David Koonar is a Canadian professional photographer. In the past years, David has managed to amass a fantastic following for himself, and he has worked with some of the most top-notch Canadian brands.
David Koonar prides himself on the quality of the work that he does. While he most certainly is exquisitely professional, he always talks about constant learning of the craft.
Today, we brought in David, and he had some insightful things to tell us about his journey, lessons learned, and how to build a professional career in photography.
What are the Types of Photography?
In a broad sense, there are more than thirty types of photography. We have portrait photography, wedding photography, fashion photography, still life photography, editorial photography, product photography, and more.
As a photographer, you should have professional expertise in at least three types of photography, and you should aim at having beyond-general knowledge of all photography types.
So, You Are Saying A Photographer Must Have Broad Knowledge? How about People Who Prefer to Specialize?
Specialization is essential; however, knowledge about a photography type can help expertise on a different kind of photography. My point is, do not box yourself.
It’s good to experiment sometimes, even if you focus on, say, wedding or product photography alone. As you grow, you will settle into the type of photography you love the most.
Sometimes, it will be just one; other times, you can love as much as three; however, do not limit yourself. You can create beauty in one type just as you can in another photography form.
How Do You Get Clients?
When you have spent many years in the game as I have, clients come easy. There are times I have to reject clients’ requests.
I give excellent results and ask for, well, quite luxurious payments; however, I have clients who are willing to pay beyond my asking price. Yes, it is significant that things have become so big right now; however, circumstances are not the same today as they were years ago.
If you are starting, focus on building your photography and editing skills. Also, focus on improving your portfolio.
Enhancing your portfolio may mean offering free shots to people. Go to courthouses and look for people who will be getting married; find friends who have one event or the other; make friends with many models and focus on shooting and editing.
It’s quite hard to land your first photography client when you’re just starting to build your portfolio. It is a lot of work, but after just three months, you will have the skill and work ethic to take on more projects. Remember that growth is essential in photography.
What are the Secrets Successful Photographers Have that Unsuccessful Ones Do Not?
There isn’t a particular secret, but there are many things professional photographers do that set them aside from unsuccessful photographers. Before I make a list, you must understand that the number of years you have under your belt as a photographer does not make you a professional.
A newbie who has dedicated two years of his life to learning his craft may be a better photographer than a ten-year experienced photographer.
Can You List Some of the Attributes Successful Photographers Have in Common?
Yes, I can:
- Hard work
- A willingness to continually learn new things
- Great portfolio
- Solid online presence
- A willingness to invest in great gadgets.