Zack Arias: it’s not all rainbows and unicorns

I started out with photography because I was quite literally drowning in my sea of babies and diapers and no sleep and nothing that felt like ME anymore.  I wanted something just for me and to learn how to capture my children as they grew.  I didn’t care about money.

But somewhere along the way, I started shooting for other people and started charging money (just costs) and then I started charging more as the clients take me away from my children (who are the reason I started photography to begin with).   And it is a job I love.

But it is not an easy business.  Not at all. And every once in a while someone comes along who tells you how it is, whether or not that’s popular, and I listen to people like that. Zack Arias is one of them.

This is copied from his tumblr blog — you can see Zack’s whole feature here or view his main site at

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He tells it like it is.  We hear too much of “you are amazing” and end up thinking “likes” on facebook equal success.

Rainbows and unicorns do not always equal dollar signs.

But I am a perpetual optimist who believes that if you feel passionate about something, and work really hard,  you will end up successful.  I think some people forget the work really hard part is all.

What do you think?



  • Lea says:

    Awesome! I love it when people speak truth. I’m sorry, but I’m downright pissed off at the current crop of “rockstar” photographers who are publishing their own success stories, touring the country claiming they can “fix” your business, creating systems that claim if you do these 10 things, you’ll be a rockstar too. I’m all for offering people encouragement and I agree that if you’re really passionate about something and work really hard, you can achieve your goals. But you’ll work a whole lot harder if someone is real with you about how hard it will actually be. Kudos to Zach.

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