Becoming a photographer: profit vs passion

I’ve been delving deeper into the depths of photography lately in preparation for my photo exhibition, but I’m coming up for air for a moment to reflect on some points.

There is a great difference between taking photos and marketing and selling those images. That seems like quite a basic and obvious statement, but until you run into the difficulties of promoting your work, it seems to slip from importance.

If you wish to begin selling your work, be very cautious of the reality that the frustrations and roadblocks of money, time, and people may tarnish your passion. I’m not a professional photographer; it’s simply something I adore and spend much of my finances and free time pursuing. However, anyone wishing to become professional (using the definition of professional: someone earning the majority of their income from that pursuit), should choose this route knowing full well that a large percentage of their time will no longer involve taking photos and could very well change their outlook on the art-form.

I’m not trying to play the cynic, but instead reflect on the reality. It’s a question that many have to face – turn your passion into profit with the risk of snufing that flame, or live in regret for ‘what could have been’?

  • Eventually client will choose the “best” pictures, not the photographer. What can we say, they pay our service πŸ™‚
    BTW, great images you have here …
    My best.

  • Hmm.. so could you give me some advice for being photographer? and how do i get my pictures sold? πŸ™‚ what a fabulous images you have here.. *slurp* πŸ˜€

  • It’s true that turning a passion into a profession can change your feelings about your craft, whatever it might be. In your instance, you might end up having to photograph things that you are not interested in or have to work with a bitchy art director or some other unpleasant person. Any job, no matter how cool, will suck sometimes. But if you can stay in love the process of taking pictures, I don’t think you’ll ever totally lose the passion.

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  • if u can earn money working with photography u should definitely go for it. if it doesn’t work out u can always switch back to another line of work.

    photography isn’t just about taking pictures, it’s about lugging lots of camera gear around, it’s about finding parking, waiting around for hours for clients.

    but u never know u might like it : )