Finding your confidence as a photographer is tricky because if you don’t have it, you don’t know how to get it!
- So here’s number #1 — start at a place where you are getting the YESSES you want. Do work where you hear people saying yes to you.
- THEN, step number #2, start aiming for some no’s.
- To get all the yesses you want, you’re most likely undervaluing yourself or giving away your work for free
- So that’s why with step #2, you start aiming towards valuing yourself more by asking for more from your clients.
- FIRST you start getting comfortable getting yesses, then start getting comfortable getting no’s.
- If you aim for getting no’s first, it’ll be hard for you to keep going because you won’t feel like you’re winning!
- We actually value NO more than YES right now — because if someone has a CLEAR YES, that’s the perfect client to work with. So as someone says no, we’re thankful that we’re still open for really confident yesses.
- DON’T GIVE DEALS. If you want to do a job at a certain price, do it at that price. For instance if you typically “charge” $500 and then say, “oh I’ll give you a discount, it’ll just be $300” change the way you do that and just say, it’s $300 and don’t give a discount at all. No difference in price for them, but a complete difference in that YOU hear yourself saying that your services are worth a certain amount of money and you stand firmly on that instead of being wishy-washy or so quick to cut the price down.
- When you offer deals/discounts you get in a pattern of hearing “Oh, you’re not worth that amount of money, I’ll pay you LESS though” which makes you feel like you’re NEVER worth the amount you’re asking.
- That way you build a POSITIVE cycle of saying what you’re charging and hearing people say okay, which is super important
- Being needy is NOT the way to go. Position yourself in your mind so that if people say no to your job + price that it’s very obviously THEIR LOSS.
- The more you shoot, the better you get, the more confidence you find. When you FIRST pick up a camera, it’s still shiny and new, but you need to use it to the point where the camera feels less like a present and more like a tool.
- As you get over that honeymoon period and you shoot so much, your confidence will grow.
- Like a hiking trail through the forest, the more you walk the path the more clear it becomes — if you want to feel confident as a photographer, you need to spend time BEING a photographer as much as possible. I don’t mean by talking about photography, I don’t mean by thinking about what gear to buy, I don’t mean by wondering how good or bad you are. What I mean is just spend as much time as possible actually taking photos… and you will wear that path down and feel very confident in your ability.