Lens Diaries Go Now
Glamour, Beauty, Nude, Models, Photographers

*    |  Register  


 
Go Back   Garage Glamour™ > Garage Glamour™ Main Forums > Main Community Forum
 

Main Community Forum General Modeling & Photography Forum
Adult posts prohibited!>>Please Read Our GUIDELINES before posting!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Becoming Professional
Old 08-21-2007, 09:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
Free Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Member GG#: 58768
Location: Acworth
Posts: 24
Comments: 2

Bryant P is offline IP: 63.250.179.198
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

I would really like to get out on my own in photography and make the money you guys (lifetimers) are pulling in. Do I have to join something like PPA or GPPA (Georgia) to gain clientel. If you have the time, please review my work @ www.pbase.com/hilite. I would love the feed back to get me on track.

Thanks for all your assistance.
Bryant P
__________________
If you are going to do it, do it RIGHT!
  View Public Profile Send a private message to Bryant P Visit Bryant P's homepage! Find More Posts by Bryant P
 
Re: Becoming Professional
Old 08-21-2007, 11:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
____________
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Member GG#: 35406
Location: Bogus
Posts: 947
Comments: 0

Al_Nowak is offline IP: 65.43.40.140
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bryant P View Post
I would really like to get out on my own in photography and make the money you guys (lifetimers) are pulling in.

Bryant P
There was a survey posted here not too long ago about how much photography contributed to your actual income. I am pretty sure the majority of responding members made less than 10 or 15% of their income from photography. In my case it's zip, zero, nada, nunca or in otherwords, not a dime. So you may be asking the wrong guys...

As far as joining a professional society or group, it can help you network and learn the biz, but I wouldn't count on it too much to pick up clients. The other members of the society or association are your competition, and will be vying for the same clients you will be looking for!

But I could be wrong on both topics...
__________________

Elvis has left the building...
  View Public Profile Send a private message to Al_Nowak Find More Posts by Al_Nowak
 
Re: Becoming Professional
Old 08-21-2007, 04:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
Free Member

 
R_Fredrick_Smith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Member GG#: 35872
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth Area
Posts: 3,660
Comments: 41

R_Fredrick_Smith is offline IP: 76.199.122.151
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

Here are a few notes:

1. One of the attributes of a professional is to have a professional way of displaying ones photos. Using something like pbase is not nearly as effective as having your own website and even your own domain name. You can buy a domain name for $9.20 a year and get quality hosting for about $100 per year. This is one of the first steps you should take.

2. Attend workshops. This will get you familiar with how different photographers work and will allow you to learn interaction with models and see how others represent their work (types of portfolios, business cards, composites, how make up artist work, and so forth).

3. Always post a photo right in the post when asking for evaluation of your photography. That gets you more responses over just posting a link.

4. Most important, send $100 to each person who responds to this thread and gives answers to your questions.
This is an absolute essential, so don't forget it.

Hope this helps!

Click for larger version
Re: Becoming Professional 


Cheers,
rfs
__________________

"The map is not the Territory"
  View Public Profile Send a private message to R_Fredrick_Smith Visit R_Fredrick_Smith's homepage! Find More Posts by R_Fredrick_Smith
 
Re: Becoming Professional
Old 08-22-2007, 09:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
Ed Peters

 
epeters's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Member GG#: 37945
Location: Lafayette
Posts: 300
Comments: 0

epeters is offline IP: 65.193.202.162
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

Want to end up with a little money doing photography? Start out with a lot of money!
__________________
Eat safe, use condiments.
  View Public Profile Send a private message to epeters Find More Posts by epeters
 
Re: Becoming Professional
Old 08-22-2007, 09:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
Free Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Member GG#: 58768
Location: Acworth
Posts: 24
Comments: 2

Bryant P is offline IP: 63.250.179.198
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

[quote=R_Fredrick_Smith;255322]Here are a few notes:

4. Most important, send $100 to each person who responds to this thread and gives answers to your questions.
This is an absolute essential, so don't forget it.

