You’re a designer. That’s why you are here in this website. You’re a photographer, that’s why you clicked this article. We cannot fight the feeling of creativity no matter what medium we choose; and photography will definitely capture our hearts no matter what field of design we are in. Admittedly, photography paints a thousand words with one snap way faster than doing vector art. And can instantly give results that can satisfy our visually hungry eyes.
What is that you say? You are an amateur photographer? An enthusiast? A hobbyist? And you don’t intend to become a professional photographer. Okay. So, after post processing all your images, sending out family portraits to your parents, capturing the joy of your children playing in the field, and waiting for the right time of the day to get that perfect cast, you’ll just post them on Flickr.
I have one statement. Create a business card.
Your concern would be, “I am not cut to be a photographer just yet” or “I am an amateur, no one would take me seriously.” Heads up, in photography, it is difficult to compare a professional and an amateur. You will never know when family and friends would come calling your phone and ask you to take photos of them. Don’t be concerned about not taking fashion editorials, food photography, commercial photography or the likes. But take into consideration that you still are a photographer. It is not about seeking the money, but identifying yourself as a photographer and you are serious with what you do. You will never know when this will work for you. Next thing you know, you would be getting an invite in a major concert with back stage passes to cover the event, or you’re photographing a portrait of a known public figure because of your card. It’s time your “hobby” pays off and that we make things legit.
Keep things simple. You don’t have to have a business to have a card. Put your name on the card, followed by the title Photographer. Straight to the point and effective. Any other fancy company name would ruin things for you, like for instance I’ve seen a tattoo parlor that’s called “INKcredible” which for me, kills the idea of a straight forward name like for example Jeff Gogue Tattoo. I will not go around the metro saying, I had my tattoo done at “INKcredible” rather than say I had it done over at Jeff Gogues’. Which goes the same for photography. I rather say that I hired Mark Nicdao than had it done by “Dream Pictures by Johnny.”
Don’t forget your contact number and of course the URL of your portfolio, be it a Flickr account or some other photo blog website. What’s important is that your potential clients have access to your selected works.
You know your potential so do not be afraid. Photography is such a broad field lets not limit ourselves to specialties as of this moment and be “generalists” until we are ready to move on to greater things. Next thing you know, you’d be shifting careers.
In photography, the best way to learn is when we experience with our cameras. You are never too old for this. A person with an eye for detail will always carry it with him until the end of time.