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9 Things to Think About Before You Become a Professional Photographer

I want to throw the romance of photography and being a photographer in the garbage can for a few minutes. This post is to give you some idea of what you may be stepping into should you decide that you absolutely need to become a professional photographer. I am not speaking of getting published once in a while, winning a photo contest here and there, or traveling the world taking the pictures you want to take. That is not the job of a professional. That is the romance that we all believe a photographic lifestyle is or should be. This is very IMPORTANT…becoming a professional has very little to do with taking photographs. The actual picture taking part, becomes the luxury item when you become a professional photographer. So with this thought in mind, here are 9 things to think about before you follow your romantic, stomach-butterfly, feeling that makes you all warm and fuzzy inside.

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Structure – The Task Master

The past two weeks of my life have been so ridiculously hectic that I wasn’t sure if I could make it through the time span in one piece. I worked until 1am almost every night and even managed to pull an all-nighter. I haven’t done that since college. I am not complaining, busy means that I have work and work is a good thing. When stretched so thin, it is extremely important to have an idea on how to accomplish the tasks at hand. I have yet to find a single successful person out there, photographer or not, who has not been a huge list maker. The list is the pipeline to becoming a Task Master.

Creating a list is a lot like a workflow solution in today’s world of digital photography. It is a very personal element. My list tends to be about three pages, although recently, it is hovering in the neighborhood of five.

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