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DMG
12-15-2006, 12:05
so where do you fall in this poll?

popstar
12-15-2006, 12:38
Working for the man. Not in a photographic sense either... :(

BillBingham2
12-15-2006, 12:41
Information Technology pays too much for me not to be here these days. When I was old enough to be serious and told my father I wanted to be a professional photographer he said keep it as a hobby I would be happier (he wished he had). He was right, while I did it for a while, it's a great hobby.

I've seen way too many studios and good photographers (and lots of bad ones too) go out of business big in very painful ways over the past ten or fifteen years.

While I like to think I am good enough to survive, I've got two kids, a wonderful wife and could not afford to travel or take the time off (including flex time) that I do in my current role if I was a photographer.

B2 (;->

DMG
12-15-2006, 12:59
same here, clinical/pharmaceutical research pays the bills and is reasonably interesting too..photography takes the job related stress away

jamesj
12-15-2006, 13:04
im a marketing assistant in a small telecommunications company. I do all the ad's and graphic work. I started doing photography again cause i Honestly dont like coming to work working on a computer for 8 hours then going home and doing the same thing again for another 5 hours with personal/freelance work. Photography Is still a creative outlet for me, just a different medium.

biomed
12-15-2006, 13:20
A biomedical electronics technician position pays the bills (with help from military retirement), photography provides some of the fun.

Mike

markinlondon
12-15-2006, 13:22
Working for a well known three letter abbreviated IT company, who are trying to be a well known three letter abbreviated business consultancy company ;)
Not for much longer though :) :)

beethamd
12-15-2006, 13:27
Made redundant a month ago. On gardening leave.

350D_user
12-15-2006, 13:46
Employed, systems analyst. Previous jobs include camera sales assistant.

Selling cameras is a great way to kill all interest in a hobby, it's just like working in a sweetshop. Going digital revived my interest. Now I feel I've outgrown digital, it's time to go for a darkroom setup.

Nikon Bob
12-15-2006, 13:46
Drive a forklift for a living and try photgraphy and collecting to relax.

Bob

rogue_designer
12-15-2006, 13:58
freelance art director and photographer - so partially employed photographic.

Robert
12-15-2006, 14:46
I am an oil and gas fired burner service engineer working on industrial and commercial plant.

The job paid well over the years with plenty of overtime. Nowdays with factory closures etc. things aren't so good but it is still a steady job.

I would love to take photographs semi-professionally but I would need to practice and get willing models for portraiture and do still life.

A lot of the photographers from the 1930s to the present day have produced amazing black and white images.

ffttklackdedeng
12-15-2006, 14:52
Great poll DMG!

being one of those employed without photography connection

colyn
12-15-2006, 15:47
I retired about a month and a half ago. :) :p :cool: :D

CleverNamePhoto
12-15-2006, 15:57
I watch paint dry...no, really, I watch paint dry.
I work Quality Control for an air conditioning manufacturer. I check the paint job and a bunch of other stuff. It's fast paced and hectic, we're constantly understaffed, blah, blah, blah, workin' for the man.

ebolton
12-15-2006, 16:18
Mechanical Engineer by training. Worked in industrial/military product design in the engineering departments of several companies over many years. Recently changed jobs and am working at a great small company, splitting my time between Manufacturing Engineering and Design Engineering. More variety and challenge, and much more fun. Got to be assistant for a freelance photographer doing a shoot of one of our new products for trade literature today; learned some stuff and had a great day.

Ed

gb hill
12-15-2006, 17:23
I drive a tank truck delivering bulk lubricants, taking a few photographs along the way.:)

robin a
12-15-2006, 17:25
12-15 Retired from the navy,working as a contract aircraft maintenance supervisor.Like cameras to relieve the stress.........Robin

Bryce
12-15-2006, 17:31
I'm a machinist by trade, currently working full time while I'm between quarters at school... Come January I'll be a full time student with a part time job cutting things. I've never worked in imaging. I called myself "unemployed/ student", largely out of wishful thinking...

Athena
12-15-2006, 21:06
I work to support my photography habit. ;)

IGMeanwell
12-16-2006, 01:43
I earn money from photography .... but its a very small amount

so yes I am an office/cubical manager type ... but not a lumberg type

Pherdinand
12-16-2006, 13:54
Out of curiosity...why don't you give the thread a proper title?:D

My mama still handles me as a student. I guess, for her there are only 2 possibilities if someone spends his time at a university: Either he's a professor or a student.

