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18 Professional Photographers Share Their Best Advice for New Starters

February 15, 2018


Are you passionate about photography and looking to make a career out of your images? Whether you’re just starting out your career in photography or you’re thinking about diving into a photographic career and need some advice, we’ve put this special roundup blog together to help provide you some perspective and to inspire you for your journey ahead. 

With any creative industry, it can be quite tricky (and daunting) to get your foot into a specific field and really make a name for yourself and to turn your passion into a business.  This list of professional photographers all have a wealth of experience and know what they’re talking about when it comes to the professional photography industry. Each working their way from the bottom up to the top, they share some incredibly important advice, as well as what has and hasn’t worked for them on their journey to success.

Within the roundup below, you can find (and learn from) top advice from travel photographer Chris Burkard, photojournalist Ed Kashi, fitness photographer Matt Thomas, portrait photographer Tony Corbell, wedding photographer Fiona Kelly, and many other incredible artists.

Check out our experts guide below and discover some of the best photographers out there and what advice they have for anyone just starting out in the photography industry. We have photographers from a whole range of different sectors – travel photography, landscape, photojournalism, fashion photography, fitness photography, wildlife, wedding, portrait photography and more. We asked the below professional photographers one simple question:

What is the best advice you would give to someone just starting out their photography career?

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the photographers below that took the time to share their industry advice. We hope you enjoy reading this inspirational roundup, and please feel free to share it with your friends or own audience if you find it useful

Chris Burkard

Travel photographer

"The best thing that you can do as an aspiring photographer is to identify a style that represents you well, develop within that style, and keep shooting to perfect it. It’s super important to have your images be recognizable by editors and others who are looking at your work. With the large number of photographers that are out there now you must find ways to stand out. The best compliment I can ever receive is when people know my photography work instantly when they see it."

Image credit: Chris Burkard

Ed Kashi


"Identify what you care about, find your visual voice and commit to creating a great body of work."

Image credit: Ed Kashi/VII

Joel Grimes

Professional photographer

"Success starts with one simple principle, practice the creative process more than 99% of all the other photographers on the planet."

Image credit: Joel Grimes

Von Wong


"Stop sharing work that you don't want to get hired for. People rarely hire you to do work that they've never seen you do before. Rather than pursuing the kind of work that you want to do, try to create work that allows you to lead the lifestyle you want to have. Be aware of social media but don't build your career as if your life depended on it. Remember that you don't own the platform. The platform owns you."