Guidelines To Becoming A Professional Photographer
The first thing you need to do is to start experimenting. You will not get the right pictures if the rules you are applying in your photography are rules that were laid out a long time ago. Defy every tradition and explore many ideas by getting out of your comfort zone.
Since you can not do everything in photography be sure to locate the area you would like to specialize on in photography. Locate the sector in photography that you are into that will put food on your table and that will make you happy while doing it.
A professional photographer would not dare give a photo shoot for free so in case somebody asks you to give them one, feel free to tell them that you can not.
Make sure you plan ahead as it is very important in photography. Take advantage of any moment that would come up during any live photo shoot that you might be doing. It would not be difficult for you to know how to do anything that would need to be done like in the case of a live photo shoot where a moment would present itself. It is not possible to find every client who is so comfortable with you training on them.
Be sure to be so in love with what you do. Let any wrong thing that people say about your work fall on deaf ears. Be sure to not allow anything negative you hear spoken concerning what you do run you down.
Make sure that you take up your time to enhance your skills and you invest your money on gears. You may get to a level whereby you will need good photography gear that will enable you to take high quality pictures as your level suggests. This will see to it that you are no longer an amateur in photography but a professional who is ready for any kind of photography work. You can start to grow your skills through YouTube and then make sure you practice the skills you get to learn.
Also, as you are talking fees with the client, make sure you are competitive meaning that you should not go too low or too high. After all, money for your amenities and food is the most needed.
Another thing you should do after doing all the above, is market the photos you take well.