18 Nov 2019
Business

Finding the Path to Pro, Part 2: How to Work for Free

So many young (and not so young) photographers wanting to break into the photography business tell me that while they bide their time, when they can’t get paying gigs, they do ‘free work’ for clients, in order to ‘gain professional experience.’ This is usually further explained with the caveat, “If I’m not busy, I might as well be working for free until someone begins to pay me.”

Insights & Thoughts

Path to Pro, Part One: Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Photography is your love, your passion. And in your heart you know that you want to transition from being an amateur to pursuing your passion professionally. You’ve even gotten paid for a few jobs, so you are already doing some professional work. Nevertheless you may feel that you’re not a ‘real’ professional photographer because the photo jobs are on the side and you also have a day job.