My perspective....but I need perspective

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markhayphotography
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My perspective....but I need perspective
Jun 25, 2011

Hey folks, this is my first post. I'm at http://www.markhayphotography.com

I've been an art teacher for 8 years. In addition to drawing, painting, computer, sculpture and all that, I taught high school photography in the darkroom for 5 of those years. Ever since switching grade levels, I've attempted to substitute that passion in my attempt to break into part time/pro photography (mainly events, weddings, children, families), and hopefully generate a bit of extra income.

Over the last couple years, I've really learned that a decent foundation in photography does not necessarily make a successful business, that on top of the fact that there is far more I didn't know than I thought in the beginning. And as a full time teacher expecting my second child in 11 months, I certainly know that this isn't something you can just phone in to make a couple bucks. My props go out to those that have figured all this out....you know who you are.

Anyway, I'm putting myself out there just a little further and want to make a push for bookings for next year. I've gotten serious and put together a Zenfolio format to sell prints, and I'm hoping to move away from doing "ultra affordable" shoots and providing a DVD of images. I just finished a bigger job from last weekend and I've got another wedding lined up for September.

Please check out what I'm doing at http://www.markhayphotography.com . I could use some constructive feedback, encouragement or even a good bashing! I need some perspective! Much appreciated

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