This graphic might — just might — be the dumbest thing I’ve seen in a long time. I saw it posted on Facebook.
It spells out what every working Joe and Jane thinks every day, but isolates the focus on photography.
It’s says, I’m a larger-than-thou photographer! I work weawwee weawee hawrd everwee day making pitchers and stuff. I have to pay taxes and buy equipment. RESPECT ME!!!
Hear me roar!
You know what? Being a photographer rocks. And if you get past the bullshit of being a fledgling, out-of-school, whiny cunt, you can get past all these hangups.
The trade offs are amazing.
You get lots of days off. You work from either your home or sometimes in a studio. You photograph maybe 5 to 7% of the year, and the rest is marketing and looking for work.
Eventually, you set your pricing to accommodate vacations and sick days. You become a corporation or LLC and write off things that most people can’t.
Photography is a dream job.
Yeah, it sucks. People don’t respect you. They want something for nothing. It’s a service. And when you bring your car in the shop, you can’t say, “I don’t think your services are worth that much. I’ll give you XX dollars. And could you throw in a car wash and a new engine while you’re at it?”
People try to get something for nothing. It’s how the business works. It sucks.
And the way things are right now, everyone can become a photographer. Swing a cat, hit a shutter bug.
The person that posted this likely won’t be in business long. And if they are, god in the heavens who probably doesn’t exist bless them. Because photography works like any artistic business. You have to do it a long time to get into the tax bracket you think you’re worth. And even then, you gotta deal with economic pressures and changing times. You gotta work your ass off, and continue learning. Overhead is part of any business, and frankly, it’s not nearly as expensive as a lot of businesses’ overhead.
There’s very few businesses that can start by buying a camera, a lens, maybe a flash and a computer. You can build from there.
And when you’re working for yourself, it’s a blast. The trouble is, it might take you a few years to establish yourself enough to do it full time. Keeping a full-time side job sucks. But pay your dues and get there.
There’s not a profession out there where people feel exactly respected, especially not the noobie boobies.
Did I mention that I hate photographers?
They are retarded. All of them.
Honk. Snap. Sexy.