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Does anyone actually make a decent living from this?

 
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Jun 08, 2011 23:18 |  #61

samueli wrote in post #12560986 (external link)
An easy career doesn't necessarily make a happy career. I would negotiate compensation to completely enjoy what I do, day in and day out.

samueli wrote in post #12560986 (external link)
I think a majority of photographers eventually look at the cash potential in photography, sooner if not later; although I know there are a few diehard hobbyists that would never taint their hobby. At one point I thought I would do almost anything just to get a chance to be a paid photog. Then I did a couple of cheap weddings with a friend. I soon decided, well, not anything...


You sorta explained that one away for me ;)


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Jun 09, 2011 01:36 |  #62

MNUplander wrote in post #12561536 (external link)
What is the problem?

I've no intention of leaving my day job for photography because for me, I enjoy doing it because of WHAT I shoot and I wouldn't care to do it otherwise...so I don't. If I thought I had the talent or the means to shoot landscapes for a living for a minute I'd do it without a second thought - but I'm not going to let myself put my head in the stars.

However, that doesn't stop a guy from wanting to earn a little pocket change here and there.

For you - no problem at all as you are not a professional photographer.

The things that I do have an issue with is people saying that they won't take a job if it does not fit with their "style" or is not in their genre and then going on to complain that they aren't gettiing enough work.

If there is not enough work in your chosen sector then change sector and find an area that there is work in. It may not be fun but if your trying to earn a living you must do what you need to in order to put money in the bank and food on the table.


  
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Jun 09, 2011 01:52 |  #63

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Yeah, I get by. At 20 years old, I travel around to buggery, live across about 4 houses and don't pay rent in any (sortah loophole by not actually living anywhere, means I can crash on the floor everywhere and not pay rent :p), have an incredibly nice car for someone my age, and am starting to get up to 2-3 jobs a week. If I can get myself booked out 5 days a week, i'll be on 2 grand a week! But as for now, working 1 to 2 jobs a week, i'm on about 600 - 1000.

I shoot editorial Automotive, by the way, and that's my sole source of income at the moment.

Doesn't sound like a bad gig for 20 years old! Hopefully you make a good name for yourself and we'll see you in the photo rags!




  
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Jun 09, 2011 02:05 |  #64

To answer the orignial question I know someone who charges between 7,000-8,000 per wedding (this includes a second shooter and two videographers so not all of this is his money and there's still his expenses) and he shoots atleast 40 weddings a year so I dunno do the math.




  
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Jun 09, 2011 07:43 |  #65

Nightstalker wrote in post #12562037 (external link)
For you - no problem at all as you are not a professional photographer.

The things that I do have an issue with is people saying that they won't take a job if it does not fit with their "style" or is not in their genre and then going on to complain that they aren't gettiing enough work.

If there is not enough work in your chosen sector then change sector and find an area that there is work in. It may not be fun but if your trying to earn a living you must do what you need to in order to put money in the bank and food on the table.

Ah, I see what you mean and I agree. Thanks for clarifying.


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Jun 09, 2011 10:18 |  #66

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I have to agree with this 100% :D

Work pays for all the gear, the mortgage and the personal work. If not for what I create for me(the personal work) I wouldn't do it at all. I am a photographer. A couple of quotes from two of the greats:

"For me photography has been a profession, an avocation. Now it has become a way of life." - Wynn Bullock

"When money enters in, - then, for a price, I become a liar, - and a good one I can be whether with pencil or subtle lighting or viewpoint. I hate it all, but so do I support not only my family, but my own work." - Edward Weston




  
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Jun 09, 2011 10:22 |  #67

Nightstalker wrote in post #12562037 (external link)
For you - no problem at all as you are not a professional photographer.

The things that I do have an issue with is people saying that they won't take a job if it does not fit with their "style" or is not in their genre and then going on to complain that they aren't gettiing enough work.

If there is not enough work in your chosen sector then change sector and find an area that there is work in. It may not be fun but if your trying to earn a living you must do what you need to in order to put money in the bank and food on the table.

I've seen'm come and go over the years. In fact a large majority trying to do it full time fail. One reason that most that I've seen fail try to be everything to everybody. I turn work away I know that is not what I do as well as other things that I do or as well as others that do those kinds of things do. I get hired for the way my work looks and the type of work I do. You can't be good at it all so I say find what you are good at and become better at it than most everyone else.




  
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Jun 09, 2011 22:48 |  #68

samueli wrote in post #12562076 (external link)
Doesn't sound like a bad gig for 20 years old! Hopefully you make a good name for yourself and we'll see you in the photo rags!

Haha, cheers matey :).


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Jun 09, 2011 22:58 |  #69

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^I do not know of one broke plumber :lol:

come here and I'll point you to a lot of them :lol:


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Jun 10, 2011 02:23 |  #70

airfrogusmc wrote in post #12563564 (external link)
I've seen'm come and go over the years. In fact a large majority trying to do it full time fail. One reason that most that I've seen fail try to be everything to everybody. I turn work away I know that is not what I do as well as other things that I do or as well as others that do those kinds of things do. I get hired for the way my work looks and the type of work I do. You can't be good at it all so I say find what you are good at and become better at it than most everyone else.

I understand this approach and it's great when you have plenty of work in your chosen sector.

If however that work dried up for whatever reason, would you then start accepting the "other" jobs that you would normally turn down or would you just hope that your preferred work would pick up before you are bankrupt?


  
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Jun 10, 2011 05:10 |  #71

I'll try anything once.

I think you have to excel at something, but you don't have to turn down everything else. I do turn down work that I know won't be worth my time or their money though.


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Jun 10, 2011 07:38 |  #72

Nightstalker wrote in post #12568484 (external link)
I understand this approach and it's great when you have plenty of work in your chosen sector.

If however that work dried up for whatever reason, would you then start accepting the "other" jobs that you would normally turn down or would you just hope that your preferred work would pick up before you are bankrupt?

I'm not saying you shouldn't adapt to change, changing situations and markets but you will never establish a strong base if you don't first figure out who you are as a photographer and then figure out how to approach it in a way that people will come to you for what you do. Nobody said this was easy. I'll bet the failure rate for doing this full time is well over 75% say over 5 years. If it were easy everybody would be a success.




  
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