We all start somewhere, and that tends to be with a nerve-racking first paying photoshoot. Here are some tips to help get you through yours.
Dipping your toes into your first paying job can be terrifying for many of us. I vividly remember the anxiety and stress of my first paying photoshoot. I had no idea what I was doing, I didn't know if my photos would work or be good enough, and I was generally a wreck. The simple change in dynamic from doing it just for fun to doing it for money is huge and something most of us don't really consider. After a few years of telling people that you are a photographer, someone you know or a family member is bound to ask you to take a portrait of them or their family, do their company's headshots, or even worse, photograph their wedding for them (I would strongly advise against this for a first paying job regardless of how long you have been a photographer for).
This video moves from making sure you back up your work correctly, in order to avoid having an article about you appearing here on Fstoppers about how you did something daft and lost your best friend's wedding photos through to making sure that you have the right insurance and business structure for where you live in the world. The video also covers how to make sure that your client is happy with the final product and how to make sure that everyone gets what they expect out of the day. This is something that plagues most pros for most of their careers until they put the right tools in place to prevent it.
If you have already done your first shoot, how did it go and what did you learn from it?
If you are still waiting for this moment, what are your main fears for going into your first paying photo shoot?