The checks are in the mail!
__________________
If you are going to do it, do it RIGHT!
  View Public Profile Send a private message to Bryant P Visit Bryant P's homepage! Find More Posts by Bryant P
 
Re: Becoming Professional
Old 08-22-2007, 11:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
Lifetime Photographer
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Member GG#: 35218
Location: Metro Atlanta
Posts: 717
Comments: 0

Doug_Lester is offline IP: 66.32.185.93
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

I remember long ago that I saw one of the many definitions of professional photographer as, a photographer whose wife has a really good income.
__________________
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.
--HL Mencken
  View Public Profile Send a private message to Doug_Lester Visit Doug_Lester's homepage! Find More Posts by Doug_Lester
 
Re: Becoming Professional
Old 08-22-2007, 02:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
Free Member

 
BobEdens's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Member GG#: 56870
Location: Chattanooga
Posts: 454
Comments: 3

BobEdens is offline IP: 66.18.61.18
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

I think it was here, I read

"Dear Lord: If I die, please don't let my wife sell the photo equipment for what I told her it cost"
  View Public Profile Send a private message to BobEdens Visit BobEdens's homepage! Find More Posts by BobEdens
 
Re: Becoming Professional
Old 08-22-2007, 03:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
Free Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Member GG#: 45671
Location: St. Louis
Posts: 301
Comments: 0

gaborm is offline IP: 70.255.43.245
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

That's a good line and can relate. Then I opened my studio and for tax purposes I had to add everything up. When she found out that I have 30 grand invested she almost flipped out, but when she realized what our tax return will be that year, she was happy again.
  View Public Profile Send a private message to gaborm Find More Posts by gaborm
 
Re: Becoming Professional
Old 08-26-2007, 07:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
Free Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Member GG#: 37304
Location: Uehling
Posts: 318
Comments: 0
Send a message via Yahoo to trwphoto

trwphoto is offline IP: 12.108.210.155
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

Alot worse than owning a boat. Money in and mmore money in. Having to fib to your wife about the cost of equiptment and time involved in marketing just to get a chance to shoot a few hours. God I do love it so.

Broke but hapopy.
  View Public Profile Send a private message to trwphoto Visit trwphoto's homepage! Find More Posts by trwphoto
 
Re: Becoming Professional
Old 08-27-2007, 06:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
Lifetime Photographer

 
rixafter6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 1970
Member GG#: 37576
Location: Near Kansas City
Posts: 697
Comments: 0

rixafter6 is offline IP: 24.2.16.5
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

Advice from Pavel Olavich

Study a lot. Take a course at the local JC. Learn from sites like this one. Lurk, and ask questions. Do the homework...practice a lot. Go on lots of shoots. Learn PhotoShop. Get some books, instructional CDs/DVDs.

Keep your mind open and experiment. Harmonize what all you hear and learn.

Not all pros know what the heck they're doing. Not all amateurs are ignorant.

Learning photography for future pay is a full time job.

Find a mentor, and/or a shooting buddy that you can learn from.

Look at lots of pictures from others, on the net and other places. Go to galleries, museums...ask yourself why a composition works...find out why.

The learning never stops.



Good Luck



Rick D.
__________________
There are many teachers who could ruin you. Before you know it you could be a pale copy of this teacher or that teacher. You have to evolve on your own. -BereniceAbbott
  View Public Profile Send a private message to rixafter6 Visit rixafter6's homepage! Find More Posts by rixafter6
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
PROFESSIONAL PHOTO RETOUCHER LOOKING FOR FREELANCE OR PART TIME JOB Tatiana_Retouch_LA Main Community Forum 0 05-03-2007 05:38 PM
PROFESSIONAL PHORO RETOUCHER LOOKING FOR FREELANCE OR PART TIME JOB Tatiana_Retouch_LA Main Community Forum 1 05-03-2007 05:21 PM
Portrait Professional 4 bc_shutterbug Digital Darkroom 9 03-01-2007 08:55 AM
Amateru VS Professional photographer J Diaz Main Community Forum 10 02-16-2007 11:45 PM
Professional Print proccessing? nakins Main Community Forum 5 01-14-2007 08:35 PM

Sponsors


New To Site? Need Help? Photographer & Model Links
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:06 PM.

© 1999-2017 Garage Glamour™




Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93