I'm doing research in nanophysics, currently post-doc contract.
You can find my happy face and other details here (http://nanodevices.fmns.rug.nl/).

FrankS
12-16-2006, 13:58
Pherdinand, are you the bearded guy in the middle of the back row?

Puisin
12-16-2006, 14:03
Mild mannered public servant (or agent of satan, depending on your feelings towards the govt) by day, photo junkie on weekends.

Pherdinand
12-16-2006, 14:08
Pherdinand, are you the bearded guy in the middle of the back row?
yep that's me:)

Socke
12-16-2006, 14:12
More or less selfemployed, i.e. I own 40% of the company which employs me.

We're consulting on document management and workflow systems, my part is the backends backend, i.E. RDBMSs like Informix, DB2 and Oracle running on Linux and Unix systems as well as conectivty and firewalls.

Used to be MCSE and SCO ACE, but am not proud of it :)

Pherdinand
12-16-2006, 14:16
Used to be MCSE and SCO ACE, but am not proud of it :)
Don't worry about it... (I have no clue what those stand for :D )

Socke
12-16-2006, 15:21
Don't worry about it... (I have no clue what those stand for :D )

Minesweeper Consultant and Solitair Expert, or was it Microsoft certified engineer? Never mind, more or less the same skillevel :D

SCO Advanced Certified Engineer used to be harder, you had to be able to get a network card driver up and running from sourcecode, read kernel dumps and develope enough skills to actualy earn your salery without the help of powerpoint and excel.

wlewisiii
12-16-2006, 15:55
Driving a semi hauling freight, shooting when able along the way.

Edit: Used to do the IT thing. It was fun being an admin on Data General Unix, turned to h*ll with Windows. I don't miss it.

William

Sailor Ted
12-16-2006, 16:01
I design a line of High End Audio and Home Theater cables. All our products are manufactured in the USA for domestic sale and international export to Europe, Asia, the Middle East and various markets in the northern and southern hemispheres. Being part of a high end, low volume niche company I feel I have insight and empathy for Leica’s situation and the DRF format in general.

amateriat
12-16-2006, 16:27
so where do you fall in this poll? Between the cracks, so to speak: formerly eked out a living entirely from photography, working for a stock photo agency until shortly after 9/11 (I think a lot of folks' full-time employment ended at roughly the same time). The full-time universe seemed not to want me anymore, so since then I've done freelance computer tech work and taken on the occasional photo-shoot gig – I guess it's a 70/30 formula. The going's a bit bumpy from time to time, but the crazy thing is I'm happier.


- Barrett

dadsm3
12-16-2006, 19:05
Self-employed exporting sub-contracted fabricated architectural metal components like desks, trim, counters, panels ( in stainless, brass, bronze etc) to the US.
I'm joining a bigger firm in Jan to concentrate on sales, quoting, and project management...the jobs are just getting too big for me to feel comfortable underwriting. But mainly because I want to get the hell out of my basement office....home businesses ain't all they're cracked up to be.

popstar
12-16-2006, 19:35
You know, reading through all these responses we (the collective 'we') have some interesting jobs, at least they sound that way. I'm sure the day-to-day grind is somewhat less glamourous, but some of these sound very specialized and not the sort of occupation one would run across on a daily basis.

Thanks to all for sharing a bit of insight into your professions.

fishtek
12-16-2006, 20:37
I'm an itinerant T'ai Chi Ch'uan Instructor. I retired a few years ago from owning a one-man company supplying equipment and service for the sport-fishing industry. (I owned a tackle shop.) Specialized in custom fishing rods and reel repair/restoration. Before that, Museum Director/Anthropologist. Woulda stayed in THAT gig except that I was coerced into being a Director, and got fed up with a Board of Directors and walked away to buy the tackle shop. I now teach several fitness/self-defense classes each week, and play with my toys and grandkids.

Don

pvdhaar
12-17-2006, 23:46
My day time job keeps the body fed, and photography (as a hobby) nurtures the soul..

