Visionmongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography

Visionmongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography Wonderful account of the author s journey It s not a step by step guide on how to make it as a photographer There are plenty of those out there This isof a philosophical account of how David duChemin makes a living following his passion Well written with great case studies from other Visionmongers Highly recommended David Duchemin is a wonder and this book should probably be required reading for photographers who want to make a living at it The subtitle to this book is Making a Life and Living in Photography Duchemin always prompts real thinking with his great questions His photography is, of course, amazing, and he is a teacher in the best sense of the word He shows and asks instead of telling and endlessly talking I d actually love to meet him Personally, this book wasn t as good as Within the Fra David Duchemin is a wonder and this book should probably be required reading for photographers who want to make a living at it The subtitle to this book is Making a Life and Living in Photography Duchemin always prompts real thinking with his great questions His photography is, of course, amazing, and he is a teacher in the best sense of the word He shows and asks instead of telling and endlessly talking I d actually love to meet him Personally, this book wasn t as good as Within the Frame for me But, that s because I don t intend to ever make a life and a living with photography So, it didn t exactly apply Still, it was well worth reading as I do love to make pictures Reread from December 11 to 19, 2012I love David duChemin I love his photographs, his attitude toward photography, and his generous spirit This is a well written, honest look at life as a professional photographer It s a must read for anyone thinking about becoming a professional photographer If you re so new to photography you ve yet to shoot manual, are questioning whether you have it in you to start a business and or have never heard of Twitter, let alone have an account, then the content of David duChemin s VisionMongers may just be revelationary to you.If, on the other hand, you ve been doing this for a while, check your social media accounts in your sleep and are pretty comfortable and or confident in your photographic skills, well.not so much.For me, the biggest factor in n If you re so new to photography you ve yet to shoot manual, are questioning whether you have it in you to start a business and or have never heard of Twitter, let alone have an account, then the content of David duChemin s VisionMongers may just be revelationary to you.If, on the other hand, you ve been doing this for a while, check your social media accounts in your sleep and are pretty comfortable and or confident in your photographic skills, well.not so much.For me, the biggest factor in not giving VisionMongers a stronger review is that so much of its content is like reading a Cliffs Notes version of many other photo related books and magazines out there plenty of which I ve already read Had I read this in 2007 even early 2008 , I think I would have latched on to so muchcontent than I did this time around, as it would have been all new to me While that can t be said now, I will acknowledge that all the material duChemin treads in VisionMongers is still great stuff for any photographer to review whether they ve been shooting for 3 months or 30 years And because every person looks at the areas of our industry differently from pricing and style to branding and technique I believe you can always learn a thing or two from someone s new insights on the topics.Here are some snippets of the seven pages of notes I took on this title and given that number, well, clearly, I found plenty from this veteran photographer that I wanted to remember even if much of it reads like an inspirational quote book for the photographer in need of a motivational boost Words to live by all of these If you don t feel like photography is something you are called to do by God, your gifts, your talents, a small nagging voice inside, or just overwhelming passion for it then it s probably not the right choice for you In an age where high levels of competence at your craft are assumed, the thing that differentiates us is vision the way in which you wield your craft to tell the stories you see with your eye and your heart It s your calling, after all You should love it But you still have to put in the hours and log the time These dreams aren t going to chase themselves Your passion for what you shoot and who you shoot for will place you head and shoulders above the mediocrity that s so prevalent in our industry We shoot best that which we love best and for me, that s weddings On maintaining a consistent brand Consistency builds familiarity and confidence It is a repetition of design conventions like fonts, colors and styles that make youmemorable in the market And my favorite This is your journey Do it slow, do it fast, do it however you choose, but do it your way Any other path will suck the joy from the endeavor A great book for those considering a career in photography, this book is full of ideas, stories, and information on what to do as well as what not to do David is a gifted writer who has a passion for photography and helping others This book will help you decide to go all the way, or stay where you are Read the book, make the choice. So far this book is amazing if you are looking