Top Photographers Share Their Thoughts on Success and ‘Making It’

Pursuing a career doing something you love can be a terrifying thing, and so we often look to the people who have “made it” in our field as sources of inspiration. We see the work of a Heisler, Hobby or Arias, and it helps us to push through when times get tough, as they inevitably do in any pursuit.

And if, once in a while, we get the chance to hear these successful people to talk about how exactly they made it, and what it takes to be a successful photographer (or anything really), then we’ve gotten really lucky. In the video above we get exactly that, from eight of the world’s best known and most successful photographers.

The video was produced by Lee Morris and Patrick Hall of Fstoppers. The duo got a chance to attend Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai this year, sat down with some of the titans of the photography industry to discuss success in general.

The photographers interviewed were Zack Arias, John Keatley, Joe McNally, Peter Hurley, Scott Hargis, David Burnett, Greg Heisler and David Hobby — all names you’ve seen mentioned before if you’ve followed PetaPixel for any amount of time.


The venue was the lobby and dining area of the Holiday Inn Express, the topic was success, and no questions were off-limits. Many of the photographers talked about success as it specifically pertained to photography and the struggles they personally went through. Others, such as Hurley, spoke more towards success in general.

There is far too much wisdom and inspiration in this video for us to include in written form unless our goal was to write a novel, so we’ll let you watch the video for most of it, but a few specific ideas came up again and again: work harder than everyone else, never give up, it’s never too late or early to start, and go after photography only if it’s what you really love to do.

They may seem like cliché pieces of advice you’ll find in any self-help book, but remember, these are the words of the people that are doing what many of you would like to be doing sometime in the (hopefully) near future.

For even more inspiration, check out Fstoppers‘ full write-up about the interviews.

Fstoppers Original: Success in Photography [Fstoppers]