Your First Year as a Professional Photographer: What Can You Expect?

Taking the jump into becoming a professional photographer can be a bit daunting, and you might be wondering if the move is right for you and what you can expect. This great video features a photographer discussing what his first year as a full-time professional was like after leaving a corporate job and offering some great tips and advice for those of you thinking of taking the plunge yourselves. 

Coming to you from Mark Denney, this great video follows him as he discusses what his first year as a full-time photographer was like. Denney offers a lot of helpful advice, perhaps the most salient of which is the importance of diversifying your income streams. Unlike a more traditional job in which you can rely on a steady paycheck, freelance work isn't as reliable, and as such, having multiple sources of income can provide you more financial security in case one of them dries up for some reason. On the same topic, it can take a while to build a client base, so having some extra savings can help provide a safety net as you build up your business. Check out the video above for more helpful advice from Denney. 

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landscape? Stills? the only 3 markets are weddings and commercial, mostly advertising and fashion (in decline, steady decline) They require hard work, steady, a studio or showroom for weddings and the income is decent. There are few photographers in the world making money in other markets like landscape (publishing , editorial) and high end real estate but they are also selling workshops to the amateurs or do weddings.
Sports and photojournalism? dead. it used to be a 40K fleet (in the world) now maybe 5,000 (paid) and all getting into video instead of stills
I don't consider social media influencers as "photographers". They are social media influencers and I'd rather get a job in constructions before doing that.
So that explains the video: wrong market

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Yeah, I see landscapes as a hobby to do between other genres that actually generate revenue. I can't see a giant landscape market these days, every place has had 40 pictures taken of it already, the pool is overflowing.