Melbourne Fashion Photographer: Jess LaFrankie

4 Books Freelance Photographers Need to Read

Whether studying or self-taught, there are some things that we just miss out on. Luckily, there are many out there who want to share their secrets to success with us and these are a few of the best. Here are my top recommendations for any photographers who are looking to expand their business minds.

1. The 4-Hour Work Week - Timothy Ferris 

This is by far the best book I have ever read. Hands down. It wins all the awards for teaching you to set yourself up with an efficient and successful business. Tim talks about time management and gives you all the answers to the problems you’ve been coming up against. This book changes your life and your perspective about the work week. A resounding 100/10. You need to read this. 

2. Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

Originally written in 1937, the fundamental principles of this book are amazingly still relevant to modern society. It’s a fascinating read and truely transformative. He uses examples such as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison to show how factors such as desire, the subconscious mind, faith and goals can interweave to create favourable condition for success.

3. The Introvert Entrepreneur 

This won’t apply to everyone, but I was half way through the introduction when I knew I was in for a good read. Beth explains the challenges introverts face in the business world and focuses on bringing forward their strengths rather than forcing the unnatural tasks such as networking.

4. The Power of Habit

This was the first personal development book I ever read. Needless to say it sparked an interest in the genre and was a great stepping stone into the ‘business’ section at Readings. Understanding how your habits affect your workflow and choices is really important to keeping your business successful and moving forward.

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