Each week, we ask our writers a question generated from the public in a series that we call "Fstoppers Answers". Last week, we asked our writers the long "What Is Your Photo Education? How Important Do You Think Formal Education Is In The Field?". This week, we ask our staff "When Did You Make the Jump to Full Time Pro?"
As always, if you have a question you'd like us to answer, feel free to ask it in the comments below. Also, feel free to share your experience in going full time pro in the comments below.
When my bill-paying office job got outsourced to India.
@Patrick Hall "fired for the greatest story ever told"
Do tell :)
It is a very very long story (many have heard it). I think Lee needs to film a short 20 min video with actors or animation so everyone can appreciate how awesome it is. Basically we were both prank calling our store manager WHILE we were at work. It went on for 3 months and finally the police got involved. I'll leave it at that haha.
You two were obviously made for each other. A good friend bails their buddy out of jail when they get into trouble. A best friend sits next to you in jail laughing right by your side.
@PatrickHHall:disqus @lee morris @pratik naik
I decided to take the plunge this past August and pursue photography full time in Southern California. Things started out well at first because I already had prior bookings for the upcoming months. Now however, things have slowed down to a creep. My main income is due primarily to weddings, but as most in my industry know, these aren't the kind of gigs you can book last minute- my clients usually book me anywhere from 6months to 2 years in advance. I'm fortunate enough that I'm living rent free at the moment, but I still have many bills that need to be payed. I prepared for these circumstances by putting a decent amount of money aside, but that can only keep me afloat for so long. I have been emailing any and all photographers(wedding, portrait, fashion etc) in my area for assisting gigs but the responses have been nil. I'm thinking of getting a day job where I can meet potential clients- possibly country clubs, bartending, restaurants etc. I try to keep myself busy with editing, photographing for my portfolio, online promoting etc, but at the end of the day, I do need some sort of income. What are your thoughts? What am I doing wrong?
Thanks in advance