In our generation, many photographers stumble across their love for photography. It’s common to hear that a young mother developed her passion when her babies arrived or from photographing her children. After the new-found love of photography is discovered, many hobbyists decide they should showcase their work on a website, blog, or Facebook page. Sometimes this is done without a specific purpose or direction. Before you do these things, decide on your goals. What do you want to achieve as a photographer – whether it’s as a hobbyist or professional.
When I started as a hobbyist 7 years ago, I knew I loved photography and that was about it. I photographed babies, weddings, families, seniors and threw them all up on my blog in the process. I asked advice from other photographers about business, my photos, and what I should do. I was told things like “don’t clutter your blog.” I never did. [read]