Thursday, October 2, 2014

How to become a Professional Photographer

How to become a Professional Photographer



Sometime I get really frustrated with other because it seems these day everyone one wants everything now. No one patience these days.

When doing anything great and worthwhile you should expect to put your heart and soul into it. You  should expect to sacrifice things.

The same applies to becoming a great photographer.
It takes time and patience and learning and practicing.

I tell every student that attends a workshop or class that they should be shooting every day.
I know most of them don't do it and those are the ones who will never get to work a professional photographers.

Here is what I tell them..
If you are a body builder and you work out only on Saturday for 7 hours in two months you don't get so far..
How ever if you spend one hour a day for 7 days for two months you can look and feel amazing.

This a concept that can be applied to any aspect of improving anything in your life..

There is also a statistic that says if you want to excel at anything in life do it every day for 2 years.


So you want to be a professional photographer..
Here is what you do.

1. Shoot every day. At least 20 images.
2. Work at making the shots you do today better than the ones you took yesterday.
3. Two years.
4. Be patient
5. Only positive talk. A failure is not a failure, it's a learning experience.
6. Market yourself and put your work out for others to see.

That's it!
What will you be doing in two years?



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This is me! Brian Johnson
I own Missoula Photography School and Glaston Vallhall. I travel, teach and shoot professionally. This summer I am taking 10 students to Europe for the entire summer to learn photography. You can find out more on the Missoula Photography School site!
http://www.glastonvallhall.com/
http://www.missoulaphotoschool.com/

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Do this to get more business.

One thing I have learned since starting my business is that the most important thing you can have is a great looking website. I know so many photographers who just have a Facebook page or a blog. Why do you need a great looking website? It's your home. You control it. It's the one place where you don't have to worry about a company like Pinterest or Flickr having more power than you. It also makes you look professional. When I opened my new site I looked for a simple design. I wanted something clean and elegant. Here is my site.

http://www.glastonvallhall.com/

Having a simple site that is easy to navigate will help make you money For 10 dollars a month there is no reason not to have a nice site that makes you money. don't get me wrong, you will still need to market it and find other avenues to get business.

The days of having only a Facebook page are gone. If you are having a hard time with your business let me know. I offer photography business coaching. You can message me at missoulaphotoschool@yahoo.com.

My name is Brian.

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This is me! Brian Johnson
I own Missoula Photography School and Glaston Vallhall. I travel, teach and shoot professionally. 
http://www.glastonvallhall.com/
http://www.missoulaphotoschool.com/

Monday, September 22, 2014

One simple trick to get better portraits...

Are you ready to know a simple trick that will help you get better portraits and make more sales? It's really simple. 
Make them laugh. 
That's it.  I can tell you from years of experience that when people laugh everyone wins.
When you post your shots online and others see others see them your gonna get a lot more "likes" 
Everyone loves to see happy people. So make them laugh and you will both come out ahead. 



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This is me! Brian Johnson
I own Missoula Photography School and Glaston Vallhall. I travel, teach and shoot professionally. 
http://www.glastonvallhall.com/
http://www.missoulaphotoschool.com/






Sunday, September 21, 2014

I read this quote the other day.....

I read a quote the other day...


“IF you can’t make sacrifices for your dreams, you should probably choose bigger dreams.”

A man named Beau Weiher said this last year. He was a into extreme sports and he was killed doing what he love a few days ago while base jumping in Glacier National Park. 

He makes a good point.

Last night I was at the park watching my kids play and I started a conversation with another father. After talking for a few he asked me what I do and when I told him I was a full time photographer and showed him my work he said. "It's not very often that someone actually gets to follow their dreams."
He's right. But I am going to tell you a secret and getting your dreams..
Beau had it right.  You have to give something up... At least for a while. You ask what I had to give up?  I gave up comfort. I lived on no money for a while. I didn't have much food.  I was behind on bills. I lost friends.  Was it worth it? Now I have my dream. The friends who left.. I am not living to make them happy. I am here for me. Now that I have my dream I can go out and I can help others. I am in a position to do that now.
 So is your dream worth it? What do you want to do? What is your passion? What are you willing to give up to have your dream?
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This is me! Brian Johnson
I own Missoula Photography School and Glaston Vallhall. I travel, teach and shoot professionally. 
http://www.glastonvallhall.com/
http://www.missoulaphotoschool.com/










Saturday, July 12, 2014

Canon AE-1 Review

Canon AE-1 Review




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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The most important thing you can do to get good portraits is....


 The most important thing you can do to get good portraits is....have fun.

Have you ever walked by a photographer working with a family and they all look like their bored. Have you every know a photographer that just shoots and doesn't engage the person he is working with.
Let me tell you a secret. Make them laugh and they will love you. Make them laugh and you will get more business. People like seeing others laugh and smile. For a long time my work was dark and sad and moody. It's still moody but something I have noticed is that when I post a photo of someone laughing or smiling, even though the lighting isn't perfect or the pose, it's received better and gets more "likes".








Human nature tells us that we want to be around happy people. Even depressed people want to be around happy people. If you want get amazing portraits and make money at it you need to know what we as humans love. We love seeing happy, smiling, laughing people. It rubs off on us and we feel better. So next time you are out shooting be funny. Laugh your way right into the hearts of your clients..












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This is me! Brian Johnson
My philosophy on teaching might be different than others. I believe on the hands of approach. I travel the world teaching workshops and I run a photography school! I would love to hear from you if you have questions. You can email me at missoulaphotoschool@yahoo.com 

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The biggest reason you will not be a full time photographer.









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This is me! Brian Johnson I own Missoula Photography School.
My philosophy on teaching might be different than others. I believe on the hands of approach. There will be a some classes that are taught inside but for the most part all the classes will be taught in the field. We will be meeting at locations and you will get to learn how to take your knowledge of what you have learned and use it in real world situations.

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