We all want to get the best. And we all deserve the best of course. But is it possible to get the best at the low price, or at least affordable may be? I would say it is. Not every time, but if it concerns some services like photography, everything is possible. You only need to know how to do it.
And here lets start from the reason why you have decided to hire a professional photographer. Possibly it happened because you are tired of asking your friends to take photos of you, or may be you want to picture a memorable moment of your life. Or may be you want to enjoy the way you look on photos and stop wondering why all these kilograms that don’t really exist in reality, somehow with inexplicable metamorphosis appear on the photo with one click of a button. And may be the whole thing is that you do not feel yourself confident enough in front of the camera and the only thing that comes to your mind while being in front of the lens is to make a foolish face expression?
Either way, the desire to be in front of the lens of a professional photographer is final and you begin to storm google and instagram for your perfect match. But is it that easy? You look through hundreds, thousands of photos and websites of all photographers of your city.
Considering the fact that everyone who has a camera is a photographer now, do not be surprised that you head gets swollen after looking through the endless mass of diverse photos.
You can spend several hours just trying to find anyone whose photos are not bad. And of course there is only a small bunch of people that really draw your attention to their work.
You are terribly lucky if the photographer that caught your attention and whose works touched the strings of your soul, asks an average price that you are ready to pay for his services. But what if the price for a work of a master with such experience, style and level of shooting does not fit well into your budget?
Being a photographer is such an artistic job! It is so glamorous, fun and creative all at once. Every day you find yourself surrounded with nice beautiful people. You get invited to all the fashion events of the season. Models, designers and stylists are your best friends. You actually don’t even have to work hard, it is like getting paid for your favorite hobby.
Is this how you imagine us, photographers? Oh I bet you do!
Sorry to disappoint you, but you are being terribly wrong if you really believe that most photographers live like that.
Here is the ugly truth, my dearest friend:
becoming a photographer is a hard and not always pleasant work, as well as being one.
I am not saying that you have to study a lot or make beautiful photos, or have any fine art background to earn a lot or to make great photos, no. Look at Terry Richardson, he makes usual pics with the same lighting every time and he gets paid very well. But this is one case out of a million. Even if you create pieces of art, you might not be paid a cent for it. A way to becoming well known in definite circles is complicated. A way to getting well known at least in your city is complicated.
In most cases you have to start from doing usual photo shoots to get some money for food and living. From shoots that you don’t really like and that you do not enjoy doing at all. You meet naughty, even stupid clients on your way.
That is inevitable. And that is normal.
What to do in this situation? Everything is simple. Work hard, learn new, develop your skills, do not give up. Because even the most horrible clients give you the opportunity to learn, to get closer to your dream. So be grateful for this chance to master your patience. Consider them a funny obstacle on your way.
Bad things happen to all of us. Some people get depressed by hard situations and give up what they are doing. Others turn it all into experience and carry on with their dreams.
It depends only on you whether you succeed or not.
Okay, enough with this motivational crap. Anyway you will have to figure everything out yourself when your decision on becoming a professional photographer is final. And for now I have a list of phrases and pearls from clients / models / photographers that people really said to me and keep saying.
Yes, that list is not hilarious or super funny. Yes, it does not make sense for usual people and those who are not involved in photography industry. But hopefully it will make you see what kind of people / questions / situations you might face on your way to fame.
– Your photo camera makes such wonderful photos!
– Sorry, I cancel the shoot. My friend just bought a professional camera, she will do it all for free.