5 Reasons WHY you wont make it as a Photographer
5 Reasons WHY you wont make it as a Photographer

Jared Polin, froknowsphoto.com and this video
is probably going to ruffle a couple of feathers, but so what? It’s stuff that has to be said and that’s
why I’m saying it right now. This video was called “5 Reasons WHY you
won’t make it as a Photographer”. Number one, you’re lazy and you make too many
excuses why you aren’t getting enough jobs. I’m tired of hearing the excuses like, I live
in a small town, and there’s not a lot of people around, people aren’t coming to my
website. Well stop being lazy, get out there and do
something to bring people to you, to bring the jobs to you. The number one thing that’s bad is being lazy. You can’t be lazy; you have to keep doing
stuff. Number two, you don’t evolve with the times. How many times have you heard a photographer
say; well, I don’t shoot video, I don’t do this, I don’t do that. Well, you know what? If you’re not evolving with the times you’re
going to be left behind and you’re not getting jobs. Do you think the original digital photographers,
you know the old-school guys that were all filmed and didn’t make the jump to digital
in a timely fashion, do you think they’re still around waiting now that film has come
back? No, they had to go away and the ones that
succeeded are the ones that went from the film days and evolved into shooting digital
and now you evolve from shooting digital into shooting video and having all these different
options, which goes back to not being lazy, because you’re starting to learn how to do
other things in the photo world. You say there’s too much competition. Now number three, too much competition. Yeah, there’s a lot of competition. There’s always been competition and especially
now with digital cameras yeah, there’s a lot more; but remember when the Brownie Kodak
camera came out back in the day, before it was made easy by Eastman Kodak to go ahead
and shoot photos easily there were a lot less photographers and then there were a lot more
photographers; but you know, what? There was a lot of competition, but the cream
rises to the top, keep working hard, stop being lazy, evolve with the times and start
making terrible excuses. Number four, you are using social media in
all of the wrong ways. Stop trying to sell and push and start trying
to – and start telling; yes, I wrote that down. Stop trying to sell and start telling more
stories. That’s the key to social media, is you want
to tell stories, you want to engage, it’s not always there is a discount if you sign
up with me now. Sign up to get your photos taken. Stop pushing and start getting people to interact
with you and that’s how you’re going to get more jobs. Create videos, create blogs, create to tell
your stories that’s what it’s about and what do I mean by create a blog. Here is an example that you could take to
the bank. If you’re a wedding photographer and you would
say you’re in Philadelphia. On your website if you want to get more traffic
then start writing articles that have things to do with weddings and photography; sorry,
weddings in Philadelphia. So, top five tips for people getting married
in Philadelphia. Hmm, do you think that’s going to get ranked
and come up in search results or if you put that on your Facebook page, that somebody
is going to share that who is getting married in Philadelphia. Same thing put a video on YouTube. I probably shouldn’t tell you to do the stuff
because it’s competing with myself, but I want to see you guys succeed and not be the
photographers who don’t make it. That’s why I’m sitting here adamant about
this. Number five, your photos simply aren’t good
enough. Sometimes you won’t make it just because your
photos aren’t good enough. It really – you can’t beat around the bush
and say that bad photos and you’re going to get jobs with bad photos; but I will tell
you this. I know a photographer, a personal friend of
mine who says that he is more of a businessman or he is a button pusher that is a business
person. So, he is a photographer sort of, but he is
more of a business person first and it shows in his work, but he keeps getting jobs because
he’s not lazy. He puts himself out there and he gets jobs. Even if they’re not the greatest photos in
the world, so even if your photos aren’t great, well guess what happens? If you evolve with the times your photos are
going to keep getting better. The more you shoot, the better you’re going
to get. So those are “5 Reasons WHY you won’t make
it as a Photographer”. Take some of those reasons and prove me wrong
and make it as a freaking photographer. Oh, yeah and if you think that photography
is simply going and taking photos, it’s not. You need to know business, marketing, advertising;
you need to know how to schmooze and work with people, you need to have communication
skills. So, photography is mostly 5% of the time shooting
and the rest of the time is doing business to get more jobs. So, right there if you’re too lazy to get
all of that stuff down, then you may not make it as a photographer and that’s it. Jared Polin, froknowsphoto.com. See you.

100 thoughts on “5 Reasons WHY you wont make it as a Photographer”


    Thanks for the advice in 13 and really want to be a photographer and I want to know where to start

  2. Michael Ingram says:

    keep on pushing brother… all the best

  3. No Nickname The Third says:

    Thank you

  4. image point says:

    U don't have to say it yo u just being a mean like u always do.you don't have to say they won't make money. U could of said. 5 ways u will not succed or something

  5. Watching Listening says:

    Okay I am studying PR right now I'm wondering if I need a backup career any advice.

  6. SomeRandom Guy says:

    I'm not professional and don't plan to. But this was more motivational than Shia Laboeuf. I like how honest you are with it.

  7. the real leafy says:

    he's like the Bob Ross of pictures

  8. Banzuko OGK says:

    Very well said!!!!

