It Takes Time The Best Advice I Could Give

Santa Barbara California Fine Art Photographer

This post is for you, the girl that feels like she’s stuck in between doing something she loves and doing something she hates.  This is for the photographer who isn’t booking the clients that they want.  This is the hardest advice to swallow, but it all takes time.  The people who know me best know that patience is just not my virtue.  I have been known from time to time to say, “Yeah, patience is a virtue but not one that I’ve acquired yet!”

Friends who feel like they’re struggling in this stage of their business, I’m giving you permission to have patience.  Just because you don’t have the number of clients you want or maybe any right now, doesn’t mean that you’re not good and it doesn’t mean that you will fail at this.  The best thing that you can do is work on your craft and network.  Be nice to people!  Comment on their posts and make them feel special and loved (Granted please be authentic about this because leaving comments that don’t sound completely real will have the opposite effect that you want)!  Ask to be an assistant or a second photographer for people that you look up to!  You would be so surprised what can happen if you do those things and work your butt of!

Friends, if you would have told me this time last year that I would have the amazing clients that I have today, I might have laughed in your face.  It was then that I was feeling incredibly discouraged and secretly wondering if I should give up.  But I didn’t.  I waited, and God has provided for me in ways that make my jaw drop to the floor.

The best advice I could give to anyone is that it takes time, and never compare your plan to someone else’s, because it will never line up exactly!

Posted:

February 19, 2015

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  1. Alicia Lacey says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful reminder — you are so full of grace and light, I am blessed to have such a great friend in this industry in you!!

  2. I love this post Lauren! And it’s so crazy that amazing things happen if you have a little trust and PATIENCE.

  3. Dani says:

    This is so simple yet so important! Thanks Laure!

  4. Lauren C says:

    Such true and imporant words. Thank you for writing this. I know it will mean a lot to so many people, me included!

  5. Natalie says:

    I’m so proud of you, sweet friend!

  6. Ahh! Its like we’re having a one on one conversation here. there are definitely times of frustration. but like you said, patience and hard work pay off. thanks for sharing this post today!

  7. Bekah says:

    Love this lauren!! Such great (and harD) advice!! We all start somewhere and grow along the way :)

  8. Renee says:

    Oh lauren! This was so necessary today in more ways than one! Love you & thank you for always reminding us to Find the light!! Xoxo

  9. Lauren, this was so encouraging to read today! I needed to hear this. Love your heart!

  10. Jennifer says:

    Such a great reminder. It is so easy to get caught up in where you want to be.

  11. KT says:

    I love this lauren! I would love for you to mentor me in photography!! Love you!!!!

  12. LOVE THIS, and you! :) xoxo!

  13. True. It’s always nice to be reminded to keep at it and work hard :)

  14. Serena says:

    This is the truth! Patience and hard work are two things that take time, but are rewarding in the end. :)

  15. Heather says:

    Thank you for sharing that lauren! It was such an encouragment and exactly what i needed to hear! Im in that place right now anD it’s SO harD! Reading this gives me hope though! I will keep working hard! :) thank you for the reminder!

  16. Holly says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this, Lauren! I’m definitely starting to feel this way a little bit, especially as I look at my bank account and the list of gear that I not only want, but NEED at this point! Patience is hard, but I need to keep moving forward and hustle!

  17. This is wonderful, Lauren! It’s something I’m having to remind myself of every single day — good things take time. Building a business takes time. Building a business that will LAST takes time. Thank you for this reminder that I can get there some day…I just need to give it time. :)

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