Any photography enthusiast who works a 9-to-5 job has probably wondered what it would be like to walk away from that day job and make all of their income through photography. This can be a scary endeavor, especially if you don’t have a specific plan in place to find clients.
YouTuber Jimmy Shixin decided to take a week off from his day job just to see how much money could make in a single week as a photographer. Since Shixin’s day gig nets about $3,000 a week, he set that amount as his goal to match or beat. For this experiment, he stacked the deck in his favor by photographing events during a period known as Cambridge May Week. This week is filled with events that celebrate the end of the academic year at Cambridge University in the UK.
As an event photographer, you should expect to work late into the night and perhaps into the next morning. Depending on your outlook and perhaps your age, this can be enjoyable or miserable for you. For Jimmy, the benefits of working as an event photographer this week included taking part in some of the parties and even securing a ticket to a ball for his girlfriend. When considering a move to becoming a full-time photographer, you will want to consider how your finances will increase or decrease and how your social life and sleep habits will be affected.
During the week, Jimmy acquires quite a few gigs, with his rates ranging anywhere from $100 to $1,000. Watch the video to see if he reached his goal of $3,000.