The Professional Life of a Modern Female Photographer

While the craft is the same, the professional life of a female photographer is often different than that of a male photographer, whether it is in the way clients work with them, the interactions they deal with on social media, or the expectations of their abilities. This great video interview sits down with a female photographer, Arfa Khatri, and discusses some of her experiences, difficulties, and the struggles she faces in her day-to-day life as a professional creative. 

Coming to you from Hayden Pedersen and Arfa Khatri, this excellent video interview features Khatri discussing some of her experiences as a female photographer as well as the constant struggle with wanting perfection. In regards to perfectionism, I always think of what my advisor said: "there is a good thesis, and there is a finished thesis." It is one thing if photography is a hobby, but if you are making your living from it, learning when to say "good enough" is a crucial skill that will not only save you a lot of stress, but help you achieve the sort of efficiency needed to make decent income from the craft. It's a tricky and sometimes frustrating balance that we all struggle with, but as long as you're thinking about it, you'll probably be ok. Check out the video above for the full interview with Khatri. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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While I don't dislike this video, for something that's theoretically supposed to be about her, there's really not much substance that has to do with her. Except for some presets and how nervous she was to launch them (relatable) and how she is often a model for other people. Seems like the "joke" that it's a marketing video isn't really a joke at all.