Good Egg Productions wrote: 131 trade shoots is NOT better than 5 or 6 very well paid shoots.
It is if you're in it for the love of photography. If I told you how much I made on photography last year, you would laugh and I would cry. And then when you saw I was serious, if you were a sensitive man, a compassionate man, you might cry with me. No... business... hustle... AT ALL.
I'm going to be a bit arrogant and say I think I could artistically best over 95% of my local area's professional photographers given the same budget and resources/MUAs, Stylists etc. I think I have the chops behind the lens, but I can't market myself to save my life. I don't have the talent to do most of the the pre-production necessary to get the shots from my head in front of my camera, and I can't afford to pay the people who do have the talent to do so.
I have no desire to devalue my worth as an artist, but if I want to shoot, I feel that I have to. It's a labor of love for me.
I dig your port. Keep shooting my friend.
Edit: Thanks OP and Good Egg. I've been wanting to ramp up my game for awhile and this has just become the catalyst to convince me that no budget is an excuse for cry babies and cowards. Thanks again. The artist formerly known as Pri... er, cry baby.
I'm at 20 so far. I still have 2 more to go this year, and 2-3 more that may possibly happen. Most memorable? Hard to say, it's either my last bikini shoot of the summer, or the horror themed group shoot I went to. (Niether had any MM models, so there's no pics to post here I'm afraid.)
I would have to say that business picked up in 2012.
If I exclude the random MM shoot, while working continuously, I participated in an average of 3 per week. 2 out of three were usually mine, and I assisted about once per week for fellow photographers (lighting) working on the same catalogs.
A rough estimate would say a little under 120 so far, but not all of them were llama mayhem shoots.
Edit: Did the math. My MM shoots this year were a paltry 22. I have less than 4 scheduled before the end of the year.
I guestimate 2013 will be slower, if I move to Massachusetts permanently.
7 shoots. Would have been 9 since I had 2 scheduled for this week but weather and other unforeseen circumstances prevented that.
I doubt I'll be able to reschedule them for later this month because of busy and conflicting schedules due to the holidays, so I hope January will work out.
I've only been doing trade shoots since September and I'm new still, so I guess it's decent? I dunno.
Wow, I did more than I thought.
I did 10 this year with 8 different MM models.
I'm not counting a grueling multiday stock shoot in Nashville though. I have 47 releases but didn't shoot with all of them, maybe half.
Somewhere between 125 and 150. If I count productions where I was the director for a 3-camera video crew, it would be more like 175-200. If you count creative direction as photo shoots I "participated in" then definitely over 200.
By comparison, in 2011, I probably did about 10 shoots the entire year. Between 2008 and 2010, I probably averaged 15 per year, if that. I wasn't shooting full time then, though. I had a full-time job and just did photography when I felt like it. During the same period, I probably worked as director for the video production crew on about 3-5 gigs.
It has been an exhausting year but really, really enjoyable. None of what I did as a director (for camera teams) was particularly memorable but I enjoyed it. They just all run together. Many of the photoshoots were memorable. I do a lot of food photography and love it. As for shooting models, there were a number of them which were memorable but one editorial I did got some good recognition. That's the one I'll remember this year by…
I did a total of 19 this year which really surprised me. I have two more scheduled for this coming week with models who have never flaked on me in the past so I should have 21 before I call it a year. As for memorable ones I had a wonderful Christmas Card shoot with a nice family in November and yesterday I did my very first boudoir style shoot that went very well. All in all a good year for a hobbiest I think
I shoot as a hobby. Looks like I will have 28 total for this year. Going through my stuff it looks like I did 25 last year (my first year).
I have 3 shoots scheduled for the first two weeks of 2013, and a few other models writing. I am going to try and shoot more often next year. I learned tons this year and want to keep pushing forward. Year 3 will be a good year
2012 was a slow year for me photographically speaking. Lots of transitions, some of my favorite models getting out of the game (school, pregnancy, marriage, life events) and some stuff going on with me.
I did 41 model shoots in 2012 (and will likely do 4-6 more in what remains of December).
I probably had what would constitute another 65-75 "shoots" that didn't involve models where I went someplace for the specific purpose of photography, brought my gear, and generated 100+ images. Some involved events (bands, sports, theatre, conferences) and some involved places (museums, landscapes, monuments, buildings).
Most memorable photography activity for 2012 was a failure. I was in Alaska for 5 days. That was my 49th state (North Dakota is now the last remaining one). I specifically wanted to shoot the Northern Lights. Brought my tripod, cold weather gear for hanging outside at 1am for a couple of hours, flashlights for working in the dark. And it was rainy or foggy or overcast enough that I got nothing. Juneau, Anchorage, and Fairbanks--and I struck out on all 3.
My most memorable model shoot of 2012 would be a tie with 3 models (1 of whom is a MM model). Did four day-long shoots with a model I'll call "L", and five 4-6 hour long shoots with a model I'll call "K" (neither of whom were on model mayhem) and then one 4 hour shoot with a relatively new model here on MM. All 10 of those shoots were outstanding--nothing but great results, fun times, lots of creativity, no ego...the kind of shoot you never want to end and remind you of why you're in the game. Those 3 models were just amazing. From those 10 shoots I probably generated 2,000 edits.