Any photography enthusiast who works 9 to 5 has probably wondered what it would be like to step away from that day job and make all of their income from photography. It can be a scary business, especially if you don’t have a specific plan in place for finding clients.
YouTuber Jimmy Shixin decided to take a week off from his day job just to see how much money he could make in a single week as a photographer. Since Shixin’s daytime gig brings in around $3,000 a week, he set himself that amount as a goal to match or beat. For this experiment, he stacked the odds in his favor by photographing events during a period known as Cambridge May Week. This week is packed with events celebrating the end of the academic year at the University of Cambridge in the UK.
As an event photographer, you should expect to work late into the night and maybe until the next morning. Depending on your outlook and perhaps your age, this can be pleasant or miserable for you. For Jimmy, the perks of working as an event photographer this week included attending some of the parties and even getting his girlfriend a ball ticket. When considering becoming a full-time photographer, you’ll want to consider how your finances will rise or fall and how your social life and sleep patterns will be affected.
During the week, Jimmy acquires quite a few gigs, his rates ranging from $100 to $1,000. Watch the video to see if he hit his $3,000 goal.