Marie is very nervous about her interview. I told her that she is like all of us. Learning and Growing. And if you, who are reading this, are not learning and growing…well then, this isn’t a post for you.
You just started a business, how hard was it for you to begin?
Yes, I’ve just started my business as a photographer in 2010. It sure is hard work to get settled. I have to get myself known around Paris to get clients. It isn’t easy when your more artist then a business woman. I think it will get better once I am past the first year. Hopefully I will be able to see what I did wrong and avoid doing it again.
What is the number one thing you worried about when you started the business?
Will I be able to get clients? Will I be able to be a business woman that doesn't forget my artistic side ??!!!
How many shoots do you like to do each week?
I’d like to take at least 2 shoots a week as I am still working full time. I’m a part time photographer.
What has been your biggest joy about starting a business?
Being my own boss. Doing something I really like even though it ain’t easy.
What has been a mistake you made that you would like to spare others from? To count too much on my pictures to get the client on my door step. People don’t know you, so they don’t really dare to come to you and I’m not a burning (CD) photographer so my price justifies the time and the work I’m doing on the pictures.
How did you decide what kind of camera to get?
When I was studying photography, we had the opportunity to get some good discounts on Canon camera’s so from then, Canon still follows me in my photography adventure.
Where is a place you can always go for inspiration?
Internet, it’s the place to get inspiration like Flickr. Ortherwise going to see exhibitions. I enjoy museums very much.
Where is your favorite place to shoot?
I don’t really have a favorite place on the contrary, I like to try different places but I feel at ease when I don’t have too much disturbing stuff behind my model.
What is your favorite type of session?
I like portraits, I like capturing faces to show expression that people don’t really see.
Do you have a lot of friends who are photographers?
I don’t have many friends who are photographers and do regret it. I’d like to get to know some of them more. I would like to exchange ideas about our work and get some support. It’s what I’m planning to do this year. Make Photographer friends.
How does your family support your dream of photography?
If I did the step it’s because they support me. My Partner did help me to do the step forward.
Do you have any other advice to share with us?
If you want to start a business as a photographer don’t forget the talent is not the most important thing, you need to developpe your business side. You need to know how to sell yourself.
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