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What it Takes to be a Professional Photographer

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Get an Accountant

Michael Clark

What it Takes to be a Professional Photographer

Michael Clark

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Lesson Info

12. Get an Accountant

Lessons

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1 Class Introduction Duration:01:04
2 Choosing a Genre Duration:09:18
3 Perception vs. Reality Duration:10:20
4 Supply and Demand Duration:10:14
5 How to Turn Pro Duration:09:47
6 What it Takes to Survive Duration:05:28
7 Marketing 101 Duration:04:56
8 Consolidate Your Brand Duration:04:38
9 Build a Following Duration:04:30
10 Never Stop Learning Duration:01:21
11 Do Your Homework Duration:01:30
12 Get an Accountant Duration:01:11
13 Stay Up to Date Duration:01:39
14 Accept Risk Duration:01:42
15 Diversifying Your Income Duration:03:55
16 Be Professional Duration:01:55
17 Expand Your Business Duration:09:30

Lesson Info

Get an Accountant

I already talked about this, get an accountant. Sit down with them, accountants are really good at humbling you and telling you, because you're out there shooting and the funny thing with being a freelancer is that your gross income will be bigger, obviously because you gotta fly here and pay for all these expenses upfront, then you get reimbursed, and so you've done the assignment and you think, okay well, I just sent an invoice for $6,000, or whatever it is. But that includes a whole bunch of expenses, then this, then there's overhead, and then there's this stuff at the end, that's what you're making a profit on and paying your bills with. But if you're not really on it, you can think, oh I'm getting a check for $6,000, I'm good. Not thinking like, well that's actually gotta pay off the credit card and do this, you can get into trouble really fast if you're not, and an accountant, they don't have to be a full-time accountant, but if you got somebody you can check in with on a monthly...

basis or every other month or something like that, it'll really help keep a level head. Because that's a place that you can really get in trouble fast.

Class Description

Working as a pro photographer takes commitment, passion and tons of hard work. Many think pro photographers are on an extended vacation and happen to take a few photos while traveling the globe non-stop. While many photographers do travel quite a bit, and some go to exotic locations, the reality is quite different than the perception. In this 90-minute class we will discuss what it takes to be a pro photographer including how to perfect your craft, dial in your marketing, build a following and how to find clients that will hire you. By the end of this class you should have a level-headed, realistic view of what a photography career might entail.

Reviews

Robin Sebastian
 

I think that Michael makes creatives take off their rosey sunglasses and see the business of professional photography as it really is. You might not want to hear everything that he says but he shares some very honest and important information here that people coming into the business should only ignore at their own peril. Established photographers are probably in full agreement with what he has said here. This class is a must watch for any aspiring pro photographer! Four thumbs up!!