Finding clients is mostly word of mouth, with a small website/Instagram/Facebook presence for sample work and contact reference. The tough part is just getting your foot in the right door. I've found that once you have a solid client, more work naturally starts to spring from them due to natural networking. Almost all of my clients are references from past clients.
Phoenixkh wrote in post #18220001
I have several hobbies that continue to bring me enjoyment on a regular basis... photography being one of them.
I love music and have a decent collection of albums. I also play guitar, though I don't play as much as I once did. I read every day (books, not websites). And I take lots of photographs, though for me, it's seasonal. The bird rookeries around Florida are amazing in the Spring and are all over the place.
I don't want to go pro in any of my hobbies. They provide sustenance for my inner being. Work is work.... I need more than that for me to enjoy life. We are all different, so for some, work might provide what they need for that inner place.
Lots of people who see my work tell me to go pro. I find it amusing, to say the least. I get some keepers but then I look at the National Geographic stuff.... or even some of the bird/wildlife photos on POTN. I don't really take the photographs for others, though I will admit, it is nice to hear appreciation from others. I get that warm and fuzzy feeling when I upload the photos into Lightroom and see how well I've done. That's after a good outing, obviously. I've had a few bad days too....I'm sure we all do.
I do agree with the above suggestions of trying something new. I am trying to learn to take decent photographs with people in them. People are tough for me.... birds are so much easier.
Love this post, it about sums up what photography means to me as a hobby. That warm and fuzzy feeling you describe, after seeing your work on screen after a day of shooting and you nail that shot that makes it all worth while, is absolute satisfaction.
The disconnect I have, and what sometimes gives me a feeling of hopelessness, is that clients are wanting/asking for shots that generally don't exhibit what gives me that same feeling. Basically, the subjects I photograph as a hobby interest me a million times more than what I occasionally shoot for pay; the photos are technically good, they satisfy the requirements set forth in the contract, I receive compensation for them... that's when the camera simply becomes a tool, photography a job, the results a paycheck. I can appreciate that, and have nothing but accolades for those of you pros that make a living off of photography, it's tough work, and I hope that you can glean satisfaction from it. In my IT work, I don't, it's nothing but a paycheck, and I hate it.