Many of us at some stage have probably been pursuing a different career, sitting in an office and gazing out of the window asking ourselves ‘what if?’ Then we have probably thought about quitting the day job and following our dreams. The idea of being outdoors, in the wilderness with wild animals and a camera is an irresistible way of living. But what does it really mean to give up a good job with a regular income and start out in the wildlife photography business, and what are the considerations you may wish to think about?
My career for 25 years has been in marketing and advertising, almost 10 years of which I’ve driven the marketing for a UK photography trip company, at the same time as holding down a European marketing job and establishing myself as a photographer and guide. It’s been very tough at times and sometimes very rewarding. A year ago, my lifestyle was becoming so frenetic that I decided to refocus, leaving my marketing job and setting up as a full time photographer.
So, in this time, what have I learnt about the benefits and pitfalls of going full time?