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On being a professional landscape photographer

Joe Cornish

Joe Cornish

Professional landscape photographer.


There is something slightly odd about making a living out of something you absolutely love to do. It sounds as if it should be idyllic of course; getting paid to travel the world and make photographs? How much better can it get? Yet somehow pro photographers often seen as grumpy, dissatisfied, cynical and frustrated (sometimes even more so) as everyone else. Regrettably I would have to include myself in that number. I now realise that satisfaction in life is 90% dependent on expectation. If pro photographers think their lives will be spent on glamorous shoots every day, they will be disappointed. And arguably an enthusiast photographer in a 9-5 job will get more satisfaction from their photography because when they are out with their camera it is always a highlight. 

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