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How To Start a Photography Business Based on Your Passion For Travel

Do you love to travel and take photographs? In this article, we show you how to start a photography business based on your passion for travel.

What is beauty? What makes the world beautiful? The more that we go places, travel around the world and see cultures, buildings, food, amusement avenues, diverse geographical features and wildlife, the further our definition of beauty assumes meaning.

It makes good sense to suggest that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, especially so, when the beholders are women. Women make great travel photographers because we live, think and breathe beauty.

Since women like to explore and learn without worrying about the purpose, they derive value from what they learn as they go places and visualize ways to derive messages from visual experiences.

Travel photography is a great business for women to start and if they can harbour entrepreneurial ambitions, there’s no stopping them. Here are some tips for women to get started in the business of travel photography.

Learn About Photography

The first step is to seek the right education on photography. To start with, photographers deal with technology and the world of photography is evolving every day. One has to learn the skills of identifying, operating and maintaining photography equipment.

Knowing the basics of aperture, shutter, lens, flash, picture clarity, light customization and different modes, battery life and photo editing are necessary. There are various universities and mass media institutes that offer professional photography courses, vocational training courses and extra credit programs for ambitious professionals.

Further interning under a veteran professional travel photographer always helps. Networking with people, interacting with them and sharing their experience is important.

Check out the Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography from Udemy. This online photography course will teach you how to take amazing images and even sell them, whether you use a smartphone, mirrorless or DSLR camera.

It is designed to teach you the ins and outs of photography, even if you have little to no experience with it, to help create profitable images that help you stand out from the crowd and sell.

Purchase Your Set of Equipment

For travel photographers, a lightweight and compact camera for travel photography that is easy to disintegrate, pack and assemble should be preferred. Not that the performance, features and functionality are to be overlooked but it has to be easy on the person carrying it while travelling.

It is a good idea to start with rented photography equipment instead of investing money into high-end cameras. Remember, that we are talking business here. Always keep your risk profile on the lower side, to begin with.

Create Your Portfolio And Website

For women to build a business out of travel photography it is important that they switch on their marketing and public relations machinery at an early stage. A very fundamental step in this direction is to create one’s own website with good photography content.

Remember that it may not be possible to rely on face to face marketing when women are busy travelling to different places owing to constraints of time, distance, costs and lack of verified information about the credentials of prospects.

As such investing in building a travel photography website and digital marketing services can prove to be a very cost-effective means to enhance customer outreach, showcase your offerings, and brand yourself.

Define Your Service and Expectations

The next logical step in creating a business out of a passion for travel photography is to define your service offerings and specialize in a specific genre of travel photography.

Why is this required? To succeed at doing business you need to understand that strategy is specialization. As you gain experience and exposure to different genres of photography while travelling across the world, sharp patterns of excellence and strengths will emerge, paving the path for you to understand yourself and your work better and repeat the practices that deliver the best results.

There are various genres of nature photography, wildlife photography, landscape photography, fashion photography and more. Once travel photographers have spent a year or two interning, freelancing and travelling, a picture on the road ahead begins to emerge.

Build Your Business and Create a Presence On Social Media

Once you have a feel for the market, the tastes, and preferences of clients and information on the pricing for different services offered, it is time to go a bit further and invest more capital into social media marketing to brand yourself, create a niche segment based on specialization and communities of followers on social media for branded photography content to go viral.

Remember that travel photography deals with intangibles, and there are no inventories unless one is planning to sell branded merchandise. Leveraging social media augments the tangible component of business development, brand building, and brand recall generation.

Moreover, it gives local access to resources and prospects. Local contacts, local acclimatization, and local communities enable space specific learning and can be sources of strategic advantages.

Find Your Niche and Ways to Make Money

Once your website has been up and operating for long enough (two to three years) and your social media marketing is on in full swing, projects should start dropping in. At this juncture, travel photographers should look back on the journey thus far and reflect on the key learning outcomes.

