Trying to “Find My Niche”
“Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.” ~ Ambrose Bierce
It has been more than a year since I made the decision to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a professional photographer, to share a passionate hobby with the world! It has been quite challenging but also very rewarding. I created a business name and website, printed the business cards, bought more equipment, started this blog and started marketing myself through social media. I have continued my education through books, magazines, classes, workshops, etc. More importantly, I have continue photograph, using my camera to capture images and preserve memories. I’ve photographed, family, friends, strangers, newborns, senior citizens, my first wedding, a number of other events, landscapes, wildlife, etc. One could say that I have a “wide angle” view of photography.
Well, today, I had someewhat of an epiphany! I attended the inaugural “Day of Photography” organized by Midwest Photography Workshops (www.mpw.com), and held locally at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. Although I attended a variety of sessions from technical to creative and listened to many well-known and established professional photographers of all generes, the recurring theme and primary advice was that to succeed as a professional photographer, one must narrow their focus to one type of photography. In other words, I need to FIND MY NICHE!
Most definitely easier said than done, at least for me! I like it all. I want to, and love to, photograph just about everything, anything, anyone, anywhere, at anytime! Quite honestly, I believe all photographers, amateurs and professionals alike, have the same broad interest that I have. But I have come to the realization that the most successful have learned to identify their strengths, hone their skills and market themselves accordingly.
That will be my goal this next year.
You’ve seen my work! What do you think? Where are my strengths, my weaknesses? What area of photography should I focus in on (in no particular order):
3. All Portraiture
4. Specific Portraiture (ie. adults, families, children, newborn, or maternity)
Thanks for your input!