In the beginning, everyone starts out as an amateur – that is, one who does an activity for the sheer joy of doing it. And then the thought eventually occurs…
What if I got paid to do this?
You’ve already been getting a bunch of likes on Facebook and Instagram every time you post a pic, so naturally you want to start a photography business. Soon after you discover though, it’s not as easy as it looks due to your inexperience and other factors. Or maybe you’re insecure showing other people your work or comparing it to other amazing images. So all of a sudden you start to do a bunch of work cheaply or even for free! At what point does free become a cost to you?
Being a Professional Photographer: Perception vs. Reality
Photographers naturally spend most of their time taking pictures and traveling, right? That’s a pretty sweet gig! But in reality, taking pictures is only a small portion of the work which primarily consists of editing photos via Photoshop or other graphical editors, as well as bookkeeping duties, social networking & marketing and other client communication. Plus to get a really amazing shot, some brave photographers will potentially venture extremely frigid and inhabitable landscapes for days just to capture that one stunning moment of beauty. It’s a lot more work than you think! And many photographers end up going out of business and looking for other work given the competitive market. So if you’re thinking about becoming a photographer, make sure this is what you we’re meant to do, as the road will not be easy, but it’s important to find a path to sustainability whether that means remaining a hobbyist or taking it to a professional level.
“Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Harvey Mackay