Don’t Let Failure Stop You!

Where does curiosity lead you? Well, mine lead me to photography. I got my very first DSLR camera back around 2006. I had no idea what I was getting myself into!


I started to tell my friends about how I bought a new DSLR and that it’s complicated to work because it's not like a point and shoot camera.


My first photos were awful. It’s like that for most beginning photographers. The photos I took were either very bright or very dark and I was surprised at how many buttons there were that could affect how good or bad the picture looked.


But I didn’t let my failures stop me.


I researched more and more about photography. There were many times I failed, but what got me through it all was not giving up. I would say learning from my mistakes is what made me a better photographer. After shooting, I would go back home and ask myself, "How could I have made that photography session better?" and “What did I do wrong?”


I have many friends in the industry and I noticed them giving hints to this shy photographer, “Why don’t you lead your clients and tell them what to do?” I was, like, “Wow, that is pretty cool.” As a beginning photographer, I had no idea that customers wanted direction from me. I noticed my shyness dissipating as I started speaking up. I finally found my voice and discovered I could be a leader while accessing my creative side.


I suddenly found myself craving learning more and more about the photography industry, so I started my own photo booth business. I learned that I love both the techy and creative side of the business, so a photo booth business is perfect for me.


The industry always has new trends, so there is room to continue learning and growing. The possibilities are endless, so don’t give up so fast. Stick to what you’re good at and it will lead you to success.

Marian Geiser