john123 wrote in post #16268243
Yea that is the truth. To many people are doing it under the illusion that one can easily learn it and you make great money doing it. Easy job , great illusion . Would advice the OP to improve his family business and right now
not many of us can say they are making a killing.
Ever wonder if it is so easy to make money why are so many people trying to earn a living by teaching what they know.
This, and I have to assume it's happening everywhere, has been going on for several years in our area. Most come and go. After they do their friends they find out there is little demand even when free. One or two might make it every two or three years. But the ones that make are in fact good and invest in them selves as well as equipment. And I will say there are less then a handful that do photography as their sole source of income. In my immediate area there are only three of us that have studios...and as far as seniors go...so far this year only about 3% of my senior clients request studio sessions.
My point here is just to say, don't try to compete with the $100 session that comes with images on a CD with print rights. They are all shooting ambient and producing sub-par images. The individuals that are using these services should not be your targeted audience. Instead find your style that sperates you from the others and stick to it...and if you can make a living from it you're doing better then 60% of the working photographers out there. Senior photography is clearly low hanging fruit. You'll need to have expertise in other fields of photography to have any hope of making a living from photography alone. To say it is easy to make a living at photography is naive. Just my take on it.