For the over 4½ years since I picked up a camera for real, I've struggled with the notion of going professional with photography. It's not the struggle to get started or know where to look for help, but simply to drop the freedom of casual, personal photography and create other people's photos instead of creating for myself.
And yet, to other people, it makes perfect sense and they wouldn't give up that kind of life. The notion of taking photos as your career, with varying work times, different locations, and the fact that you'll meet a tremendous amount of people along way is enticing, but it's not enough for me to pull the trigger.
Granted, I'm a terrible business person. I'm the kind of person who only likes to do work I'm interested in, coupled with the fact that I am truly horrible at managing anything beyond my own personal projects, means that it would be probably be difficult to get going, or even get going at all. Tyler said so, and I totally agree with him.
Priorities are vastly different for everyone. I actually still do a lot of photography at work. Product photography being the primary genre. I can include one of my major passions in my daily work without any stress, and it's different enough to my own photography that I don't get burnt out.
And that's where I think I draw the line. My work includes photography, pays me very well for the work I do, and at the end of the day I'm able to wander around the city on the weekends and do exactly what I want with my own photography without worrying about making rent.
I wonder though, will I ever be able to make the transition? I've been pushing back for the last 2-3 years, even while doing commissioned work here and there. Maybe photography is just too personal.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Is it your career, and would rather it wasn't, or do you love every second of it? Leave a comment.