Some people feel that if you aren’t doing photography full time, then you aren’t a true professional photographer. I’m here to tell you that not only is that NOT true, but there are benefits to only doing it part time, both for the photographer and for the client.
From the photographer’s stand point, we don’t spend all day, every day focused on photography. Granted, we do think about it a lot. I mean a whole lot. But, not 100% of the time. This means that we hopefully won’t get burned out on it and we have free time to think creatively without the pressure of a shoot in our face. It also means that photography is not our sole source of income. That relieves a great deal of pressure, especially in the “slow months” of winter. Less pressure/stress means that we can enjoy photography more and that we do it because we want to, not because we have to.
From a client’s stand point, this works wonders in your favor. Because we are not relying on photography alone as our income, we may not charge as much as those who do it full time. Also, we can pick and choose our clients and really get to know and focus on the ones we do work with. In addition, we have more time to dedicate to the quality and care of the portraits we take, as well as more time to make sure we are providing the best possible customer service to our clients.
There are arguments to both sides of the coin about whether full time or part time is better, but as a current part-time photographer, I can tell you that this is a great way to live!