Blogs are alien to me, this is my first ever one and I'm probably just going to rant on a bit about me.
So I'm currently 24, own half a home with my Dad and I'm currently struggling to make a living with my photography. Now don't get me wrong, I love it... But finding work is probably one of the most frustrating things ever. I have business cards, facebook, instagram, pinterest, twitter, yellow pages, google ads and yet... I still find it hard nailing down those paying shoots.
Two of the biggest problems with actually securing the job, is finding people that 1. Will PAY for quality work and 2. Are reliable!
Countless times I've been talking to potential clients who love my work. Are interested in working with me, yet the second I ask them to pay for my work, they lose interest. Part of me knows that this is just because I live in Keighley and nobody really has that much money, but I am one of the cheapest photographers in Keighley... Currently offering my cheapest package at £24.00 (Most photographers who can produce my level of work wont even pull their camera out for less then £50.00)
I also struggle with the reliability of clients too, if I have a date booked with someone they cancel on me a day before the shoot. And it's happened countless times. It's so frustrating because I'm here getting myself hyped up to do a great job for them, sorting lights out and all my other camera gear... A location, props, makeup if needed... And then getting a message saying "Hey sorry, I've got a doctors appointment tomorrow" and my heart just drops.
People don't really understand the amount of work that goes into professional photography. They think I sit there, put the camera on auto, click a button and print it out. NO!
In my next blog post I'll explain in more detail what goes on in a shoot I do as I think I've ranted on enough here. But hopefully, if this ever gets seen, people will have a little more courtesy.
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