Why Does Everyone Think Starting Their Own Photography Business is a Good Idea?

Someone commented on this the other day to me, and then I began to realize that it was true with people I know as well.  I can’t remember who was saying it to me, but a friend was commenting on why everyone was suddenly starting their own photography businesses.  Its suddenly as popular as twitter, all of these people (mostly women for some reason) are starting to take pictures and starting their own “businesses” and it cracks me up.  Maybe its just an excuse for them to justify the purchase of a trendy new Macbook, and the SLR camera they all just have to have, but it really provides me a source of comedy to no end.

Now, I hope no one is reading this and think I’m talking about you specifically, because I’m not trying to offend any amateur photographers here, but seriously, why is this the trendy thing to do right now?  Through careful analysis,  I see that a significant portion of these women seem to start getting into this because they are pregnant, or have friends that are pregnant, so they apparently get into photography to document their wonderful child’s journey through life.  Then, they start branching out and feeling artistic.  I can’t count how many “artistic” pictures of some pregnant chick’s exposed stomach in black and white, sepia, low light, weird angles, carefully placed flowers, strategically angled mirrors, and even integrating their other children in confused and somewhat awkward pictures of the poor child trying to figure out why their mom is suddenly fat.

My amusement has no bounds when I see these people branch out into engagement pictures, and wedding shots.  I can just see the thought process…“Hey, these pregnant shots turned out so great that with all this practice, I bet I could do some awesome wedding pictures!” when really they all turn out to me like the stock photographs that come pre-installed in the picture frames you buy at Target.  Their creativity really peaks when they realize the need a website to hawk their original and groundbreaking photography, so they fire up their macbook and use Apples innovative built-in McWebsite software to crank out a portfolio for them to showcase their awesome work.  I’m laughing as I type this because I really really wish i could post some examples of the shit I’m talking about, except I really just find this all funny and I’m not trying to humiliate or embarrass anyone that actually takes this seriously.  I’m not sure if anyone really reads my blog, so I’m not too concerned about the people I’m thinking of reading this, but its probably safer to just leave my examples to their own homes on the intarweb.

God I can’t stop laughing.  Its literally like Martha Stewart spawned an entire legion of do-it-yourself home craft artists who really take this shit seriously.  Don’t even get me started on that stupid Etsy thing – I probably won’t ever stop laughing if I have to comment on the bored housewifes that spend their time trying to sell recycled crap on some online craft fair swap meet.  Maybe I’m jaded by the fact that I have to work all day to support myself, but the fact that people attempt to make a living selling rocks they glued feathers to in an online auction is absolutely hilarious.  This is not to say that there isn’t some really cool stuff that they produce, I know some people that actually do some cool work on there, but I’d say they are the exception rather than the rule.  (The Regretsy website really clarifies what I’m talking about here).

I’d like to finish this dialogue up with some of the hilarious taglines that our photographers have come up with in order to give us a one-sentence summation of what we can expect from their work….lets laugh together as we enjoy these gems:

  • Love Life.  Have Proof.
  • Capturing Today for Tomorrow
  • A Creative Edge
  • Picture Yourself…Frame Your Life

These are just a few of the funniest ones I could find with a quick search.  Believe me there are plenty more out there.  I sincerely hope you all become professional photographers, but in the mean time I will just enjoy your work – and rest assured that it brightens someone’s day 🙂

  • This is my favorite, “Maybe its just an excuse for them to justify the purchase of a trendy new Macbook, and the SLR camera they all just have to have….” mostly because I always think, “man, I’m pretty good at this, I have a skill. I should make something of it.” But I have friends that are critical enough to tell me otherwise. Where are these girls’ Debbie Downer friends? They need some.

  • This is my favorite, “Maybe its just an excuse for them to justify the purchase of a trendy new Macbook, and the SLR camera they all just have to have….” mostly because I always think, “man, I’m pretty good at this, I have a skill. I should make something of it.” But I have friends that are critical enough to tell me otherwise. Where are these girls’ Debbie Downer friends? They need some.

