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Old 10-26-2016   #1
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Hello All,

Just wondering how many people on this forum have photography as their profession, be it as a photographer, editor etc. The reason I am bringing this up, is I became curious into how many people actually work in the business of photography. So please mention your occupation here. If your job is photography please mention what aspect of photography and If your occupation is others please state what the occupation is.

Thanks everyone in advance for your participation, cheers!!

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Old 10-26-2016   #2
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Many years ago - as a child, in fact - I decided that, as much as I like photography, it would not be what I would make my living at. Despite my occasionally accepting a paying photography gig, I have kept true to that decision. Instead, I have been an electronic engineer, software writer, desktop publisher, and now academic tutor of lower-division college mathematics and physical science.
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Old 10-27-2016   #3
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Retired now. Not very entrepreneurial it seems,
so I was fortunate that there was still such an
animal as "Staff" photographer. I've done pretty
much everything.

One really entrepreneurial friend thaz still self
employed explained that the job now consists,
as it always did, of doing the things the client
cannot do for himself. Since anyone can do the
actual camera work ... with their phone ... his
tools and skill that clients tend not to have are
things and skills like ladders, lighting, rigging,
etc. IOW, if the the shot is in plain sight, ready
to be captured, no job. Client does that himself.
If the shot needs to be created, he's got work.

Gone are the days when basic well exposed and
sharply focused images were among the things
clients could NOT reliably do for themselves.

One of the other staffers one day spouted piece
of wisdom born of exasperation: "Never do for a
living what other people do for fun."
The cause
of exasperation is the tendency of those higher
up the food chain to overload us with work, cuz
our work is obviously fun. Now, the "food chain"
thing is about being on staff. But if you are self
employed, it's similar. Customers think that YOU
should pay THEM ... cuz they bring you fun stuff
to do. More or less same idea in both cases.

BTW, very often, the work IS fun ... but there's
only so many hours in a day, there really CAN be
"too much of a good thing".
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I am full time lawyer (well part time lawyer) and part time photographer. I do sports photography and will second shoot for my wife who has a studio and is a full time photographer. She photographs the local opera and I often will shoot with her. She also photographs the Ballet and has had some of her work of the Russian Ballet receive merits in PPA competition. Together we photograph football, basketball and volunteer
our photographic time with a inner city baseball league named League 42 after Jackie Robinson's number. Many of the kids we have photographed have gone on and she has done magazine and promo photos of some of our professional athletes. I also do wildlife and other nature photo and have sold some but consider myself a hobbyist.
We do travel a bit and we have been fortunate to have been able to photograph olympic teams in Europe for their training teams. I shoot with Nikon because I did some work for Nikon while in law school and have had Nikon equipment since. I got my wife to convert from Canon to Nikon after she had lens envy.
I stay out of her studio work, even if she is doing boudoir but did get to spritz models with spray during a swim suit issue for a magazine. Hard work but someone had to do it. I even held reflectors.
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Old 10-28-2016   #5
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Although I take gigs shooting photographs and occasionally sell one of my fine arts projects, I consider photography as an addiction with benefits.
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I am a full time photographer running my own commercial photography business. Commercial meaning business to business. I photograph a lot of handbags, some lifestyle and a lot of hotels.

The whys and where fore's of photography as a profession is another topic all together, but happy to reflect on that if need be.
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Are you looking to become a professional photographer?

Here's a good video that gives some tips on getting noticed


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmKcA7_jjv4
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Originally Posted by Cameron V View Post
Are you looking to become a professional photographer?

Here's a good video that gives some tips on getting noticed


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmKcA7_jjv4

Thank you for the link, VERY helpful! I do *some* photo and video for side money, could always use MORE side money!

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I don't know about a profession for me. Heck these days, I'm just looking to become better. I've take a few years off and trying to get back into it. Looking for photographers to inspire me!
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Old 07-02-2017   #10
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I love photography for a variety of reasons, but I think my favorite is being able to freeze the moment in time. As a newbie to the world of “good” photography, I also love that it allows me to learn something new every day! ‘I’m a photographer, I can freeze time – what’s your superpower?’ But i'm not a commercial one, because of lack of experience.


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