How To Become A Professional Photographer
One of the very first thing you should do on your road of becoming a professional photographer is acquiring experiment. If the way you take your pictures is the way they were taken a long time ago, then you might not be much of a professional photographer. Let go of every photography tradition and go for new styles and ideas in photography by abandoning the comfort zone you have created in this profession.
Since you can not do everything in photography be sure to locate the area you would like to specialize on in photography. The area you go for and you choose to specialize in based on photography is an area that you are supposed to be passionate about and that should be able to help you live a comfortable life.
A professional photographer would not dare give a photo shoot for free so in case somebody asks you to give them one, feel free to tell them that you can not.
Make sure you plan ahead as it is very important in photography. Take advantage of any moment that would come up during any live photo shoot that you might be doing. By planning, you would know how to seize a moment because you would know what to do and exactly how to do it. You will not find every client being so willing for you to experiment on them.
Try and love all what you do. Let any wrong thing that people say about your work fall on deaf ears. Make sure that this negatives that are spoken do not affect you at all.
Another is that you should invest good money in good gears and you should use up a good fraction of your time in growing you photography skills. You may get to a level whereby you will need good photography gear that will enable you to take high quality pictures as your level suggests. This will mostly mean that you are no longer an amateur and have risen to the level of a professional. You can start to grow your skills through YouTube and then make sure you practice the skills you get to learn.
Be competitive in terms of charging your clients but be sure not to go so high and not to go so low either. After all, money for your amenities and food is the most needed.
Last but not least, market your work as much as possible because you are sure that you are now at a good level.