Ask any old photographers that you know, the journey to becoming a professional photographer is filled with obstacles and difficulties. If you don’t have the grit and passion to succeed, you will definitely find no success and be left behind by your peers.
But mine is a story of perseverance and how you can be whoever you want to be despite limited resources and opportunities. You just need to keep on going and trying out things until you make it to your intended destination. You just need to continuously work hard to achieve your dreams.
My very first camera was a point and shoot one. It means, it doesn’t have the necessary capability to control aperture and focal length. Therefore, I couldn’t make all those bokeh photos that most people equate to a great photo. I knew back then that it would be challenging.
But instead, I focused on my strength. I focused on composition. I wanted to take photos that people will remember. I want to take photos of memories that people would want to look back on. I want to showcase their emotions so they can keep it forever with them.
Because of that, I was able to get many clients. I was able to build great relationships with them that they started referring their friends to my services. It was great to know that they liked my work and they trust me enough to take photos of their special days.
Because of the growth in my business, I was able to buy better cameras and tools. I was also able to attend more trainings that further improved my craft. Because of this, the growth in my business became exponential as more and more people see my products and services as a great one.
But I still kept my old point and shoot camera as a memory of how I started. And now that I am teaching amateur photographers, I always tell them that your skills matter more than your camera. Because a great photo is not because of the camera, but the photographer behind the lens.