It's a question I get asked all the time. Time and time again, "Why aren't you doing your photography full time?"
The simple answer to that question is, I am not ready. I don't have the amount of clients I wish to have, and I currently need money, so my current job pays the bills. Yes, it isn't the most amazing position ever but I am still currently doing work in my field. Yes, it would be nice to have a year's schedule surrounded with stunning weddings, amazing adventures and doing what I love to do the most. But the reality is I need to pay bills. Coward you may say, but that's your opinion.
I have asked people privately about their jump into their photography career and one thing that they all had in common was, security. Do you have the amount of money to be able to live for at least 3 months without work. NO. I don't plan to make an irrational decision as to mess with my livelihood. For the younger adults that I have spoken to, some have said they are very fortunate to be able to not have the burden that is to pay rent, bills and so on, because they live from home so they have had the ability to take any and all opportunities with open arms.
I applaud those who have taken that jump and are doing great in their careers. Some of you may say, well quit your job. Focus on your passion and you will do great! You have no idea how much happiness it brings me to hear people think so highly of my work. It's truly a blessing to know that people support me.
I don't live at my parents house, I have a car payment, I have insurance to pay & other bills. My life right now, as transparent as I feel to share, is at a fork in the road. Naples is a seasonal town, with season employers. This causes a lot stress and a lot of concern to those who work seasonally. And I am now finding out that my employer is a seasonal one too. GREAT.
Which has lead me to here. Today is the first official day that I will be dedicating to marketing myself in the photography world. To start gathering new clients. So that I will never find myself in this situation again. So if you or someone you know needs a photographer, I'm your guy! Wish me luck, here is to submersing myself deeper in and to new adventures, new friends, new weddings and a new chapter in my life.
I'm coming for you future and I'm ready.