You may know or may not know, but I was not a full time photographer. Instagram has a way of showing a glamour lifestyle shooting and not much else. There is more to it then most people care to think about. That can be good at times depending on the criteria, but in all honesty there is more behind the camera than just a person. Private life, work, health and many other facets which shouldn't need explaining but on occasions come up. So why the post? well I was working full time as an engineer at BT and now as of JUNE 2018 I quit. My dream, hobby, second job what ever you want to call it became a reality , in fact doing 80hrs a week was killing me. So I moved on and took the jump. Scary yes, happier? YES, and back to scared again. Its not easy driving business whether its Model work or corporate and everything in between. This isn't a rant by the way.
I want to mainly talk about the benefits for me and my business. So I have lots of free time now to craft my skills and network more, and of course post more on Instagram because if you don't post it , it didn't happen. Aside from social media I can finally put all my energy into what i have been focused on for the last 6 years. Alone in the past 8 weeks my work has increased, my portfolio is bursting with new content and I'm back to enjoying the creative process. I have worked with some great talent and new businesses and the future looks bright.
So for anybody out there who like me is working two jobs and finding times difficult then stick with it. The main things you need to ask yourself are, is it feasible? am I with the right people to push me? is there an end in sight? what is the time scale? Most important in the creative industry be honest with yourself and get critique from the best. In my opinion being honest with your work and comparing it to people in the same field is paramount. That's not to say you should be like another photographer, but if you shoot fashion, look at what other fashion photographers are doing. It should give you an insight into what works and why it works, and why they are working with the brands, clients and you are not.
For many years I shot thousands of images but was never happy and always looked for the error. This made me a better photographer , I also shot with other photographers who I looked up to. I did the famous youtube trick of looking up lighting techniques and editing. Did you know I am completely self taught in photoshop? Now I don't call myself a retoucher as there are countless numbers of pro people who do that, but I'm not bad. The thing is, it has taken time, a lot of hours on the computer and ignoring friends and family. Here I am though still doing it and happier.
So the next chapter starts for me and i look forward to creating more images and meeting new clients, it doesn't get much better than that.