The Lifestyle of a Professional Photographer

If you are thinking about becoming a professional photographer, consider that your lifestyle will be different than that of most people who work a 9 to 5 job. Before you jump feet first into a career of professional photography, here are a list of the top things that you should know about a photographer's lifestyle.

Average Income

A photographer's average income rests anywhere between $30,000 and $50,000 per annum. If you work for someone else and are not running your own business, you may enjoy other perks such as health benefits and 401K distributions. If you are working for yourself and developing your own business, you may enjoy bonuses and tips from your patrons. Like anything, working as a your own boss, you must be prepared to put away a little extra money to handle your taxes every year.

What Your Days Look Like

If you work for yourself, I would like to say that the majority of photographers never have a day that repeats itself. However, the great photographers of your area are disciplined enough to put themselves on a schedule. First of all, they spend time getting themselves ready, then they spend time talking to their prospects and their contacts and scheduling work for the weeks and months to come, they work and clean their camera, they spend time developing and printing photographs or adding to their portfolio. Last, they spend time taking portraits or shooting landscapes. A good photographer has a set schedule every week. We recommend that you write out a daily schedule and decide what hours you are going to work.

Time Off - How Much?

Since most photographers are their own boss, their time is up to them. On average, a photographer takes anywhere between 3 and 5 weeks off during the course of the year. Some photographers take their camera everywhere they go, even on vacation. If photography is a part of who you are, you will never feel like you are working and you will want to take many photos, no matter what location you may be in. So, to some, they say they are always working and to others, they say that they take many weeks off during the year! You decide which type of photographer you are.

Income-Building Activities

Like anyone who owns his own business, you must spend time in your daily activities building your business. This includes everything from further defining and executing your marketing plans to handing out business cards and flyers to the locals. Never forget the prospect building practices that come from networking and talking to a lot of different people.

Freelance to Steady Work - How It Happens

If you are a studio photographer and you spend a lot of time taking portraits but do not have quite enough things booked up to fill your time, you like many other photographers, will go out and search for freelance work. You may do work for a postcard company or a greeting card company to pick up a little extra cash. It also gets you out there doing something a little different!

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