I love being self employed. OK, there are times things get tight, times I’ve had to take on jobs I didn’t really want to do, but needs must and all that, but overall, I love it. I have worked in places which had shift hours and I just couldn’t do it. I’ve been so used to doing my thing, in my own time, shift work wasn’t for me.
One of the downsides is that you never really know where the next penny is coming from. In a 9 – 5 job, you’re pretty much guaranteed a pay cheque at the end of each month, whether the business is doing well or not. When you’re self employed, if the work isn’t coming in, you’re not getting paid.
I bring this up, since the other day, on Twitter, someone mentioned about what you’re paying for when you hire a photographer. This is very much ripped off, but in my own wording :
I have so many people think that I just turn up with a camera and snap a few photos and then email them to a client. There is so much more to photography than that! As I have said in a previous blog post, it’s Not Just About the Equipment, it’s about having an eye for taking a photo, it’s about working with the model to get the best from her, it’s concentrating on the camera settings, it’s then the editing and making the images look at natural as possible, it’s hours and hours on websites and YouTube, pouring over tutorials to keep your skills sharp. It’s never just about taking photos.
With that in mind, I have changed my Packages ever so slightly, with a tweak on the Video Package.