Graham Line
12-18-2006, 00:15
Interesting responses. I'm a copy editor for a daily newspaper. Used to work as a reporter and editor and was up to about half-time as a photographer for a couple years. Now the working hours are much shorter and the photography is a nice relief from working with words and writers.

SolaresLarrave
12-18-2006, 08:09
I'm a college professor, which means intense days during the semester, and not so intense in between terms.

BTW, I teach Spanish language and Spanish American literature. Sometimes I use my own photos as props in my classes, sometimes not. I love my job because it allows me to support my photography and cats.

Trius
12-18-2006, 08:19
Used to be MCSE and SCO ACE, but am not proud of it :)

If you'd been a CNE, you'd be proud ... but unemployed. ;)

Pherdinand
12-18-2006, 08:29
BTW, I teach Spanish language and Spanish American literature.

Hola Francisco,
Estudio espanol, pero soy empezador?(beginner?) y mi espanol esta un poco mal, ahora mismo. Espanol esta una lingua muy interesanta y muy facil.

adios
phe

Pherdinand
12-18-2006, 08:30
Except the ser-estar issue, as you probably have noticed from the mistake(s) i have made above.

Ben Z
12-18-2006, 13:17
Retired many moons ago, still forced to do consulting. That is I'm forced to consult my wife every time I want to buy another piece of photo gear :D

ray_g
12-18-2006, 13:24
I am in private practice, and am on the clinical faculty of a local university's school of medicine.

DougK
12-18-2006, 13:31
I support several electronic banking/funds transfer programs at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

EDIT: Scratch that, I just got promoted to technical writer. Same department, same company.

SolaresLarrave
12-18-2006, 18:48
Doctor Pherdinand, don't sweat the ser-estar question: just pay attention to the expressions in which you hear SER or ESTAR used, and follow the example. Otherwise, if you don't mind my old trick, SER is for Intrinsic Qualities, whereas ESTAR is for conditions (like married, tired, sick, happy and so forth).

Now, there's more but then, don't worry, just have fun with the language. And keep the nanotechnology lab going! :)

egpj
12-20-2006, 14:59
ummm, been doing the aerial photography thing for 10 years and it has treated me really well. Since I am involved in recording an image on different types of medium (film and digital) I went ahead and said I was in the photographic field, but it can be really bland sometimes. Then again I have been in more inflight emergencies then I care to remember.

varjag
12-20-2006, 15:34
I develop software here and there for last 10 years. Now employed for developing emergency/industrial IP telephones. Documentary photography is my main hobby, and at one point I had enough contacts and themes to switch for freelance pj in Belarus (my country of origin). However an engineering job in Norway pays so much better and your ass doesn't gets kicked :)

popstar
12-20-2006, 20:05
Congratulations on the promotion Doug! So do you do the ACH-type stuff, or something else? I work a lot with NSCC transmissions in my daily work.

I work for a large mutual fund processing software company. We develop the software most of the major players in the mutual fund industry use to do their recordkeeping, tax statements, and shareholder information. There are more than 110 million accounts on the system. COBOL still used for speed. While I'm not a programmer, it's interesting work up to a point...

malkav
12-20-2006, 22:20
{begin rant} I'm among the ranks of the unemployed who thought it would be a smart idea to go to technical college, and get an AAS degree in computer science & networking.:bang: Then find out the degree isn't good enough to get a job in that field, or even in a freakin mom and pop computer repair shop. :mad: After 3 years( in a 2 year college, they screwed me around big time) of being told that the school would help in job placement after graduation, and then nothing. I found out you need a BS degree to even get your foot in the door anymore. I can't afford to go back to school for a BS degree, even if I quit the cameras, it's still no go. {end rant}

dpetrzelka
12-20-2006, 22:23
I'm a year out of college, and work as a graphic designer for a local coffee comapny- I get to art direct a lot of photoshoots.

Photography is my little way of getting away from the computer- and then I find myself here at the RFF!

