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 Post subject: Becoming a Photographer?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:59 pm 
Hi all

I'm only 15 but i love doing photography and was wondering if anybody new if there are any jobs in and about photography for a 15 yr old?

I dont mean as a pro photographer but maybe an assistent or something!

Anyone?

Tony


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:38 pm 
You can get a job at a camerastore :) I might, they'll call me back soon.
And here is a story about a girl, who by the age of 13 had shot two weddings for profit. So i guess that's a possibility too.

And assistant - try to call around to some local photographers.

0eyvind


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 1:09 am 
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Well look in google maps for local businesses in your area, be it a camera store, a studio, or photographers who do weddings etc. and edit from home.

See if they have websites, and if you like what they do, give them a call and ask if they would be willing to take you on for "free" work experience.

Now, say they give you 3 jobs, lets say weddings - that gives you 3 chances to prove yourself to them, mess it up, you leave with a bit experience - however - do it perfect, blow their socks off and they keep you on as an assistant.

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You'll probably be able to work in a camera store and with a wedding photographer as usually they only have 1 wedding a weekend, 2 max. So say 1 wedding a weekend assisting, work the rest of your time ( i know school ) at the camera store.

I'm sure they could give you a shift a week or something.

So that'd be like £50 a week over here you'd get paid for your age, which is crap, but since your not 16, there isn't a real "minimum" wage.

As soon as you hit 16 however, its a different ball game ;)

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 1:27 am 
I have been really busy with my freshman year so far :D
So I haven't had time to look up businesses etc. But I know for sure when
I hit 16 im gonna either work at my local Camera Store or the Apple Store.
Well since now I have time to look up businesses I will do it right away since I have free time then bed.


Josh :D

WOW! I just looked on google maps in my area there is a Photographer that lives just down the street from me! Im going to contact him as soon as possible. Heres the site...Tell me what you think?


http://studiojphotography.ca/


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 2:13 am 
I'm nearly 15... give it a two months....

But,

I do not have a job yet due to living at a boarding school... Probably next summer I'll be getting one at as a barista at starbucks, but I would really love a job at a camera store.

I would love to shoot and make some profit, but from what I have heard, it is extremely hard.

Sometimes I go out with some friends to a skate park, take some pictures of them, etc, and after e-mail them some shots. If they like them, awesome, then they spread the word out that you are a good photographer. I have already heard some people saying that I am an "amazing photographer" haha... And some people have asked me to take some portraits of them for free.

I find that once word of mouth gets around, then you might be able to make some money.


You could also try to sell some prints at a local art gallery... I know at the end of this year, for my photography course, we have a big event and get to sell our prints to the local community, I'm pretty excited about that.

Good luck!

Eric De Paoli


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:25 am 
EricD wrote:
I'm nearly 15... give it a two months....

Me too ;) Just gotta give it 4 months. And i just got a job yesterday at a restaurant. So excited, just had to share!
EricD wrote:
You could also try to sell some prints at a local art gallery... I know at the end of this year, for my photography course, we have a big event and get to sell our prints to the local community, I'm pretty excited about that.


Actually the same for my photography course :o In march or something. Where do you live?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:46 am 
Vancouver Island.

I attend Brentwood College, its a grade 8-12 boarding school, it is awesome here.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:29 am 
You don't become a photographer. You are one.

It's just that some people get paid too much for their pictures.

Everyone is a photographer


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 8:09 am 
Cr4zYH3aD: you are right, photographer is not the correct term.
But we all know he means a pro photographer (pro = gets payed)


Professional actually means, one who lives of the income his profession generates, i believe.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 10:04 am 
Yeah I think the definition is basically if you can do that job and no other you can still live with the money you earn.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:08 pm 
Cr4zYH3aD wrote:
You don't become a photographer. You are one.

It's just that some people get paid too much for their pictures.

Everyone is a photographer


This is the crux of the problem and why photography is such a volatile career path - the advent of digital and more accessible equipment has meant that more people are taking photographs - consequently making them "photographers".

Underlying point: Anyone can call themselves a photographer and it doesn't necessarily have to translate to their talent. A career in photography ought to be thought out before embarking - it's not as seemingly easy as it might appear, and the money may not necessarily keep flowing in throughout the year.


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