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{Be a Blessing First}

I get a lot of questions about photography but the most asked question is “What is your advice to someone just starting in this business?”

Photography is a hard thing to break into.  There are so many photographers out there and it’s easy to look at their work and think “Man, I am never going to be even close to that good!”  I look at my work and constantly see the flaws and get down on myself.

For me,  everything I have learned has either been from constantly practicing with my camera or from scouring the blogs of successful photographers like Zach and Jody Gray, Jasmine Star, Zack Arias or Mellisa Jill.  Also the [b] school is amazing!  These photographers all have one thing in common and that is their willingness to help other photographers.  They are well known, but what’s more important is they are well liked!  I’ve joined forums filled with people that are either unwilling or critical of new photographers and seem to get joy out of just being plain mean.  We all,  every single one of us,  were new at some point so seriously help a person out!

My advice for someone just starting out would be learn from the best photographers that are so willing to help, read their blogs, asks questions, heck you can even ask me if you want.  I might not know the answer but I’m pretty good at finding stuff out!  My biggest piece of advice though, if you truly want to be successful,  Be a blessing to others first!


I included this picture because I rarely get a shot of my daughter where she isn’t giving me a cheesy grin plus look at those eyelashes! 🙂


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  • Damaris Mia - This is such great advice! And you’re so right 🙂 we must be a blessing first 🙂 You reap what you sow!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Johnson - Well said, Toni. May all the blessings come back to you ten fold:)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy C - I love love love your advice! You are sooo right, and probably have it more figured out than the rest of us. Being a blessing to others is such an important piece of the pie. Thank you for the reminder!ReplyCancel

    • Toni Lynn - Thank you so much Wendy!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • sandy - i miss you.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly L. - Thank you so much for even responding to my email! When I came across your blog and dug deeper into your amazing photos, I thought, “There is no way this photographer will even respond to me.” Little to my surprise, you did!! Not only did you respond, but it was not a generic email, you asked questions as well!! Way to practice what you preach! 🙂 Can’t wait to learn from you more and more! This is a scary journey, but it is great to know there are nice people out there willing to help out the newbies!ReplyCancel

    • Toni Lynn - Thank you for your comment Shelly!ReplyCancel

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