Make These Mistakes And You Can Kiss Your Photography Career Goodbye

Make These Excruciating Mistakes - And You Can Kiss Your Photography Career Goodbye

Photographers Here Are 5 Warning Signs That You’re Not Going To Make It As A Pro!

If you want to become a successful photographer with a thriving business, you need to avoid these mistakes at all costs. These flaws in character will stand in your way and stop you from improving yourself – as a photographer and as a person.

Let’s face it; the competition in today’s photography market is steep. There are so many great photographers to choose from – you really cannot afford to do anything that will push your clients away from you and, towards your competitors.

These are some of the most important signs you’re on the wrong path.


About Johnny Yakubik

Johnny Yakubik is the Founder- Editor- Publisher- Chief Cook and Bottle Washer at Modern Lens Magazine. He's a professional family and portrait photographer living in Southern California. You can see some of his work at


Great advice!!! As a professional freelance musician, I find all of your comments ay to my profession also. I have gone far in music because of the parallel advice you give. I am also an amateur photographer. Though I will more than likely never sell any of my photos ( I use a Mamiya RB67 medium format) I enjoy the challenges of good photography. Composition in music is much like composition in photography…… simple, but elegant is better.

Thank for the site!!

I agree with some of these points but not all. If they are all true than I guess I’m never going to make it as a pro. The one that I don’t qualify for is specializing in one or two genres. This article states that you can’t be good at them all. Well I don’t specialize and I do shoot everything so I guess I’m not good. Fortunately I have a full time teaching job.

i myself will shoot any one or anything, any way, if its in front of me , im taking the just a hobbyist and i love it., my camera is with me where ever i go and my facebook is full of photos.. i love everything around me and people are important..memorys are the most important..if the photo is good or bad, thats ok. some of the bad photos , are the best…,, [email protected] .

Joe McNally does it all… he just does it better than the average “Does It All Photographer”. Nothing wrong with being in several genres as long as you go for #5… QUALITY… coupled with a great work ethic.

I disagree on the Niche/ do it all one. While one may have a preference or strong suite towards architectural, they should also be able to do a baby portrait or a tabletop product shoot–hell maybe a wedding of a close friend. All should be properly exposed with some thought to composition and be pleasing to the eye (with a normal shooting ratio–not every one being a Peter Lik 6.8 million dollar shot). As my uncle used to say, “specialization is for insects and surgeons”. I do agree with the train tracks one

I’m a full timer and do push weddings more than anything else but I will shoot anything that I get paid to do. I enjoy the challenge and diversity of different work. Also the wedding season does have cycles so it is great to have other money coming in and/or things to do during the quiet times. Very few wedding shooters only shoot weddings. As time goes on, some wedding shooters migrate their priorities to other areas so it is helpful to have a foothold in other areas too.

I went in to this article with complete cynicism, expecting smug suggestions. That didn’t happen. As a niche photographer, I don’t do everything, but I specialize in a specific theme with which I am comfortable with and that I enjoy.Thank you for the sage advice and reinforcement.

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