Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, there seem to be a number of stock lines we hear over and over about the craft and technique of photography and making a career of it, but just because we hear them, it doesn't make them true. Here are five lies about being a photographer.
Coming to you from Evan Ranft, this great video talks about five common lies about being a photographer. Personally, I think one of the most overlooked examples is the idea of dictating your own hours. A lot of freelance creatives love the idea of avoiding the imposed structure of a typical 9-5 job, but that doesn't mean complete freedom in setting your own working hours. Often, you'll need to work the hours that match your client's needs, and those can often be times that you'd rather be having a life. For example, successful wedding photographers can pretty much kiss their summer weekends goodbye, and of course, those are often prime hours for family and friends. That's not to say it's all bad, but be sure you carefully consider how your lifestyle will change and what demands will be placed on it. Check out the video above for more misconceptions.