‘How do I become a professional photographer?’
This is a question many of us have asked at some point or other. It really is the ‘million $ question’ and that’s because it’s incredibly difficult to answer. The number of variables is so large that every case really is unique:
What’s your situation now? We all start from a different place: are you 18 years old, are you a photography graduate, or are you 15 years into another profession that you’d like to escape? Are you experienced, do you have friends working professionally, or have you got an ‘in’ somewhere?
What about your financial position? This has a profound impact on pretty well everything….
There are also a great many paths that one could take between the exact same starting point and the same destination. I won’t even attempt to cover the huge array of routes to becoming a professional photographer. I will instead run through some questions I asked myself and which you may or may not have thought through in detail. I will talk about some of my own thoughts and considerations, as well as and how I took various steps. [Continue reading]