Photography has become a pretty good side job for me during the year. I net around $6000. This year will be closer to $7000. It unfortunately has mutated from a hobby to a side business that is beginning to pay bills. This stinks. I have to do it rather than want to do it. I much rather do this than other side jobs though so I am going with it. I still get the occasional high when the client lights up when he or she sees it so my interests is not completely dead. I primarily shoot weddings, sports pictures (in the field and formal ones) and senior pictures.
This is my problem. I struggle greatly with seeing other photographer's work. Instead of getting ideas from the other people in my area I get a complex that almost makes me want to shut down and stop doing it. I think to myself why would client pay for me when they can get that instead? My prices are cheaper so one could argue that they are getting a value but I struggle. Do any of you experience this? If so how do you handle it?
I know the pragmatic approach is not to look at other people's work but that is not really possible and I would think put a limitation on my growth.
Thanks for your wisdom and insight.