-D

Brad Bireley
12-21-2006, 05:50
I have a portrait studio in a small town of about 1000 people & I also do some subcontracting work for a battery & charger manufacture.
Brad
www.babireleyphotography.com

sfaust
12-21-2006, 06:27
I wanted to be a professional photographer in my 20's, but decided to ride the technology wave since I also had a strong interest in computers. My wife and I both were in high tech, and we went through a few IPO's in the process. That set us up in a very good financial postition to allow me to bail on high tech and do what I wanted to do way back when. So I jumped in and haven't looked back yet. I've been doing it now for about 5 years and don't see that changing in the near future. I own a 1800sq ft studio that is setup for shooting products, and I do a fair amount of location work as well. Most of what I do is commercial work for corporate and editorial clients, and a fair number of portfolios for models and actors. I tend to stay away from portraits and weddings since I just don't enjoy then as much, and the pay is so much better in commercial work.

bsdunek
12-21-2006, 11:01
{begin rant} I'm among the ranks of the unemployed who thought it would be a smart idea to go to technical college, and get an AAS degree in computer science & networking.:bang: Then find out the degree isn't good enough to get a job in that field, or even in a freakin mom and pop computer repair shop. :mad: After 3 years( in a 2 year college, they screwed me around big time) of being told that the school would help in job placement after graduation, and then nothing. I found out you need a BS degree to even get your foot in the door anymore. I can't afford to go back to school for a BS degree, even if I quit the cameras, it's still no go. {end rant}
That's really bad, Malkav, a school like that should be out of business. I guess a person should look at former students and how things are working out for them before signing up. Of course I'm looking at this with 20-20 hindsight - I wouldn't have thought of that when I went to school.

Anyway, I got an engineering degree from a top school, which ment I could go almost anywhere and get a job. I wanted to be a bush pilot in Alaska, but couldn't figure out how to do it, back in 1956. Now I know, but am too old!

jorisbens
12-21-2006, 17:40
I'm a student geology with a minor paleontology, I'm probably the only one on this forum :D Photography and paleontology are my two biggest hobbies.

Andrew Sowerby
12-26-2006, 20:45
I'm back in school now, but the end is in sight! Unfortunately, school keeps me very busy and cuts into my photography time.

SteveM(PA)
12-26-2006, 21:20
I've been hassled about my career before, but ***...I'm the sr. copy editor for the "what's in your wallet?" ad agency. It's easy, sometimes fun, and advertising has preeety weeemen. Still, I happily remain an unambitious lazy slob.

BudGreen
12-27-2006, 10:41
I've been hassled about my career before, but ***...I'm the sr. copy editor for the "what's in your wallet?" ad agency. It's easy, sometimes fun, and advertising has preeety weeemen. Still, I happily remain an unambitious lazy slob.

I worked for a large ad agency myself until about ten years ago. I jumped ship to develop some media planning software which I eventually licensed back to my former employer, as well as most of the other agencies in the business. Your agency is one of our clients, Steve. :)

Rogrund
01-10-2007, 04:45
Lexicographer. I'm one of ten editors of the Swedish Academy Dictionary, equivalent of the Oxford English Dictionary. We (and our predecessors) have been working on the project since late 19th century (yes, it's true :eek:) and we have reached the letter U. The dictionary will be complete in ten years or so.

So if you want to know the meaning of a Swedish word, feel free to get in touch!

ICU
01-11-2007, 06:40
Registered Nurse, intensive care. I am considering going back to get my master's degree for a clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner.

Michael I.
01-11-2007, 06:45
Technician for Intel

Robert Price
01-11-2007, 06:46
Working Tattoo Artist.

SteveM(PA)
01-11-2007, 06:47
I worked for a large ad agency myself until about ten years ago. I jumped ship to develop some media planning software which I eventually licensed back to my former employer, as well as most of the other agencies in the business. Your agency is one of our clients, Steve. :)

Ha! That's funny, that you probably know my managing partners, who are in fact in Oakbrook. Scary small world, this advertising thing :)

PeterL
01-19-2007, 02:00
Just a few weeks ago, I would've answered "student/unemployed". Now it's back to "employed non-photographically" (or something to that extent) :D


Peter.

sf
02-04-2007, 20:28
whoops...I missed this thread and started another of similar nature. Sorry for the redundancy, folks.

I'm a student, mostly.

ChrisPlatt
02-05-2007, 04:47
International spy/secret agent!

