Very soon it will be one year anniversary of Memories By Faria and birth of Faria Munmun Photography. As I look back, I can see all the mistakes that I made, and everything that I wish I knew before I began my journey. I was telling my mom the other night, the beginning of my photography journey was same as jumping in the pool before learning how to swim, and then try my best to survive. Yes, I had moments when I seriously felt like I was drowning.
If you are starting or planning on starting your photography business, there are a lot of things you should be aware of. I’ve decided to blog and record my steps as much as possible so that 5 years from now, I can take a look back and re-evaluate my decisions and steps.
1) I wish I knew photography is 80% business and only 20% photography. If you didn’t know this, now you know.
2) I had no clear goal, plan or vision about my business. I knew that I wanted to do very well, but had no idea how to go about it. I knew I wanted to do wedding photography; however, I wasn’t sure how or when to get into wedding photography. Thus, I started as a portrait photographer. My logo and website were also geared towards portrait photography which I realized later weren’t helping me with wedding photography.
3) I had absolutely no idea about branding. Now I know that branding is a lot more than logo, website, business card etc. I will blog more about branding after I rebrand my business.
4) Did you run into the problem of finding the first client? I did. Big time. I had absolutely no idea how to find the first client.
5) I am sure we all failed to identify the right client for ourselves. I’ve received a lot of inquiries and even worked with a couple of clients that weren’t the right fit for me, or I wasn’t the right fit for them. That is totally fine, but I wish I was warned about this. I had to learn it the hard way.
6) I wish I had someone encourage me to take bigger risks. I am still very new to photography business, and I promise, I won’t be afraid of taking risks anymore, but I had to let go of a few opportunities in the past. Now I will never find out what I’d missed.