The Biggest Mistake You Will Make When Starting Your Photography Business.

Most everyone I know, after learning a few things about photography have the idea that making some extra money would be great and they are right! I mean who doesn’t want some extra cash. No one I know!
They take a class and learn the basics and then they take a few more classes and they feel ready to start making money with their photography skills, but then they mess up.
Here is what you will do:
You will look at other photographers work and you will see the nice cameras and lenses they have and you will think deep inside.. I need that lens. I want that lens. I need that new camera because it has more features and I need those to make money and you will buy it when you should be spending your money on education and growing your business.
IF you’re lucky you will have a supportive spouse who won’t leave you but will tell you it’s gotta stop.
IF your not lucky you might end up single. Sucks to be you.. and I know from personal experience.. Cause it sucked to be me for quite a while!
I am still surprised that so many photographers get this wrong.
Business and take photos are two different skills.
You have to know both. You can be the best photographer the world has ever known and be unknown and broke.
You can be an Ok photographer who is great at business and be successful.
So…. if you want to do things right, do what the photographers who make money do.
Don’t do what the photography you like the most on IG is doing UNLESS he/she is making money.
Maybe you wonder how you know if someone is making money as a photographer.
First, you could ask, but that may be a little inconsiderate.
Second, look at their pages. Do they offer any type of service?
To make money you have to sell something. What are they selling?
Do they write “call to action” posts?
Do you grow their audience?
Do they promote their work?
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A few years back I read an article about the daily breakdown of what successful photographers spent their time doing.
90 percent of successful photographers said they spent 90 percent of their time on self promotion, creating and growing relationships, sending emails and growing their business. They spent 10 percent of their time shooting and editing.
I had a mentor years ago and he was really clear when he said, “If you want to fail follow the path of a failure but you wanna will do what the winners do.”
If the winners are spending 90 percent of their time on marketing and promotion then that’s a clear sign of what to do.
Don’t spend your money on a new camera and lens when you can’t use the one you have to it’s full potential, and then shoot, shoot, shoot, and not spend time marketing.
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A few things I always keep in mind.
1. Time management is important.
2. Sleep is important. I know that if I don’t sleep well I lose my willpower and I don’t get as much done. Trust me. You and I are the same. We are human. You need sleep and to keep fit.
Successful habits are the pathway to success.
3. I limit free photo shoots and paid photo shoots. If I do too many and I spend all my time editing I suffer because I don’t have time to promote myself and grow and market my business.
4. I spend money on education and marketing.
Do you think it’s strange that as a photography teacher I still spend money on education?
An old aged Michelangelo once said, “I’m still learning.”
NEVER Stop learning, NEVER Stop growing. The moment you do someone who didn’t stop growing and learning will take your customers and you will be left in the dust.
5. I look at myself and a business person who takes photos.
Business is first and photography is second. The reason is I love photography and I don’t want to have to get a job at a grocery store. This is what I know best and I want to do what makes me happy.
One more thing!
There areΒ  few more differences between the photographers who make it big and the ones who don’t.
1.The ones who make it big learn something and then go do it. They take action. They don’t make excuses. They don’t let things get in their way.
2. They know they won’t do things perfect and they don’t wait till they do things perfect to do them. They grow as they walk down the trail.
If you have a dream of being a photographer or making a part time living as a photographer you can do it, but it only works if you do it the right way.
So do it the right way! K!
Spending money on the right things and doing the right things means you get good results.
Use this as your litmus test.
If you’re interested in a photography class I have a basic class beginning soon and I’ll add more classes and workshops in a few days.Β  Just message me and we can get you in it!
AND Feel free to message me with any thoughts and questions. I’m a pretty chill guy and I’d probably like talking to you.Β  I did probably.. πŸ˜‰
It turns out some other people like me and my classes. I think that’s cool!


I was impressed with all I learned in the class. Ikon has a hands on easy going style which I found to be most refreshing. Ikon is laid back and it’s like learning from an old friend. He even helped me sell my 1st print. Taking his class is money well spent! – Jeff Sedgwick


I am so glad I took Salt Lake City Photography Schools beginner photo class. It definitely helped me improve my photography skills. I learned about ISO, light, f-stops, shutter speeds long exposure, depth-of-field, white balance…and most important to NEVER shoot in auto mode! Great Class! Awesome Teacher! So worth it! Thank you Ikon! –Melanie Allington

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Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.Β  Visit my IG to see more of my work. I also sell art on Artfinder.

Feel free to message me through email or text. or 801-598-3423

Ikon Republik- I am a photographer based in Salt Lake City Utah.

I am the founder of VEGA Magazine. Check it out! You should buy a copy, if you over 18.

I like to write. I like to play guita and I love my kids more than anything in the world!

I offer photo sessions and I also teach personal photography lessons.Β  If you’re interest in a photo session message me for a price list.

Have a great day!


2 thoughts on “The Biggest Mistake You Will Make When Starting Your Photography Business.

  1. Hello! I love this article! People have been telling me to start to make some money with photography, but I feel that I’m not ready yet and I have a lot to learn. I am really afraid of get paid for a work and mess it up. Every time I read something about making money from photography I think: “oh this is for people who knows better than me”, and reading you I felt for the first time that the message could be for me!! You inspired me that I should start trying! Thank you!! I’m also really bad at bussines or try to sell my work. Selling is just not my thing, but I know is part of the photography bussines, so I’ll start trying because my pictures won’t sell themselves, and I really want to be able to work of what I love. Thank you so much again for sharing your knowlegde and inspire people like me πŸ™‚

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    1. Sabrina. I get it. It’s a little scary to start. Do your self a favor. There is a book you need to get. It’ll really help you. “The Photographer’s Guide to Marketing and Self Promotion by Maria Piscopo. Education and knowledge is key. Email me if you have any questions. πŸ™‚ -Ikon


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