If you grew up being told that photography isn’t a “realistic career”, you’re far from alone.
These are just some of the most commonly asked questions on Google:
“Is photography a realistic career?”
“Can you make a lot of money as a photographer?”
“Is family photography profitable?”
If the ongoing ‘Passion vs. Pay’ generational debate wasn’t enough, you’re also getting bombarded with conflicting mantras like “do what you love” and “follow your dreams”.
You’re stuck at a crossroads, deciding if you should:
That yo-yoing battle gets even trickier if you’re currently in a well-paying job. Do you sacrifice the financial stability to pursue your passion or should you juggle both until you feel “ready”?
Let’s be real, okay? This internal conflict between overcoming your self-limiting beliefs – without disqualifying rational anxieties – and deciphering what’s best for your future and happiness is…a sanity-testing dumpster fire.
The truth is, we will never feel “ready” to do things that scare us.
Valuing financial security and avoiding the chance of failure, the fear of leaving our comfort zones to step into the unknown is a natural self-preservation instinct.
In saying that, no one else can decide when it’s time to quit your job and go all-in on your side hustle for you, let alone take action on your behalf. Not your partner, not your parents, not your friends, not Jai.
You are 100% responsible for the decisions you make or don’t make, and the outcome.
Now that we’ve covered that…
YES, it is possible.
Will it happen overnight? No.
But, it’s probably more possible than you’ll allow yourself to believe…Before joining the Six-Figure Business Map, there was no way that Natalia knew she’d be making $600K in bookings in her second year of business!
Sure, that might sound like an unrealistic benchmark to compare yourself to. However, it doesn’t change the fact that, with the right business and mindset foundations in place, making $100,000 (and over) is a very possible reality in YOUR future!
While this blog is focused on achieving your financial goals, it’s just as important to set non-financial goals.
Whether it’s mindset shifts, booking a dream client or finally filming a reel, every win is a win, no matter how big or small it may seem. These are the moments that will reinforce your ‘why‘ and motivate you to keep pushing, even when the going gets tough.
– or scroll past these screenshots, to the bottom of the page, for our final thoughts on the six-figure debate –
🥳 Jenn quit her full-time job to pursue photography full-time
🥳 Nada hit six figures while focusing on a new niche
🥳 Jess surpassed her previous annual salary, in her first year of being a full-time photographer
🥳 Kayla raised her prices and doubled last year’s total income
🥳 Sarah rebranded and launched her new website, with an 80% increase in daily traffic
🥳 Dion is celebrating a “pinch me” moment of being her own boss
🥳 Cameron is embracing a huge mindset shift and enjoying the process
Celebrate with Cameron: Instagram
🥳 Laura has hit her first two five-figure months and added video to her photography packages
🥳 Asher crushed his “unrealistic” goal of hitting six figures…2 years early
🥳 Isaac hit his first double-digit months and is working towards his first $100k milestone
🥳 Shane successfully booked his first 1:1 coaching client
🥳 Hayleigh booked her first-ever travel elopement in her #1 dream location
🥳 Emmy is nurturing her mindset and booked her highest wedding package
🥳 Chuck’s been hustling his new website launch and has already booked 3 weddings in the lead-up
🥳 Tony entered a photo into a competition and won a prize
🥳 Holly booked a commercial shoot at more than double her previous rate
🥳 Taylor is loving the “community over competition” approach and nailing it
🥳 Cassandra successfully converted and booked a high-end client
🥳 Aly has been converting her pre-booking consultations and booked two international weddings
🥳 Micah booked $93.1k of work in 11 months and has begun teaching a university course on brand design
Prioritising your financial stability and earning potential is a valid concern – especially in the current economic climate.
The last thing you want to do is make a life-changing decision (like quitting your stable 9-5 job in a huff) and start a photography business, without a clear roadmap.
No, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get all your ducks in a row before making the switch, BUT you do need to lay down some core business and mindset foundations to build upon.
No, you don’t have to have all the answers either. But, you CAN learn from and surround yourself with people who DO have the answers.
People who can guide you in the right direction towards your goals, teach you the “shortcuts” and save you from making time-and-money-wasting mistakes.
Making the big leap, you’ll want to set yourself up for success in every possible way – even more so if you have a family to look after or other financial obligations. Your bills aren’t going to magically pay themselves off.
I’m probably preaching to the choir *yes, stifle that yawn, please* but I can’t emphasise enough how crucial it is to have some form of a game plan in place.
Highly dependent on your current situation and your goals, this could be anything like:
Set your goals with intention and take action with conviction. Don’t wait for permission.
If you’re committed to becoming your very own success story, apply to join the Six-Figure Business Map course and community today!
Betting on yourself is the best gamble you’ll ever make.