I remember being a newbie like it was only a few years ago. Oh, wait! It was! When I started photography four years ago, it would have been so helpful if I had been able to read these incredible photography blog posts from the pros. Learning from their experiences would have saved me a lot of trouble and heartache.
Here are 5 blog posts that every new photographer should read. Like now. 🙂
1) “Fauxtographers” Go Away by Three Nails Photography
I remember scrolling through my Facebook feed when the title of this blog post caught my attention. I felt a little annoyed when I clicked the link thinking that it was going to talk about the saturation of new photographers to the craft. Those “fauxtographers” who have no clue what they are doing and who set up businesses right after they take their first camera out of its box. I have to say that those kinds of posts do a disservice to our industry. But, I digress.
I was pleasantly surprised and a little captivated to read about Hunter (who is a fabulous photographer) and his so-called “Fauxtography.” Reading about his humble beginnings made me feel good. It reminded me of my beginnings, and I wished that this post would have been around for me when I was a “Fauxtographer.” It certainly would have boosted my confidence and reminded me that everyone starts at their beginning.
2) 10 Embarrassing Mistakes I Made As A Beginner Photographer by Expert Photography
Lord, I really could have used this article! The first time I read Josh’s post, I could not stop nodding my head. I committed most of these mistakes myself! So embarrassing! I am a firm believer in learning from other people’s errors in order to avoid them. If you are a new photographer, this post is something you simply must check out!
Speaking of newbie mistakes, you should totally check out my post about all of the newbie editing mistakes that I made. I destroyed some of my images in post production because I had no clue what I was doing!
3) Why You Absolutely Need a Photography Blog by The Educated Shutter
I wrote this article because it was a hard lesson for me. Even though I love blogging and even though I had blogging experience, it took me a long time to realize that my website was not enough. I needed a blog to get higher up in Google search and to attract more clients. Having a blog is also an excellent way of earning your client’s trust and establishing a relationship.
Once I bit the bullet and started a blog for my business, I could see a real difference. Not only did my blog act as a platform for new clients, but I also used it to educated my clients about my business. It’s also nice to have my new work being put out there for potential clients to see.
4) Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes When Starting A Photography Business by The ModernTog
Pretty much every new photographer starts thinking about pushing past being a hobbyist to being a pro. I have seen (and made) so many mistakes that would have been entirely avoidable if there had been some research involved. Starting a business is not for the faint of heart. It is not easy, and it is not for everyone.
This post by Jamie is a great place to start if you are thinking about making your passion into your career. Jamie goes over some very key mistakes that most new photography business owners make, and she goes over them in detail. Plus, her blog is a great place to learn about all things photography business!
5) How to start a photography business: What to Charge by Kristen Duke Photography
Ah, the question every new photographer struggles with. What do I charge? What will a client pay? What is a fair rate for the time I put in? I don’t know about you but telling people to pay me and how much to pay me is a little awkward. Not everyone is naturally good at sales. No one wants to feel like they are pitching or being pitched to.
Kristen does a great job of detailing how to come up with a pricing structure that works for you and your business. If you are even thinking of trying to make a living off of your art, then this is a must read.
I can’t tell you how many mistakes I would have avoided if I had read these photography blog posts. If you are a new photographer, make sure that you get some reading done as soon as possible! Are there any other photography blog posts that you think new photographers should read? Tell me about them in the comments!