I’m sitting here writing this at midnight when I have to be up at 5:30am to head out for a photography job. Why? I can’t sleep.
Before going in to business as a photographer I had been doing photography as a serious hobby for a number of years. Not all that long ago the idea of becoming a full time photographer didn’t even enter my mind. Now I look at myself and wonder, how have I been fortunate enough to be able to do a job that I love and pay my bills with a camera.
I decided a year ago that I would go into business part time when I kept getting people asking me to do work for them. I was studying a degree in engineering full time and working a few days a week so I decided that a little extra money would be handy. In a short period of time I managed to somehow make a name for myself and gained a couple of regular clients. This has continued on today where it affords me to shoot full time as a job.
Photography has opened up a world to me that I would otherwise would never get to see. I have had exclusive access to many unique places (example, the photo above was taken by my little brother using my camera while doing a fashion shoot at the Gabba) and met so many amazing people that may otherwise would never have crossed my path.
People have asked me if it hard to make a living as a photographer. Well, my experience at least for my first year is yes! Some people called me stupid and there were times when I thought to myself yes I am an idiot. I should go get a real job that guarantees I can pay my bills week to week. These 2-minute noodles are getting old. But I persevered. I went out and worked my butt off to get enough business so that I could sustain myself. There was no free lunch here. There’s no time to sit back and feel sorry for yourself when you don’t book a client for 3 weeks. I don’t have the luxury of a partner or someone else to fall back on for income. If I don’t have a client I am out there pounding the pavement to get work. It may seem to some that it is not worth it. That it isn’t worth the time. Everyone with a camera is a photographer so why bother. Well, I bother because it is what I love! And my clients seem to love the work I do for them. Without them I wouldn’t be here.
For anyone that read this whole thing, I am impressed. I’m not even sure it’s completely coherent but thank you. That’s enough rambling for now.