The hidden benefits of a career in photography18th September 2018 // Bronya Bouchia
Being a professional photographer has a number of benefits which can enrich both your career and your personal life, as well as having a positive effect on the life of others. Although the industry today is one of the most competitive, once you get snapping, the creative and professional fulfilment has no ceiling. Read on to discover some of the hidden perks of being a photographer.
Get your creative juices flowing
A top perk of being a photographer is the creative freedom which you get to work with each and every day. Central to your role as a professional photographer, it is one of the most rewarding aspects of this profession. You can let your ideas flow as you explore new ways to not only express yourself creatively, but also thinking of new ways to add to the satisfaction your clients receive with your service.
The world through your lens
You get to share your interpretation of the world and a particular moment in time through your work. Your photographs communicate not only what you are feeling, but also what you are witnessing. In the case of a wedding photographer, for example, your images will help to convey the joy and happiness that’s felt on such a special day. Working on developing your view of the world through your lens and learning how to share it with your audience is an essential part of your visual artwork.
Your work becomes your passion
One of the advantages of learning photography and practising it every day as part of your job is that there is no difference between your passion and your work. When following and putting into practice your passion, your work won't feel like work and it will leave you feeling fulfilled before you even collect your pay.
Leave your mark on the world
Once you take and print or share your photograph, you are leaving a mark on this world. Think of those old photos of your grandparents or great-grandparents which you have stored away or on your mantelpiece - you can’t help feeling that photography creates a certain level of immortality. Whether they’re stood there on their wedding day or enjoying the great British seaside, a photograph opens up a portal to the past and transports you back to that moment in time.
How can photography help others?
Photography benefits not only you as the professional photographer, but it can also have a wider impact on the world. The importance of photography cannot be taken lightly, especially in photojournalism, when capturing injustices or raising awareness about a particular natural disaster and plight of a nation.
As well as raising awareness, there is a lot of good which can come out of sharing your photographs or providing your services. You could choose to work with non-profit organisations on raising awareness about large-scale issues. Alternatively, you could consider providing your services on a local level, such as joining a charity supporting terminally ill patients and providing free family portrait photographs for those who want to bring the family together.
Whether your capturing new memories, reflecting over old ones in photographs or getting out there to share your work and art with the world, these benefits are just a few of what you will receive from a career in photography. All the advantages of being a professional photographer can’t fit into one article, so we’d love to hear what you consider to be the top benefit of being a professional photographer.