for some inspiration in learning the photography business Although David deChemin says that, This book isn t a a textbook, an encyclopedic checklist, or God forbid a system It slike a sketchbook of ideas, wisdom, and inspiration for photographers braving the water of vocational photography in particularly turbulent times David is not try to make guidelines for every single photographer out there because he knows that everybody is differen So far this book is amazing if you are looking for some inspiration in learning the photography business Although David deChemin says that, This book isn t a a textbook, an encyclopedic checklist, or God forbid a system It slike a sketchbook of ideas, wisdom, and inspiration for photographers braving the water of vocational photography in particularly turbulent times David is not try to make guidelines for every single photographer out there because he knows that everybody is different and how they approach it will be different Think of this bookalong the lines of trial and error and finding out what works best for you If you are photographer considering going pro or even if you are already a professional photographer and just feel that you need somedirection in your business, this is a great read This is not a technical photography book This book assumes that you already know how to take good enough pictures to be a pro But it does give some pretty solid advice on how to get your act together so you can make a living with your camera.I highly recommend this book to all photographers, especially those If you are photographer considering going pro or even if you are already a professional photographer and just feel that you need somedirection in your business, this is a great read This is not a technical photography book This book assumes that you already know how to take good enough pictures to be a pro But it does give some pretty solid advice on how to get your act together so you can make a living with your camera.I highly recommend this book to all photographers, especially those just starting out in the business I read it with a notebook, making notes and brainstorming about how to get my own business further off the ground It was really great inspiration Definitely a must read for any photographer who dreams about one day making a career out of it Don t read this book if you re looking for any secrets Every story is about a lot of hard work, persistence and even then you need some luck If after reading this book you re still optimistic then you probably have the right personality to do it Why d I dock it one star The book is full of success stories I think it would have been nice to read about a few horror stories to better illustrate the Definitely a must read for any photographer who dreams about one day making a career out of it Don t read this book if you re looking for any secrets Every story is about a lot of hard work, persistence and even then you need some luck If after reading this book you re still optimistic then you probably have the right personality to do it Why d I dock it one star The book is full of success stories I think it would have been nice to read about a few horror stories to better illustrate the pitfalls, but I think it must not be in David Cuchemin nature He s is too nice a fantastic real world look at photography ,but could easily be about architecture, art, painting any artistic passion.I thought I would skim this book, but I read it cover to cover, in one sitting.I love the interviews with the photographers, and I love the organic feeling of how it was written much less like a manual, and muchlike I had a one on one conversation with David Duchemin HIGHLY HIGHLY recommended. For those who want to make the transition into the world of vocational photography staying true to your craft and vision, while fusing that craft with commerce VisionMongers is a great place to begin your journey With a voice equally realistic and encouraging, photographer David duChemin discusses the experiences he s had, the lessons he s learned, and the practices he s adopted in his own winding journey to becoming a successful working photographerWhen it comes to this personal, honest combination of craft and commerce, there is no single path to success Everyone s goals are different, as is everyone s definition of success As such, VisionMongers does not prescribe a one size fits all program Instead, duChemin candidly shares ideas, wisdom, and inspiration to introduce you to, and help you navigate, the many aspects of transforming your passion into your vocation He addresses everything from the anxiety riddled question Am I good enough to the basics and beyond of marketing, business, and finance, as well as the core assumption that your product is great and your craft is always improvingAlong the way, duChemin features the stories of nine other photographers including Chase Jarvis, Gavin Gough, and Zack Arias whose paths, while unique, have all shared a commitment and passion for bringing their own vision to market With VisionMongers, you ll learn what paths have been taken what has worked for these photographers and you ll be equipped to begin the process of forging your own A bit slow going and general at first, but once you get past what you already know yes, you have to be talented, lucky and well connected to succeed as a photographer , the lessons about marketing and finding a focus for your work, are very helpful indeed.

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