Becoming a professional photographer is a lot harder than you think and it requires more than just a good eye.Read More
People usually believe that what photographers actually do is only go to places and take images. I get asked this question quite often: what do you do when you’re not shooting photos? Maybe they expect me to say that I have long walks by the sea, that I have hobbies or that I enjoy life in general.
The truth is that when you run a photography business on your own (actually, when you run ANY kind of business on your own), you have to cover all the roles of a small company: the principle is that, since you’re working alone, nobody is going to help you out except you.
You are responsible for everything and if you fail you can only blame yourself.
Think about every aspect of a small business: you have to find new clients, think about marketing strategies, be active on social media, write emails, take care of your website, stay updated with the new trends, study, read magazines and books, deal with your finances, be a book keeper and report your taxes.
Shooting is only a small part of the photographer’s daily life.
Don’t get me wrong, I truly love my job and I would never change it with anything else. After all we, photographers, got to this point because we turned our passion into our profession. Of course there are some aspects of our job that we find a bit boring, but so does any job.
All things considered, working as a photographer brings me so much joy that I don’t even feel like I’m working. Personally, I couldn’t imagine a better job.