03 May Money and Photography
Source: Olafs Photoblog
Over the years, I have met many professional and semi-professional photographers. We’ve discussed seeing, creativity, gear or even marketing and promotions but there is one topic which appears to be taboo – money! In fact, this is such a toxic issue that even now as I am writing this piece I’m still not sure if this is a good idea.
Let’s start with a consensus. Making living from photography is hard, extremely hard. Every successful photographer (definition: those who can support themselves from photography) knows that. No, I am not talking about “successful” in terms of getting rich and famous but in terms of being able to provide for your family.
As some of you may know, photography has become my main source of income. I made the transition to being a full-time photographer quite late in life but there is no need to repeat my life story (in short, this choice was triggered by some dramatic events).
Strangely enough, I’ve found the topic of money so toxic that any mention of it causes conversations to stall and metamorphose into a strange and bizarre sideshow. I have to admit that some reactions have surprised and puzzled me.
When raising the topic of money in photography, whether on social media or in person, I’ve got the impression that for many people, making money in photography is something shameful. I don’t think any reasonable and intelligent person could throw the accusation at a photographer that they are in it for
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