This one is for all the other photographers out there. Can we just talk about the elephant in the room? So among photographers, lets just say it—there is a belief that unless you are “full time” in your niche, you’re not a pro. Am I right? But I’m here to say, I think that’s crap. Yup. I said it.

I’m putting this out there because it’s something I struggle with myself. This belief that if I am not doing one type of photography full time that I am somehow less professional or less of an expert. In my view its much less about the time you are doing the thing and so much more about your passion for it and what you bring to it.

So maybe lets stop defining ourselves and others by what roles we think they should be in and start being excited about what’s happening. If you are doing photography on the weekends and work a full time job that you love during the week, that’s awesome! If you do your side hustle because it brings you joy and want nothing more than that, more power to you my friend. If you’re in a situation you don’t love and are reaching to work for yourself full time, you’ve got this! One of the BEST things about having a entrepreneurial spirit is that what you do can always evolve to fit your life. You may be part time during one chapter, full time the next, or side hustle for another.

Let’s start supporting each other in every stage of this game because the real truth is that being a true pro, at whatever you do, is a lot of freaking hard work. It takes determination, and stubbornness, and a willingness to put yourself out there and fail and try again.

Cheers to you you Weekend Warriors, you Kick-Ass Entrepreneurs, and to each of you at ever stage in between! You’ve got this!


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Beth Bowman is an intimate wedding, destination, and elopement photographer with a heart for adventure based in Maryville, Tennessee.  She thrives on awkward, intimate, and authentic moments.  Her mission is to document moments of love and light that they may encourage and inspire others during hard times--that love is the only true adventure. Her style is romantic, creative, and genuine.  She believes in getting out in the rain, head back laughs, taking risks, and brave love stories.