Want to be a full-time Pro?

I have written several posts in the past talking about business practices to make it.

Today I want to address what I have noticed is the difference between those who are successful and those who fail.

Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4) breaks up an interception attempt by Duke cornerback Josh Blackwell (31) in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday, August 31, 2019. [NIKON D5, 120.0-300.0 mm f/2.8, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 22800, 1/4000, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 380)]

What kind of a Dreamer are you?

There are typically two types of photographers—some dream about having the experience of enjoying the perks of being a photographer.

Former President Jimmy Carter speaks to the moderator Karin Ryan, senior policy advisor on human rights and special representative on women and girls at the Carter Center during the Harmonizing Religion and Human Rights Conversations at The Carter Center on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. [NIKON Z 6, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, ISO 10000, ƒ/5.6, 1/200]

I know many people are fascinated by who I have met as a photographer.

Tonight’s Sunset is looking towards the Andes Mountains from Santiago, Chile. [NIKON Z 6, VR Zoom 24-105mm f/4G IF-ED, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 450, 1/100, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 75)]

Many people want the experience of seeing the world. Whatever they dream about is more about the experience of being a photographer that occupies their dreams.

The other type of photographer dreams as well. They are thinking about their clients and prospects. They are thinking of how their photography can help them.

Cosmic Bowling for 2014 Awards Book [NIKON D750, 85.0 mm f/1.8, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 2200, 1/80, ƒ/1.8, (35mm = 85)]

I often find myself thinking through assignments and what I will need to help take the end product up a notch. I am thinking about questions I need to ask to understand the expectations of clients and prospects better.

If you dream about how fun it would be to have a career, then don’t pursue this as a career; keep it as a hobby.

However, if you are thinking of how to problem solve for people to use your skills to improve their lives–you might make it.