Herewith a pie chart which I found on Facebook by a group called Professional Photographer.
Not sure if this is / was a group that just created itself, but I thought the image of the pie chart to be more or less exactly how things are for a photographer. Everyone thinks your life is glamorous. Yes, no doubt this is one of those careers that can consume you with anything your minds eye finds beautiful.
You look at things differently when you are a photographer. You see shapes and colors that others dont even notice. You go to far away exotic places, sometimes you do live like a rock star, sometimes you do work like a rock star.
The question is: have any of you ever been a rock star? Well, some of you have, but most of you have not.
Neither have I, but there is a saying that my husband and I live by:
NOTHING in life comes easy. Even being a rock star takes a huge amount of very hard work.
Being a documentary photographer takes camera skill, editing skills, marketing and networking skills. But most of all, it is a lot of hard work. You also need to be very fit to carry all this heavy equipment, and to survive the whole day (while you are partying like a rock star) to capture every moment. Getting up early is part of the deal to ensure that you capture the right morning light, and then go to bed late, after downloading and editing your images of the day.
So for all of you who think being a photographer is easy, think again. Fun? Yes, for sure, but easy, no way hozey.