I always feel rushed when photographing people! What am I doing wrong? At weddings there's always a time pressure but even on a family portrait shoot I'm very conscious of not keeping people too long and letting the children get bored!
Kathryn W, Yorkshire UK
I'm starting to get actual jobs which I hope to get paid for, but I'm so nervous that I might mess up! How can I get over this? When I take photos as a favour they usually turn out fine, but I am really nervous about doing paid jobs.
I would like to offer options like Queensbury or Jorgenson albums, but they will only accept commissions from professionals. I am a retired GP, and shoot a few weddings for friends, but do not wish to turn my photography into a business.
Martin Moss, Maidstone UK
How do I market my business to get more weddings? I have attended about 8 or 9 weddings so far and all have gone pretty well, but I am trying to break into wedding photography full time.
Ron Yates, Fareham UK
I don't have enough time to devote to shooting and growing my photography skills/experience as much as I’d like. But I can't afford to leave my job just yet. What do you suggest?
Steve Jackson, Portland USA
It's so easy to take lots of great photos, but at the end of the day, you need to get them off your computer and show them off!
The key to getting great shots of couples is to make sure they really enjoy themselves! Get them to do lots of things which may feel silly at first, but if you can get them to trust you and realise that they will look really natural in the shots, then you'll get great results.
Step 9 - Keep yourself inspired and motivated
Creative people need constant inspiration and motivation. If you keep doing the same thing, you are likely to get bored and stuck in a rut.
I was recently asked to participate in an exhibition to raise awareness for Aids Help, and acknowledge World Aids Day, and thought I'd take this opportunity to give you some tips on setting up an exhibition.
Step 7 - Concentrate on the things you love shooting!
Are you taking certain photos because you think you should, or because someone has told you to do it in a certain way? Are there elements of your photography that you don't really like doing?
Ask those little things about photography that have been niggling you!! I don’t know the meaning of life but I do know a lot about taking pictures so ask away!
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