What are your biggest struggles with photography?  Your biggest struggles as a photographer?

With so many people trying so hard to make it as photographers, Mel and I want to help you.  We’ve offered private one-on-one consulting for the past couple of years and have seen absolutely fantastic successes; however, we can only accept a limited number of people per year and we would really like to help more.

Leave a comment below with your biggest struggle with photography, your biggest struggle as a photographer, or even just questions that you’ve had on your mind.  We’ll be looking through the comments and answering some of those questions in  upcoming blog posts!

Seven plays the piano

Seven’s biggest struggle when playing the piano is that he currently can’t quite see the keys.

So let’s hear it!  What can we help you with?


  1. Amanda on May 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    My biggest struggle is figuring out pricing and also what the process is of getting a business license and not be a freelancer anymore.

  2. Lane on May 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    M&Ms! (lol no not the candy)
    Money for constant need of equipment and upkeep..
    and Marketing..
    How to stick out from the photography crowd. Not only are there lots of photographers in Middle Tennessee but they are all so talented!
    Now I am craving M&Ms.. dang it!

  3. Julie on May 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    hi, mel & sean! i think about you guys a lot because i want to pick your brain about photography all the time. :) i’m so glad you asked..

    so my biggest problem is that i take a lot of food pictures and most of them happen as the sun goes down. i’m doing okay most days but i’m concerned about keeping up what i’m working on as shorter days start coming up. what’s the best way to deal with poor lighting? my kitchen light is just not cutting it. :)

  4. Jen Creed on May 23, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Current biggest struggle is feeling like I fall back on the same poses and compositions for each wedding. Still turns out well for my clients, but frustrating for me personally!

  5. Lindsay H on May 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    my biggest struggle is getting people in front of me. There are so many photographers in my area it’s hard to stand out & get client’s attention

  6. Wiff on May 24, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Juggling my time! I struggle with block scheduling and sticking with it. Thanks!

  7. Jarred Johnson on May 24, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Love these photos. Amazing work.

  8. Kelley on May 24, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Building up clientele and setting my style apart from other photographers. Oh yeah…and making the time to be mommy AND photographer!

  9. April on May 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I’m a photography newbie, so it may be obvious to others. I often have trouble with photo blur. I primarily take pictures of babies/toddlers and I haven’t learned how to capture their movement without much or any blur. The picture below of Sean and Seven in the grass is a great example of what I’d like to do. Thanks!

  10. diana on May 25, 2011 at 10:10 am

    So I’m trying to build a portfolio before starting a small side biz through word-of-mouth. I really want to keep it small but still have clients feel like they’re getting the most out of the experience. Would love to hear what you have to say about how to make that happen!

  11. Angie Gambill on May 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Getting everything done in a timely matter for my clients and still have time to market or work on new ideas (oh and maybe spend time with my family). I don’t know what free time is anymore.

  12. Sophia Harcourt on May 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    My biggest problem is getting clients. You hear everywhere now that word of mouth is the best way. Well how do you meet those first people that will start talking. I am not really excited about trying those bridal shows in convention centers. I have recently signed up for one that is called Bride’s on Tour which seems like it will be a different caliber of bride but other than that I’m at a bit of a (frustrated) loss.

  13. Sarah on May 25, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve recently graduated college with a BFA in Photography. I just don’t know where to start, I want to work commercially but was always stashed inside a darkroom. It’s like I’ve arrived in China not knowing the language and all I have is a travel dictionary. I don’t want to start my own business, I just want to work under another photographer for awhile. The darkroom also did not teach me people skills or how to market myself. 现在怎么办?

  14. Vincent McVay on May 28, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    I can tell you that going to Sean and Mel’s one on one was the best thing we ever did, and for all those who follow this blog, whatever they come up with, it is worth the investment to be a part of it.

  15. Nicole L on May 31, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I’m still really new at this professionally, but I’ve started getting frustrated because I want to be able to get more emotion from the people I’m working with (especially adults). Adults especially seem to like guidance / direction, and I feel like maybe I’m suppose to tell stories or talk to get them more relaxed to get the look I want that I know they’ll love without looking so posed, and sometimes I can do it but not consistently . . . how do you do that??

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  17. Laura Louise Perkinson on June 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I have trouble with harsh lighting when I have to shoot a bride mid-day under the sun. How can I tone down the bright overhead sunlight?- Laura Louise

  18. msbizzproductions on January 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    My biggest problems are the people. I have a hard time finding people that do business smoothly, pay their deposits on time, come to the shoot on time, models are 9 times out of 10 unprepared, and this is after me extending several attempts to keep in touch and fully inform. Technical aspects of photography and my quality are always something i can learn more about but I have those pretty much in tact. Its more so the way business is conducted that frustrates me deeply.

  19. dwalls0921 on November 20, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    With an assistant and a overhead light diffuser

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