You are young and has nothing to lose. Just give it a shot. Doing well in photo biz might not be just photo skill.
Rapport and networking with clients is important too. From the way I see you "shoot>get name>take pic together>get contact>post in avatar>???", you must have the gift of the gab.
this type of shoot, only work half a night for a few night, than half a day for finale. charge accordingly lor.
when you are a photographer, the longer in the market, the network getting wider, all sort of assignments will come to you.
Photography is still and will be a very specialized job in the near future.
You can be the Jack of all trades but master of none. Singapore market maybe small but there are still a handful of photographers who specialized in certain areas in photography.
Seeing a lot of people carrying DSLR during 9th of Aug means Singapore economy is good. Everyone can afford a DSLR liao.....
Average wage of a photographer? Depends on years of experience.
You can start as low a $1500 per month to as high as $3500 per month. Working as a full time photographer for a company is only temporary as bosses in Singapore will not pay you very high unless you have something to offer them which they cannot resist. Very few photographers will get $5000-$6000 per month.
It's a good stepping stone to start working for a company who can offer you.
It will be a good start to a rewarding career but you have to slog when you start your own business. That's when the money starts to flow in.....
Ever consider going freelance or ONO? Shooting wedding seem to be quite popular.
Shooting weddings as a free service is getting popular too.
So far the trend is, my customer will look for alternative (which is good as they may source some new ideas) which is cheaper/discounted fees from other photographers but always return to me each time when the photographers they meet just does not suit their expectation.
If the photographers (particulary in Singapore market and some JB cheapo photographers) wants to do it free, by all means go ahead. No one is stopping you but remember this, Singapore is a small market, so words gets around. So go ahead and spoil your name in the markert if you wish but it really doesn't bother working photographers like us.
No matter how desperate one is for a portfolio, you should never shoot for free. If you want to be a successful photographer, ask your client to PAY. They have the $$$$$ to pay you.
Catchlight, you get what I am coming from right? Hehe.....
Back to the TS topic. Start off as an assistant ($1,400-$1600 is the minimum), work your way around. Learning from working/fulltime photographers will earn you a lot of experience. Starting pay may seem low but I am sure you will find some other freelance job during your free time.
check out www.salary.sg