My Worst Enemy | Guest Post by Amy Hanen by Annemie Tonken

Recognizing that my self-doubt existed was the first step to getting around it. This was by far the hardest pill to swallow. I had to admit to myself that I am worth what I needed to charge, and commit to living up to that number both in quality and service. Taking that leap made me grow not only as a businessperson but as an artist.

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Who is your Why? | Guest Post by Jenna Elliott by Annemie Tonken

For much of my career - which is going on almost 10 years now - I had thought the value of family photography was in holding time still for parents as their kids grew and changed. That’s certainly a very valid reason to photograph families - parents are the ones paying after all. But in the months that followed TFN, I started to examine my work to figure out what it was about the images I loved most that really resonated with me. In doing so, I realized that I am not taking pictures for the parents.

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Diving into Pricing for the New Photographer by Annemie Tonken

I had absolutely no idea how to go about transitioning a hobby into a career, so the first thing I did before I ever accepted a dollar for my work was to sign up for a business class. Among other things, that class forced me to de-romanticize my ideas about what going into business for myself would actually mean, and I truly believe that starting my career with a clear picture of what it was going to require has been the key to my success. Here's what I did:

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