"What advice would I give photographers just starting out? Having the guts to build a business around your unique perspective and strengths, may be the most challenging task for an up and coming professional creative.
The temptation to look at others and emulate may make sense as you're learning the craft, but when it comes to putting your signature brand out for the world to see, copying others is the riskiest thing you could do. You don't want to be "like" anyone except yourself. What's funny, is YOU is your only real shot at originality. The great news is most people are too scared to take a chance on themselves. Get over that hurdle and you've got a shot.
The daily habit of cultivating your you-nique style is the hardest and most rewarding work we do creatively. It's also our best shot at truly making a mark. Be you at any cost."
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