Being a technically proficient and creatively inspired photographer is only a small part of becoming a successful professional, which requires many skills beyond what you do behind the camera. If you want to cross into the realm of being a professional, this excellent video will give you nine helpful tips to get you started.
Coming to you from Kayleigh June, this great video will give you nine tips to help you become a successful professional photographer. Of them, I think one of the most overlooked is learning to be comfortable with networking. I am generally a pretty introverted person for whom social interaction does not come easily, but when I first started trying to market my services, I quickly found that being able to be outgoing and friendly and sell myself was crucial to bringing in money. This meant not just being friendly when approached, but being proactive in seeking out opportunities. It has not gotten any easier for me, but over time, I have learned how to "turn on" my social side as necessary. Check out the video above for lots of helpful tips from June.
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