Becoming a Confident Photographer

Recently stumbled upon an old dps post that was a good reminder:

“7 Steps to Becoming a Confident Photographer: A Beginners Guide”

The 7 Steps Natalie identifies are:

1.  Keep a Notebook

2.  Shoot frequently

3.  Shoot in different conditions

4.  Set Goals

5.  Read

6.  Ask Questions

7.  Change Your Perspective

Go read the entire post 🙂  Its an inspirational find!

My biggest tip for confidence?  Aside from the essentials of practice-practice-practice, and expose yourself to great work of others for inspiration?


Be positive about everything.
Be positive during your shoot–it builds confidence in you and your subjects.
Be positive as you edit, you’ll be looking for the good points.
Be positive while you look at the work of others–it helps you find inspiration and invites good karma.
Be positive about your potential.  It will literally be a prophecy if you put in the work.
Be positive to yourself.  Too often the thing that holds us back the most–is our own doubts, self-criticisms, and excuses.
Being positive builds confidence, builds faith in oneself, and finds solutions to problems and obstacles.

Please join the discussion!

What do YOU do to build your confidence?


Brooke Snow is a Lifestyle photographer in Cache Valley, Utah.  Being positive is her mantra, but all good things require exerted effort.  Its hard to be positive when you’re overwhelmed, behind, imbalanced, sick, hungry, tired, overworked, and meet with life’s challenges.  But… though the effort is tough at times– it is worth the cost.  And eating some lunch and taking a nap always works wonders 🙂

Brooke teaches private photography lessons , online photography classes, as well as seasonal photography classes in Logan, Utah.

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15 Responses

  1. Take ANY of Brooke’s classes!! Great way to become a confident photographer! She is the best. And of course PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. I like the stay positive comments, this is also very important and something I need to work on.

  2. Awww! Thank you Marilyn! That is one of my main goals as a teacher is to help photographers find confidence! So happy to know the classes have helped! Mission accomplished! You’re the best!

  3. Thanks Kerry! I think I need to print it out too 🙂 I sort of need a reminder ALL THE TIME about this great stuff… especially when life is crazy!

  4. I realize that I’m pretty late to the game here. I’ve found a couple of really key points that have helped me improve. 1. Do a post-mortem of your shoots, figure out what went right and what went wrong. Figure out how to keep the good and fix the bad. Do NOT spend too much time on the bad, this is not a beat-yourself-up session. 2. Chocolate… just kidding… well not really. Find something that makes you feel good, then use that thing while editing. You edit better when you’re in a good mood. For me that means eating chocolate while editing. Is it healthy.. NO. Does it work.. YES.

  5. Nutella is pretty awesome. Currently I’m on a Ghiradelli 60% dark chocolate kick, just the right amount of bitter… eating some right now 🙂

  6. Hi there! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the superb work!

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