In our weekly Wednesday series, we ask our writers various questions from the public, and ask them to share their experiences working as full time professional photographers. Last week we touched on our favorite lenses, this week we're doing something different. We ask "What is the Worst Part of Being a Full-Time Professional Photographer?"
As always, if you have a question that you'd like to ask our writers, please feel free to post it in the comments section below.
I didn't get asked, but the worst part for me is losing your weekends.
What is this... weekend you speak of?
Personally, I love working on weekends! I don't know what it is, but I find I have way more motivation saturday and sunday mornings, then I do monday and tuesday mornings
For me, the worst was an empty fridge.. It made me go and get a day job.
For a family of 6: rent, education, healthcare, food, clothes, utilities, phone, internet, ... All of those need a steady income to cover. You can still do photography on the side, but it won't be your main source of income.
The worst part is when a client who sees your quality of work, knows your price point, wants you badly, but throws the "we have a limited budget" which is not only below your baseline. It's WAY below your baseline ... but they still want the moon off course.
"The juice is worth the squeeze..."
when clients ask you for the ALL the RAW files. *facepalms*
the worst part is the emotional torture. Sometimes you feel like its your day, its a happy world, life is a blessing and sometimes you are no where to be found and you feel empty.
Many of the problems are the same as any job, even salaried professional creative jobs. Long hours, spending a lot of time no on actually being the designer or photographer or whatever, too much time on emails and business stuff, etc. Also, many of the same problems for ANY small business owner; long hours, constant hustle, etc.
I think we ALL need to focus more on life and less on work. You might not have as nice a car but, you'll be happier, see your family more, and live longer.
My main reason for not going full time in photography (besides the loss of a steady income - and i really love my day job) is that I don't want to hate what I do. I love shooting and I feel like if I had to do all of this crazy stuff to keep my business afloat, I will end up hating what i do..
I've gotta agree with the guys that mention the constant email/admin stuff as the worst.
I'm a full time shooter as well, and I spend WAAAAAAY more time doing email and other admin stuff than I do taking photos. I'm an artist. I don't want to spend my life doing email, I want to take photos.
The worst part of being a professional photographer for me is that since I started my business I don't shoot for pleasure anymore. Truly sad to admit it.
Whine whine whine bitch and moan. Being a photographer means you actually have to do work. Welcome to the real world. If it was easy, everyone would be making money at it.