Chris

Vagabond
02-05-2007, 05:01
Photogrammetrist. We create maps and GIS (geographic information systems) products from aerial photography and other remotely sensed imagery. Overlapping imagery is utilized in order to be able to view it in 3D and collect height information as well as the horizontal postion of the features.

JeffGreene
02-05-2007, 06:11
Management consultant/statistician slowly evolving into adjunct professor. I'm a Six Sigma Black Belt, and specialize in working with service-oriented for-profits/non-profits to identify and develop internal revenue-generating capabilities. We then work to develop a business/marketing plan for launch.

Doctor Zero
02-05-2007, 07:32
I do postdoctoral research. This means I'm neither a student nor a staff member and no-one owes me anything. And my contract ends in 6 months. Full stop. Depending on who has money, I've been selling myself as:
a chemist looking at protein aggregation or
a biochemist doing the same or
a synthetic chemist wanting to make drugs to solve Alzheimers etc. or
a chemist looking at soft matter or
a bio/chemist trying to make protein aggregates do tricks or
a soft matter physicist looking at the self-assembly of proteins or
a chemist using soft matter physics to study a biology problem or
(you get the idea - and they're all true, really :cool: )

I love the intellectual freedom to research things I am genuinely interested in and the freedom to spend my time as I wish. In practice this means I work long days and weekends on experiments that never work - and there is zilch job security.

Anybody know of a decent university that needs a lecturer/assistant professor in any of what I've mentioned? :D London (UK) or East Coast, north of Mason-Dixon (no offence!!).

Doctor Zero

DMG
02-05-2007, 11:39
Dr Zero try www.pharmiweb.com (lots of pharma research jobs, pharma companies, uni/hospital research)

MadMan2k
02-05-2007, 14:00
Student working on my associate's degree in IT, working part time in a non-photo related job. Well, I work at a store that sells some crappy digital cameras and a lot of other things, but that doesn't count.

ajuk
03-09-2007, 16:02
so where do you fall in this poll?

I'm a student, but I'm also enployed!

ruby.monkey
09-02-2007, 02:37
I'm a programmer, and I derive as much satisfaction from the work as I do from the paypacket (in a good way). 'tis a good thing that I don't have to try to earn a living from my photographs - otherwise I'd never be able to afford all these lovely cameras.

Or food, for that matter.

richard_l
09-02-2007, 03:54
I'm retired now. I taught college level mathematics. I loved the subject and most of the students, but about 10 years ago it started getting ugly, with students challenging their grades and such, so I retired early to keep from going bonkers. I now have borderline poverty income, but it's better than the alternative, because I can do all the photography I want, among other things.

Richard

Finder
09-02-2007, 10:55
International spy/secret agent!

Chris

Not that secret! :lol:

Finder
09-02-2007, 11:02
I work in hire ed-ewe-K-Sean. I teach others how to photograph. Actually, what I do is much broader, from DTP to DIC, there is nothing I don't tackle whether it be very technical or aesthetic.

I also work on my own stuff. Not enough income to call me professional, and too much in costs to say I am an amateur. I guess I am a Government as I work on deficit spending.

mike goldberg
09-02-2007, 11:15
Mostly retired... Volunteer at social agency for the elderly.

robert blu
09-02-2007, 12:54
chemist from the school, actually borrowed to the marketing for a multinational chemical company. Involved between marketing and technical aspect of chemicals for leather industry. Photographer in the time left free from work and family !
rob

PetarDima
09-02-2007, 13:21
working in day time
daydreaming in night time

Nando
09-02-2007, 13:31
I'm a high school teacher. I teach math, computer and business courses. I teach in the mornings and in the afternoon, I run our school board's e-Learning Program.

planetjoe
10-31-2007, 20:45
I'm an engineer at a national laboratory, lately doing systems engineering and materials research in the area of hydrogen storage for automotive applications. These days I'm busy, which is a good thing. Like many engineers I know, however, I have wildly varying interests, and I can't decide how to decide what to do next...

...so, like those have come before me, I simply do what comes next. C'est la vie.

I also teach math and structural mechanics in the evenings at a local design college - this is the bit that keeps me sane. Well, most of the time.

Somewhere in there I try and find time to enjoy photography, which is the part that keeps me creative. Such is sometimes difficult for the engineer.


Cheers,
--joe.

ps. somehow, i feel like i've posted in a thread like this before, but i can't find it. oh, well, the more the merrier.

