Twenty Benefits You Love for Being a Photographer

October 27, 2022

How photography changes your life and why you want to take my class

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Photography has been around now for almost 200 years. Some might think that it is ancient, but it is not.

It allows us to remember, document, create, and much more.

And today, I will share with you twenty benefits you get by learning and practicing photography.


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Remember those moments that you prize and cherish? Your children’s first steps, your family vacations, and hanging out with your friends.

Photography allows you immortality these moments to remember and visit these moments as much as you like.

Photography is also a gift you can pass along to future generations so they can understand what has come before them.

Documents your journey through life

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Let’s face it, we all have a story and come from somewhere.

And no matter if you photograph simply for yourself or to share with others, photography allows you to capture and remember life’s moments that you experience.

It allows us to embrace the emotions and sentiments that we feel and to express them healthily.

Find beauty in the world

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Photography lets us discover beauty in the world. Sometimes the most beautiful moments or things get overlooked, and photography allows us to document and remember them.

And not everyone’s idea of beauty is the same. Photography allows you to express beauty in your way.

Preserves new and old memories

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Photography allows us to preserve new and old memories.

Remember the time that you rode your bicycle for the first time? Your parents may have captured that in a photograph.

Think about your fondest memories in your journey and experiences. Photography is there for you to document and freeze time on these moments for your lifetime and beyond.

Creative self expression

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Photography allows you to be creative with what is in your mind.

Photography is a great way to express YOU if you don’t possess the skills for any other artistic mediums.

Don’t be afraid to experiment.

Social interaction

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Photography allows you to be social with others.

If you have a camera, it can act as a gateway to making new friends, interacting with your existing friends, or simply engaging with who or what you are passionate about.

Stress relief

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Did you know that photography can be cathartic and relieve stress?

Go on an adventure with your camera and get lost in the moments to forget about what is stressing you out.

Imagination enhancement and brain exercise

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Photography can help you expand your imagination to realms you have not dreamed of.

It can also help you keep your brain sharp by experiencing different places and things and thinking in another way to get the shots you hold in your mind’s eye.

Its Neuroplasticity ability allows you to engage the world differently than you would ordinarily experience when you set out for your day.

Career possibilities

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Did I mention that you can turn your photography into a business and make money?

Finding the style of photography, you love and then monetizing it will give you an extra source of income.

Self esteem booster

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Do you suffer from low self-esteem? Photography can help with that too.

You will be able to express yourself with how you feel and understand what holds you back by remembering your photos.

You will also be able to share your photos with your peers, friends, and family to get potential positive reinforcement which will boost your self-esteem.

You learn about yourself

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Through photography, you learn about yourself. Your likes, dislikes, and what you are most passionate about.

By trusting your gut, head, and heart with what you photograph, you document a map of yourself and what/who you love.

You see with different eyes

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Have you ever walked down the street that you live on? What do you see? How does it feel?

Now, try the same walk with a camera, and see what inspires you to take a photograph.

The same street you are used to all the time will become something different by stopping to capture what you are drawn to.

Repeat this exercise as often as possible at different times of day, seasons, or directions. You will constantly see differently.

Fresh air and sun (improved mood)

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Being a photographer gives you an excuse to leave your house for fresh air and sun.

And in turn, fresh air and sun always help to improve your mood if you are feeling down or having a time in your life that you are struggling with.


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Did you know you don’t need an expensive gym membership to exercise?

By owning a camera, you can explore your neighborhood or beyond, which will help you get in shape and feel better.

Ice breaker

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Did you know that photography can act as an icebreaker to help you get over being shy?

By engaging others with your camera, you can make new friends, talk to people you would not usually speak to, or enter worlds you have never set foot in.

Engaging in what you love

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Photography allows you to engage with what or who you love.

Are you passionate about people? Photography can connect you with people.

Are you passionate about adventures? Photography can give you experiences.

Are you passionate about nature? Photography can take you to heart.
Connect with what YOU are passionate about.

Different perspectives

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Photography can give you different perspectives that you usually do not observe in your daily life.

Do you walk the same street every day? Try looking up.

Do you ever wonder what the world looks like through the eyes of a child? Try photographing from their perspective.

Do you want to remember a moment to understand it better? Try taking a photograph.

Different perspectives can be inspirational.


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Photography can give you freedom.

It can give you an excuse to leave the confines of what holds you back.

And it can give you excitement in your life through its possibilities.


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Photography can give you adventures that you have never dreamed of.

Is there a place you have always wanted to explore but never have? Take your camera.

Is there something you are passionate about and want to say? Photograph it and share it.

Improves mental health

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Did you know that photography can help with your mental health?

If you are feeling down or depressed, try to capture how you feel in a photograph or series.

If you want to uplift your mood, try photographing something or someone that you love.


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So what are you waiting for?

Grab your camera and get ready to photograph.

If you are unsure where to start or need some inspiration, I encourage you to take one of my photography classes.

I have a brand new class on Udemy called “How to Learn Beginner Photography Quickly and Easily” that I am offering for just $20 to get you going. It covers all the basics to get you on shooting who and what you love.

And if you would like to learn more after taking my Udemy class, book a free 30-minute Zoom consultation with me to chat about your photography.

We will develop a plan together for your photography, and I will set up additional Zoom lessons with you to coach you every step of the way in your photography.

If you make something extraordinary also, please feel free to write me to share.

Or you can also share your photos and write about them in my publication where we have built a supportive photography and writing community just for you.

I learned these twenty benefits of photography over a 33-year career after my Grandma gave me a camera, and you can enjoy them too!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.
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