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Who Juggles a FT Job and Photography?

 
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Aug 14, 2014 11:33 |  #46

I have a FT career in Product Marketing/Development for a major company, and do Sports and Event Photography in my spare time (Weekends and Evenings). I also have a family.

I personalty don't find it all that difficult to manage it. I was self employed as a consultant many years ago, and I am adept at running a business, so the overhead work in running my photography business is very low.

I make very good money at my day job, and supplement it with a part time Photography that is close to the average full-time Photographer salary. Probably could make a full time living at photography, but i would be foolish to give up a fully indexed defined benefits pension with only a few years left until an early retirement. When I retire I will do Photography fulltime

I am not really a vacation guy, so i use a good potion of my 5 weeks vacation for daytime photos shoots when needed.


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Aug 14, 2014 23:27 |  #47

vengence wrote in post #17055170 (external link)
If you're an engineer, you're going to have a hard time getting a comparable salary out of photography. Keep the day job, take a few saturday weddings to fill the itch and make some side money. But I wouldn't try to go full time if you've already got a much better paying career.

Disagree with this. Follow your passion, hone your business skills, and you will experience more success than you ever thought possible.


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Aug 15, 2014 07:40 |  #48

That's a very sweeping statement... From what I understand the average photography business owners take home wage is fairly low. I really don't think it would be remotely possible for me to match my current take-home wage by running a photography business, sadly... :(



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Aug 15, 2014 11:25 |  #49

In 2013, I shot 40 weddings, 49 pro sporting events and worked full time as a corporate photographer while being married with a newborn baby (born Dec 2012.)

From May 11th until Christmas Day, I worked seven days a week except for taking August 25th off.

Not a lot of fun to work that many hours.


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Aug 15, 2014 11:29 |  #50

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I do! I am and Electrical Engineer. I have 110Gig of Raws to process, a Proper Portfolio to put together and side jobs to do. How do you others in similar situations do it?

I also have a wife, child and one on the way... Ugg I feel like my plans of the hobby I love being my career are fading away.

Well do you want to be an Electrical Engineer or a Photographer?

Pick one, quit trying to do the other as a job.


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Aug 15, 2014 11:46 |  #51

Numenorean wrote in post #17098054 (external link)
Well do you want to be an Electrical Engineer or a Photographer?

Pick one, quit trying to do the other as a job.


At this point Photography for me isn't going to bring in 6 figures as well as insurance for my family and a retirment plan so Its clear Im going to be sticking with my day job.

I do enjoy my "on the side" photography though and if one day it supports me and mine the way my current career does I will re-evaluate.

This site is great BTW. so many good experiences to draw from and so many different POV's!




  
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Aug 15, 2014 15:51 |  #52

I work as a FT IT Business Analyst and do weddings, portraits and glamor shoots on the side. Not able to bring much in due to work constraints but one day hopefully i will take a step in faith and get into to full time photography!

People say I am good at both my careers and passionate about what I do. Lets see if I get encouraged more towards photography I will just move in ;)


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Aug 15, 2014 16:32 |  #53

I am an ER Peds nurse. If I could make what I make as a nurse I would be doing photography full time. I love photography because it is a great escape from the work and stress I carry from work. Someday I may be able to cut back a bit on nursing and do more with photography. Nursing also helps me in the purchases of photo equipment but it would be nice to make some moeny in photography to make the purchases lol.


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Aug 15, 2014 16:40 |  #54

I am an ER Peds nurse. If I could make what I make as a nurse I would be doing photography full time. I love photography because it is a great escape from the work and stress I carry from work. Someday I may be able to cut back a bit on nursing and do more with photography. Nursing also helps me in the purchases of photo equipment but it would be nice to make some moeny in photography to make the purchases lol.


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Aug 15, 2014 18:16 |  #55

I'm in a very different position from anybody who's posted so far. I'm working full time doing customer service, which is all sorts of horrible. The first and only time I have ever been paid to do photography was when I was in college and got hired as a staff photographer at the student newspaper not even two months after I started learning how to REALLY do photography and before I had ever touched a DSLR.

Nowadays, I just do it as a hobby because it's one of very few things in my life that I actually like (writing and my boyfriend would be the others) and I need it to help keep me sane and, y'know, HERE. So when you're stuck in a position where you aren't even making subsistence-level wages, hate your job, have no career path set in front of you, and are sick of struggling and fighting and never getting anywhere, where do you go? I'm working on finishing up a book I started writing in November and I'm locked in a constant battle with myself over my desire to do street photography but being too afraid to do it. I did a bit at Union Square yesterday after work and it resulted in a street performer giving me his card and offering to promote my work in exchange for the photos I took of him.

It's going to be a long, hard road and I'll probably still be frustrated for a while, but it's gotta be better than customers shrieking in my ear all day about how their sleeping bag is the wrong shade of blue.


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Aug 17, 2014 16:57 |  #56

Work a full time retail job, 12 credit hours of school, 2 kids, a wife in college doing a masters. Its super tough, but I love photography. The hardest part is getting money for gear and dedicating time to getting more business.


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