Lots wonder and a few ask… what really goes into a professional photographers image?
Each and every image a professional photographer creates is unique in Art and for their business foundation.
To create that ART, it takes an amazing amount of time, education, experience, money, talent, & love. This is my simple way to express what so many people see as dollar signs.
Editing Time and Equipment
State, Local, & City Registration & License
Texture paper, Mounting, & Protective Spray
Photoshop CS… and its latest version
Image Back Up
Locations-finding & scouting locations
Professional Labs (PTP currently works with 5 to get the latest products and technology)
Camera & Back up camera
‘pinning’ Pinterest Boards for business
Phone & cell phone
Local Dues to Associations
Ladders, Chairs, Stools, PROPS
Donations of Time
Professional Photographers of America-Association Membership Dues
Donations of Talent
Webinars and Seminars
Donations to schools, churches, organizations, & charities
Professional Photographers of Oregon-Association Membership Dues
Creating Time for Pricing, Marketing, & PR
Computers.newer computer.faster computer.memory for said computer.never ending technology in computers!
As i begin Day 3 of an online educational photography seminar, on my weekend, or ‘off time’, I have thought about what all we do with our ‘work’ time. This is the life of the self-employed, with hours of ‘unknown’ work to the clients. I personally would not choose to have any other life. It is a wonderful, creative, life. BUT, it is a life of business, mostly business, not just creativity.
This is my explanation…for my business, experience, and knowledge. As the world trends increase in amazing TECHNOLOGY, increased SATURATION of photographers, and a DECREASE in education of photographers, it’s an ongoing challenge.
For me, it’s about creating ART through photography!