Updated: Jun 19, 2019
Tumblr sent me an email saying they haven't seen me in a while and would I like to pick up where I left off. More out of curiosity than anything else, I clicked on the embedded link they sent and when I saw the last entry I made, I was mind blown!
"One day, I will stop comparing myself to the pros... because I am one."
That was what I wrote on January 18 2015, more than three years ago. Yet, it took another two years before I finally took the courage to go pro — meaning solicit for clients and charging for my services.
This blog is still live at Tumblr. Click here to see the evolution of my photography career.
This is a refrain that many photographers start making that leap from amateur to pro. And I don't have to tell you that it takes a huge leap of faith to believe in yourself. To believe that your work is worth getting paid for. To believe that your work brings a tremendous amount of joy to others.
It's easy to fall into the rut of constantly telling yourself you're not ready. Your work isn't as good as the pros. Some of my excuses were"
"My website's not ready."
"My portfolio's not ready."
"My skills are not quite pro level yet."
And then there were friends who would say otherwise. Until one day, one of my pro tog friends made a comment "Rebecca, you've building your portfolio since I've known you." We met five years earlier. And now here I am, three years since I charged $20 for my first headshot from someone who wasn't someone I knew previously. What an amazing, wild, creative, beautiful journey it's been thus far. And this is only just the beginning... looking forward to more wonderful experiences.