A Leap of Faith: Making the Jump From Hobbyist to Pro

So you’re sitting there thinking to yourself, “Man…if only I could actually make money being a photographer!” We hear this from people all the time, and we look at them like, “Um…hello! You totally can!” But then we’re met with a barrage of excuses. Everything from, “Well, you guys are the exception to the rule!” and “It took an insane amount of luck for you guys to be able to do this. Not everyone is so lucky!” to “I’d be too scared to lose the stability of a real job,” and “I wouldn’t even know where to begin!”

A Leap Of Faith by Toledo Based Wedding Photographers Kent & Stephanie Photography

Listen friends. We’ve been there. We’ve said the exact same things that you are saying to yourself right now. And you know what? It is scary. It’s downright terrifying! But we’re going to let you in on a little secret. Luck? That had absolutely NOTHING to do with it. It was a ton of hard work, long nights, tears, fears, and very carful planning that led us to be able to finally let go and say, “We got this!” And even then? You still don’t feel ready. You NEVER feel ready! Some days we still don’t feel ready and we did this  a year ago! We may have only been in this thing a year, but oh…what a year it has been! We’ve never experienced so much freedom AND learning experiences in our lives!

We have so much on our hearts and on our minds concerning this subject, that there is NO way we can do it all in one post, or we’d lose you for sure. Ha! So what we’re going to do is break down our personal 8 steps of how we went from two people who took pictures on the side, to full time wedding photographers! Over the next several weeks, here is what we’re going to be looking into:

A Passion Awakening
Educate Yourself
Forming A Business Plan
Branding Your Business
Making Your Clients Feel Special
The Hustle
Reaching Out to Other Professionals
Understanding Sacrifice

We understand we don’t have it all together all the time. We get that the exact formula that works for us isn’t going to work for every other photographer out there. But if we can help inspire one person to find the courage and the drive within themselves to say, “Hey. I can do this!” Then that’s more than what we could have hoped for!

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  1. Callie Burgard

    March 24th, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I completely love this! So so much!!

  2. TahJah Harmony

    March 24th, 2016 at 1:30 am

    YES! To this! Thanks for sharing

  3. Jessica Weber Olms

    March 24th, 2016 at 2:04 am

    This sounds great!

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