You just need to have some discipline and focus your energies in the right direction.
There are many ways in which cultivating and maintaining key relationships can help your freelance career.
How to Build Relationships to Get More Photography Clients So you’re trying to make a go of it as a freelance photographer.
Maybe you are just looking for a few paid gigs on the side, or perhaps you really want to go pro.
It takes something most photographers would rather not acknowledge is important.
Hang tight, because what I’m about to say may shock you. (I realize this is a photography blog so you can burn me for witchcraft now.) You need to build the right relationships with key individuals who can help you to achieve your freelance dreams.
I call this list your “Conversations List” because that’s really all you’re aiming to do – to have an ongoing conversation with people who matter. Well, picture yourself five years from now as a famous and in-demand photographer. Who are the photographers, editors, agents, publishers or bloggers who you’d like to count as friends and peers five years from now?
For example: One of the biggest mistakes I see aspiring freelance photographers make, is they fail to think in advance about the types of people they need to be meeting and getting to know better.
Really successful photographers are good at developing relationships. Now, this may not sit well with you, especially if you consider yourself a little shy.But the good news is you don’t need to be the life of the party to be good at developing key relationship to support your freelance work.But the problem is actual paying gigs are still few and far between, even though you’ve tried everything. Doing free portrait sessions for family or friends.Spent hours and hours editing photos in Photoshop or organizing images in Lightroom. Well, I have some good news – it may not be your photography. But here’s the rub: being a successful freelance photographer takes more than artistic skills and technical knowledge.
That works well for friendships, but it’s a poor strategy for if you want to make a living using your photography skills.
A much better approach is to sit down and proactively make up a list of at least 50 people who you want to develop a deeper relationship with over the next 12 months.