Photography is Fun. Having Fun, means work!
Do you remember being a kid and putting a couch fort together? How about when you wanted to organize a slumber party or just play some type of sport in an old field or park. The end result is what we really remember. Why don't we think about all the work that went into setting that up? Working up the courage to ask mom if we could destroy her living room to build a fort, trying to find enough friends to play some touch football in the street, getting permission from all the friends to have a sleepover, are just some of the examples of work that had to be done before you had fun! So with that said, anything fun has to start somewhere.
Lesson #1 Learn! It's not going to be easy. (at first):
Do you have a camera? No? Then get one. Can't take pictures without one. Can't afford the $1200 beast? Good, because you probably wouldn't know how to use it anyway. Learn the basics. Get a good point and shoot or heck you probably have a decent one in your pocket or purse right now. Look online. Find a Youtube video that shows you the basics. Rule of thirds, exposure, shutter speed, posing, lighting among a of other things. Go to college or take in some seminars by local photographers. Told you it won't be easy, but it will get easier as you go on.
Lesson #2: Get better!!!!
Now that you're starting to understand the basics. Practice! That's the only way to get to Carnegie Hall! If you want to do anything well then it will take some time. Get your friends, your mother, your brother, your sister to pose for you. They're not doing anything anyway and they're free! As you go further down the photography hole you'll discover if you want to continue or claw yourself out. You'll hopefully get better and try new things.
Lesson #3: Do what you love.
You've gained some experience and maybe an nicer camera. Take on small jobs or try to find a pro that you can tag along with. You will learn much faster shadowing someone. Then figure out what you love to shoot. Fashion, babies, families, senior portraits, or weddings?
In the end there is way more to this if you want to turn it into a business. More than I can fit on this blog post. If you love something then you shouldn't give up. At the same time you need to know when to stand back, take a good look at what works and forge ahead. Photography is fun. Anything fun takes some work.
-Chuck Navarro, Wedding Photographer