Does that pay well? I've often thought of that as a new career.
This is where I'm at.
After years working as a sports photographer, I realized the money was gone from the field. So I lucked into a one year contract with Sony, mostly testing their prototypes and giving support to the dealers.
That work eventually became full time.
I still shoot some sports but now it's just the NHL. I have an open ended relationship with the client. I shoot what I can and they pay me. If I can't fit the game in, they don't mind.
I worked for years part-time as a Photo Editor at one of the large daily papers, but have quit in the past two weeks. I'm busy enough and have some projects I want to get done more than I needed the money from the paper.
My fine art sales sit around the same which is below $2000 a year.
I do own Bigcameraworkshops and continue working away at the business. I doubt if this business will ever turn a profit but I love to do it and am hopeful that one day it might. I see opportunity with this business but there isn't enough volume selling traditional photo supplies in Canada to make it a full-time gig... and I have no interest in selling digital gear and becoming a regular camera store.
I used to shoot some of my magazine portraits on LF just to keep it interesting. I've let that work slide because I don't have the time to do it. For the most part I'm very busy and not looking for any clients... just trying to keep the ones happy that I'm involved with.
My plans for the next couple year include cutting back on the hours worked.... and shooting portraits with a new 4x10 camera that I ordered last week.
Ask me in three years how it went.
"Vocation to Solitude -- To deliver oneself up, to hand oneself over, entrust oneself completely to the silence of a wide landscape of woods and hills, or sea, or desert; to sit still while the sun comes up over the land and fills its silences with light." Thomas Merton
I was a musician before becoming a full-time photographer; believe me, this is a step up, even with the crummy economy and cheap-o clients.
I've had countless other jobs, for a week or even a month, but those were to keep me going during leaner periods. In principle, I could do almost any kind of job, but this is what I love.
That said, I honestly don't know what else I would do.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
But there is no way I could make my living as a musician... not then or now. It's just another hobby. Cheers. Bob G.
All natural images are analog. But the retina converts them to digital on their way to the brain.
Images of Enchantment
One day I hope to quite the day job but it may not happen. It gets in the way of teaching carbon transfer, building cameras and following my passion: Large and Ultra large Format photography and carbon printing. I've been able to make a little extra money that helps with the $$$ necessary for the 14x17 camera build. Yes, I too love fine instruments. I've got a nice 1968 Martin D-28 that my middle son plays and can't put down, 62' Strat, Yamaha Grand Piano etc. Always wanted to be a musician and I'm glad my three sons are amazing musicians. They keep telling me to let them play and me do the photography!