The point is to look for patterns, trends, and insights emerging from the experience and identify a niche segment that can be a source of advantage in business going forward.

You should from here on, spend time and effort looking for non-imitable and rare aspects within one’s body of work and seek to build on that to create brand equity and differentiate one’s travel photography services.

Keep Learning and Be Confident

The path to travel photography is full of twists and turns at every stage. Like the road of the journey in other walks of life, travel photography also presents uphill challenges like criticisms from art cynics, higher demands for creative inputs and aesthetics and bargains on the pricing from clients.

The final and never-ending lesson that travel photographers must learn from the experience and keep learning is the skill to deal with not just new geographies, cultures and photography equipment but handling people.

As you get better at dealing with people, your confidence in themselves and in your travel photography as a sustainable business will only grow.

Last but not the least; it is not the camera lens that makes the world a beautiful place. It is the photographer’s imagination that makes the difference.

Women should always be proud of their vulnerability to emotions while working behind the lens. These emotions only add strength to their travel photography.

Author’s Bio:

A wanderer by choice, Michelle Breitstein has an unending love for the mountains. She craves for experiences of all kinds and goes wherever her wanderlust takes her. She has explored Switzerland, India, France, Austria, Nepal, Tibet and several places in her own country, United States. Her great achievements include trekking to Everest Base Camp, Chadar Trek and Bernese Oberland Glacier Trek. She also has interest in mountain biking, kayaking and leading a nomadic life where she can spare time for travel writing, adventure sports, photography, volunteer travel, and staying cooped in a caravan and guiding a tour. You can connect with her at  @iammichelle_05

Do you love to travel and take photographs? In this article, we show you how to start a photography business based on your passion for travel. Travel photography is a great business for women to start and if you can harbour entrepreneurial ambitions, there's no stopping you. Here are some tips to get started in the business of travel photography. #travel #photography #business

Domestic Abuse And Tough Love: Taking Care Of Your Inner Child

If you had a child that was being bullied or abused in school, what would you do?

Would you merely listen, albeit empathetically, fob it off with, “Don’t worry, I’m here for you whatever you choose to do,” and then walk away to get on with ‘more important’ things?

No, you would not. As a parent, you would, with every breath in your body, fight for your child’s well-being and their right to be safe.

So why don’t we do that for our inner child? That child inside of all of us that yearns to be safe and cared for. That vulnerable part of us that wants to know we will take action on its behalf should someone abuse or bully us.

Yet, many, many women and men ignore their inner child day after day, year after year, with devastating consequences.

And every time we do that – every time we allow someone to abuse us, put us down or traumatize us without standing up for ourselves – our inner child crawls ever further into its shell, hurt by the betrayal of being let down by the only adult it has to care for it – our self.

This betrayal of one’s inner child leads to feelings of low self-worth and low self-esteem – which only promotes further abuse – a cycle that’s increasingly hard to escape from.

Being there for your inner child, protecting that vulnerable part of oneself, means refusing to tolerate abuse in any form. It means understanding that your feelings of hurt, of sadness, of betrayal, need to be dealt with, not pushed away.

Whether you choose to do that in sessions with a therapist or go it alone is up to you. But if you’re not willing to do it, nobody can do it for you – not the police, nor a lawyer, nor the courts.

None of them is here to take care of your inner child. You are.

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If you know a friend suffering domestic abuse…

For friends who listen to the stories of those suffering from domestic violence and abuse, you should know that there’s only so much one can do as the sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Playing the part of a passive sounding-board only provides temporary relief and attention.

Once the person has unloaded their grief on you, they will go back to living their dismal lives and continue to tolerate the abuse they just complained to you about, without doing anything to change it.

Ultimately every person in an abusive or self-destructive situation has to hit rock-bottom – a place where they finally say, NO MORE! At this point, they can either choose to hit back at their abuser, leave the abusive situation or start to listen to their inner child and take better care of themselves.

