So, I’ve realized i’m great at planning for the short term, there’s a lot to be said for living in the now, yes, but if i want to work for myself i must make a plan.
There’s certain things that university didn’t teach me (i’m thinking of doing a post on this of its own.. another story) things like what its like in the big, complex world of self employment and taxes.
I want to work for myself, i know that much. I knew this much a few months ago, now i know exactly what i want. And i think i can do it.
I wanted, at first, to run my own studio, maybe live there too, but i don’t want to be a general studio, i want to be a portrait studio. And realistically, i’ll have to already be rolling in it for that to work out as my only income. Then i realised studios arent the only line of work photographers can go into, basically, i want to open a shop/gallery/creative workshop space, selling local artists work, crafts, artwork, photography etc. Display and sell my own work and run workshops and studio sessions. (maybe natural light studio sessions..) I feel this is a way to showcase/delve into my other passions of photography and the creative world. I adore the physical elements of photography much more than constantly sitting on Photoshop, analog, recycled negatives, turning your prints into things other than prints.
Real art. Substance.
That’s what i want to be known for.
I’ve been looking at commercial spaces, gaining a larger library of portraits and getting advice from local businesses etc.
my natural light portrait shoot went so well it’s gathered attention from 5 or so other models who want to work with me, so i’m starting a little portrait business from my home studio, a series of shoots every week, a choice of travel costs covered or a Polaroid for £5 and all images free to use wherever with credit.
Its going really well, i have high hopes for the future 🙂