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Hello from PA
Old 04-18-2009, 02:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm Jeff, currently a Paramedic and Urban Search and Rescue Specialist trying to get my photography business up and running as a full time venture. I've been doing photography since the 80's, mostly portrataits, weddings, and the odd local fashion shoot, and have recently come to the decission that I need to find an alternate career to move to full time from paramedicine. In a nutshell, the human body can only take so much repetitive punnishment before it starts to show the wear and tear. I love photography and want to give it a go. I'm currently using Nikon cameras and glass and get to do a shoot every week with some of the local models. As time permits, I'll start posting some of my work. Don't worry about offending me, we in the fire/rescue-ems are rather thick skinned. At any rate, glad to be here and hope to add to my knowledge base, you never stop learning as far as I'm concerned.
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Re: Hello from PA
Old 06-20-2009, 08:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, two months and not one hi how are you, warm bunch huh.
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Re: Hello from PA
Old 06-20-2009, 10:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You happened to hit GG at one of our periodic lulls. There's a lot of talented people who've visited here - many still come. But lately things have been quite quiet.

You'll get more responses when you post an image.

As for photography as a career, I'm hardly the one to comment.
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Re: Hello from PA
Old 06-21-2009, 12:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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"Hi, how are you?"....

If I were 30 some years younger and I knew what I know now I probably would have found a way to survive on starvation wages in order to do this 'photography' thing. But I've been working at the same career for the past 20+ years and am now in an income bracket that allows me to...
- keep a roof over my head
- keep food on the table
- buy those 'toys' I like (ie. photog equipment)

As such I don't have to worry about making this a fulltime income earning thing. The local pros that I've talked to around my area say that typically the actual shooting of images (all images, not just GG stuff) is only 10% to 20% of their daily hours...the rest of the time is...
- post processing (now that we are not only the shooters but also the techies there are hours spent in front of a computer)
- tracking down jobs
- tracking down payment for jobs done.
- anything else that is related to photography but not actual 'click the button' stuff.

I do this for fun and have often said that if I ever felt this was becoming '...just another job' I'd drop it right away.

Sure my dayjob is not terribly 'sexy' or 'creative' but it's something I am good at and something I can probably endure for a while longer...and it *does* pay for the fun I'm having now.

Good luck
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Re: Hello from PA
Old 06-21-2009, 11:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hello Jeff from PA. Post some images to help get things started. We like to look at pictures.
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Re: Hello from PA
Old 06-21-2009, 06:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hi Jeff,

I also am from pottstown, was just there living in Texas now. Got phone call goota go.
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Re: Hello from PA
Old 10-22-2009, 03:59 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks all. As soon as the new improved sight is up and running I'll give posting a go again. For some reason every time I try to post it doesn't work but I do have a couple in a portfolio here. Things are picking up shoot wise, do three a week, which is good.
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm Jeff, currently a Paramedic and Urban Search and Rescue Specialist trying to get my photography business up and running as a full time venture. I've been doing photography since the 80's, mostly portrataits, weddings, and the odd local fashion shoot, and have recently come to the decission that I need to find an alternate career to move to full time from paramedicine. In a nutshell, the human body can only take so much repetitive punnishment before it starts to show the wear and tear. I love photography and want to give it a go. I'm currently using Nikon cameras and glass and get to do a shoot every week with some of the local models. As time permits, I'll start posting some of my work. Don't worry about offending me, we in the fire/rescue-ems are rather thick skinned. At any rate, glad to be here and hope to add to my knowledge base, you never stop learning as far as I'm concerned.

Hello !
I am also a new member. Would a newcomer be warmly welcome here? Good day you guy !

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Re: Hello from PA
Old 12-27-2009, 10:27 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm Jeff, currently a Paramedic and Urban Search and Rescue Specialist trying to get my photography business up and running as a full time venture. I've been doing photography since the 80's, mostly portrataits, weddings, and the odd local fashion shoot, and have recently come to the decission that I need to find an alternate career to move to full time from paramedicine. In a nutshell, the human body can only take so much repetitive punnishment before it starts to show the wear and tear. I love photography and want to give it a go. I'm currently using Nikon cameras and glass and get to do a shoot every week with some of the local models. As time permits, I'll start posting some of my work. Don't worry about offending me, we in the fire/rescue-ems are rather thick skinned. At any rate, glad to be here and hope to add to my knowledge base, you never stop learning as far as I'm concerned.
Hi...
I am an hobbyist myself..
I did some weddings in the past (91-93), but moved and the locals were not so keen on unknown assistants. But, I have always enjoyed a model session no and again. (see link in my profile).
Like others has said...it is more self promotion and leg work every week to secure jobs and references to build a full time business on. (I don't have the time..I should have done this while I was single). Rolando (WebMaster) is a successful photographer. You can check out his blog and books he has written for great incite on his success. Plus Many Pros here are more than willing to guide you along the way.
Wish you well... happy holidays too.
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