No one can help us reach that place. No matter how you want them to change, remember that’s what YOU want. But do THEY want it too? You must let them reach the place of personal choice themselves, or with the help of a professional.

Once they decide that enough is enough, this is the point at which you can step in. Whether it is for a safe place to spend the night or assistance with finances or help with getting a job – it is at this point you can be the best friend you always wanted to be for them.

Until people decide that they want to change, there is nothing you can do to change them. Not convincing, cajoling, logic or reason. Until the heart decides it, the mind will not follow.

Yes, it is painful to stand by and watch someone go through the pain and anguish of hitting rock-bottom. But it’s often the only thing we can do without getting sucked into a vortex of negativity ourselves.

The best thing you can do if you have someone in your life who’s suffering from domestic abuse is to practice good self-care and take care of your own inner child, so you can be there for them when they finally decide to take action.

If you have to distance yourself for a while to do that, so be it. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by their complaints and know they don’t plan on taking action, offer to take them to a therapist to deal with their feelings.

Let your friend or family member know that, should they wish to change their life, you will be there for them. Don’t let yourself be emotionally wrecked by their toxicity and self-destructive behaviour and don’t feel guilty for choosing yourself over them.

Focus on your own feelings and deal with your own anger and sadness, so that you can be objective for your friend when they need it. You cannot help them from a damaged place, only from a place of healing.

Author bio:

Priya Florence Shah is editor of and the author of From Doormat to Devi: 10 Steps to Stop Overfunctioning in Relationships and Take Your Life Back, which shows you a step-by-step way to get back control of your life starting today. You can connect with her @PriyaFlorence

Being there for your inner child, protecting that vulnerable part of oneself, means refusing to tolerate abuse in any form.

Loving Yourself, Celebrating Your Successes

Success comes in many shapes and sizes. A success can be as small as getting out of bed when you feel totally unmotivated, or as large as landing the job of your dreams.

For some people, getting over a broken relationship is success. For others, it’s giving up smoking or earning enough to buy that shiny new BMW. Anything you managed to do that wasn’t particularly easy can be classed as a success.

The way we view success in society is interesting. We are conditioned to be competitive, to always aim higher. There is nothing wrong with aiming high, per se, but because we are always fixated on the next big thing, we often forget to spend much time reflecting on our previous achievements.

What’s more, we have been taught not to be too self-congratulatory, in order that we don’t come off as smug, or a show-off.

Why are we prone to focusing on what went wrong?

In a bid to polish ourselves up and make fewer mistakes in life, we tend to focus more on our errors. We can spend far too much time looking at what we did wrong so that we can ensure we don’t make the same mistakes again.

Although some level of reflection on mistakes is healthy, we should forgive ourselves for them. Mistakes are often an integral aspect of the route to success.

Most achievements don’t happen overnight. Achievements wouldn’t even feel like achievements if they were effortless. The point is that we don’t always instantly know the best course of action to take.

There is some level of challenge or obstacles to overcome. So it stands to reason that we will make a few mistakes on our way to success. How we view those mistakes is everything.

Celebrating success is healthy

The truth is that celebrating our successes is completely healthy. It changes the mindset to a more positive one. When we are always focused on the next big thing, we are not present – we are firmly stuck in the future.

That doesn’t leave a lot of room for appreciating the now. It’s not a great idea to have your mind immersed in the past or the future for too long… long enough to reflect a little or formulate a rough course of action is fine.

When we appreciate the present moment, it’s much easier to notice how we came to be there. For example, when you’re feeling gratitude for the job you have right now, it’s less likely that you’ll be obsessing about the next rung on the ladder. In gratitude, your mindset is geared toward what’s already good about your situation.

So what is good about it? There was a time when you were praying that you’d land this role. You put everything you had into preparing for it. When you finally got that call, you were over the moon.

Success! You did it. But how long did you celebrate for? If your success was forgotten overnight, the chances are your next one will be too.

