Photographer (Female, Age 24) in Milledgeville, GA

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitlePhotographer
Salary$18,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week35
Company Size(not answered)
LocationMilledgeville, GA
Years Experience3 years

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Years in Career0
Education(not answered)
Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
Work-Life Rating0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating0 / 10

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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I am responsible for photographing clients both in a studio setting and outdoor/on-location setting. I am responsible for all of the photo equipment (lights, flashes, camera bodies, lenses, etc.) After the photo sessions I am responsible for all photo editing and touch-ups and handling clients’ print orders.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
No benefits as I am self-employed. I do have lots of freedom and the ability to travel to interesting locations for photo shoots.

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
I feel that I have been compensated more now that when I started. With the ability to set my own prices, I’ve learned just how much time and work is involved in this job.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yes. I work with new people every week and I love it. Photographing weddings are especially interesting because you really get to know people and their friends and families and their traditions. I love meeting new people. I think that’s one of my favorite things about being a photographer.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
My work location varies from my studio in my spare room at my home to outdoor sessions at many locations – lakes, rivers, arboretums, fields, beaches, etc.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 3
Benefits: 7
Hours: 5
Co-Workers: 1
Supervisors: 8
Job Title: 6
Level of Responsibility: 4
The Actual Work: 2

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8amThe description for this day is for an on-location photo shoot day.

Pack any last-minute equipment. double-check to make sure all equipment is loaded and ready to go. Equipment includes but is not limited to lenses, camera bodies, flashes, reflectors, batteries, tripod, shutter release cables, and lens filters. I then leave an begin the drive to the photo shoot location.

8am to 9amArrive at the photo shoot location to meet with the client and go over details of what all we will be shooting (poses, outfits, etc). I give the client some paperwork detailing what his/her fees include and a print order form. I receive payment for the session and we begin.
9am to 10amPhoto shoot in session. Client may change outfits and move around the shoot location.
10am to 11amWe finish the session. I like to shoot outdoor sessions between 9am-12pm. That is a great time for natural light.
11am to 12pmLunch.
12pm to 1pmBreak once I get back to the home office. Taking photos outdoors (especially in the Georgia summer heat) can really take the energy out of you!
1pm to 2pmI begin uploading the photos to the computer and begin the editing process. This generally takes more than one day. I like to have the proofs to the customer within 48 hours, but depending on the amount of editing that has to be done, it sometimes takes longer than expected.
2pm to 3pmEditing process continues while I check e-mails, respond to questions, place print orders for other clients.
3pm to 4pmEditing process continues. . .
4pm to 5pmBreak time.
5pm to 6pmI generally end my work day sometime after 5:00pm.
6pm to 7pmDinner.
7pm to 8pmWatch TV
8pm to 9pmMay do some more editing, respond to e-mails, etc. Recharge all batteries and clean equipment before putting it away for the night, and if applicable, pack everything for a shoot the next morning.
9pm to 10pmMay watch some TV before drifting off to sleep.
10pm to 11pmSleep.
11pm to 12amSleep.

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Lifelong interest in photography.

What was the application process?
I am self-employed. Began taking photos for friends and family and now have hundreds of clients.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
There was no interview process for my job.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
n/a

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
I am self-employed. I feel that I was properly prepared.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes. It was optional training, but was very beneficial. I took photography classes and took thousands of photographs.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Absolutely. The photography classes I took were extremely valuable.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
I would definitely recommend photography classes and a degree in the field can’t hurt!

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Practice, good equipment and good people skills are all required.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
I definitely think it helps but many great photographers have no formal training.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Photography is an expensive field to get into. Good quality equipment is essential. Make sure you can handle crazy schedules and have the time and programs for post-processing and editing. If you love photography, give it a shot!

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes it is. I’ve always wanted to be a photographer and now that I have started my business, it’s definitely something I want to do for the rest of my life.

What are your current career goals?
To keep expanding my business. When I have the finances, I would love to open my own studio space.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
While photography seems like an easy career, there is so much more involved that I ever imagined. It is a physically demanding job (especially at on-location shoots) and it takes up a lot of time and money. If you can handle all of the demands, it definitely pays off and is very rewarding.

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1Administrative Assistant3 years16000I was the assistant of the manger. I created spreadsheets, filed paperwork, called customers, ran errands, worked with all of the MS programs, took photos of products, created videos, etc.
Prior Job 2

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.6

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.85Georgia College & State UniversityArt/Photography
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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