JeffGreene
10-31-2007, 21:18
I'm a statistician by training and a management consultant by accident. I teach a few courses in the evening and try to fit my photography into the gaps! Like many of us, I'm looking forward to my vocation slowing down to provide more time for my avocation. :)

photobizzz
11-01-2007, 03:08
Military, but as my user name implies, when I retire I am determined to have some sort of photobizzz

yaadetgar
11-01-2007, 03:37
Well...
I finished my photography study on June, so I'm not longer a student.
Now I'm trying to find something to do in photography, and not only trying to sell a photo-book in Lulu.com...


Yaad Etgar

wgerrard
11-01-2007, 07:43
I watch paint dry...

I knew someone in college who had a summer job with Kodak that consisted of sitting in a large, and warm, room in which they were testing slide projectors to see how long they could be left on without malfunctioning or the bulbs burning out. His job was to write down the date and time when such things happened.

And... I'm retired. Highly recommended.

Papa Smurf
11-03-2007, 19:03
A retired Tool and Die Maker. Most people don't know what we do so here goes it in a nut shell. We are the Master Craftsmen of the Jack-of-all-trades people. I like the post by the guy that watches paint dry. One night I was paid to sit on a ladder for eight hours watching a conveyor run to see why it was messing up. About supper time I noticed a bent flight, straightened it, and no more problems. How's that for a hard eight! If that is astonishiing, as T&D leadman, I was the third highest paid person in the plant, just behind the Engineering Manger and the Plant Manager!

Now I'm retired and it is great (except for that fixed income thingy) but I do miss the problem solving (but not sitting on ladders). These days a camera goes with me everywhere. By the shear volume of images, I know that, sooner or later, I will take a picture worth sharing.

Life is uncertain, it dessert first.:D

Steve B
11-03-2007, 20:21
I'm currently co-owner of a mountaineering and rock climbing guiding company. I guide, I answer the phone and I fix gear. But I'm about to sell out to my partner and move to Bishop, CA. I'm hoping to work with a local wedding photographer and learn a lot. I know weddings are supposed to be the bottom of the barrel but I think I might find it interesting. Gotta be easier than guiding photographers up 500 ft. cliff faces, I hope. Wish me luck! PS I hope to keep guiding as well. It might actually be safer than wedding photography! At least with guiding I'll die quickly if I f**k up.

Morca007
11-04-2007, 15:30
University student, working toward a degree in complete unemployability!
This is to mean, of course, that I am studying Philosophy and Photography.

Al Patterson
11-04-2007, 16:06
I'm still in IT. I'm doing Tech Support/Help Desk work in Queens. Last year was Dayton Ohio.

cp_ste.croix
11-04-2007, 16:08
HS teacher. My life would be better if we could bring back the strap.

Johnmcd
12-21-2007, 01:19
Firefighter

These days I manage our Fire Suppression Training Section and instruct others on extinguishment techniques and fire behaviour etc. Lots of opportunity for some interesting images.

Used to get paid for taking photos in the '80's to make ends meet as a young fireman but as others has already said, did nothing for the enjoyment of the art.

Cheers,

John

Johnmcd
12-21-2007, 01:42
HS teacher. My life would be better if we could bring back the strap.

ahhh, what memories of my Catholic school up bringing. The only choice was not whether you were going to get belted but whether it would be the cane or the strap.

John

Welsh_Italian
12-21-2007, 01:55
...

And... I'm retired. Highly recommended.

So a full-time photographer then? ;)

Me, I'm a researcher (postdoc) by trade and psychologist by training with lots of statistics thrown in. I'm soon to start my own IT business which is exciting. If things go as planned (which are very unlikely!), I plan to retire, ahem, I mean become a full-time photographer, myself as soon as possible. :D

jbf
12-21-2007, 22:41
Student. I'm a Visual Effects Student... photography is my hardcore passion though.

Chris101
12-21-2007, 23:19
Where's the entry for full time employed but a student as well?

foto_fool
01-14-2008, 12:50
By count I'm on career five: line cook, welder, oilfield worker, research biophysicist, now winemaker. My father warned me that I should not take an avocation I love and turn it into a business. A wine researcher from Dijon begged me to stick with research and stay out of business. Did I listen? No. I f***ing hate the business side of my life, but the rest of it makes up for the bad part. I have probably learned enough not to prostitute my photography hobby.

sfaust
01-14-2008, 16:31
My father warned me that I should not take an avocation I love and turn it into a business.

