Money is what makes the world go around unfortunately. We use it to buy things we need and some spend their entire lives in pursuit of more of it. To me money is a fantasy, It is numbers moves around on a computer screen and from account to account. We should all ask ourselves from time to time so we don’t forget… “ Did I start doing Photography just to make some money or because I love the art and craft of making images?”
I have always been interested in art and the money is secondary to me. I want to slowly build myself into a Professional rather than always spending my time trying to figure out how I can make some dough in the Photography business. I feel that if my work is good and I deliver results on time to clients then the money will soon follow. It’s about building a following of your work and a reputation for quality.
If money was my main reason for spending hours on researching locations and driving for hours on end to get one shot at five in the morning then I may as well sell all of my gear and get a small point and shoot camera instead. Using money as a reason for doing anything is a foolish way to think and it will show in the work that is made. I admit there is a certain amount of frustration sometimes when I think about the subject of money, But I do also keep in mind the things I do have.
Your passion for your work and the willingness to give up a night out on the town or an expensive cell phone plan to achieve your goals shows dedication. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to make a living doing Photography professionally and this is a goal I am working towards. In the meantime I can use this time of “Artistic struggle” to really focus on producing better work.
Pursuing this dream of mine is a lot like the foundation to a building. (Excuse the cheesy metaphor…It was either this or a baseball one.) You start slowly, Marking the location of where you want the building to go. You take your time in making sure the foundation is level and square so the resulting structure is solid and won’t collapse. If all I did was worry about how I was going to get paid for building the structure then I would ultimately miss something and the work would be terrible.