This photo of a couple kissing in Paris is where it all started for Cheryl Bigman:

 

Bonnie here again, coming to you from the back of the room on the last day of the Ultimate Money-Making Photo Workshop in Phoenix, Arizona. With a brand new MBA in marketing, Cheryl was working as a project manager for a huge corporation. Life looked really good… on paper. But Cheryl hated marketing. So when her job was transferred to another state, she took the severance package and joined us in Paris on our very first photo workshop. In Paris, she got lost in the moment shooting photos of people in the park, watching the faces of people in love, seeing families spend time together… which is when she took the photo above. She still loves that photo. It represents the moment when she realized that this is what she loves doing. What I love about meeting all of the professional photographers who join us at these workshops is that, at some point, they all followed their hearts. Even when it was scary, or uncertain… and even when they never thought they could ever be a professional photographer… which is what Cheryl told us in her session. Today, Cheryl fills her time doing what she loves — shooting family portraits for all of life’s stages, from the arrival of newborn babies, to bar and bat mitzvahs, to college graduations, weddings, and beyond. She doesn’t use studio lights — it’s all outdoors in natural light. Here are three tips she shared with us on getting started: ** 1. Learn processing on a need-to-know basis. Instead of trying to learn everything all at once, learn what you need, as you need it. ** 2. Find a pro whose work you love, and see if you can mentor with him or her. ** 3. Practice, practice, practice. But most of all, if you want to be paid for your photos, you just need to get started. You’ve got to believe in yourself and you’ve got to go for it. And there’s no better time or place to start than right here, right now, right where you are. [Editor’s Note: Learn more about how you can turn your pictures into cash in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.  Sign up here today and we’ll send you a new report, Selling Photos for Cash: A Quick-Start Guide, completely FREE.]

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