How to Never Let Your Employer Exploit Your Passion For Photography

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Most photographers are not professionals. Some do photography as a side gig, while the majority are hobbyists. Meaning most people who practice photography also have a day job. That’s not to say they’re bad photographers. I know many talented photographers who decided not to transition to being a pro. And when their employer becomes aware of their skillset, they may choose to exploit it. Sadly, it happens too often. And if it happens to you, here’s what you should do. Read on to see.

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You Quit Your Day Job to Become a Photographer. Now What?

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The daily grind is something we all hate. You probably quit your day job recently because you’re very sick of how things work after the pandemic. The world helped you open up your eyes a lot more. Thus, you set about wanting to go after your dream: you want to be a professional photographer. So what do you do? Being a photographer is absolutely a job and a hard one at that. But you can make it easier on yourself.

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The Rise of the Semi-Professional Photographer

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If you’re one of those photographers that has ever experienced someone saying “Oh, that’s too high of a rate!” then congratulations–you’ve experienced the first realization of actually being a professional photographer. Professional photographers by definition make the majority of their living and income from photography or photographic services of some sort. This majority need to be at least 75%. But as the economy has changed over the years, people have taken on gigs and side jobs–one of which is photography. While the semi-professional won’t replace the professional who spends time and time again honing their craft, it is indeed a way to make money.

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