Taking a successful person to lunch is an excellent way to gain insight and knowledge that otherwise might be missed by reading and going to seminars alone.
The Internet offers an enormous amount of information available to you to improve your photography and business skills. But, a one-on-one conversation with an experienced photographer in your desired area of speciality and interest often results in additional information that is not usually offered in books and seminars. Sometimes, it’s the little things.
The big concepts are important to a business, but it’s the little tweaks and tips that make it run smoothly. Sometimes it’s the photographer’s reaction or body language that give more clues than words alone.
Assisting is ultimately the best way to glean such information. Unfortunately, assisting jobs are not as abundant as they were just a few years ago.
Ask around and research the top photographer in your field. Ask how he did it and what makes him different. Not every photographer will be receptive to your request. Actually, many will not. But, if you attend professional photography organization events, you often will find successful photographers willing to share their knowledge and offer themselves mentors.
Don’t limit yourself to photographers. It may be easier to find successful business people in other creative and standard industries who have knowledge and concepts that may be seamlessly applied to the photography business.
Lastly, if you are really committed to the growth of your company, consider investing in an experienced reputable business coach or creative consultant.
Business in not easy. But, the learning curve can be flattened out with the guidance of a little experience.