What do photographers really do?


I read this post on TWITTER the other day and it made me laugh... it was a pie chart comparing (1) what people think the life of a professional photographer is all about to (2) what running a photography business really entails.

The difference was the amusing part…

People think that a photographer’s life is made up of the following:

5% of their time is spent traveling to exotic destinations to work

15% of their time is spend partying like a rockstar

80% of their time is spent on editing and taking photos.

The reality is that we spend way more time with a workload like this:

4% of our time is spent doing maintenance on printers, cameras, tripods and computers

5% of our time is spent focusing on networking (although we are always really doing this)

5% of our time is spent on advertising and marketing

6% of our time is spent processing print orders and doing lab work

9% of our time is spent doing social media and blogging

9% of our time is spend doing bookkeeping and taxes

10% of our time is spent doing album design and production

10% of our time we are communicating with clients

13% of our time is actually taking photos, the thing we all love to do

29% of our time is spent editing photos and uploading them onto the computer.



Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: www.kevinpepperphotography.com