  • Anyone

    Wow.. you are quite rude. Maybe its because you are jealous you are not creative enough to branch out and be artistic? Why don’t you save your rude, judgmental rant for inside your head? Maybe those of us who are creative are doing it because we have a talent and would like to share it with our friends, family, or maybe others. Grow up and be nice. Maybe you will make something more of yourself than being a negative blogger who is most likely in his mothers basement in the dark…….

    • DaxxRuckus

      hahahaha  I’m the rude one?  You are the one insulting me anonymously on my own blog.  And I was creative enough to create all this, so surely I can’t be that bad!  If you really dislike my rude, judgemental rants, I suggest you don’t visit this blog again because that makes up the majority of my content…

      Also, I’m guessing by your use of “we” that you are indeed one of the individuals I targeted with my rant, so if you are so proud of your work, why not stand behind it and post some of your pictures?  Oh…you won’t because it’s probably more of the same crap I mentioned above – just another housewife that got her first DSLR and thinks she’s Ansel fucking Adams all of a sudden.
      Happy shooting!  I’m off to crawl back into my mother’s dark basement…

  • Notastickyballsack

    This blog is hilarious and accurate. I would love to see some financials on these photography “businesses”. hahhahahahahaha

  • Victoria

    I am a photographer that has just started her business (yep, I’m a female) however, I AGREE with you to an extent. I know you don’t mean the ones that actually put in the effort to learn the technical skills, the ones that truly love the art of photography, or the ones that treat it like a real business. I have a business license, I go to school for photography, I own professional equipment that you can’t buy at Target, and I believe that my work is very good considering I’ve been “professional” less than a year (www.victoriabidez.com) and I still think I need to work on my brand and skills more as well. It does frustrate me though when I see the abundant amount of “photographers” that charge pennies on the dollar for pictures my thirteen year old son could take with his iPod and call themselves professional. If you only charge $100 (give or take) for a session with all high resolution images on CD…you are NOT a professional and are damaging the industry. Ok, there’s my rant. Photography is wonderful and priceless…when done properly.

    • DaxxRuckus

      THANK YOU for truly understanding what I was getting at here. Male, female, it doesn’t matter, I just find it hilarious the amount of people that were doing this. It’s odd that most seemed to be females, mid to late 20’s who had just started having kids. I dunno why that is the demographic, but for some reason, that’s it.

      I can respect people into serious photography, hell I can totally respect people who are trying to learn, I just like to laugh at absurd situations and this struck me as one 🙂 I checked out your site and you do some pretty good work. How did you happen to find this post? I would love to learn more about photography myself – I’m a hypocrite to my own post because I bought a $500 DSLR and I have no idea how to use it…I guess the only difference is that I don’t run a photography blog! haha

  • Ashley Beaubien

    THIS IS TOO TRUE!!!!! My friends and I were just talking about this. You hit the nail on the head, dude. Thanks for the laugh 😀

    • DaxxRuckus

      hahah glad you liked it! It’s still happening!!!

  • GracieW

    I wouldn’t laugh at Etsy. My sister is a SAHM and is paying for an international adoption. She goes to thrift stores and flea markets which she liked to do anyhow and upcycles things in a shabby chic style and she makes a killing!! She makes so much money every month I’m now thinking of starting my own etsy shop (only I know I’m not as crafty as my sister).

    But I know what you mean about the photography thing. I googled it and came to this blog–because my newsfeed is literally jammed with all my mom friends who now think they’re professional photographers. And the photos really aren’t that good.

    I guess it comes down to moms who want to stay home and raise their babies, but would like some extra spend cash and realize maybe they can make a little extra money doing something they love to do anyways. I don’t know. But it is funny to me that so many moms are doing it. But maybe I shouldn’t be laughing. Maybe they’re brining in some bucks. Like I said, don’t laugh at Etsy. My sister can turn $100 spent on stuff at a flea market into $1100 in sales. Thats a thousand bucks in profit and she does’t spend a huge amount of time making her crafts. It is truly a hobby for her. It is just a plus that she is using it to pay for her adoption.

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