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In today’s inaugural post I would like to to talk about my frustrations as an amateur photographer trying to turn my favorite hobby, photography, into a profession. I am, and always have been, my toughest critic. When I first got into photography it was all about impressing myself. I sought out new sights. I searched for new places fresh to my own eyes. As I became a more experienced photographer, and a better one, I started to post my pictures on facebook, and some friends started taking a liking to my work. As I stringently critiqued my own work for things like an improper application of the rule of thirds, blown highlights, or other flaws that only a photographer would notice, my friends didn’t seem to care. My friends seemed to like the photos that they could connect with, images that were relevant to them.
My friends began reaching out to me about purchasing my photos because the subject was a building they walk past every day, their old college campus, or a path they used to walk down as a kid. I vividly remember receiving a message from my friend wanting to purchase a canvas of a photo that I had taken very early on in my picture taking career. I literally told him that I had messed up so many things in the photo that I could not justify charging someone money for it. He insisted on purchasing it anyway.
After selling a few photographs I seriously considered pursuing photography as a full time career. As my photographic skill and experienced improved, however, the interest from friends and family stayed the same. People only seemed to be interested in photographs that they could relate to.
I began doing portraits for friends and families because portraits, after all, are relevance to the extreme. This went pretty well until I ran out of friends interested in having portraits taken. This didn’t bother me too much though because I was more interested in taking the pictures that I wanted to take, not those that were being demanded by clients. It seemed like I had to choose between taking the pictures that would sell, or taking the ones that I wanted to take. What I realized is that only the greatest photographers have the luxury of being able to take the photographs that they want to take and still make money from them.
This single realization is what sparked Candidtag. Candidtag allows photographers to capture the images that they want to, while keeping those images relevant to their clients. It combines the freedom of art which can only be expressed when it chooses to, with the extreme relevance to the audience as a portrait session. If you haven’t done so yet, I invite you to Sign Up and discover what many other photographers are starting to find out.