Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Super Heroes Unite

I have noticed a few inspiring and inquiring like minded "photog" folks stopping by on occasion,
so I thought I would share some of my favorite resources for learning this thing we love so much.

There are many folks who have been in the trenches
and down the road some of us are curious to know more about.

Starting our own photography business.

First of all... I am NO expert!
I have owned a few businesses in my short lifetime.
I can tell you a thing or twelve about the business of child care.
I can give you advice on the business of housekeeping service.
But I can not tell you how to successfully start your own photography business.
However, I can direct you to some folks who have shared with me
 and countless others along the way.

I've only been shooting my Canon since December of 2010.
In fact, I just got my first SLR camera in December of 2010.
It was the best birthday present I've ever gotten.
Mr. Takamine loves me!!!

I have never shot in anything other than manual mode.
Because I read somewhere that the "great ones" shoot in manual.
Well, I wanted to be great too, so that's what I did.
I just started from there.

As soon as I got my camera,
 I ran out to the local book store and got me a few magazines and books on photography.
My favorite was Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Jeff Revell.
I started taking pictures of my loved ones and posting them on my blog and on facebook
and suddenly started having people contact me to do photos for them and their families.
I was a little reluctant but very excited.

Let's talk about my reluctance, shall we.

One thing about it is, there are others out there, believe it or not,
 who don't like to see others succeed.

They are the naysayers, the negative voices,
the crabs in the bucket, pulling others down with them.
 I have found that sometimes it's hard to believe in myself.
There is on occasion that whisper in my ear saying,

 "You can't do this. Who do think you are?,
Look at the way you use to live.
You aren't going to make it in any business,
No one will like you.
You aren't good enough."

But then...I hear another voice deep down inside of me,
and I find the warrior in me,
and I just remember Who made me,
and Who placed those dreams in my heart.

And I remember His promises in
 Jeremiah 29:11.
 "For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future."

The really important part, and hardest part for me sometimes
is the next part of the text, that, when quoted, often gets left out.

Verse 12 and 13 says,
"Then you will call on me and come and pray to me,
and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me
when you seek me with all your heart."

This is one of my favorite scriptures ever.
The second part is just as important as the first.

When that nasty pessimistic voice speaks,
 I get the duct tape out and silence his pitifully losing self.
I am reminded of this funny little saying,
"Duct tape is silver but silence is golden".

Oh well, it makes me laugh!

Don't ever let someone else tell you that you can't.
And more importantly, don't tell that to yourself either.

My husband and I went out on a date Monday night.
We saw a movie at the IMAX theater in 3D.
 "Captain America: The First Avenger".
It was so awesomely good.
There are a dozen great moments and quotes in that movie.
But there was one in particular,
before Captain America (Chris Evans) really begins using, 
to it's fullest potential,
the gift he's been given, that I must share with you.

I love this moment in the movie...
The heroine in the movie looks at Captain America and says something like: 
"You think this is all you have to give to this war... NO...You were made for more than this!"
(Please forgive my quote, as it doesn't even begin to do the actual line decent justice.)
In regards to the fact that he was essentially
NOT, in life, where he could be best utilized...
He was meant for something greater than "putting on a show"!
I think I actually cried when she (Hayley Atwell) delivered that line.
It gave me chills and took my breath away.

Well, good grief, I've already gotten off course now.

Where was I?

Oh yes, there are the naysayers, BUT there are also those who do want others to succeed.
These are the truly successful ones!
 Here are a few resources that have really been a huge information source for me!

1. I talked about a book in my post It's All About Relationships.
The Photographer's Market Guide to Building Your Photography Business by
Vik Orenstein is a fantastic source for getting every major detail on the subject.

A blog post by Jasmine Starr.

 A blog post by Katelyn James.
This post is regarding the business of photography and
it comes from a professional view point.

Any and all advice that I have ever taken to heart is from these sources
and every other book, magazine, and blog I could find
about this subject that we have such a passion for.

But, more than anything else I have done,
I can tell you that finding someone who was willing to give me personal advice,
who knows me personally, who is uplifting and positive,
may be one of life's best blessings.

Sure Jasmine Star, Katelyn James, and Vik Orenstein have been a tremendous help to me,
 but they have never personally written me, called me,
or even answered a personal question for me before.
They probably don't even know I exist.

Well, actually, one time I found Vic on facebook and messaged her
about the blog post I wrote where I mentioned her book...
 just to make sure it was OK with her.
She said it was fine and appreciated the kind words.
I couldn't believe I even got a response.

I shared this same quote on that post about relationships.
And I want to share it again. Because I think it is of great importance.

I think we all come into this business thinking we are going to be shooting most of the time. In actuality we spend very, very little time shooting, and a whole lot of time taking care of business."

~Vic Orenstein

(The author of these books and blogs are in no way affiliated with this blog
or the writer of this blog (me) and are written about

and mentioned of purely because I found their information to be helpful on a personal level.

Also, there is and will not at any time be any monetary compensation for the mention of these folks within my blog.)

I do hope this has helped someone,
and I look forward to our next visit together.

Happy Wednesday!


  1. Thanks so much for doing this! I'll definitely be checking out everything in this post! The one place that I've found to be the most helpful is It's a message board that includes everyone from beginners to pros and it is jam packed with information about settings, compositions, post processing, angles, lighting...I check it obsessively!

    By the way, my personal e-mail is beckisted2004 at yahoo dot com! I was actually in the process of e-mailing you about the resources when I saw this post! Thanks again for posting this!

  2. Becky, I've just entered the website and see a lot of really great things there... Like the Sunrise /Sunset times... Cool!!! Looks like it will be another night of "up all night reading on the net"... Thanks a bunch Becky! So glad to have you as a friend! Sincerely :)


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