Totally hear you on that and respect your input, but I do have a fantastic job and very thankful for that why do I do it? simple because I want to and it's fun....nothing else, I like to learn and challenge myself.... heck if I can make more more money WHY NOT? or maybe get my roof fixed too for shoot why not
But yea, I totally appreciate your honesty, some replies and some feedback I got ( nothing surprising to me really) but it just enforced some thoughts and what about about some reactions I've got from local photographers..... and sure, I do take some decent pictures and they are getting better everyday and SOLD a few to locals and through my website, won a few awards here and there
Landscape still my primary focus and I love everything about it....but would this stop me from doing people, totally not, and the more I hear about people telling me to back off or go focus on your job the MORE that I'm fueled to do it and be good at it, just to challenge myself and LEARN.
Just to share a personal story/accomplishment, TONS people doubted me when I first moved to the stats 6 years ago, didn't speak a word of English, didn't know anyone, worked min wage..... did that stop me, NOT at all..... got two super technical degrees and worked for fortune 100 ( 2 times ), naturalized citizen and living the American Dream very big and VERY THANKFUL for that and GOD BLESS THE STATES
Sorry If I was venting/over reacting or what not, my intentions were all GOOD!!
kfreels wrote in post #14648879
I'm curious. If you do have a great job in one of the largest software companies in the area, why in the world would you want to start a photography business? Why is it that everyone who starts to shoot and gets half-way decent thinks they need to do this? I can tell you first hand it isn't all it's cracked up to be. I started shooting in 8th grade. I was really good and decided to go to college for it. I earned my degree, came out and did a few lousy jobs like Olan Mills. Then I opened my own brick & mortar studio for 8 years. While rewarding at first, it just drained me creatively. I spent all this time shooting what others wanted and at the end of the day when I was done, the last thing I wanted to do was take out the camera. I have this huge gap in my life of about 4 years where there are few photos of my family because of this.
I closed the business and didn't touch a camera for 10 years. I only came back a couple years ago and now I don't do it as a business. I do it for fun. Sure, if one of my kids' friends want senior pics or a friend or family member want their wedding shot, I MIGHT do it for a proper fee or trade (shot a wedding to get my roof done last year lol). But that's it.
Anyways, just something to think about.