2015 was the year I totally committed myself to photography. I took a break from my 5-year career on the publishing industry to have a taste of the freelance world and what it was like living as a full-time photographer.
I launched a website dedicated to women portraiture and started doing shootings in my area.
I also put together some creative photo shoots I had in mind for quite a while.
At the same time, I kept shooting for the fashion blogger with whom I was already collaborating before.
And since I had more availability, I could start going along with her to events and trips as her photographer.
We did quite a few photo reports and that opened some possibilities to work with brands. The biggest opportunity was shooting for the H&M Beauty Campaign here in Switzerland!
Apart from work, I managed to travel a bit too and take some pictures: around Switzerland, a long weekend in France for my birthday and the usual Summer week in Portugal.
But I found that during the year I didn’t really take a lot of photos on my free time. Because photography became my job I kind of neglected my camera(s) during my personal time… Which was something I came to realize at the end of the year, so that’s why in November I did my photo project “A week of autumn” to put me back on track with photography outside of work.
Now that the year has come to an end and I can look back at it, I can say I learned a lot about photography, but also about having your own business and being your own boss. It wasn’t always easy but it was definitely fun!
Although it was an amazing year, I came to realize that being a freelance photographer isn’t for me. But I also know I don’t want to go back to having photography as just a hobby… So I’m hoping I can find a part-time job in my previous career and keep doing photography on the side.
This is getting quite long!
I just thought I would share so in case you’re reading this and you’re wondering if being a freelance photographer would be possible or right for you – there’s only one way to know: by trying it. 🙂
We’re all different and each experience is unique. Happy New Year!
Tradução: 2015 foi o ano em que me dediquei inteiramente à fotografia. Fiz uma pausa na minha carreira na indústria editorial e resolvi experimentar ser fotógrafa a tempo inteiro. Criei um site e comecei a fotografar na minha área de residência, ao mesmo tempo continuei a fotografar com a blogger de moda com quem já colaborava. As reportagens que fiz com ela abriram portas e surgiram oportunidades de fotografar para marcas, a mais importante foi sem dúvida a campanha de produtos de beleza da H&M aqui na Suíça. Ao longo do ano fui-me apercebendo de que já não fotografava a não ser para trabalho – daí ter feito o projecto “A week of autumn” em Novembro, para voltar a pegar na máquina nos meus tempos livres. Agora que o ano chegou ao fim e que posso olhar para trás, foi sem dúvida um ano de muitos desafios mas também muito divertido! Aprendi muito, no entanto também serviu para perceber que ser ‘freelance’ não é a coisa certa para mim. Sei que não quero que a fotografia volte a ser apenas um passatempo e espero poder continuar a dedicar-me aos meus projectos em regime de part-time. Bem, o texto já vai longo… Só queria partilhar caso alguém esteja a ler e a pensar se ser fotógrafo a tempo inteiro será a coisa certa a fazer, só há uma maneira de saber: tentar! Somos todos diferentes e cada experiência é única. 😉