How do you all get over your nerves of shoots with strangers or even someone you know, a friend or a neighbor...?? Last time I took photos of my neighbors (they moved earlier this year) it was a disaster! I didn't know what I was doing but I did learn a lot from that experience. Now, DH is trying to help me out on trying to get me into some sort of photography classes because he now knows that I want to be someone and do something with my life besides just be a stay at home mom for the rest of my life because that doesn't last long...kids will leave the nest eventually. I have a huge desire to be a photographer but I don't learn so easily by just reading books. I need guidance of some sort and I need homework! lol That is the only way i've ever learned in the past. I am the type of person to start things and never finish them so I am scared that I will start reading these photography books (which I need to order) and get so overwhelmed that I will stop reading them and just forget about it all. I guess that is another reason why I took a break from this board. I started getting so overwhelmed by all the information on here that I just couldn't take it anymore. Color casts, editing (cloning, etc.), skin tones (omg skin tones is a huge thing for me! it bugs me to no end that i can never get skin tones perfect and looking the same in every picture). I am getting more information on how to start up my own business here but I am so not ready to even think about it! I'd rather take friends pics for free and learn from that and go on from there but I kinda lack in the friend department. ugh. So much to think about and so much to do! I am already getting overwhelmed with all this info. I don't even know this area well enough yet since I don't have a drivers license to get around. Plus I'm scared silly to drive around...beats me why. Probably because I dont have a license. lol (hopefully I will get it next year though). And DH is no help either. And I did ask a friend earlier this year if I could take photos of them and her baby and I got rejected. It was harsh let me tell ya! (apparently she could take the same photos if she had the same camera) I also got rejected by a close friend when I was in the states. How do you all deal with this? Do you ever get rejected if you offer your services to a friend or someone? For those of you PBing do you feel comfortable in what you are doing atm? Are you still learning more and more as you go? How do you know when you are ready to PB? ahh! Any words of encouragement?
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No advice from me but I wanted to tell you I love the stuff I've seen of yours to date and you should persue it by any means possible if this is what you really want to do.
Oh I also wanted to say keep your chin up.... "is this just an aussie saying?" and
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I'm so sorry. I know how overwhelming it all is... trust me. I actually *just* started PBing, and I've already wondered if I'm in over my head. But as long as you're practicing and learning from each shoot, then there's no harm. I am not technically charging yet since I'm just practicing. I just put an ad out that I am offering free shoots and even a free 8x10 print so that I can practice and build my portfolio. And... I'm just taking it one step at a time.
And I totally understand being in a new area and not knowing anyone to really practice on, that's why I had to do an ad. We know nobody in this town since we've only lived her a year or so. And yes, it is discouranging to get rejected, but just be persistent and don't give up. For people like that, who think they can get the same photos if they had your camera... they are being presumptious and don't really appreciate what it takes to get a QUALITY photograph. So keep looking for those who do appreciate it and they'll be happy to let you practice with them and for them.
Also, remember, it's an investment in the beginning. If you have to give things away to learn, do it. Just make sure to remind your first 'clients' that you are PBing and that these prices or deals are not perminant, that way they don't always expect a free print or low prices (or whatever your gimmic is at first.)
Keep your chin up, set your goals, and then just take it one step at a time to get there.
You have to just take the leap despite the nerves. One thing that photography has helped me do is just to put myself out there. I used to be really worried about being embarrassed or what others' thought. While I still worry about that stuff to some degree, I feel like I have gain so much confidence just by taking the leap and letting go.
The first time that I put up a request on my fb status to take pictures I not only got no response but I got advice from others about how to take better pictures. I just kept asking. One you get a couple people, word spreads and it gets easier. And then eventually you have more than enough because people want free pictures! Now those people who gave me advice a couple months ago are trying to get me to do a shoot with them! Just keep showing people the pictures you have taken of your kids. Or if you have playdate, take your camera, take pictures and print out 4x6's to give to the parents the next time you see them. The more they see your pics and camera, the more they will think of you as a photographer.
I get really nervous with people I know, but with strangers...it's a piece of cake for me. If it's free, then there really should be no nerves with strangers. I totally understand with friends though...you have to see those people again and I'm always worried what they will think about me and my abilities.
I just had a friend who I've always admired for her taste and elegance, bring up my taking photos of her and her husband last night and I'm so nervous for that. Granted, I'm going to do it, but I just won't feel comfortable having her pay, so I think we're gonna work out some trade.
Sorry...rambling.....really, you just have to do it. The more you do the easier it gets. Eventually, you'll just know you're going to give them great images and that you deserve to be paid for what you can offer them.
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thanks gals i guess i have major stage fright but i know once i put myself out there i will get better. Dh said to put a flyer in everyone's mail boxes around here to get the word out in the neighborhood. See how many calls I get But that won't be happening until at least next Spring because I need to study a bit more.
The maternity shoot I did on Sunday was with an almost stranger. I met her twice on freecycle, but just to exchange stuff. I was so nervous when I first started shooting. I got more comfortable. But I think because of my nerves I didn't think as straight. And guess what? I'm a super outgoing person, not a bit of shyness in me. What I lack is the confidence that I can do the job without screwing up. (and looking at my pictures backs that up, I did screw up and make stupid mistakes). She's my only stranger shoot though, so I can't give more feedback.
My advice to you - don't wait on the driver's license. Pursue that now, so that you have more freedom. Driving there is no different than driving here, you just have to get used to the signs. (I remember driving in Germany and being nervous about it, but once I started, it was fine)
you lived in Germany? .. i think maybe I already knew that but I don't remember I know once I get out and drive around (legaly) it will get easier and i'll get to know the place a lot better. It costs a lot though! Umm I think close to $1000 actually. About $800 I think.
that's a lot of money!!!! but in the end, it's worth it. why wait a year? if you guys can swing the expense, it's better to do it now. especialy since your DH doesn't want to get out on weekends. you can at least get out during the week.
I was in the military, and I had several TDYs in Germany. I never lived there though, just short 3-5 day stints there. DH lived there for a while, so I did go visit him, but we just took the train around when I did.
well how neat! i had no idea you were in the military! we are trying to work in my drivers license atm hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later! its definitely on the top of our list.