Find out how Cameron Doane took his photography career from zero to success!
Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. It’s a journey filled with ups and downs, leaps of faith and mistakes, wins and losses. Documented here are the experiences of Cameron Doane starting his own business as a photographer.
His goal was simple: to give himself creative freedom while breaking the 9-5 shackles. It was not an easy task for him, but it was worth fighting for. Especially after all that massive success and the almighty dollars he’s racked up now!
Cameron grew up in the small town of Palm City, Florida, then moved to Durango, CO. He started his first job as a movie theater worker, then worked in network marketing and sales. He had a great job, but his sleep disorder started to become a problem as he got older, and then he found out that you can actually work for yourself and manage your own schedule.
Cameron’s sleep disorder, compounded by stress at work, caused him to give up on his ambitious plans. He quit his 9 to 5 career to take care of his health and start his own photography business.
“When I started my first job at the High Five Cinema in Durango, I was making about $5.15. But, with a sleep disorder, it affected my daily life. I realized that I had to do something on my own to be able to work on my terms and my schedule. That’s when I decided to start my own business.
The 36-year-old photographer had a knack for photography since his early school years in Tahiti when his mother bought a bunch of old disposable Kodak cameras. After a while Cameron became so obsessed with photography that he enjoyed taking pictures of anything and everything from landscapes, wildlife to portraits.
He was neither a professional photographer nor a photography enthusiast at the time, but aspired to become one when his inner instinct made him realize that cameras were more than just tools for capturing visual memories. “They are also windows to the world.”
Speaking about his early days in photography with old Kodak cameras, Cameron says:
“I started doing photography at 12 when we went to Tahiti. My mother had bought a bunch of disposable cameras, the old Kodaks. I think I used 90% of those cameras that we brought. I really loved the idea of taking pictures!
The first few days were financially difficult with a small amount of missions to come. He did animal photography, but he always wanted the big fashion or glamor brands to hire him for their campaigns. He understood that these types of customers can generate thousands of people, which could help him achieve his dreams of getting down payments for a luxurious lifestyle.
Cameron’s main photography projects involved wildlife. This type of photography usually requires you to spend several days in the wild trying to get that shot that captures the essence of the animal in its natural habitat. Building a wildlife portfolio is a lifelong dedication. Breaking into the modeling industry is not an easy task. It also takes years to build a quality work. But with perseverance and a passion for modeling, Cameron’s journey began to take shape. Moreover, he began to earn the trust of models with his hard work and sincerity. This resulted in becoming a perfect fit for the modeling industry.
“One of the hardest transitions I’ve made was getting into the modeling industry. So many people wanted to see past work and see how good my stuff was with humans, but most of all, I had just worked with tigers and lions LOL. I had to practically convince some friends who were modeling to let me shoot with them. It took a few years for people to really want to shoot with me. It didn’t is not as easy as it seems to do it professionally.
Cameron now owns a very successful photography business called “Cameron Doane Photography”. He mainly travels abroad for his shoots and his international exposure has given him many opportunities. Thanks to his excellent photography skills and trustworthy reputation, he has secured images in some of the largest and best-known magazines in the world. Some of those names include Playboy, Maxim, and FHM, to name a few.
It’s not just the most spectacular sunrises, sunsets or landscapes that Cameron shoots. He shoots anything that touches him. The most beautiful moments in life happen every day. They happen with your friends, your family, the strangers you meet on the street. Cameron’s photography is an attempt to share his love of life through the lens of his camera.
“One of the things I like to think about is that when models get older, they can look back and realize how amazing their lives have been. This is a record of the things they have had to do in their lifetime. This is a snapshot of an incredible moment. What an incredible gift to give someone.
Cameron’s advice to budding entrepreneurs:
You should never stop wanting to learn. “Be so excited about what you learn and be so engaged that you feel compelled to learn more.”
Don’t be selfish. “If you are unable to manage your ego, it will kill your chances of success. Your ego can destroy your talent, so you must be aware of it at all times.
Make things work for you. “You have to figure out how to make things work even if you don’t really know the outcome. Often, innovation is creating something out of nothing. You don’t know what you’re going to create until you start working on it. You should try to solve the problem in question. Just sit down and figure it out. The solution may surprise you.
Be friends with good people. “Be careful about the people you choose to surround yourself with. Sometimes people can be toxic. If you surround yourself with people who complain all the time, it will be easier for you to be negative and pessimistic instead of being optimistic.
Cameron Doane’s story shows that entrepreneurship is an act of optimism. Let’s face it, most new businesses face initial difficulties. If you are not optimistic, you are unlikely to become an entrepreneur. Pursuing a dream despite the difficulties takes courage. Cowardice is not good in an entrepreneur. You must be brave. And while it’s not always the easiest road, the road to entrepreneurship leads to greater wealth than any other career.