Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in photography but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Beth Schneider, a professional photographer based in Denver, CO, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I'm a professional photographer. My clients include businesses and individuals. I photograph people, food, events, sports, travel, and videos.
Tell us about yourself
I was an art major in college. I took a photography class as part of that, which quickly became what I wanted to do. I initially worked for other photographers and then got out on my own as a full-time freelancer in 1982. I'm constantly learning new skills and techniques and growing as a photographer.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I'm happy to have been doing this for so long and not have been stuck in a job that I hated. One thing I'm proud of, especially as a very small American woman, is having photographed the Tour de France for 22 years.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Enormous challenges have affected the photo industry and print journalism. The industry is still evolving. Fees that were once pretty standard have changed a lot and the way of doing business. Finding quality assignments and clients is challenging in the current environment. Respect as a professional who has spent a lifetime dedicated to this vs. someone who just picks up a phone thinks they're a professional photographer. Also, when I started, so many places didn't want to hire a woman.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Persistence, motivation, patience.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
You may have to continue to re-invent yourself as things change. It's unlikely you'll be able to sit on your hands once you begin to get established.
Where can people find you and your business?
If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solopreneur that you'd like to share, then email email@example.com; we'd love to feature your journey on these pages.
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