Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: 7 Step Guide for Female Photographers

Do you ever find yourself doubting your photography skills, despite all your hard work and achievements? You’re not alone. Many female photographers who own small businesses experience a common phenomenon known as imposter syndrome. This nagging feeling that you’re not good enough can be a major roadblock to success. But fear not, because in today’s podcast, we’re going to explore actionable steps to help you conquer imposter syndrome once and for all.

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What is Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter syndrome is that sneaky voice in your head that makes you doubt your abilities, question your success, and feel like a fraud. It can affect anyone, but it’s especially prevalent among female photographers who are striving to make their mark in the industry.

Statistics on Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome affects a significant portion of the population, and female photographers are not exempt from its grasp. Forbes recently published results from a KPMG study that found that 75% of female executives across industries have experienced imposter syndrome in their careers. These statistics make it clear that you’re not alone in this struggle.

So, what gives? What actionable steps can you take to overcome this?

1: Acknowledge Your Achievements

The first step in conquering imposter syndrome is recognizing your accomplishments. Take a moment to reflect on your journey as a photographer. Remember that time you captured a breathtaking sunset, made a client smile with your work, or received praise for your artistic vision. Your successes are real, and they are yours to claim.

2: Identify Negative Self-Talk

Negative self-talk is the enemy of confidence. Whenever you catch yourself thinking, “I’m not good enough” or “I’m a fraud,” pause and question those thoughts. Instead of dwelling on self-doubt, remind yourself of the clients who love your work and the beautiful moments you’ve captured.

3: Seek Support

Don’t be afraid to seek support. Whether it’s finding a mentor, joining a photography community, or even seeking professional help, having a support system can make a world of difference. Look to with others who shared your passion and lift you up.

4: Set Realistic Goals

Set goals that are attainable and specific. When you break down larger objectives into manageable steps, you’ll see progress more clearly. For example, instead of aiming to become a world-renowned photographer overnight, focus on mastering a particular photography technique. Achieving these smaller goals will boost your confidence.

5: Keep a Success Journal

Keeping a success journal is a powerful way to remind yourself of your achievements. Write down your victories, big and small, and revisit them when imposter syndrome rears its head.

6: Embrace Continuous Learning

Never stop learning. Photography is an ever-evolving field, and the more you learn, the more confident you become. Consider taking online courses, attending workshops, and reading photography books. Embrace a growth mindset.

7: Celebrate Your Wins

Celebrate your victories, no matter how small. Treat yourself to something special when you achieve a goal, whether it’s a weekend getaway, a new camera lens, or even a quiet moment of self-appreciation. Remember, every win is worth celebrating.

Closing Thoughts on Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is a mental hurdle, and you have the power to overcome. By following these actionable steps and nurturing self-compassion, you’ll be well on your way to embracing your true potential as a photographer and a small business owner. Believe in yourself, because you are more than capable of success.

I’m here to support you on your journey. Feel free to share your experiences with imposter syndrome in the comments, and let’s build a community of encouragement and empowerment. Remember, you’re not alone, and you have the talent and drive to achieve your photography dreams.


A HUGE thank you to Lissa Chandler for having me on – Your Photographer Mom to chat about impostor syndrome. You can find it live now. For more on Lissa’s amazing work or to listen to more amazing episodes of her podcast, check out the links below. Hugs.

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Joy and Light Photography is a wedding and elopement photographer based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Servicing the local area of Fayetteville and the surrounding NWA areas. Often provides services for weddings across the U.S. and Oaxaca, Mexico. Specializes in candid, documentary style wedding portraits that are real, emotional, and natural.  Northwest Arkansas is home but available for travel worldwide.