I’ve been doing photography for over well 10 years. First as a student, then as a hobbyist and now professional. In this blog post, I am sharing the story of my evolution from student to professional.
In 2006 I started my school year in an art school. I subscribed to the courses for Audio Visual Formation. Which means that I would get lessons in photography, video, and drawing.
I did 4 years in that school. Although I had to double a year. At the end, they asked me to retake the year again. Which I didn’t like doing. So I enlisted in a governmental course. This meant I had to do all the classes by myself somehow and just do the exams in a school they used.
The entire year I worked towards learning everything there was to learn. I did my best finding all the information for the subjects. At the end of the year, I graduated for two years at once.
Then I kind of stopped with photography. For some reason, I didn’t really feel it anymore. So during my time in college, I didn’t photograph that much. Still, photography and my knowledge always lingered around.
I went into a digital and online marketing direction. Photography obviously was useful in those activities. After graduating from that school three years later and starting to work in marketing I broke up with the girl I was with for those three years.
With a lot more time on my hands again, yes love takes time, I got back into photography a bit. I had a trip to Namibia planned where it all kicked off again. I had my camera with me and shot different landscapes and animal photo. Of course those photos aren’t brilliant, but they did help me get back into it.
Since that moment I started doing photography regularly again. I looked up tutorials, followed online courses, did everything I could to get better in photography.
A bit over a year ago I decided to go fulltime on professional photography. It hasn’t always been easy, but I enjoyed every bit so far. Tough clients, easy clients, short-term clients, and long term clients.
If I compare my photos from now and from back when I started out again, I see a big improvement. I’m still far from being the best photographer in the world. Yet I feel pretty confident with being a professional photographer. I know my craft.
Which doesn’t mean I don’t see room to still grow. A couple of things I would love to still get better at.
- Getting into printing my photos
- Getting into bigger productions for photo-assignments.
- Getting into portrait photography even more and add studio to my skillset
- Have a better feel with all the different niche-hardware that exist
- Look into food-photography more
What’s your story in photography. Let me know in the comments below!
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