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is it time to give up?


PatriciaWilson 15 615 58 Greece
2 Mar 2011 8:21PM
Sorry Andy, slow so missed you.
I do love doing the weddings. I don't advertise really, and always pass on work to local pro's if I'm over booked and they kindly put some work my way too. Of course I have a back up camera, and a good compact, but the 1dmk11 is my main camera and I feel these days 8mp is just not enough. But yes, if I bought a new TOR camera....
Smile
Thanks.
Night.

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Coleslaw 13 13.4k 28 Wales
2 Mar 2011 8:26PM
Aye, I won't hesitate to move to Crete and do wedding photography there.....Smile

TBH, you have had more success than most of us, photography wise. So, don't doubt yourself.
miptog 13 3.6k 62 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2011 8:36PM
A few questions to consider:

- Do you still enjoy photography?
- Do you still like doing weddings?
- Do you need the financial income from the weddings?
- Does you partner find your photography business intrusive in your relationship?
- Can you afford a sabbatical, that is just put your camera down for a while, and do something different?
- Is the funding of new equipment a major issue for you, or can your business support it?
- Look at alternative funding options for new kit (used, rental etc.)
- Is there something you really want to do to take your photography to another level?
- Have you simply just had enough of it all, and want something different or a quiet life?
- Are there other aspects of photography that you could do instead of weddings?

No right or wrong answers to the above. Its more about you, rather than your ability to take good photographs.

Hopefully the above questions will be a "starter for 10" to think things through.
jken 13 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2011 9:22PM
Buy some new gear, make the most of the lenses you have and fulfill the obligations you have with the Greek weddings.
scottishphototours 15 2.6k 2
2 Mar 2011 10:15PM

Quote:Sorry Andy, slow so missed you.
I do love doing the weddings. I don't advertise really, and always pass on work to local pro's if I'm over booked and they kindly put some work my way too. Of course I have a back up camera, and a good compact, but the 1dmk11 is my main camera and I feel these days 8mp is just not enough. But yes, if I bought a new TOR camera....
Smile
Thanks.
Night.



Good on you. Yeah I know what you mean with 8Mp, but I remember a guy showing me a 6x4 foot framed print from a 6Mp Nikon D70 and it was great, so Mp's not everything... especially not for weddings if you're doing stuff up to 20x16 inch!
PatriciaWilson 15 615 58 Greece
3 Mar 2011 5:43AM

Quote:Buy some new gear, make the most of the lenses you have and fulfill the obligations you have with the Greek weddings.


That's what I'll do.

I realize this morning why I'm feeling so/so about it all. What started as a hobby has escalated out of all proportion, and I'm alone. I live in a very remote village and there is no one else with a camera even. Being so busy with it all through 2010 I haven't had the time for ePz that I use to have and I guess I've perhaps missed the 'fun' aspect.

Thanks for all the advice, I'll get my head into gear!
Smile
lobsterboy Plus
15 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2011 6:55AM

Quote:I guess the problem is deciding whether to buy the camera,or give it up


The answer is always "buy the camera" Wink
PatriciaWilson 15 615 58 Greece
3 Mar 2011 7:09AM
Yes, you're right. now I'm looking at the 5Dmk11. going to have a long soak in the bath and think about it, LOL!
And I've just signed up with Getty.
It's a lovely sunny day so I'll get out there and shoot some stuff too Smile thanks!
samfurlong 13 2.5k United Kingdom
3 Mar 2011 8:56AM

Quote:Thanks, but I know I'm not 'good', in professorial terms. I just scrape in with stuff, and take a slightly zany view of weddings which people seem to like. And I'm lucky with my location.



But you're fully booked for the next year and a bit so you must be doing something right. If it were all luck and scraping by then you'd have come a cropper long before now.
Forget the stock agencies, as others say, you need to be very very specialist or deal in ridiculous volumes of images built up over a lifetime to make any proper money... sounds like the weddings are your thing. No harm in submitting if you have the images but don't dedicate too much time or energy to it.
digicammad 16 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2011 9:00AM

Quote:Sorry, I didn't word that very well. What I meant to say was, how does a pro know when to retire


I would say when they decide they have enough money set aside to give them a lifestyle with which they can be happy, possibly supplemented with the occasional commission. Don't forget that a reduction in lifestyle can be more than made up for by an increase in quality of life.

I enjoy my job and the people are great, but I would retire tomorrow (or today) if I could afford to do so. Work gets in the way of life.

Whatever you decide, take care and enjoy.

Ian
Grampy 9 507 71 England
3 Mar 2011 9:52AM
I retired at 50 while I was still doing well, really to relax and move to a warmer climate. I didn't touch a camera for ten years, until I bought myself a digital to shoot my grandchildren , it took about three weeks before starting up a small studio again, so whatever you do if you love it you will always go back to it.
It sounds like your a bit jaded so stop for a few weeks until you see something and say " I wish I had my camera"
All the best
Phill
Grampy 9 507 71 England
3 Mar 2011 9:55AM
I retired at 50 while I was still doing well, really to relax and move to a warmer climate. I didn't touch a camera for ten years, until I bought myself a digital to shoot my grandchildren , it took about three weeks before starting up a small studio again, so whatever you do if you love it you will always go back to it.
It sounds like your a bit jaded so stop and relx for a few weeks if you can, until you see something and say " I wish I had my camera"
All the best
Phill
PatriciaWilson 15 615 58 Greece
3 Mar 2011 6:57PM
Thanks, Ian, Phill and Sam. Really appreciate the advice. I guess everyone gets a bit jaded now and again, it just hasn't happened to me before.

To everyone, thanks, you've all talked some sense into me, thanks for that.

Have a good nightSmile
Patricia, X
Sylar 10 133 England
5 Aug 2016 8:43PM
I'm an advanced amateur photographer with a 3 nikon cameras and 1 sony.

However I've had 2 expensive computers breakdown recently and I feel ive had enough.

Maybe it's the time to take up bird watching.



mikeweeks 14 977 3 England
22 Aug 2016 10:42AM
Give up when;

A. It costs money to do it
B. You have lost the enthusiasm

If people are prepared to pay and you still enjoy it then what is the issue?

Mike


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