Today, Femi is a prominent wedding photographer and videographer in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region. Though he is a photographer, his story is relevant to many entrepreneurs and business owners. So here are a few takeaways for anyone who’s passionate about an idea.
- #SeizeTheMoment. Or in Femi’s case “create the moment”. I mean, who thinks to go to a birthday party with a professional camera, just in case there is no photographer there. Femi shows us that you don’t wait for the opportunities to come to you. You keep at your grind, keep an eye out, and always be ready so that once the first sign of an opportunity shows, you can immediately jump on it.
- Start where you are. You don’t need to know it all, and you certainly don’t need to have expert training in order to start. Remember, everything is “figureoutable” once you get in the game. Femi did his first photography gig by shooting his camera in auto mode… which for all the photography gurus out is a big taboo. It’s almost like taking pictures with the infamous Nokia 3300 phone. But guess what? The clients loved Femi’s pictures, and today he is one of the top wedding photographers in the DMV area. So ladies and gents, start moving… this world belongs to those who start and improve as they go.
- You were born to do this. That is, after you’ve put in your 10 thousand hours of practice, constantly learning and improving. Even now as a celebrated photographer, Femi still clocks in those hours in order to get better… whether it’s editing photos on the train during his commute to work, or taking photos of sceneries in Washington, DC during his lunch break. So a lesson to everyone out there who has a dream... we have no excuses! Let’s start piling up those hours.