One of my new year’s resolutions was to, again, bet on photography in a serious way, and face it in a professional manner, even though it’s not my main occupation. I have taken upon a series of actions that I’m describing below. I want this to be a monthly post. It will mean that things are happening. It may be that, if you are in a similar situation, you can take advantage of some of these actions to provide strength to your passion.
- Organized my Instagram account around my photography. I have shared one photo a day from my portfolio, to serve as a launch platform for a 2017 filled with many new images;
- Resumed writing regularly on the blog. I started a series of 10 posts, inspired by Steve Simon’s book “The Passionate Photographer”, of which I have already published two, “Passion” and “Volume”;
- Photographed the rehearsals and concerts of the Vocal Emotion academy, under the theme “Emotion Movies”;
- Resumed contacts with creatives, both in and outside Portugal;
- Resumed contacts with a model agency, and I have booked the first shoot;
- Went out to make street photography. I took a walk near Lisbon’s river Tagus, next to the Electricity Museum and MAAT;
- Read several books related to this universe:
- Creative Freelance Marketing, by James Maher
- How to become a photography entrepreneur, by Eric Kim (free)
- Photography, by Eric Kim (free)
- Street photography, by Eric Kim (free)
- The passionate photographer, by Steve Simon
- Fashion Flair for Portrait and Wedding Photography, by Lindsay Adler
- 100 Photography Tips for Beginners, by Eric Kim (free)
- The next level, by Corwin Hiebert
- Going candid, by Thomas Leuthard (free)
In closing, I’ll share a conclusion I’ve reached and that makes sense. It is excellent to invest in training, reading a lot, listening to podcasts, attending workshops. But only when we combine what we learn with action, will things start to happen. So, cultivate yourself, but don’t forget to put what you learn into practice. Put down the book, grab your camera, and photograph. It’s the only way to develop.
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.