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The Bizz

The Bizz

So You Want to go Pro?


So you want to go pro? Fair enough. Photography is presumably a passion, so why not make it your livelihood? Lots of people have. Back in 1981 I was an out of work, ex-Merchant Navy officer scraping an occasional living cleaning windows, dreaming of a life as a travelling photographer. Now, 35 years later – well, you get the picture; dreams can come true. But, and there are going to be quite a few ‘buts’ in this piece, there’s a price to be paid. No one is ever going to pretend it’s easy. For those of you who aspire to a photographic career there’s good news, bad news, and a whole load of penetrating questions to be asked.

So, let’s look at how to go pro. Obviously I’m going to use my own experiences as the template, but before you start furiously tapping out indignant comments, let me just say that this is an entirely personalised view. One thing that comes through loud and clear when talking to my fellow pros is just how different we all are; with widely varying attitudes, ways of working, ambitions and viewpoints. And that follows through to how we’ve got to where we are now; there is no established career path in photography and every pro has taken a different route through the labyrinth of the profession.

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