How to convince your family that photography is a real career

Apr 30, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Apr 30, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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If you have decided to start a photography business, it can come as a shock to your friends and family. Especially if you give up a steady day job to become a freelancer. It can be hard to convince them that this is your calling and something you want to do probably for the rest of your life. If you’re struggling with this right now, this video from Chris Hau will help you go through it and convince your parents, family, and friends that photography is a real career you want and should pursue.

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1. Make a business case

When you decide to work as a photographer, explain to your family everything about the different jobs you can have in the industry. Explain all the careers you can do as a creative or photographer other than photography, such as shooting YouTube videos, making tutorials, giving workshops, etc. They care about you and it will make them calmer to know that you have many options available.

2. Tell them about earnings

Costs of life are expensive, and your family is probably worried that you won’t manage to financially support yourself by doing a job as a creative. So, you need to prove to them that this is not the case. Reach out to people who work as photographers in any of the fields I mentioned above. Presuming that you’re close enough to them, ask them how much they earn. Relying on this information, your parents how much it’s possible to earn as a photographer.

3. Set up meet-ups with successful creatives

Finally, you can arrange meet-ups with successful creatives and bring your family members along. This way they can hear success stories and realize that people can be successful and make a living from creative work.

I don’t work as a photographer, but writing is a creative job as well. And trust me, it was difficult to convince my family that I want and can make a living out of it. Of course, I had my ups and downs, it’s not easy, but writing is something that makes me happy and fulfilled, and I’m glad I chose it as a career. Plus, I get to write mainly about photography, so I think I won a jackpot.

The bottom line is that your family and close friends wish you only the best and that is why they may not approve your decision at first. But as Chris puts it, “it sucks to let your family down, but it sucks even more to let yourself down.” So don’t give up on your dream and plan, and I hope his advice will help you convince your mom, dad, and other family members that photography is something you should be doing for a living.

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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11 responses to “How to convince your family that photography is a real career”

  1. Franco Kailsan Avatar
    Franco Kailsan

    Hi Mom & Dad. I started a new job as a photographer. It’s going really well because just last night I managed to take a picture of a unicorn. It was so pretty but it was moving really fast so I had to use 1/ 250 sec shutter speed. Right after that the Tooth Fairy dropped by and played with the unicorn. She was cute! I even used my macro lens to take some close up shots of the Tooth Fairy because she was tiny.
    I’ve got to go pack all my camera stuff because I’m off to take pictures of a Yeti later. Bye

    1. Phill Holland Avatar
      Phill Holland

      You joke, but I’ve seen people on YouTube off the back of yeti films and flat earth, making quite good money, better than those trying their best at making an honest living, such is the society we live in now.

  2. Grant Nelson Avatar
    Grant Nelson

    Assuming, of course, that you care about that kind of thing…

    1. Dunja Djudjic Avatar
      Dunja Djudjic

      Of course. But for example, I personally do care. I hate to see my mom being worried about me and my future. :) I gave her enough hard time when I chose to study the English language instead of something more… lucrative :D

  3. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
    Adrian J Nyaoi

    Until you know how to use your lens hood properly.

  4. Adam Nelson Avatar
    Adam Nelson

    Photography is a career! And if your skills don’t speak for themselves!! Then that’s your problem

  5. Darren Powell Avatar
    Darren Powell

    It’s a way to meet and interact with attractive ladies mostly.

  6. Trevor Olner Avatar
    Trevor Olner

    Yes it is all glamour and glory and fame . Until it comes to being paid !!!!! We will give you a credit in our prestigious magazine as we have no budget for photography!!!

  7. Babok Song Avatar
    Babok Song

    when you start making lots of money out of it

  8. Ben Hosking Avatar
    Ben Hosking

    I’ve found that paying all the bills with it for a decade does the trick

  9. Alecio P Avatar
    Alecio P

    Convince someone photography is a real career? ha