Photography is a Job

These days in the wedding photography world it doesn’t seem to be enough to be a well respected photographer in your own market (ie ACT). If you are truly successful you will be travelling all over the world to exotic locations, to photograph peoples weddings and to speak at workshops. If you are doing these things, as far as your business is concerned you’ve made it, you’re photos are amazing, you’re well known in the photographic community and you’re making a lot of money. Obviously all of these things are amazing and deep down what all photographers want, but do they make you a true success? Are they worth it if you have to sacrifice relationships and time with your family? I’m asking these questions not to bash anyone, but because I’ve been trying to work this all out in my head…what do I really want for my business? And what is worth sacrificing and what isn’t?

This is what I’ve come up with (after months of thinking). Photography is just a job, a job I’m super passionate about and have put a huge amount of energy into…but in the end it’s a way to provide for my family. As much as travelling all over the world and Australia sounds glamourous, it’s time not spent with my husband and our marriage is more important than making money. Does this mean I won’t travel? Of course not, but what this does mean is that I’ll pick and choose…it’s all about balance and that balance must always tip in favour of my family. My family, faith and character are more important than being a success in the eyes of others, if I maintain these things then I will be a success in my own eyes…even if I forever live in a tiny (yet stylish) apartment and drive an even tinier Toyota.

A sneak peek from next week (rhymes!).


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

June 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm

This is exactly what I always talk about. I have the hardest time explaining to people why I don’t want to be the next big photographer star. I don’t want to travel the world, drive the most expensive car etc etc. I want to earn enough money to support my family. I want to be able to buy enough food, pay for a roof above our head and pay for our health. And all that, by making people happy with my photography. What more can you want? I really dont need to be the next photography god to be happy. I really don’t

June 22, 2012 at 9:38 pm
– In reply to: Melanie

We seem to be on the same page a lot! 🙂

June 26, 2012 at 3:10 am
– In reply to: Amanda


Luisa Brimblereply
June 26, 2012 at 11:56 am

i love how you speak your mind Amanda. I always visit your blog for a bit of perspective and also to look at your beautiful wedding images. at the end of the day i think it’s what you want to achieve in life. it’s glamorous and all to travel but it really does take a lot out of me sometimes. i’ve only travelled twice for work but it’s not something i’d love to do 20 – 30 times a year. yes totally agree i prefer to spend time with the family.

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