My photography season really kicks off tomorrow. I'm ready! New season, new lens and new reflections and revelations. To further fuel my love for photography and educate myself on the art of it all (business or no business) I enrolled in the university of YouTube. One of the best teachers of photography, though I suppose of anything you want to learn. I stumbled upon Jasmine Star's YouTube channel. For those who do not know who she is, let me do a very brief intro. Jasmine Star has been named one of the top 10 photographers in the world. I know that many do not feel she is deserving, and I can argue why or why not but that is not why I'm writing this blog post. Jasmine Star is a wedding photographer out of Orange County, California. She started her photography career about 10 years ago after dropping out of UCLA Law School and taking a chance on photography. Obviously she's quite the success story. She is a good photographer, but what I think she does better is being a business woman. Though she claims that is one thing she did not want to be. She knows how to reach her clients, how to network, and how to make her business grow. She is not afraid to teach others exactly what she does to become successful. Well, I have to say that a name like Jasmine Star really markets itself.
She made me realize I've been doing this all wrong. Many of you seasoned pros may be saying "duh!" I need to be more than just a shoot and share photographer. Good time to give a shout out to Shoot and Share! I need to shoot, reflect, learn, discover, share and connect after every shoot. This will require a bit more time, a bit more commitment, but at the same time allow for a constant reminder why I do what I do (aside from simply taking pictures). Additionally, Jasmine stressed marketing yourself, not so much your photography. Not really what I have been doing.
Jasmine also shared photos from her first wedding. Showing us that we all need to start somewhere. My somewhere was an engagement shoot at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois. After I rejected my potential client multiple times, I finally gave in. Though I never believed that shoot was by any means a failure, it did however become my stepping stone towards establishing a portfolio beyond just landscape photography. Since that day my clientele for portraiture has been growing immensely.
I decided to go back and look at some of my firsts. I didn't really realize that 2010 was such a big year for me. It's been 5 years since my journey began! And I'm thrilled as to where I am today!
On top of all of Jasmine's suggestions, there are a couple more things I want to accomplish this season. First, I want to start a Facebook photography group where photographers can share their photographic stories, their experiences, their suggestions and advice based on their experiences. Secondly, I wanted to shadow a succesful photographer(s). Hopefully, by this summer I'll be able to check this off my list.
Whatever I do I know that I need to own it. The more I fail, the more I succeed. In order for me to fail, I need to set any fears aside and give it a shot. But I also learn from you! Please take some time to write a review via Facebook or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)