Bridal portraits, weddings, and some commercial. A little architectural and editorial work. The last thing I shot on MF for work was a calendar for a sports team in Illinois. They just told me to make it look good and bill them later, so they got everything on chrome. Not much used on a reg basis anymore unless its a fun project with a cool client or a special request. People dont want to pay for the extra cost of film, processing and polaroid anymore. :-(
M. David Farrell, Jr.
~Buying a Nikon doesn not make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner!
~Everybody has a photographic memory, but not everybody has film!
For me it was quite simple, as I marketed myself to the same clients that have kept me in business for 20+ years (I am a fine and rare wine merchant) and it has been good. These are people who love life, collect, spend, decorate, Wall Street guys, professionals, so it seemed the logical solution for me. At least it pays for the gear, film and it even leaves a couple of extra bucks...and I don't have to shoot digital, unless I am doing the very occasional gig that requires it. Would still love to ditch the day job though, as photography beats the heck out of sitting at my desk in front of this damn thing
I've never made money from my personal work. I've been employed as a photographer by newspapers, public relations departments and commercial studios, and those were the only times I've made a living with a camera. I'm a poor self-promoter and have no idea about marketing strategies and gallery games.
These days I help pay for my photography by making an occasional portrait and teaching film scanning for a local photography non-profit. I may be leading some other workshops or field trips in the not-so-distant future.
I look at my personal work the same way I look at owning a boat: I'll invest time and money in it and derive what pleasure I can from it. I don't expect a return on my investment beyond that.
I cant believe noone here is shooting sports teams or school functions, especially proms. I used to do that as well as family portraits, real estate photos for catalogues, and promo shots for local bands. Of course, that was in the 70's and early 80's, way before digicrud.
What is a master but a master student? And if that's true, then there's a responsibility on you to keep getting better and to explore avenues of your profession.
I worked from 1991-93 as Aerophotographer for a company in Switzerland with the Linhof Aerotronica 6x9 I made about 70'000 pics from Hotels, Companies, Houses and City's and small Towns. I made good mony with it but loosed a bit the spirit and fun of it. Later I worked for a Architectural Magazin from time to time and did some weddings, but only parttime and to finance a bit my hobby! Now I much more use money then I get out of it, so its just my hobby!
Work now as Stagemanager and Akustics specialist in a Congress and Music Hall!
Skateboard magazines paying for editorial coverage and skateboard companies paying for photos for advertising. It isn't crazy pay and can be a downright hassle to get money from some of these grown up skateboarders.