Hi all CSers,
I am new to this forum as well as the world of photography. Like to share with you all about myself and gather some thoughts (pls feel free to share).
1. Why I am entering photography
-Main reason is that my wedding last year, we hired a photographer after shortlisting a few. Horrified at the results! yes it is shot with great clarity (probably he used a full frame DSLR) but it is lacking in so many aspects (no life, no feel, group shots -some pple not even looking at the camera). It was so badly done and I thought, even I have never used a DSLR, with a normal camera, I at least will ensure everyone looks at the camera before taking the shot right?
-I enjoy seeing all the nice shots my cousin took for me during wedding. My cousin started photography and he didnt use very expensive stuff yet able to deliver (hes not being paid, he just took for us as his hobby). This was what inspired me to pick up photography. A hobbyist is able to deliver better than a "pro".
-I have been "brother" or "best man" for at least 5 weddings and I really enjoyed all of them. I believe I want to be a wedding photographer because I enjoy the festivity and making sure the event is well run and the smiles, the joy, the laughter makes me fill a great sense of acheivement (though it was just being the best man or main organiser)
2. Why I am thinking of getting into the photography biz
-After 5 years of working (I am getting well paid in a big MNC now), I dont feel inspired anymore by corporate life. I have worked in a bank previously, to be honest, I am in finance only for the money as everyone tells me finance pays the best during my uni years, but i dread going to work and I dont feel passionate about work. I thought it is temporary or burnt out, so I switched job after 2 years, but after sometime, it all feels the same again.
-Though I have no prior entrepreneur experience, I believe I have the commercial acumen to do business and I want to do a photography business as I have good control over what I can deliver. Finance, marketing part of things, I am very familar.
3. What have I done?
-Bought my first DSLR Canon 7D kit I. Also got a free nifty fifty EF50mm f/1.8 II that came along with it. So have started learning more about my camera etc. Started taking a few shots, and am happy that I am constantly improvely though a bit at a time as I still am working full time.
-Started to research what is it like to start a photography biz
4. Future plans
-Continue to learn more about photography, gain experience (this part probably need you guys to advise)
-Once I am ready, I will quit my job and go full time (serious, my wife supports ONLY if I am able to produce professional photos, she trusts my business acumen)
What do you guys think? Am I out of my mind or too bold?