A few days ago I announced that I am quitting photography.
The way I have approached photography has made it more of a hobby than an opportunity to make any income.
I have been too lazy to set up a business model that works. I am not blaming anyone but myself for focusing my efforts elsewhere.
I don’t want my Art to just be a Hobby
I made the tough call for many reasons and mainly because photography is an expensive hobby.
I made an investment in money and time that has not brought me what I expected. I have not even covered the costs of my equipment.
Photography should not be Free
I sure get a lot of requests of random people asking for favors to cover their events or take pictures of them for free. The problem is that by giving my time and lending my pricey equipment not only hurts me, it actually hurts any photographer attempting to make a living. I would not hurt those same photographers that have taken the time to coach me and teach me their trade.
Working on Creating a Photography Revenue Plan
As I dig deeper, I realize that I have to identify a revenue source. The next step is creating a plan to make it workable for me to continue investing more in photography.
Thanks for the Feedback
A few of you have already reached out offering me solutions because you really enjoy my pictures. To those like Frank Oquendo that reached out, I appreciate the thought of sharing solutions to bring me back to photography.
Some others complained that they would miss out on my photos but not really offering any real support. If you are one of those complaining because you enjoy my photos, but still have a hard time paying for a print, I can only apologize to you for creating the perception that what I do is free to me and you.
Art is not free when we invest our most precious resource, Time.
Get My Photography in Your Inbox
I have many pictures I want to share. But I don’t feel like sharing them on Facebook or Twitter until I fix my camera and identify a revenue model.
I plan to include an image like the one above with a short thought for the day.
Are you up to my new experiment where I will be sharing my photography with you? Feel free to comment below or contact me directly.