If you’re a photography enthusiast that’s serious about your craft, the chances are pretty good that you’ve at least considered going pro someday and with good reason. Earning even a little money doing something you’re truly passionate about is really rewarding to say the least.

However, it’s also likely that you have a few misconceptions about what life as a pro photographer is really going to be like. Here we’ll go over some of the most common ones, as well as cover the associated realities. How many of the following are you guilty of believing?

  1. Professional photographers get to work their own hours.

Yes, once you go into the photography business for yourself, you’ll ultimately get the final say in what projects you take on. However, you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment if you think that’s the same thing as working your own hours. Let’s say, for example, that you’d like to break into the wedding photography business. Your work schedule will be at the mercy of your clients’ schedules, as most people want to get married on the weekends or in the evenings.

That said, take the kind of hours you’d really like to work into consideration before you go pro. If it’s important to you to maintain a schedule closer to normal business hours, you’d do better shooting children, families, and or other similar subjects.

  1. Getting lots of compliments on your photographs means you’re ready to go pro.

If you’re like many photographers, you first starting thinking you might