Failing at Photography is Not Armageddon

I’m friends with a lot of photographers around Nashville and the Middle Tennessee area. It’s not bragging, it’s just the company I like to keep. Who else am I going to talk to about cameras and locations. Also, who else is going to hang out with me before the sun comes up?!

Anyways, if there’s one thing I’ve learned shooting with them and hanging out with them it’s that if you fail at photography here and there, it’s not a big deal.

A lot of people think that full time photographers must be just that all the time. Full time to some means that if you have to pick up another job every once in a while then you’ve failed. I used to think that way too. I’d feel bad for the guys who had to pick up that extra bit of income. And in admitting that, I want to apologize.

Picking up a job on the side here or there isn’t failing at all. It’s smart.

Photography income is super volatile. It’s sporadic. You could make some serious cash one month, but the next three months produce nothing.

I’m not saying that you have to pick up a job on the side that you have to work every single day and have a 401k along with it. No way! You can pick from an array of projects and even something you like! Think about it. Photographers are tech savvy people. You could use that to your strength in one of these fields:

  • Stay at home IT tech
  • Build websites
  • Clean a couple houses a week
  • Video production
  • Substitute teaching
  • Tour guide in your area

You see? There are so many things you can do on the side that wouldn’t really get in the way. Actually the majority of those options would still allow you to shoot a lot of the time and make your own schedule by working from home.

Failing at photography here and there isn’t the end of the world. In fact, it’s really not a big deal at all. When I started to realize that, I was able to reduce the amount of stress I put on myself to make money.

It’s a funny thing when you aren’t as worried about making money just from your photography. All of a sudden, you stop pressuring your followers to buy stuff. When they stop feeling pressured, they start realizing that they like following you. It’s a beautiful thing!