That’s only 6 years ago, but it feels like a lifetime, especially when we look back on all that’s happened.And when we think about all the mistakes we’ve made, well, it feels more like two lifetimes!
So we’re going to pull the curtains back, share a ton of our mistakes, and the things we wish we had known when we were just getting started. Hopefully by sharing them with you, you’ll be able to avoid these mistakes, and have a smoother ride to success! You can find 14-26 on the second post here: 26 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Photography Business // Part 2 We shot our first year of weddings in Aperture Priority Mode. But we’ve since realized that it was actually making things harder on ourselves!
See, the importance of learning to shoot in manual mode isn’t because modes like Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority are useless. The real value of manual mode shooting is in how it forces you to understand what’s going on with your camera, and the light around you.
Learning this early on will help you get more control over your images, and improve your shooting skills quickly.
Another bonus is that manual mode also lets you be more consistent in your exposures, which helps you save time with your editing! Learning how to shoot in manual mode is going to help you in a ton of ways, and the sooner you can learn how to do it, the more benefit you’ll see!
When we got started we thought that if we had great photography skills, we’d have a successful business. If you’re starting and running your own business, you need to wear a baker’s dozen of hats.
You are a photographer/customer service expert/book keeper/marketing director/social media whiz/branding dude/website creation person/secretary/treasurer/CEO/CFO/ and pretty much any other title you can think of.The sooner you realize that you’re going to need to become good at a LOT of different things, the sooner you can start improving at them all.Great photography skills are important, don’t get me wrong.But you need to have a LOT of other ones if you’re going to make a business out of it!This is a lesson we still have to remind ourselves of constantly. It takes time to get good at business organization.When we first got started, we figured we’d have a wildly successful business rolling within a year. Basically, it takes time to get good at the dozens of things you need to be good at to run a wildly successful photography business.