Its a double edge sword. I did turn my love of photography into a business, and its was the best thing I've done in a long time. I love going to work every day, being paid for what I consider 'fun'.

I do have to manage the business side of things, but then I'm not writing monthly reports, attending boring meetings, or working my ass off for someone else. So its a great trade off in my opinion.

jack palmer
01-14-2008, 16:44
Majored in photography/ film at The Maryland Institute College of Art in the late 60's early 70's. Moved to California right after college and needed to find work right away ,so through a friend I got work in a shop building custom furniture. Now 35 years later and back in Maryland ,I'm still at it and still love what I do. Cabinet / Furniture maker.

literiter
01-16-2008, 05:22
The wife and I are both self employed as picture framer and art gallery owners and have been for quite some time. I think I will never retire, but one day will just not be able to work.

When not working at our business the wife expresses herself in painting and sells quite a bit, this make her very happy. I express myself through my photography and don't sell a darned thing, and I'm very happy anyway.

Ming The Merciless
01-16-2008, 05:47
In about 3 years or exactly 1122 days I will be retired and I pray to God that I continue to have good health so that I can enjoy my retirement years photographing to my hearts content. For the time being I will continue to sit in this windowless room doing meaningless tasks and reading Rangefinderforum. Hey, it's your tax dollars at work!

Paulbe
01-16-2008, 14:18
Ming--good luck Dude! And if you are looking at RFF on my tax $$$---great! One of the better uses I've heard of...thank you!
I retire May 2nd---yea!!!
Paul

Florian1234
01-20-2008, 06:24
Well, I fit into two categories, since I'm a university student and have a part-time job to get some extra cash to relieve my parents a bit.

RML
01-24-2008, 03:31
I'm employed full time, and a Law student part time. I don't fit in this poll. :)

Spyderman
01-24-2008, 03:37
I voted employed, but I'm a student with a part time job as C++ programmer. I still live with my parents, so almost all money I earn I can spend on cameras :D

srichmond
04-30-2008, 06:23
I work in technology for one of those big investment banks that never got into the mainstream news until two months ago.

I'm not sure I could deal with the stress of being a professional photographer - I'd worry that all the fun would be drained out of it, having to think where the next buck was coming from.

AzzA
04-30-2008, 07:18
I'm a student and have 2 jobs..
Cant afford be a student over here if you dont earn any money... (well unless you get parents to pay for you, but i take pride in paying my own way through uni)

payasam
06-29-2008, 10:43
I wish there was a "semi-retired" option. I'm still not quite 60, which is the common retiring age in my country; but I can do little work -- photography, editing or writing -- as I have to care for my 85-year-old mother.

Chriscrawfordphoto
04-21-2012, 17:10
I'm self-employed, don't have, need, or want a job. I earn most of my income from my photography, but I also do web design and graphic design work for some of my clients.

zerobuttons
04-22-2012, 01:08
Full-time employment as professional autistic.

Mongo Park
04-22-2012, 01:24
Had 4 years off work but needed to get back to fund film photography hobby and to stop wife from turning me into a house b***h. Back lawyering for a year now. Cynical enough to do the job without thinking clients are on the right side.

DSkjaeve
04-22-2012, 05:31
Quit my job eight months ago. Traveling and doing what I want, when I want seemed like more fun.

Kent
04-22-2012, 05:32
... 60, which is the common retiring age in my country...

Wow! I will have to work until I am 67 here in Germany!!

mynikonf2
04-22-2012, 06:46
Land Surveying/Cartography pays the bills.
Before the "Great Recession" (actually, "Great Depression, 22nd Century Edtion), I would never have believed that land developing would come to such a screeching halt.
Use to use my hobby of photography to relax from the stress of imposed deadlines :bang:, now use my hobby to relax from the stress of not having these deadlines :bang:. Go figure??
Anyway, hopefully will be able to retire by choice, in the near future. Then will use photography to generate my "mad money", even if it's just good ole "horse trading". ;)