You, you read that right. I’m a quitter! This past year has been up and down with my photography business. I know every business goes through times like that when they’re starting out, but I’ve had enough. I’ve decided to take 2012 off and reevaluate again at the end of the year. I’m sure I know what you’re thinking, but let me explain myself first. I’ve never been in it for the money. I started taking pictures because I love taking pictures, I love photography and I love the memories that a photograph can hold. I have been taking pictures of friends and family since high school. I only started trying to reach out to new people in 2010 after friends and family convinced me that I could make it. I love taking pictures so why not try o make a little money in the process? That’s just in though. I’m really not making any money. To be completely honest it’s costing me more money then it’s making me and it’s taking the fun out of it. I know that a lot of that is because I just don’t have the time or the funds to really promote myself like I probably should, but that’s not going to change over this year. Not with the wedding and such.
Part of me feels like I’m giving up on a dream. I don’t know if I’m just worried that once I take a year off I wont ever get back in the game. What if I’m just using the wedding planning as an excuse for now and hoping that come December no one will even notice if I completely disappear? I don’t have a big client base and I can honestly say that the only “regular” customers that I’ve had are friends and family. The same friends and family that I was taking pictures of before and the same friends and family that I don’t normally charge anyway. The majority of the new customers that I’ve had have been brought it because of give-aways or sales that I’ve run.
Maybe I’m to shy. People say that I have an outgoing personality and that I’m great with people, but the truth is that I get really nervous before every session. I would rather communicate via email than over the phone and sadly that’s just not the kind of personality that draws in new customers. It doesn’t make people feel comfortable around you which is one of the more important things about being a photographer. You have to make people feel comfortable so that it shows in their pictures. Most people hate getting their picture taken and it shows in the pictures. You have to make them forget what their doing and just enjoy each others company and be completely relaxed. I have a hard time doing that with people I don’t know and it shows.
I’m tired of always second guessing my photography. I’m tired of feeling like I can’t get clients because my work isn’t good enough. Maybe it isn’t good enough, but you know what – I don’t care anymore. I want to go back to taking pictures of friends and family just for fun. Calling up a friend and saying, “Hey, how does your hair look? Wanna go take some pictures?” for no other reason than I’m in the mood to take pictures and the weather is great. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do for the next 11 months.