It has never been an easy task to make a profession out of something that is fun, and to keep that thing fun, and in 2021 photography is certainly no exception, but are our expectations wrong?
As with all things, making a living means something different to everyone. For some, it is being able to do what they want, whenever they want, and to have just enough money to get by. To others, it means having a high-paying salary, and for me, it's somewhere between the two, ideally with both. But why did it take me nearly 15 years in photography to reach this point?
Within about 4-5 years I understood how flash worked, t. scores, hyperfocal, composition, editing, color grading, equipment choices, and pricing. Yet I still wasn't really getting anywhere and I found myself not making a lot of money, whilst also not taking the images I wanted to take, which is pretty much the worst of both worlds.
In this video, I talk about why it is actually so hard to make money (no, it's not millennial and influencers ruining it for everyone) as well as explaining how it really is no different from any other sought-after profession. To get to a 6 figure salary doing something that is fun is a dream, and because of that, it is highly competitive and also as much hard and boring work as any other profession.