From time to time I get asked the question if I am a full-time photographer. When I answer, “Nope,” I get looks of shock and sometimes judgment by those that have an image in their minds of what a professional photographer should look like.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s awesome that many of my friends and colleagues are dedicated full time to the craft and art of photography. For many, it is a dream and goal to become a full-time photographer. It’s an awesome profession full of creative freedom and adventures and if your goal is to become full time, then good for you. Keep striving and make your dream come true!
Anyway, back to me. I am not a full-time photographer and I don’t want to be (at least not for another 12 years or so). My ONLY full-time job is as a Homeschooling Mommy. Everything else I do is part-time –that includes my photography business and my work as an Education Specialist.
That may turn some people off and they may look elsewhere thinking that because I am not “full time” I don’t dedicate my time to my clients as I should. I don’t think that is true. I am realistic in my time management and in managing expectations and I provide BETTER customer service than I expect to receive at any business I patronize. I just know when to say no and when my plate is too full to take on any more.
So, for me, there is no stigma to being a part-time professional. I may not get as far as fast as some other photographers, but that’s okay. I have a different calling for my life.
Why do I always feel like I should end these “Soapbox” posts with a SO.THERE. 🙂