It’s so great to make money doing something I love – photography is more than a hobby that way, it’s a business (and I try to treat it as such). Every time I make a commission off a piece of work or earn some money from my services, I get super happy. But do you know what makes me even happier?
Doing the work for free.
I have to make some money somehow, yes. So I charge for my photography whenever I can or feel that I should. But it’s so great to step back and do some “pro bono” photography, to borrow some Latin from the lawyers.
I had the giant pleasure of photographing my church’s Easter festivities this past Sunday, and I did it all for free! This may sound like I’m bragging about my “generosity” – and in a way, I am bragging… I mean come on – I was there for hours just because! But more so than bragging rights, I got out of that day a sense of how happy photography can make people. I got to do portraits of families and capture the amazing essence of that day in our church, and it was so great to see how happy it made people to know that those memories were being recorded somehow.
We have this wall in our church where I put up a bunch of old church photos I found, and every single week someone notices something new in those photos. They see someone they haven’t seen in years or a loved one passed away. They recognize new parts of the church that weren’t even thought of let alone built 100 years ago (our church has been around a long time..)
What I’m trying to say is that it’s so great to be able to do something for other people not worrying about them not liking it because they’re paying you for it; it’s great to just see the joy they get out of the photos and the process