  9. Animator Biki Mondal says:

    This will help you to get online photography job

  10. TechnesiumTV says:

    thankyou for motivating me!

  11. Dennis H says:

    good job man. it hits me right in the lens!

  12. Andrew Goldsworthy says:

    Number 1, yea thats me.

  13. John Julien says:

    this is great, actually inspiring thanks J

  14. Laszlo Selymes says:

    I total agre with this video, Jared Polin have great studio 2018 perfect crews team and perfect studio. yes thank you

  15. The Law of Attraction Club says:

    That’s an awesome list .. brutally honest. Sooo true

  16. iFaM says:

    Thank you! You’re the realest for this!

  17. Roberto Garcia says:

    Thank You. I needed to hear that. No more, this year will be different.

  18. Derek Noort says:

    What an abrasive man

  19. The Deerfield Diaries says:

    #1 reason why you won't make it as a photographer … jewfros

  20. Eriic.Isiiah says:

    I love how blunt you are.

  21. Gerard Ferry says:

    I am very lazy and old fashioned, there are too many photographers, computers are for geeks that do not get girls, my photos suck and i own a duck. I sell pictures of my Duck.

  22. rjnakamura says:

    Head shot.

    Shots fired

  23. VIDEO&MUSICEditor says:

    Do you have a video on what jobs to find on photography?

  24. HipsterImage Studios says:

    You don't need to be a good photographer to make a living at photography you need to be a good business minded person hard truth.

  25. Giniyal Kaleel says:

    Thanks Jared keep it up!

  26. Jer Lewis says:

    Composition is number 1. Very true, my dad owned a commercial studio in Virginia in the 1950’s. He was a combat photographer, and cinematographer? He offered photography and 16/35mm. He used to say work won’t look for you, so get out and look for it.

  27. Chad Smith says:

    Awesome video Jared, Always like someone who tells it how it is.

  28. mindoverme88 says:

    Thank you for that.

  29. Gamer Collab says:

    The best advice so far

  30. Chrisdeykerd Dietz says:

    OMG its like you are screaming at us your not even my mom and you are looking at a paper LOL

  31. The Sadist says:

    Harsh words but the truth needs to be heard

  32. Colin Kirk says:

    I hate u your an idiot

  33. Colin Kirk says:

    Look in a mirror and change your face

  34. Deep Desire says:

    giving gear reviews and shooting random people for YouTube videos is not photography

    photography means you have top high end clients who come to you for photography and not to hear your rants on YouTube

  35. Cristina Puscasu says:

    Great video! Very helpful! Thanks a lot for the advice!

  36. Master Toki says:

    Im 14 and i really wana be a photographer

  37. Jessie Nicholson says:

    Love it !!!!!!

  38. Mark Ferrell says:


  39. Tom J says:

    I am not a photographer. I am a creative person with a camera. Everyday I challenege myself and push myself to do somethng creative and I am very successful.

  40. Gunnar Crispen says:

    Thanks for the encouragement.

  41. i am who you call says:

    Can you plaese give me your opinion on my photos "Fafi Preçi" instagram

  42. Akintola Oluwalayomi says:

    thank you😊… you just made my night in a weird way.. people don't wanna hear the truth ….and also phones are starting to take over digital camera

  43. O.Alden Productions. says:

    Tell Stories….like that one ☝️. Thanks for sharing 😀

  44. Looped Fruit says:

    Thanks Jared!

  45. Colin Stock says:

    Yep that’s me to a tee. Well four out of five anyway. I guess I really don’t and didn’t want to be a professional photographer.

  46. waterbomb12habrs says:

    Anyone can do it your just a person who hates people

  47. Lucas says:

    I just want to point out that many famous youtube photographers are far more successful with their channel than their photo business.

  48. Alonzo Filho says:

    one way to crush the little bit of faith someone has in their dreams

  49. Patrick Merritt says:

    I've been afraid of shooting bands. I live in a music capitol so I'm going to start going to several shows per week, five dollars a shot most of the time and shoot as much as I can. Maybe the venue needs photos because they have recently renovated. Opportunity is everywhere and like he said, "Don't be lazy!"

  50. Milen Yotov says:

    Well, so much for my aspirations in becoming a fotographer…time to call McDonald's again for that full-time contract they offered me.

  51. Expedition Syndicate says:

    He sounds so fucking angry

  52. JDP says:

    Jared was right !, lots of ruffled feathers on here 🙁

  53. CheesyMixer says:

    im here to say.. i started with my phone and nothing but now im doing weddings! You can make it people just try hard and stop looking at this video!

  54. Seth Windsor says:

    I’m not confident enough to do the one thing people want to hire me to do. Portraits.

  55. Mataya Gregg says:

    If this wrecks my emotional state I’m going to be upset

  56. LunaThiccyLiccy says:

    Honestly I was going into this video thinking he was going to say just negative but you can take a lot away from it.

  57. Kheng Teoh says:

    Appreciate the honest discussion. I guess in the end all people can do is fail and learn from their mistakes or just give up

  58. Petrus Groenewald says:

    your hair looks good today man!!!!!

  59. