A follower and fellow photographer sent me a message asking the following: “Xav, are you doing any photography work during the lockdown? If so, could you share some advice on pricing, adding value to my work and how to get paid. Everyone expects me to work for free these days”
I just finished editing some shots I did for The Box Fit here in Brighton so I thought, what a great opportunity to show them off by answering to some of the more common questions I get asked on the subject.
So following up on my update from last week, first of all, I just wanted to make sure you all know I’m well and happy, nothing bad has happened. I also mentioned that Lewis Hamilton shared something about giving up and not finding the point of it all and shutting down completely and that made me think I should write something about it since I’ve been asked a few times how to keep going when nothing seems to work.
I’m still around, alive and well. That’s good news to the few of you that follow this blog and not very good news to the competition but hey!
Xav, how much should I charge as a photographer, how do I work it out? I’m ready to put myself out there and start charging for professional work.
From time to time, I ask on my Instagram stories for people to send me ANY questions they have about photography, business, life or whatever they want me to comment on. A question that pops up a lot is how to make money as a photographer. In fact, quite a few times I’ve been approached by emerging photographers wanting to know how to make money taking pictures.
Brace yourselves because here is the definitive answer to this universal question:
I’ve got an intern, she’s starting in a couple of weeks and she’ll be learning the way of the warrior during the month of June.
I just sent her an email with a few questions like her choice of gear and editing software; I also asked her about her interest and views on photography. I’d like to know what she wants to photograph commercially and what she likes to photograph at a personal level. I want to know where her balance is.
“I started promoting my photography services for about a year now and not much is happening. How do you find the motivation to run a photography business?”