I do not look at other photographers as my competition I look at them as fellow artist.
We are all different because we see things differently, we shoot differently and we edit differently.
I am super creative, I try to be unique with my style. I love to get inspiration from other photographers. You can take another photographer’s idea and make it your own but never copy their idea directly.
It is worth it to spend a time and money on your photo sessions. My mind churns 24/7 and I am always coming up with new ideas for future photo sessions. The funny thing is I may not even know who I will use that idea on but it will get used someday.
Props are such an important part of portrait photography. I think they truly make a photo session whether it is a suitcase, a quilt, a chair, a favorite blanket, a stuffed animal or a hat. I have 1 1/2 – rooms that are nothing but props. There are a few photographers I know locally who are waiting for me to sell some of my props. I keep saying I am going to do that but I have not gotten around to deciding what I am getting rid of just yet.
You have to know how to use the same props over and over again without duplicating something you have previously done. It just takes a little imagination and some creativity. No one really wants to be a cookie cutter photographer there is no fun in that.
Share your knowledge with a fellow artist, offer a few tips and tricks, be a mentor to someone who is interested in photography.
We all notice who Likes or Comments on our post so share the love and quit thinking of other photographers as your competition. Instead, think of them as your fellow artist.