This happens to a lot of people…
But when you turn your hobby, that thing that you love to do simply because you do, into a career, you risk losing everything that you love about it. Some people get through the transition phase without a problem and go into a career that they absolutely adore and their life is incredibly amazing. But most others fall into the pit that is known as “I hate what I used to love.” This happens to a lot of people, for example… car enthusiasts who turned into working mechanics, or tinkering with computers turning into IT work, or for-fun photographers turning into working photographers. That’s the devil word right there: “work”. The very moment that your hobby turns into work, it’s no longer your hobby, it’s your job.
Now you might think “great! A job is awesome.” But it’s not what people want. No one wants a job, because a job means work, and work doesn’t mean fun. If the world were perfect and every ones wishes came true, no one would have a job, we would have at worst, careers. Satisfying, fulfilling, careers. It’s hard to turn photography into your career though because when people first start out in photography, we photograph everything and anything that is remotely interesting. Beginners naivety is an amazing thing. Over time, we newbie photographers (newbographers?) read articles, watch tutorials and BTS videos, and practice our craft, and as we do that, our work slowly but surely becomes better and more consistent.
Then comes a point where fter geting complimented by family and friends saying “you should do this for a living!”, we decide to take this hobby that we love so much, and decide to turn it into a career. What most newbographers don’t realize is that they’re two completely very different things. There’s a lot more “work” involved in a photography career that isn’t taking photos at all, and slowly but surely, our flaming passion for photography begins to whittle; because photography is no longer fun, it’s become work.
For a while, I stopped taking my camera out for anything that I wasn’t being commissioned to photograph, and that’s when I realized I no longer had a photography hobby, and that I no longer loved what I did. So in the past year or so, I’ve decided to try and take more photos for fun, for myself. Let that beginners naivety out and photography anything and everything that is remotely interesting. Just going with my camera and enjoying creating photographs, so that I can once again, love what I do.