What do you do for a living?

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  1. ted_smith

    ted_smith TPF Noob!

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    I sit at my desk here in the UK as a civil servant (digital forensics investigator for Criminal Investigation unit) and dream of spending my days earning a living as a photographer. I expect there's no greater feeling than someone paying you for a picture(s) you've taken.

    It made me wonder - what do the rest of you do for a living and how come you've never turned pro? Or are you semi-pro, and if so, to what degree is your working life photography over your other proffession?

    Ted
     
  2. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well, I am doing science/research ... physics and chemistry ;)

    at some point I did think of trying to become a pro, but then i thought that would be way to insecure for a living (well, found out that it is the same with science ;) ).. and also if I was a pro I would have to shoot what other people and the market demands and not what I want to ...

    my work life is no photography, but my work gets me to many places where it is worth taking some pictures :)
     
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    naval communicator in the canadian navy... tyring to make it as a cinematographer\photographer. I use all my spare time working on short films and my photography. I got a film accepted to 2 film festivals for the first time last month.
     
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    I work as an aircraft inspector for a charter airline. I travel more than I am at home. Litterally been around the world.

    I was a pro / semipro in college. Worked for several papers and did freelance work for parents that wanted pics of their college students playing sports. For the life of me I don't know why I did not put 2 and 2 together. I made very very good money doing the freelance stuff (people came to me I didn't even advertize, more work than I could handle with school too). And just I dropped it when I left college. Guess I had my mind set on what I went to school for. Even though photography was my favorite thing to do since I was 6. Just never thoght of being a full timer. Really didn't know any other than for photo journalists. And honnestly I didn't like that. I was fairly good at it. Just didn't like the mundane assignements. Biggest credit was a picture of President Clinton that I took made it front page. But the parents and kids sports pics, paid much more than a front page shot. Towards the end of college I even had it down to I just took the pics and gave them the film. For the same price as when I provided prints. And I was still too busy. Again why I didn't see the picture and keep doing it. I really don't know. :(
     
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    I am a retired photo studio owner. I Planned to work at it till I was eighty but life had other ideas.
     
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    Graduate student in astronomy.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm a Certified Engineering Technologist. I'm head of the design & drafting department for a company that deals with industrial fabric products and portable shelters. Most of the design work I do is for the oil field industry. Oil & gas is booming and my area (Alberta) is going crazy...I even got to go around the world, to Kazakhstan, to design some shelters for some drilling rigs over there.

    I'm working on becoming a semi-pro photographer. I'm taking classes and acquiring equipment to shoot portraits and weddings. If & when it takes off...I'm not sure if I will give up my day job. I'm afraid that if photography becomes my main source of income...I might lose my passion for it.
     
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    I am an Accounts Manager for a Security Company. I take care of all aspects of residential/commercial security systems. Well, everything BUT installing them....heheheh!!!! Unfortunatly I don't get to travel the world but I do get taken out to lunch once in awhile. :)
     
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    I am a federal police officer, I work for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and have never given much thought to turning "pro"--whatever, outside of being paid--that really means; I derive a great deal of satisfaction behind the lens, it feeds my creative hungers, much the same way composing fiction does. I have been giving a great deal of thought to fusing the two pursuits and crafting a photoessay.
     
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    I'm at university in the UK doing a BA (Hons) Photography degree. So hopefully after I graduate I can turn pro. I can't wait.
     

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