I’ve been calling myself a photographer since 2008, but it was more of a hobby then. It wasn’t my main source of income, and to be honest, I was simply an amateur. I photographed anything and everything just to get my name out there. It wasn’t until 2013 when I started to build a consistent clientele that I decided to quit my day job and work full time towards my dream of being a professional photographer. Here are my 7 Reasons:
1) Living the Dream.
Being a Photographer is something that I’ve always dreamt of being. There were a ton of struggles along the way, but I feel like I can finally say “I made it”! I get paid to do what I love. My passion puts food on the table. It’s a fantastic feeling.
2) Being My Own Boss.
I get to set my own hours and make sure everything is done just the way I like it. Don’t get me wrong; I’m a workaholic. I regularly pull 12-15 hour days. It’s not just shooting. That’s the easy part! Then comes the editing, client communication, marketing, scheduling, meetings, etc. And that’s on top of creating a comfortable work-life balance. But because I’m in charge of all that, I am able to still be able to spend time with family and friends. Working in pajamas doesn’t suck either!
Going to new and exciting places has always gotten my heart racing, even when I was younger. Pair that with photographing people in love and getting paid for it? Score! Because of my job, I’ve been able to travel all over Texas, all the way to the sandy beaches of Hawaii, to plantations in Louisiana, and even the snow-capped mountains of British Columbia.
4) Meeting Other Like Minded Creatives.
My focus is Wedding + Portrait photography, so a good majority of my time is spent around Wedding Planners, Venue Owners, Florists, Videographers, and DJ’s. The people I’ve met are so unbelievably talented and creative. It’s fun to not only to work with them but to be able to spend time in such a positive, artistic atmosphere.
5) Being Surrounded By Love.
I photograph people at their happiest moments. Being around that kind of joy is infectious. It’s not just the engaged couples either, but the parents of the Bride & Groom, the best friends, the families too.
6) Making Memories Last.
This one might be a tad bit cliché, but it’s a HUGE reason why I love being a photographer. Everyone has heard the phrase, “Take a picture, it’ll last longer” and how true it is! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve sat back and gone through pictures from when I was younger, or even my own wedding day. Most of my favorite memories were captured by a camera, frozen in time, where I can hold onto them and look back on the good times. Couples spend thousands of dollars on planning their wedding to make sure everything is perfect. At the end of the day, they have their marriage, the memories, and the photographs. Photos are so precious to me. My Dad struggles with Alzheimer’s, so his room in his nursing home is covered in family photos, pictures of my sisters and I with him when we were younger, him dancing with me at my wedding, him with his best friends at his own wedding. I have friends and clients who have lost a parent after their wedding. Sometimes, all that’s left is a photograph, and it’s invaluable.
7) Finding Inspiration In Everyday Things.
Since becoming a photographer, everything is beautiful to me and just about everything inspires me. Coffee shops, art galleries, the way the light streams through my living room window at sunset, textured walls. EVERYTHING. I call it my “photographer brain” and it pretty much never turns off. I always envision posing a couple dressed in their best wedding attire or how I would light a certain scenario. Once I was walking around downtown Provo, Utah with my sister and yelled, “Stop!” just so I could look at this really cool wall. She just laughed at me, but it’s always nice to slow down and enjoy the little things and how beautiful everyday life is.
There are a bunch more reasons than the 7 I listed, but those are why I LOVE what I do.
Beth Swan is the Owner/Photographer of Swan Photography based in Fort Worth, Texas. She specializes in Wedding + Portrait photography that’s a combination of candid + posed photos paired with a clean, vibrant editing style. She loves light, love, traveling, and spending time with her husband and son. Beth has been documenting love stories both in the metroplex and internationally since 2011.