Becoming a landscape photographer and your own boss! With @ali.horne / "Photography has been a passion of mine since I was 12 or 13. My mum is a keen photographer and she was the one who bought my first camera and made me realize how much I enjoy taking photos. My passion for the outdoors and landscape photography came later after university, when I travelled to the west coast of America.
I started out doing some photography work on the side when I was working at a marketing agency. It got to a point when I felt I could pursue photography as a full time career and I was enjoying that side much more than the marketing. I knew it would be difficult and it still is to this day, having enough work to keep you busy and to pay the bills! Having the flexibility and freedom of being your own boss and being able to travel and photograph for work is something I couldn’t imagine a few years ago, but I love it and want it to continue for as long as possible.
What important lessons I have learned during this journey?
Try and find a niche style of photography that you enjoy and one you believe you are good at. If you don’t feel comfortable with one variation, like landscapes, maybe try taking some urban shots or portraits of friends and see if that makes you feel more relaxed and happy with your shots.
Keep shooting daily if possible: no matter what you shoot, this is a great way to understand photography and improve on composition, lighting and really master how to use your camera and adapt it to the situation around you. No one situation or scene will be the same twice and you will have to learn and improve as you go, so knowing how to use your camera gives you a great starting point to create your best work possible. I would also recommend reaching out to a variety of companies, large and small and try and arrange a meeting to find out what sort of work they are looking for and how you can help them out.
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