Just checking to see if anyone here shoots full time or has a studio? If So, is anyone looking for an apprentice? I would really like to learn portrait photography and anyhthing else that a pro has to offer.
HBRstudios 11 years ago
Well, let me tell you: Up until about a year and a half ago, I owned and operated a portrait/wedding studio that met (and exceeded) all of the goals that I set for it. Because of this and the fact that this kind of work is not my "passion" (not to mention I am still teaching full time,) I decided to close that down and pursue a) my own work for a while, and b) create a commercial portfolio. Since I have closed the studio down, I have been very glad to have free weekends!

I still have most of my studio equipment (lighting, modifiers, gels, backgrounds, etc.) and do plan on opening another space someday.

Just let me know if you want to talk shop.
edgeways 11 years ago
From the little work I have done portrait and wedding (never had my own business) I have to say Id prefer almost anything to a job doing just portrait/wedding photography.
Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 11 years ago
Right now, I would just like to be competent enough to do the outdoor photography, portraits, grad pics, things of that nature. I am far away from wanting to shoot a wedding.
I need to learn more than landscape photography if I ever want to ween myself away from the boring world of I.T.
My passion is in creativeness and computer repair is too mundane and boring. But it does pay the bills, barely.
escapedtowisconsin PRO 11 years ago
I used to be a full-time staff photographer at a major paper in Cleveland until four years ago. Then I moved here to NW Wisconsin. The job at a Daily paper can be a real drain at times. Here things are a bit slow with freelance and contract photography. But, the change in the pace of life is a real nice change.
maxcaven 11 years ago
My dream in life is to be able to take pictures for a living. Would a photo degree be worth while? I've heard mixed results from people I've talked to, some just told me to take photography in high school, which I'm going to be taking for a 3rd time. I honestly don't care what I would be taking pictures of professionally, just as long as I can continue it as a hobby to.
HBRstudios 11 years ago
It all depends on what you are going into. If you are looking at journalism, fashion, advertising you most likely will need a degree to get a job working at a firm or publication. Of course many have succeeded in these fields without any formal training, but most of those were professional photographer assistants for some time. If you want to do the wedding/portrait or nature books or just try to drum up business freelance, you don't need any formal training, just be prepared to work your butt off to get established -- and read, read, read, learning from every source you can. It will never hurt to get an art and/or photography degree, either. If you do, it might be a good idea to double major in some other field of interest as a backup.

Good luck!
Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
i'm in no way a professional photographer (just graduated high school and relatively new to photography) but things are really going my way as of late.

last friday i was at the park point 5 mile race, i didn't run but i brought my d40x to take pictures of my brother and mom finishing.

as i was standing there, a woman apporached me and we were soon talking photography. turns out she works for grandma's marathon and forgot her camera, so i took pictures for grandma's marathon. tomorrow i'm going into their office to give them the pictures of the race, and to recieve my "free" gear.

i'm also starting to take pictures of various activities for the hermantown star. hopefully these small odd jobs end up turning into something that i could someday make a living from.
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