Photography: For Love or Money

All week I’ve been doing research on “how to blog”. I’ve read countless books and articles on how to write the best blogs. How to keyword your blogs, optimize your blog, set up your blog for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and how to make money blogging.

My wife Tracy decided we needed to go to the library to research this new endeavor of blogging. She always says that knowledge is power. As we talked in the car I was expressing my frustration with needing to learn all these new things. I was telling her that the ultimate goal for the blog was to make money. That’s when it happened...The Look. All men know “the look” and it’s never good. She simply asked me one question “What happened to doing it for the love of photography and nature?” This question was followed by another “look”. That one little question has been haunting me all day.

Later this afternoon, I thought about her question. “What happened to doing it for the love, the pure pleasure of catching the right image?’ As much as it pains me to say this, Tracy was right…AGAIN!!

In the beginning, photography felt so natural. And, for the first time in a long time, I feel passionate about what I was doing. I’m not saying that I’ve lost the romance for photography. That will never happen. But somewhere down the line it stopped being my #1 priority.

I know I can’t be the only one that has fallen into this trap. We all want to make money doing what we love to do, but it shouldn’t be our only goal. We didn’t set out to only make money. We started because we love what we do. Whether it’s painting, drawing or nature and wildlife photography, we do it because it’s a passion. Without passion everything else we do feels empty.

So how did I get into this mess? How did I fall into this materialistic way of thinking? I’ll tell you exactly how it happened…next week.

Right now, I need to get back to doing what I love. That one thing that gets me moving in the morning, rejuvenates my mind, and gets the old creative juices flowing. Now, I am going to charge the batteries, dust off my camera and get back to doing what I love. I have pictures to take!

David

https://cuttsnaturephotogr.wixsite.com/blog

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November 07, 2017

Davidcutts

Words to live by!! Thanks Wenling

November 07, 2017

Wenling01

Do what you love, Love what you do!

November 04, 2017

Davidcutts

I agree Angela. It ALWAYS makes me do a happy dance!!

November 03, 2017

Angelaostafichuk

I think if you're just in it for the money you're not going to get very far. However, if you love what you do...
For me the coolest thing is seeing where my work is used. It's always so neat to find it in a book or on the cover of a magazine.

November 02, 2017

Davidcutts

That's a great point Orlamae27513. I started out selling stock photos. Now I sale both stock and "fine art" images. It is ALWAYS awesome to make a sale. It doesn't matter to me if it's $0.35 or $35.00. It makes me feel good every time. It all depends on what the buyer is looking for. Is it for personal or professional use? You never know. I've learned though that the money is just a personal validation, the "hunt" for the perfect image is a personal goal. To me, in my opinion....I'm going for the perfect image.

David
https://cuttsnaturephotogr.wixsite.com/blog

November 02, 2017

Orlamae27513

Thanks, David. I have just started as a Contributor on Dreamstime, and at first it was motivating enough just to get some photos accepted. But now, even though I don't actually need to make money with the photography to feed myself (though I do like money), getting a sale feels like the ultimate validation of my photos' worth. But I think we all need to remember that art, in general, is viewed subjectively. It may be good art on its own, but each viewer's need for it colors how useful they find it. They may like it, but cant use it. If we want sales (as validation) we could all start shooting purely commercial shots indoors with a white background - and probably get more sales. But which would bring you more joy?

November 02, 2017

Davidcutts

Thanks for commenting Vladimir. I agree with you too. But it's not uncommon for us to get caught up in chasing the victory.

November 02, 2017

Davidcutts

Thank you Cammeraydave. I appreciate the comment and I agree 100%

November 02, 2017

Vladimirkz

The main thing is not victory, but participation is the commandment of athletes of the Olympians. I do not think that many photographers participate here for money. All participants of the Olympiad want to get a medal, so here, the sale is a medal!

November 01, 2017

Cammeraydave

Nice blog David, There is definitely a wide spectrum of reasons why we do photography and we all fit in there somewhere. Love, passion, joy, creativity.... money. It's all good.

October 30, 2017

Davidcutts

Thank you Seawatch1 and Aureliellemoigne. I do love what I do. The passion is what should drive us to do and learn more. Thank you both for your wonderful comments.

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October 30, 2017

Seawatch1

You have some wonderful shots, David. You can tell you love what you do.

October 30, 2017

Aurelielemoigne

It's important not to lose passion in what we do.

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