Getting your first paying job is without a doubt the hardest task you will ever complete as a professional photographer. In this video, I give my advice on how to obtain your first paying client.
This video covers the key areas in which you should focus on if you want to attract your first real paying client (not your aunt or a friend's wedding). It goes over key points including social media use and networking, as well as going over how I obtained my first commercial photoshoot that ended up being a big ad campaign through a bizarre set of circumstances.
Although it is not impossible to charge some money for a portrait or wedding, pulling an ad campaign together and doing a professional commercial shoot can seem somewhat out of reach for beginners (myself included). The take-home message in this video is all about consistency, which is a bit of a buzz word at the moment. It can often seem like photographers appear out of nowhere, but it took me years to land my first campaign. It took me a decade of being a photographer to feel like I knew enough to start a YouTube channel and about eight years before I felt ready to write for a website like Fstoppers. Consistency and patience go a long way to getting your first job.How did you get your first paying job?