Once I read it somewhere that a photographer is lucky if he/she can spend 20% of his time behind the camera. SO TRUE! Most of my days consist of editing, retouching, networking, accounting and other business related activities. However, as a business school graduate I’m lucky that I enjoy not only the photography aspect, but the business aspect of my job as well. There is nothing like being your own boss! 😉 Owning your own business can be stressful at times but it’s the most fun stress I’ve ever experienced and I can hardly imagine myself working in a cubicle for a big multinational firm anymore. On days like today, when I get to cross off a big item from my endless to do list I feel happy and accomplished. After putting it off for waaay too long, I’ve finally composed an elaborate wedding price list and after working some magic in Indesign, my brand spankin new price guides are ready in English and in Hungarian! 😉 I’m proud of what I put together so if you are, or if you know someone who is getting married, please leave me your email address and I’ll be sure to send you a copy pronto! 😉 As I’m relatively new to wedding photography my prices are very affordable, totally realistic and cater for all kind of weddings all over the globe. Did I mention how much I ADORE destination weddings? A LOT! 😉
Archives for January 2012
Lifestyle shoots are great opportunities to dress up, strike a pose and have fun in front of my camera! Sometimes I get very lucky and meet awesome ladies like Ana, who are not only beautiful, but have enviable personal styles as well (no wonder she works as a stylist!). We shot these images for her blog on an almost springlike January afternoon around the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. She was a real pro and made this shoot so easy! Thanks lady and if I hadn’t said it enough times already… YOU ARE GORGEOUS!!!
P.S: I want her jewelry, her shirts, her hats, her eyes…etc 😉
I remember those first few weeks and months after I’ve decided (out of thin air) that I wanted to be a photographer. I was craving information on photography and business, like a camel craves water in a desert! The truth is that there is an abundance of good, no, great information out there, it just takes
a looooot of some time to find it. 😉 I remember how grateful I was (and I still am) every time I found something I could actually use, a tutorial I could watch, a new interesting blog I can get lost in or a new business book I can read in one sitting. With that sentiment in mind, I’ve decided to dedicate a new section of my blog to fellow photographers and enthusiast, who, like me are always on the lookout for new tips and tricks of the trade! I am no expert but I´m happy to share what I´ve learned since starting my journey in 2010. I’ve gained and developed so much with the help of fellow photographers, I feel like it’s my time to start paying it forward!
As the first post of “En Route to Shine” I wanted to give you a peek of my bookshelf and the photography/business books I have on it! Due to a recent move I still have many of my books in storage, but here are some of my favorite ones, pictured above. I’ve recently read a great quote from Dave Ramsay on Zach & Jody’s blog which said “Where you’re going to be in five years is dependant on two things – the books you read and the people you meet.” I think that’s so so true!!! I try to surround myself with positive, creative and inspiring people who make me want to be better and who make me want to shoot for the stars, and I also try to read at least one business/photography related book each month. Some of my favorite books I recommend everyone interested in the photography business to read:
1. Jasmine Star – Exposed This lady will get a full on post on the En Route blog really soon, but simply put, she has been my biggest inspiration for becoming a wedding photographer! She is a genius, a fierce business woman, an amazing writer and a great shooter! This magazine is a must read if you want to become a wedding photographer!
2. Jose Villa & Jeff Kent Fine Art Wedding Photography If you haven’t heard of Jose Villa yet, than it’s time you discover one of the most inspiring wedding photographers of our times (but I’m sure most of you have)! His work is stunning, beautiful, dreamy… he produces images that I can confidently say that 80% of all wedding photographers wish they had shot. His book is of course beautiful, engaging and I inhaled it in one afternoon!
3. Dane Sanders – Fast Track Photographer A brilliant book on how to become a photographer and how to make money out of it!
4. Dane Sanders – Fast Track Photographer – Business Plan Part two of Dane Sanders successful book, it helped me putting my business plan together big time!
5. Dale Carnegie – How to win friends and influence people I’ve just started to read this book which came highly recommended by other photographers, but it’s not actually connected to photography. It’s one of the most sold business book in history about the psychology of how to win people for your cause, ideas or business
6. Michael E. Gerber – The E-Myth This one is next one on my reading list! Supposed to be the most important book I’ll ever read… 😉 It describes why most small business fail and how to avoid the pitfall!
That’s all for now folks! I’m always looking for new recommendations, so if there are any other photography/business books I should know about, please tell me in the comments! 😉