In the open forum held on the evening of the DPP9 event, the topic was about turning professional.
The key point of that open forum is how one can move from being a hobbyist to a part-time or full-time photographer. There were two professional photographers, Borj Meneses and Jericho Montemayor, who shared their experience and insights about turning professional. Below is a video clip I was able to get during that open forum.
I have been photographing things and people for about four years now and often times I hear a few friends say why not be a professional photographer. Often times it was tempting, but most of the time I am scared to jump into that level. As a photographer and as I learned more about it, it seems that my work is not enough. Personally, I know I have to learn a lot more to deliver quality photography work. But the reluctance will not bring me anywhere. No matter what I do my work or some of my work will always be second to someone else.
But again as the times also is making me decide to have a second income source, I think diving into it is not that bad. Yes, I will be ridiculed and I might be told that my pictures are so ordinary or even worst a work of a newbie. But unless I go over that wall that stops me from earning from my passion I won’t be able to prove to myself that I can be a professional lensman.
And so one day I sat down and plotted in an Excel spreadsheet the cost I have incurred so far with the photographic equipments and other tools that I might need when I go professional. Aside from what I already have I considered other tools that would help me. Also I have to define what service I would offer so that I know at how much should I charge. Operating cost like fares going to and from location, hiring a photo editor, and buying license softwares to process photos to the best quality are taken into consideration. Also, I still would be doing my day job from Monday to Friday thus weekends are my only available time for this endeavor. With that I came up with a figure just to recover the capital I have and might put in to make this happen. For a period of two years shooting only 2 times a week(service is based on a whole day pricing that means I would only be having one client in one day) came up with a service fee for a pre-nup/portrait to small event may it be a birthday, wedding, debut, corporate event, and etc of 7,500 pesos within Metro Manila. That figure is only my photographic services and basic post processing delivered digitally in probably USB.
The second part of the problem I have is that how would I be able to do a weekend photo shoot to recover that cost if I don’t even have a client base to start with. And with that I have challenged my self to offer something unusual.
That figure is too small compared to what most photographers charge. And with that I have this offer to anyone who might be interested in my photographic services. For 7,500 pesos I can take your portrait, pre-nup, small wedding, small event, birthday party for about a whole day(about 8 hours of course) as long as it would fall on weekends and within the safe areas of Metro Manila(of course I would be bringing photographic equipment that cost a lot).
This offer would be great for those aspiring models who does not have a portfolio yet. This way we help each other out by me giving you photos for your portfolio and you giving me the opportunity to use my skills and improve it to better serve clients in an actual professional setup. Also, this would be a win-win setup for engaged people who could not afford the whole shebang of photographers out there. If my offer price is within your budget. It would be both a win-win for us, you able to get my services to the best that I can deliver and you being my clients and future marketers out there for telling your other friends who need budget photography services.
Of course, this offer is first come, first serve and will depend on my availability as well. Initially I would be available Saturday whole day and afternoon on Sundays. Also, I need to talk to you personally as well to have a mutual understanding on what scope of service I would be providing like details of the prenup, details of small wedding, and others. I could meet you after work for a quick chat over coffee to at least have a set expectation or outcome before the day itself. Right now a few of my coworkers do events and I have made myself available for them as well for some of their events which are usually i the Cavite and Laguna area. And again as a reminder my services for the 7,500 pesos deal only includes photography services and a bit of post processing within the safe areas of Metro Manila, if location would be outside of scope expenses incurred would be for the clients account on top of the offer price.
Should you be interested in this deal txt me at 09186198973, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject Photography Deal, or PM me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/louis.delosangeles