Is professional photography dying out?

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
alpha90290 Regular Member • Posts: 255
Re: Is professional photography dying out?

Machine Gun Kelly wrote:

Speaking as somebody that has run a part-time photography business for a few years and almost completely failed to attract customers, the question has to be asked.

It's not as though I haven't tried - I just can't get anybody even to look at my portfolio. Let's see what I've done...

Yellow Pages - one or two calls about irrelevant matters

Website - no visitors

Van signage - one or two calls from other "pros" digging for information.

I did get a ton of people calling trying to sell me stuff from my online contact information. The web form attracted loads of resumes and spam. The web phone number attracted loads of people trying to sell insurance, internet services, credit-card devices.

Chamber of Commerce - polite interest but nothing more.

TV advertising - no callers.

Radio advertising - no callers.

It's all a very nice tax deduction but leaves me with very much the feeling that nobody wants photography any more - especially since most people now have a camera on their phone that's really quite acceptable.

One of the major problems is that people only want 1024 x 768 images to put on Facebook. I don't think they care about anything else.

Professional photography is not dying but the traditional advertising media are dying.

Reason => your customers are in FB and youtube

I am not a Professional photographer but there are people asking me in FB to take their wedding photos after they saw my photos that are post in FB.

And I wasn't even advertising my services.

I have to politely reject their request and direct them to a friend, who works as a free lance wedding photographer.

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