1. There is an optimum amount of pajama time.
2. Are you dicking around on social media? That’s called marketing, my friend!
3. Everyone is a better editor after they have three beers, duh. (but seriously, don’t drink and photo).
4. More time to pursue those bullshit personal projects we’re all so fond of.
5. Freedom to create a niche for the kind of work you want to do, which is seriously the best. You want to specialize in baby animal photography, then you fucking specialize in baby animal photography.
Not-so-awesome things about freelancing
1. The entire month of fucking January
2. The slight sense of panic you feel every time a new photographer moves to your city, even it’s a friend of yours. (“Oh, you’re thinking of moving to Chicago? I heard that Boise, Idaho is where it’s at these days for freelance work. Maybe you should move there).
3. You are your own editor, and your own worst enemy.
4. What is this ‘accounting’ thing of which you speak? What are ‘taxes’?
5. You might spend 20% of your time actually taking pictures, if that. The rest of the time is dedicated to emailing, accounting, designing, editing, etc.
Basically, being a freelance photographer is like giving your phone number to that hot girl at the bar. You put yourself out there, and you hope to god that someone calls you back. But is it worth it?
YOU BET YOUR SWEET ASS IT IS.
What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.