So You Want To Be A Photographer - Team Up - Carla Coulson
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So You Want To Be A Photographer – Team Up

Chasing a Dream – Carla Coulson

Morning Lovelies,

Yesterday I gave a brief overview of what is required to succeed as a working photographer. A question I am often asked is ‘How to Get Started as a Photographer ‘. I would like to give some insight into getting your photography show on the road in 2012 through my own personal experience. And boy have I road-tested it!!

When I was at photography school I was enamoured by many diffent types of photography. I adored the reportage style of Henri Cartier-Bresson, I loved the fashion photos of Paolo Roversi and after passing almost a life-time behind a desk I dreamt of travel.

Boy was I confused!! One of the toughest choices starting out is which type of photography to choose. I remained confused for the first couple of years. My first story published in Marie Claire Australia was a travel story on Naples and within a couple of years I was also shooting fashion. It gave me a great chance to have a look at different parts of the photographic industry and it also helped me to decide. If you can decide straight away what field you want to specialise in you are already ahead of the game.

Chasing A Dream – Carla Coulson

Carla’s Tips To Getting Started As A Photographer

1. Educate yourself on photography through schools, universities, courses, workshops and books.
2. Take time in the beginning to experiement with many different types of photography.
3. Form a clear picture of what field of photography you want to start in.
4. Look at 5 professional photographers doing what you would like to do. Look where they are working and for whom. Write a list..
5. See if there is any chance of assisting one of your favourite photographers. A true short cut to seeing how photography works in all senses.
6. Make a business plan. Defining who you are, who your potential clients are and a marketing strategy to get where you want to go. Write a long list of all your potential clients.. Only you can make it happen.
7. Create a a body of work that you can use to sell as your first photographic story if you want to be published or use it as a portfolio.
8. Make a budget for your first year listing costs including rent, cameras, electricity aand what you will need to live on.
9. Have some savings that will get your through the first year of your business or consider working part-time whilst you launch your new career.
10. Believe in your vision, your work and yourself.
11. When you are ready put your business plan into action. I have always had a plan and a list. I have been writing lists almost my whole life. Every morning I write a list and slowly cross things off as I achieve them and add more things to the list. These lists keep me focusesd and staying focused is tough..

12.. Take small steps each day. Keep putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward. If you have a water tight plan just keep working towards it. YOU WILL GET THERE.

Dreams = Hard Work + Vision


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  • Lost in Provence

    As always, an awesome post with great, no-nonsense advice to making it happen.

    January 5, 2012 at 10:04 am
  • Elizabeth Eiffel

    I'm lapping up all of the wonderful information and advice about photography. Keep it coming……please.
    Warm regards

    January 5, 2012 at 11:42 am
  • Kinga

    I just love your posts! I love when people who know a thing or two are willing to share with newbies…It's encouraging! I have so much to learn it's ridiculous but your tips and suggestions really help! You are a generous soul miss Carla!

    January 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm
  • Andi

    Great advice to anyone starting a profession! A network of supportive people will certainly accelerate your career much faster.

    January 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm
  • peggy braswell

    Carla, Wonderful advise!

    January 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm
  • Pinecone Camp

    Great advice Carla. Couldn't agree more. I've been shooting interiors, gardens and food for awhile now, and work with many different talented people. Love "team" work – much more fun than solo work!

    January 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm
  • Georgianna

    I love that photo! And such great advice, Carla. Having a team, even if only made up of two, makes any creative endeavor richer, more fulfilling and more productive.

    Thank you so much for including me in your list! What incredible company, wow!


    January 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm
  • Corrina

    Hi Carla, great to have you back (well rested I trust) and putting yourself out there for us blogging buddies. This year is my year- I can feel it and I really want to increase my ability and perhaps work as a budding photographer! You inspire me! xxCorrina.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:29 am
  • Groupdmt

    Great to know the — in depth from this blog.This will really help for my forward steps to be taken.
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    January 6, 2012 at 7:26 am
  • Marie

    Thank you for sharing those great advices! It's so encouraging 🙂

    January 6, 2012 at 11:06 am
  • leah of sang the bird

    carla I just love your posts, and you! you are so willing to share the love!

    January 8, 2012 at 9:31 am