Confidence is key.
One of the most important things I have learned about life within photography (and in life in general) is to be confident. If you’re confident and make your client, or the people around you, comfortable they will trust you and believe in your talents. Professionalism and confidence go a very long way and don’t go unnoticed.
It’s a beautiful thing to teach and share with others.
Whether through blogging, Instagram or YouTube videos, I have a craving to share what I have learned with those who started out just like me. I’m always happy to pass on what I have learned and am inspired by the passion of those who are as in love with fashion photography as I am.
You must stay passionate.
[You have] to love something within your life so much that you’re excited to live and breathe it, no matter what it is. Find what you love and focus on it. Be consistent and active in your passion and you will find a way to make it your income. You know what they say – choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Always seek inspiration within your passions. Your life is not limited to the next 10 years, but rather the next 60. Stop focusing on rushing through your career and getting it all now. If you keep innovating and building on what you already do, you will go even further than you imagined. Take the time, find inspiration and keep building and making yourself better than before.
I have been asked many times how to get paid work as a freelancer and the most important lesson I have learned is that to get paid, you have to ask. In this industry, especially with young freelancers, it’s easy to get into the mindset of working for free to get opportunities. Where this is absolutely a valid thing to do sometimes, you still want to be sure you aren’t being taken advantage of. And if you’re working for free, ensure you are still receiving something invaluable from it, like exposure that will get you more work, or learning new skills. Value the work you do and people will value it as well. Focus on your quality of work and be confident that you can provide the best result, then ask for what you know you are worth. I guarantee, you are absolutely worth it.
Photographer: Bonnie Cee
Management: Moda Creative