Advice to Photographers: Why I Started Photography When I Thought I Was Going To Fail
I have lived in Rexburg, Idaho for 7 years now. It is a small, sweet town located right on the edge of Yellowstone and Island Park. The summers are filled with adventure, nature, and lots of photography- the winters can be frozen. Sometimes, it can be downright HARD to feel excited about this small town- but thinking about when I got started and my journey to where I am now has been so helpful.
I’ve taken to teaching a lot of classes lately about photography, and I have met so many people who are just starting out.
A lot of people share their WHYS. Why they get started in their business. I thought I would share my WHY NOTS. I had so many reasons why I shouldn't do this.
I started pursuing video in college back when it was just a broadcast degree. I was one of the only females in my class, and when I told my teachers lifestyle stories and wedding videos and get paid for it they would politely knod their heads and move on.
After I graduated from college, my parents told me that it would be a smart idea if I got my master's degree and began teaching, because that was a much more reliable job than something that I was looking for.
I was in a small, small, small town with probably like 104 photographers with just as little of experience as I did. I saw these amazing photographers with their incredible gear and was completely and totally intimidated.
The comparison was so rough. My town was so small. And I had no idea what I was doing. I took sidegig after sidegig and I worked these horrible jobs that I had no desire to do. I was constantly told by my boss is what I had to do in order to fulfill THEIR vision.
I was working for companies I didn't believe in and really it killed a little bit of my soul. In these jobs, I had to much passion and was limited as to what I was allowed to do.
Here's another why not: I had a baby girl this year in the middle of wedding season. I was breastfeeding pumping traveling and shooting with a baby that constantly needed me. All of these reasons would have been so easy to sit back on the sidelines and tell myself that that I would do it later- that this was too hard.
But I think that the reason why I've been able to keep going is that this passion fuels me. It keeps me afloat. Capturing stories and telling love authentically has allowed me to own my own business and help others become successful. And that is the greatest gift of all.
If you told me that I’d be traveling to Oregon, St. George, Washington, Colorado, Texas, Boston, Philadelphia and oh-so-many-more to capture weddings, I would probably pee my pants. If you told me that I would grow past the comparison and the fear and really find my own style and my own work, I’d probably laugh at you.
The thing is, friends— there are SO many why nots. There are so many reasons why we shouldn’t go for our dreams. But remembering the “why” and the reasons why we got into this- that is a fire that will keep us going.