If you're a new photographer and you see yourself tagged in a Facebook post on a swap group or mom to mom site, you get so excited, woohoo, but if you're established you cringe, because there are always people offering to take lots of photos and give you a disk with printing rights. And the established photographer knows that that model will never last for that photographer. I am trying hard to understand why so many people when looking for a photographer, look for the cheapest. I understand that $100 for a 1 hour shoot and all the photos on a disk with printing rights sounds amazing, but honestly, you have thousands of those types of photos on you phone , with printing rights. And while many of those photos will make you friends and family on social media go, wow that a great shot, and oh your kids are so cute. Ask yourself this, "of the 100 photos on the disk, how many are art works? how many can I print in a large size,how many of them will have the right angles, lighting and editing that comes with experience, and how many will be artworks with a emotional connection for my home? "
The reason MOST new photographers give up within their first year is because the amount of work that goes into creating amazing images takes a lot of time, and then, you find in order to get better you have to take classes and continue to learn. Then you need to have professional equipment, and continue to upgrade, and editing soft wear that cost thousands of dollars to try make sure each and ever one of the photos you take is what my motto is, "stories of life and love". Then you need to pay Tax, and and join professional associations, and as you get better you need more insurance, because your homeowners insurance won't cover you,so please don't do newborn photos without insurance, oh and all the equipment needs insurance too. Then you family gets fed up with your home being your studio , so you need a real studio. And then others see you as a real business so charities need donations, and you get to go to conventions, at a cost...it all adds up., so $100 and a disk pays less than you would get working and MacDonalds.
I get needing to save, before I was a photographer I had a different life and I struggled. But I had a photo taken of my son and I when he was 6 months old, that at the time I found expensive, and now it sits in my home and every person who sees it loves it, I have many other photos are in albums, in drawers, on old phones , but that one I love and will forever. It's a work of art in my home and worth every penny.
When you go to target, ikea, Macy's, or wherever you shop and buy a artwork for your home you expect to pay more, but this photography will be your family, your memories, and would you rather have a artwork from a department store on your wall or a artwork that is original, yours, and beautiful, because most of the time that disk with 100 photos will stay just that, a disk in the drawer. But you professional photo will be a artwork on your walls , for life.
Oh and the group I was tagged in last week, well the lady obviously has learned from experience, and she wanted a artwork, so I'm doing her shoot next week....