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How Street Photography Helped Me Become A Better Freelancer

How Street Photography Helped Me Become A Better Freelancer

Street photography isn't the most popular genre in the photography spectrum. It has a relatively small fan base, it takes a lot of bravado and as far as commissioned opportunities, well, there are very few. It's also one of the few forms of creativity that involves another person who isn't aware of their actual involvement... Meaning in order to perfect the craft you'll need to practice with those who are sometimes unwilling to participate... This makes it extremely hard to succeed.

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Should You Charge Your Friends For Photographs?

Should You Charge Your Friends For Photographs?

When I first started photographing my first subjects were my friends. I was big on Tumblr during that time so that's where the majority of my inspiration came from. I was a fan of everything, initially, I wanted to do street style shots, much like the ones you see on Hypebeast.com, but as I continued to grow I became fonder of photographers like Emily Soto and Laura Jade. I'm telling you I was full of ideas back then, however when I presented them to my friends they just didn't seem to take them as seriously.

I remember my first shoot, with my friend Kwamia, I told her to wear a dress and I wanted to do something similar to Emily Soto's style of work. She agreed and when I went to do the shoot with her she was wearing a tight dress and fishnets, nothing like the idea presented. This pattern continued throughout my early career in photography, in fact, it got worse, my friends not only ignored my request, they just began to stand me up. I'd set a specific date and time and they just took it as "if I have nothing better to do, I'll come".

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5 Ways To Make Money As A Freelancer

5 Ways To Make Money As A Freelancer

It's been a while since we've talked about freelance work, so long, that those who are new to the blog probably weren't aware that this was even something that I dabble in. Well, for those wondering, it is. In fact, the majority of my income over the past 2 years has come from photography.

I can say this statement confidently now, as I have a couple of clients that I work with a few times each month. To have this kind of consistency is amazing, but early on, it wasn't this simple. I legit had to grind! How did I get to this level? I constantly introduced myself to random people, I actively emailed those whom I wished to work with and I was never afraid to ask for the sell. When none of that worked I ventured into other avenues... And that's what I want to talk about today.

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Don't Do What You Love, Love What You Do

Don't Do What You Love, Love What You Do

Toady wasn't a very productive day for me, in fact, 2017 so far has been lackluster. For those wondering why I've been so absent, well, I've picked up a job, initially for the winter season, but now I'm thinking it may be permanent... I actually like it! There's a lot of labor involved and it's pretty long hours, but I get to spend my entire work day by myself, which legit is my favorite thing to do.

At first, I was a bit embarrassed by being employed. It's funny, when you become a paid creative, you really start to look down on people who live a conventional lifestyle... You won't admit to it right now, but it's true. I spent years sharing my dreams with people, telling them how I was going to make photography my job and blah blah blah.

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Show Your Work

Show Your Work

Austin Kleon is one of my favorite authors, his books are not only easy to read but easy to comprehend. His most popular title is Steal Like An Artist, but my favorite is his follow-up, Show Your Work. The advice that was given in this book was so simple, yet inspiring and actionable. He teaches you to not only show your work but to actually connect with your audience. He goes into detail about how showing your work is important, but he also elaborates on why sharing it is even more effective... Yes, there's a difference.

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Embrace Criticism

Embrace Criticism

Criticism is one of the hardest things to deal with online. It's essentially you saying "hey look at this great image" and then someone saying "it's not that great" and then telling you why. That's a lot to deal with and at times it's extremely hard to accept anything but positive feedback. Many of us want awesome comments, we want emoji's and fans, but what we don't realize is that type of feedback is often holding us back. It's too kind, it's not authentic and it's the equivalent of your mom telling you that you tried your best and you were great even though you didn't get a trophy in the softball tournament. That type of feedback isn't going to help you grow, you need tough love, you need someone to tell you when you suck. You're probably wondering how does this benefit me? Well, it's simple.

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