There is a huge amount of smoke and mirrors in photography, and how much people earn and the relationship between earnings and success, and the necessity to be perceived as successful and the image of financial security as an element of self-marketing are all central to very many photographers’ lives.
I assume that every photographer scrapes a living at best - that waitressing (and for North American readers, Anastasia was talking UK, small tips waitressing here) or shelf-stacking or anything that pays minimum wage is going to be a better bet than photography.
I assume that most people involved in photography, even quite well names, have trouble buying cameras, computers or film - and I assume the less well-known find it difficult to buy film, printer ink and paper. I certainly do.
“Never believe in yourself, ever, because complacency and vanity will creep in to your work, always be full of doubt, doubts about your work but never about yourself. Boldness is the key to being a ‘good’ photographer, boldness and being completely uninhibited. Don’t allow other people’s opinions to influence you. Take your work seriously but not yourself. never acknowledge ‘mistakes’ because they do not exist in photography, Learn to communicate with people and your photography will improve dramatically”—
“Take your profession seriously; don’t take yourself seriously. Don’t take yourself seriously in the process, because you really only matter to a certain degree in the whole circus out here. If a person is confident enough in the way they feel, whether it’s an art form or whether it’s just in life, it comes off — you don’t have anything to prove; you can just be what you are.” ~ Clint Eastwood, filmmaker”—
“Now, you don’t even have to be a person, you can be a telephone. There were always too many pictures in the world and today there are billions of pictures. Photography has become less and less real, and my whole motivation is gone, wiped. I became a photographer to make a record that no one could revise, and now anyone can revise it. I gave a talk at the Tate a couple of years ago, and I asked an audience of 200 people how many of them believed that photography was still a true statement. Five people raised their hands.
“Most of the Art World Wants Me to Commit Suicide”: Photographer Nan Goldin on Her New Work and the Imposition of Being a Living Artist -”—
Hi. Your work has been very inspiring to me. As an aspiring photographer, I would like to ask you: how can one make money form shooting one's own projects? I'm taking a wild guess here, and I assume that not all of your projects are assigned or commissioned to you. So, if it's not too invasive, how do you fund your own projects? I ask this, not because I see photography totally lucrative, but because sometimes I want to shoot models, but I end up paying them form my pocket just to execute some .
Photography isn’t or shouldn’t be about making money.
I think it was Terry Richardson who said, ‘Real Photographers don’t sit around waiting for the phone to ring, they shoot every day’
When my professional career began nearly 20 years ago everything was shot on film, consequently the process was much slower. I spent months, years making appointments, building up contacts, getting more rejections than commissions.
It seems kind of Ironic now, I seldom contact Magazine Editors or Advertising clients any more, since digital was introduced my work, like every other Photographer, is exposed on line to the whole world, so I get several offers a week. Digital has made Photography more accessible, the increase in the number of Photographers has probably quadrupled during the last 12 or 15 years. so there is so much more competition.
But I shoot every day, regardless if it’s commissioned or not. I sell around 40% of the stuff I shoot to Various Magazines, GQ, FHM, Playboy..If your work is ‘good’ enough you shouldn’t have problems attracting clients, as for paying your Models, you’d be better off going to your local Model agencies and shooting the girls there for free.
Hello Mike, As usual I scan your site about once a week and am always enchanted with your stunning photos of amazing women. The one question that I've often wondered about is, sometimes you will give the name of some of your models but not very often. I'd appreciate it if you'd at least post a model's name with your first photo of her. It'd be great so that the viewer could address a specific question about that particular shot or model. Or is there a reason that you have for not doing so?
Some girls specifically ask me not to credit them so i don’t.
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
— Louise Erdrich”—
“Confidence is the only key. I know a lot of people who aren’t traditionally ‘beautiful’ — not symmetrical or perfect-bodied or perfect-skinned. But none of that matters because all that shines through is their confidence, humour and comfort with themselves. I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.”—
I'd like to know your opinion on what you think makes a good model? Being one myself, I'd like to know because you shoot a variety of work and have a lot of experience as a photographer. I really admire your photos. Thanks!
Modelling is not as easy as most people think. It’s not only about beauty, It’s a combination of natural talent, an ability to project yourself, be totally uninhibited, intelligent, adaptable and a willingness to learn. I read That the Model, Lara Stone doesn’t like to work with female Photographers because they are indecisive! I prefer the Model to respond naturally to the camera, rather than have too much direction. Physically beauty is not the main priority when casting, I like models who have an enthusiasm for their work and for life. Many of the most successful models are unconventional, anja konstantinova is only around 167 Lara stone is considered ‘fat, so is Daisy Lowe. To really stand out in the modelling profession you must have a sense of who you are and be comfortable with what you are.
hi mike, have you every done any "porn" porn, like harder porn or have web sites etc paid you to do any? Seems that the young girls you use in Russia wouldn't mind and would want the money?
I don’t recognise ‘porn’ what is it exactly? Due to the internet the word ‘porn’ and it’s connotations will slowly disappear from our vocabulary..Thank god! future generations will accept nudity and fucking as normal, not something to be suppressed or ashamed of because of the narrow mindedness of Victorian society which still exists today. The amount of private ‘porn’ posted daily is staggering, people, many women and young girls, posting very intimate images of them selves. Sex is something to be enjoyed, like a good meal or a bottle of wine..get your genitals out, go out and fuck anything that moves, women love to be fucked, don’t allow yourself to be conditioned by weird people. or you’ll regret it when you’re much older.
Do you retouch your pictures in Photoshop or a similar program? And if so, what kind of retouching do you do? Do you do it yourself? Sorry if the question has already been asked! Anyway, great work!
I ‘retouch’ only if it is absolutely necessary..but i am lazy and can’t even be bothered to remove the dust spots..i try to clean skin a little, take away spots etc..but i prefer the photographs to be in their original state if it is possible.