Life as a Small Town Photographer

It's not all skyscrapers, helicopter flights, glamorous models, and huge budgets. So, for those who also find themselves in a small city or town, here are some tips to carve out a career.

The internet is equal parts amazing and horrendous for our happiness. There is so much great content out there, then there are the trolls, the incorrect information being touted as fact, and worst of all, the keeping up with the Joneses mentality. I love watching a Neistat video as much as (probably more) than the average person. However, for most of us, that isn't our life. We either don't have the talent, work ethic, skills, or the want to live that life. 

For a long time, I was torn between where I was happy and what I thought being successful in my career meant. I thought I should be living in London, Paris, or New York if I really wanted to be taken seriously as a photographer. And in certain genres (fashion, for example) this certainly is the case, but in the vast majority of photographic genres, it simply isn't true. Now, the UK is a very, very small country. I can travel anywhere in the country with ease. At worst, it's an overnight stay in a hotel so I am not exhausted. The USA is very different in this way. But being in a small city outside of London is culturally a very long way from the capital. 

After making coming to terms with where I was happy and what I wanted to do with my life, I managed to realign what I thought being a successful photographer meant.

In this video, I go over some tips that can help you along your career path if you also want to avoid moving to a major city, be that for lifestyle choices, financial practicalities, or that you have a family, and your roots are tied to your current location. 

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7 Comments

Rich Smith's picture

That’a the second time in your last 2 articles you’ve mentioned not flying in helicopters, Scott. Is there something on your mind? Do you want a helicopter, really? 😅

Scott Choucino's picture

I really want to fly in helicopters but I'm terrified of heights haha

Bruno Domingues's picture

Scott! Thank you so much for your articles and videos. For a long time I have been just scrolling through stuff not feeling like reading/watching anything, but with your videos and articles I always learn something, or get inspired, or at the very least they are very entertaining. Thank you!!

Scott Choucino's picture

Thanks Bruno. Always good to get some nice feedback :)

Robert Teague's picture

I visited Leicester once, but only for a few hours. What little I saw I quite liked, but then again, I like small towns. Currently, I live in Phoenix, Arizona, but way out at the edge of town.

Robert Nurse's picture

I wonder if this small town philosophy would work on a small island in the Caribbean: i.e., Barbados.

Mike Smith's picture

Another really useful and instructive video. I also liked the pumpkins one as it showed the setup behind the scene and the final image was awesome...