The photography business can be tricky to get a hold on, and as a group we all seem to make the same mistakes over and over, hopefully this video can help you avoid them.
Most businesses are pretty tricky to run, add into that the creative mindset, technical knowledge, and an industry run in a very old fashioned way and it can become a mine field to the newcomers. Having been in business for over a decade shooting adverts, I have made all of these mistakes, and several more.
This video looks at 6 of the biggest mistakes that we make as professional photographers. From equipment through to time allocation and bad business purchases. I am sure you can all agree that you have made some of these, if you aren't currently making them right now. I then go on to discuss the pitfalls of internet feedback and social media when it comes to believing your hype, compared to the professional worlds view of you as a photographer. Amongst the other points I raise I talk about cash flow, buffers/panic money, and how to allocate your funds into equipment.
As mentioned before, I have made all of these mistakes and they held me back for years. If I was to do it all over, I would focus far less on the gear and social media numbers and far more on my ideas and execution. Most of my work now days is shot with a single light, the same camera and lens.