Celebrating achievements leads to more achievements

When you celebrate your achievements in a real way, you reinforce the idea that you are someone who achieves. You are acknowledging your capabilities, your drive, and your lust for life.

This can only be positive! If you spend a little more time and effort on acknowledging those achievements, you will start to genuinely feel like a winner.

This means that there is no need to fixate endlessly on the next big thing. There are no gaps to fill for the sake of it. With this attitude, your confidence can’t help but grow.

Your next successes will start to take shape when the time is right, and you’ll already be in the perfect headspace to achieve them. You will know that whatever it is you put your mind to, you will achieve.

Here are a few ways to celebrate your successes:

  • Start a gratitude/achievement diary

There are actually some great tools on the market for this. The Daily Greatness Journal is one. This helps you to list all of your past achievements, plot your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals… and track them all as you go along.

It not only keeps you focused, but it reminds you to appreciate what is great about you and your life on a daily basis.

You can just use a simple notebook if you prefer. As long as you spend some time at the end of each day listing all of your achievements – however small – you’ll achieve something big… a healthy mindset! It will be hard not to love and appreciate yourself when you constantly reflect on your own power.

Choose whichever feels like your biggest achievement that day and spend some time reflecting on it. What benefit did that bring to your life?

Thank yourself for making it happen. Over time, you’ll start to join the dots and see just how much effort and capability went into creating your wonderful life.

  • Thank yourself with a gift

When you want to thank (or celebrate) another person, it’s normal to give them a gift of some kind. Why not do the same for yourself? You work hard to achieve the things you do, so the next time you have a noteworthy success, you should be sure to treat yourself.

If you busted a gut all month to get that awesome bonus, spend some of it on a spa day – or even a holiday. Take yourself out to dinner with a favourite friend at a particularly nice restaurant. It doesn’t even need to involve money – you might just invite some friends over for a drink, or spend a relaxed day in the park with a good book.

The point is that you’re doing something you love, and you’re doing it because you deserve it. Just don’t forget to tell any guests what the point of the occasion is!

  • Celebrate with other people

If you’ve achieved something particularly good, make a bigger deal out of it by throwing a celebration. Let’s imagine you have successfully signed a huge deal at work – a big win for your company.

Bring your colleagues and business partners into your success story by celebrating with them. This not only encourages others to appreciate your successes but their own too. It also has the added bonus of developing relationships and business networks.

You’re encouraging a culture of patting each other on the back and aiming high in life. This can only be a positive thing! It paves the way for fresh ideas and inspiration, and what a fun way to do it. When celebrating success is the norm, the people around you will be a lot happier.

  • Speak up, loud and clear

Don’t be afraid to congratulate yourself on all that you’ve overcome, and all that you’ve created in your life. You will find that by being open about your successes, you will inspire other people to go after their own. It is a great thing to help others see that they are just as powerful and capable as you are.

People with a healthy attitude will always love to see you succeed in life. Surround yourself with those kinds of people, and don’t be shy about celebrating yourself. It’s OK to be proud of what you’ve done in life.

Another way to go about this is to post about your successes publicly, in blogs and on social media. It’s hard to say whom you will inspire, but you will undoubtedly inspire some. Those who care about you will be very happy to hear about your successes in life, and the more support you get, the more likely you are to keep on giving life your all.

When you make a practice out of celebrating all your successes in life, you will feel like a strong and powerful person. The more you reinforce this idea, the fewer limitations and boundaries you’ll see. Growing as a person becomes easy, and before you know it, you’ll be looking back on your own life in awe of your own strengths.

Author Bio: Daniel Ross is part of the marketing team at Roubler — a scheduling and payroll software platform founded in Australia. Their mission is to change the way the world manages its workforces.

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Celebrating our successes is completely healthy. It changes the mindset to a more positive one. When we appreciate the present moment, it’s much easier to notice how we came to be there. When you celebrate your achievements in a real way, you reinforce the idea that you are someone who achieves and you'll feel strong and powerful. #success #selflove