Is professional photography dying out?

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Is professional photography dying out?
In reply to PenguinPhotoCo, Mar 31, 2013

I switched from targeting private clients toward commercial clients at the end of last year. I just figured that I'd had so little luck attracting any private clients that I'd try the commercial end. I get encouraging noises - people saying "yes we need a commercial photographer" at Chamber meetings BUT nobody actually steps forward and asks questions. Interestingly, I look at all the local photographers and none of them seem to be members of any known organization; not chamber members, not members of anything.

I won't do any more advertising other than through the chamber this year. Heck, I'm not even going to blow money on a business license this year. I'm going to heed what the accountant advised which was just to dump the business. He said he would get 500 people a year coming to him saying they'd started a new business and he'd say "photography" and they'd act surprised and ask "how'd you know". By the end of the year, none of them would be in business as a photographer.

As I've said, I got mugged into starting it as a business. Originally, I just wanted to take pictures and hang them on the walls of local cafes and see if any sold. That's all I wanted to do. I go mugged into this by somebody that stood to benefit financially. So, starting this month I'm beginning to sell off as much as I can of the surplus photo gear. I really don't need as much as I have, for my own personal use. I just want to get back to taking nice photos to hang on walls and if some of them sell, so much the better. I don't want to have thousands invested in a business entity that never stood a snowflake's chance in the fiery bowels of Hell of working.

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