Photographer Struggles

Being a photographer is an awesome thing! However, it can be rather a struggle at times. For all my photogs reading this, I know you can relate to these struggles! Whether it is dealing with clients or camera issues, I am sure you have experienced these before.

  • Pricing on photo sessions. When it comes to determining how much to charge for a session, a lot of photographers struggle with not being too high priced but not charging what they are worth. And people will tell you if you are too high. But the thing is, photographers do a lot when it comes to photographing, and the price often incorporates the editing that happens as well. And God forbid you raise your prices, people freak!
  • Taking too many photos. It is inevitable. At least a few times in your photographic career you will make the mistake in taking too many photos than you actually need. How is it possible to only be photographing for 2 hours and end up with over  600 photos? It happens to the worst of us.
  • “Friends and Family” discount. Sometimes we will cut our family and friends slack and offer to do the photos for free or at a reduced rate, which is fine. This differs from photographer to photographer. But suddenly you have “friends” and “family members” coming to you for free photos when you barely speak to each other. Everyone wants a discount or freebie but after getting asked a lot, it can become quite annoying.
  • Having no decent photos of you. It happens because you are the one behind the camera and usually are the only one in your group who actually has an eye for photos. You go on a trip and all your friends have these amazing photos that you can’t wait to edit and they can’t wait to post on Instagram but when it comes time for you, your photos are blurry or have no personality. Or worse case, you only have a selfie. This is when hanging out with other photogs comes in handy.
  • Expensive profession. Did I mention photographers and videographers are the most expensive artists in the art world? Why, you ask? Because our jobs rely heavily on our equipment and every day there seems to be newer cameras and lenses and gadgets to buy. So many of us struggle with balance and budgeting if we really need that new Canon Mark 7D or that 35mm lens or be smart and save. There never seems to be enough money in the world for all the camera equipment I wish to buy.
  • Clients telling you how to do your job. This happens where the client does not have faith in your job as a photographer. Perhaps they should be taking the photos instead of you so you can critique them. Obviously this is my job and I am skilled at it so you don’t have to worry if I am getting the entire background or if I took photos of the details of your party.
  • Wanting to travel for the sake of taking your camera on an adventure. You want to travel the world and see its beauty. But you may also see a place and immediately think of your camera and all the amazing photos you can take or new ways to challenge yourself. I always say if I can’t take my camera, I don’t want to go!
  • Lugging around a lot of equipment. A trip to the beach can result in bringing 4 different lenses and other gadgets for your camera. Because we go to places with the vision of what we want to shoot and never want to miss an opportunity to capture something or someone.
  • Missing lens caps. Do I really need to go deeper into this? The never ending cycle of loosing lens caps is something we all struggle with. Why do they go missing? The world will never know.
  • Protecting the camera at all costs. You would rather yourself get rained on than your camera. Or would rather you break your arm than the camera breaking. As long as the camera stays alive and is well, you really don’t care what happens to you!
  • You become the designated photographer. At every event, outing, or trip, you are responsible for capturing the moments. Sometimes it makes it harder for us to be a part of the moments because we are ensuring everyone else is being captured. We forget that we too deserve to take a break behind the lens and enjoy life.
  • It is addicting! Photography is very addicting. I can look behind my lens forever. Once it enters the bloodstream, it is hard to get rid of. It becomes a way of life and a part of your identity. I can’t live without photography and frankly wouldn’t want to.

If you have any other struggles of being a photographer, let me know and I will update this list!

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Why I Am a Photog

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“Photography is a love affair with life.”

That quote couldn’t be truer! I get asked a lot “why do you like photography?” or “what made you decide you want to be a photographer?”. I think as the years go on, my answer changes slightly because I begin to learn so much about the art of photography. Since I was a kid, I always had a camera in my face. My mom loved taking photos (she has way too many to count) and I always gravitated to the camera. When others would take photos, I found myself studying the camera and how they took the photo. By my senior year of high school, I had my Fujifilm (not my favorite camera) and was taking photography and intro to Photoshop (this is back in 2010/2011) and always taking photos.Family vacations demanded I take my camera where I began shooting everything and everyone.

In college, I began taking photo classes with Larry Lytle. He is by far one of my favorite professors of all time and has helped me in so many ways with my photography. I got my first real camera my junior year of college, a Canon EOS Rebel T5 and fell in love all over again. Once I began to understand how my camera worked, I felt unstoppable.

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We as people already see the world differently. Our experiences and personalities allow us to have different viewpoints, which can make life and what we see in it a rather unique sight. For me, looking through my lens not only gives me a different perspective but it allows me to see the beauty in my every day world. It allows me to share with others my unique perspective on how I interact with my world. A photograph can be understood by every person, no matter the race, religion, gender, or language spoken. It can be a universal language, photography.

I appreciate the craft and to this day, after 4 years of photographing, I am learning so much more. I can say once photography is in your bloodstream, it is hard to get rid of the addiction. You’ll constantly yearn to hold your camera. You crave the sound the lens make, you long to be looking through the viewfinder. Everything about it will make you want more. When I go somewhere and leave my camera at home, I instantly regret it. It has become an extension of me.

Another thing is time. Time is precious. The moments we create in our daily lives are priceless. Whether they be good or bad, they shape us and who we become. I feel joy when I can capture moments for people. Something they will look back on and smile. Photographs gives us a chance to relive those moments and share them with everyone we come across. Just like people, no two experiences are exactly the same. It is the same with photographs. Two different people with the same camera and same area will have completely different experiences. And to me, that is beautiful.

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I photograph for myself. Because I thoroughly enjoy it, it has become a huge part of my life. It is the essence of who I am. It has given me the gift to connect with others on a more personal level, and I am blessed to share my talent and craft with those around me. There is something magical about it that I have not yet been able to describe in words but for all my photogs out there, you know the exact feeling I am talking about.

“Veni. Vidi. Cepi.”

“I came. I saw. I captured.”