen in 2 years who cracks me up, plus seeing a new magazine and a friend at another magazine was uplifting.
in the middle of the day i got to spend a tiny bit of time at my best friend’s office (33rd floor, times square) which has a direct view of the ball - very cool. apparently this morning they changed the big sparlky numbers to read 2012 (of course in 10-mos-early prep for this coming new years’s eve, can’t be too prepared right?) so i’m one of the first people to see it from above all spanky new.
my last meeting of the day was with a dream client and it went well. a good finish to a long wednesday.
i will cap this post off by posting a bunch of photos from today. did i mention how much i love this city?