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Going back to photography as a hobby

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by birdie, May 29, 2014.

  1. birdie

    birdie Mu-43 Regular

    I have made the decision to stop pursuing photography as a business and go back to enjoying photography as a hobby. As a result of this, I have decided to sell all my DSLR gear and studio gear.

    My focus was doing baby photography, which is what I enjoy. What I don't enjoy is the marketing and advertising side, it does not come naturally to me and I have to force myself. Even with focussing on a niche the local area is saturated with photographers, a lot crap, but a few good ones and seeing that I don't want to make it my main job, it takes a lot of time away from family and we are expecting a child in Nov/Dec this year, I don't want to be spending my weekends doing photography away from my family.

    I was starting to get a fair few paying baby sessions (and a few other misc jobs including a couple of proms for schools) coming in but then 12 months ago we lost our first baby at 38 weeks gestation which caused me to withdraw from everything for quite a while, and I've tried to get back into the market since earlier this year but I just haven't any conversions, and I just don't want to keep pushing something (the marketing) that doesn't come naturally to me...

    Since I decided this last weekend I felt pressure off my shoulders to get clients to make all my expensive DSLR and studio gear worthwhile... I have been very happy with my OM-D E-M5 since buying it late last year, and its been the camera I've picked up for everything (except for the couple of paid shoots I did).

    I found I gave up on doing stuff like landscapes, etc because it wouldn't make me money, and that's not the reason I got into photography originally for. So I'm looking forward to just doing photography as a hobby and with my M43 kit instead of a big, heavy, intimidating DSLR. I'm also looking forward to getting back to "playing" and experimenting with photography including "strobist" style photography which is something I enjoy and messing around with things like a Igus slider track I bought and then never had time to finish it (might mess around with an Arduino and make a motorised slider for video and timelapse :D )

    Anyone else been through this...?
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  2. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Giday and Welcome birdie. Sorry to hear about your loss last year. I hope you'll be able to enjoy photography for enjoyment. It takes the fun out of things a little when a hobby becomes a job, but you'll love the absence of deadlines and enjoy the moment. My Grandparents used to live in Bundaberg, nice place to chop down a cane stalk and have a chew.

  3. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I understand where you're coming from on both counts. After I semi-retired and relocated, I considered trying commercial work in the locality and even did some volunteer local footy coverage to get to know more people, but it just didn't enthuse me and decided that I had to cut loose from what I'd been doing in the past. I simply no longer want to do work that looks the same, but is just on a different day (if you get my drift).
  4. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Sorry about your loss. Best wishes on finding pleasure in your photography again.
  5. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Sorry about your loss. My wife had a miscarriage. It was difficult to fathom, but we got through it together. We have one beautiful, smart daughter(16) and that is more than enough for us.

    I still do my photo business, but it is not my main income. i work in IT full time and take photo jobs in the evenings and weekends. I understand about the marketing part, not something i enjoy either. If I ever stop enjoying it, I'd stop my business too. Right now, I'm in a good position with the jobs I have lined up this year(events, weddings and portrait sessions).
  6. dogs100

    dogs100 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2011
    N Devon UK
    It must be a tough time for you both right now but the end of the year and new arrival will be great.


  7. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Sorry for your loss. I hope photography helps heal you. :smile: I find that whenever it gets too crazy, taking photos relaxes me a lot.

    Good luck and congratulations on the new arrival. A new camera and a baby make a great pair! :smile:
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