To advertise my new online course, “Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Photography Entrepreneurship“, I wanted to share why we should all be photography entrepreneurs, and also why you’re probably (already) a photography entrepreneur (without even knowing it!)
You’re probably (already) an entrepreneur
First of all, what is an “entrepreneur”?
To me, an entrepreneur is someone who is willing to take a risk to change the world (for the better).
As photographers, I think many of us are entrepreneurs. We seek to make photographs that empower our viewers, and we also seek to build a following, to gain more influence, and to increase our reach. Many of us desire to share our photos with a wider audience, because we believe that our photos have merit, and that if people see our photos they will benefit.
Some of us have entrepreneurial desires, such as possibly monetizing our passion for photography, some of us want to have an exhibition for our photos, publish our work in a book or magazine, or to build more recognition for our work.
In shorter words, if you share your work online with the mass public (or if you have a public Instagram account for your photos), you are a photography entrepreneur!
Why be a photography entrepreneur?
There are many reasons to be a photography entrepreneur. Here are some practical reasons and arguments to support being an entrepreneur:
- You desire to have more control on how your photographs are distributed and shared. This means that you have a certain artistic vision, and you are particular about how your work is presented to your audience.
- You wish to make a positive impact in the world with your photos: I am an optimist and believe that photography can change the world for the better. Photographs have immense power to change public perception, about socio-economic and political issues in the world. We as photographers should always be optimistic and faithful in our power as photographers to enact change! Consider, if your photographs can uncover and make visible injustice in the world, or if your photographs can put a smile on the face of your viewer, you’re doing a positive net good to society and the world!
- Being a photography entrepreneur is fun: We can experiment with new ways of sharing and publishing our work, we can have fun and interesting collaborations with other photographers and visual artists, and we can have new opportunities which ignite our creative spirit! To me, entrepreneurship gives us more optionality, more choices, and more excitement and optimism in our lives!
But am I a photography entrepreneur?
One of my missions is to break down the ivory tower of entrepreneurship. Unfortunately I think the concept of entrepreneurship is still tied to strictly businesspeople, people starting their own companies, and individuals in the tech-sphere.
I think many of us are entrepreneurs, yet we don’t feel comfortable calling ourselves entrepreneurs, because we haven’t “earned our stripes” yet, by either successfully making a living from our passion in photography, or by making a lot of money from photography.
But, if your desire is to “put a dent in the universe” you are already a photography entrepreneur!
You got this.
Other reasons why you should be a photography entrepreneur:
- To inspire future generations of photographers, and also to inspire current photographers. To pass on your knowledge, wisdom, and ideas in photography.
- To stay humble, to keep learning, and to keep growing and evolving as a photographer.
- To be more adventurous: to embrace the technology of photography to find more excitement, fulfillment, and joy in your life! To approach photography and life with more optimism, hope, and the realization that you have unlimited potential as a photographer in today’s digital world, with all these amazing digital tools!
The horizon is full of unlimited purple potential for you to fulfill. Never stop adventuring, never stop exploring, and never stop making a positive impact!
Put a dent in the universe: learn the entrepreneurial skills to thrive as a modern photographer in my course, “Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Photography Entrepreneurship”, now live on Udemy!