So it’s here, my last day of working at Ted’s camera store. It will be an easy day, no customers, no uniform…just counting for stocktake. I’ve been working towards this for almost 5 years and it’s hard to believe at the end of today I’ll be a fulltime photographer…or in some photographers eyes ‘a real photographer’. Yep, that has been said to me “you’re only a real photographer if you’re fulltime” and I say to that “what a load of crap”.

I’m so thankful for my time working in a job that isn’t my dream, it makes working from home now all the sweeter. I hear other photographers complaining about all the work they have to do and sometimes they seem to forget what an amazing job they have! Spend a week in retail and then see if you’re still complaining about working from home. I’m so excited about getting time to exercise, keep my house clean, cook better and to have a little free time!

This is a little shout out to all the photographers who aren’t fulltime. Those who stay up to the early hours of the morning editing, or barely have a social life because they have to balance two jobs! Just because your partner doesn’t have a high paying job to support you in the early stages of you business or you need that little extra cash to make the mortgage payments…doesn’t mean you are any less of a photographer. It’s not like tonight as I finish work I’ll suddenly become a better photographer because I’m fulltime. Take everything you can from working two jobs…for example time management (I got really good at this) and people skills (sometimes staying home in your pjs can make you a little slack in this area). I used to be embarrassed about working at Ted’s, like it’s uniform was a huge sign saying “Amanda’s not a good enough photographer to work for herself”. But now I don’t care what people think, for these last few months I’ve worn my uniform with pride, taken crap from other photographers (customers in store) and become more and more thankful for all the things Ted’s has taught me.

Here is a photo that my second shooter Tuli took of me at last weeks wedding. Note: I’m not grumpy in this photo, it’s just my thinking face. Also notice my very dorky but practical double strap…doesn’t it make me look like a ‘real photographer’?



Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

January 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Congratulations on becoming a real photographer! I love your take on what goes on around you, Amanda. I think we may be very similar in how we look at the ways of the world. I am also rushing out the door immediately to purchase a double strap so that I too can look like a real photographer. 😉 Have a great first ‘full time’ week!

January 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm
– In reply to: el

You won’t regret it!

January 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Yay! I hope you’re celebrating! 🙂 And good for you, you’ve worked so hard to get here. Well deserved.

January 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Thank you for your words, it gives me hope to one day follow the dream of working full time doing something I love. All the best for this next stage for you! Love your view of the world and how it translates in your images- just fab! You go girl!

January 31, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Uh, how exciting! Congrats for making the step and feeling so good about it!

I totally understand how you feel about the “real photographer” thing. I study photography at a university. Even though I’m still going to school I’m trying to get my business rolling. I’ve learned more and know more then basically any “professional photographer” that I’ve met in person. But still, about a week ago a college from a friend called me up because of wedding pictures. He asked me how much It would cost him for the shoot he had in mind…I told him the price and he told me they had a professional photographer that almost did it for the same price and then he could just take him.

excuse me?

I can’t believe people like that…..I really don’t know what they are thinking.

can’t wait to be a full time one day too 🙂


February 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Hi Amanda,
Your post really inspired me! I am a working mum (four kids – job as a civil servant – the last not so inspiring) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. And just began to take classes in photograpy hoping to one day start a bussines next to the job I have now. s
So maybe one day managing two jobs and if things go well, maybe…maybe some day only doing what I love: looking after my kids, house and taking photographs for a living.


east side bridereply
February 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

that looks a lot like my thinking face


Shawn Mariereply
May 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Came across your website, I’m in my third month of working for myself and in various stages of freak out and happiness. All the best

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