Behind the lens: I've learned

It’s been almost a year since I’ve been on this photography journey (well, seriously anyway) and I can hardly believe how far I have come and how much I have learned.

The first thing I have learned is exactly how deep my passion for photography actually goes. I honestly don’t know if I have ever spent as much time, energy, study and practice on anything else in my life. And I can’t seem to get enough.

I’ve also learned how to start and run a business, and how to think strategically and how to attempt (or at least try to attempt) to stay focused on my work instead of what everyone else is doing.

I’ve learned that color and quality DO matter when it’s your name on the line

I’ve learned that some people know “good” photography when they see it and to some others it’s really not that obvious or important. 

I’ve learned that there will always be someone else better than you, cheaper than you or more popular than you despite the (obvious to you) lack in passion in their work. But they aren’t you and don’t have what you have to offer so in the long run it doesn't really matter and energy should not be wasted worrying about any of it. 

I’ve learned that it so important to know what your goal is before diving in to the world of being a photographer.

I’ve learned that this can be a very expensive “hobby”

I’ve learned that it’s painful when clients don’t gush over how much they love their photos. Some people just aren’t wired that way and that’s OK.

I’ve learned of the joy that comes from when clients DO gush over how much they love their photos and you feel like you actually made a difference to someone.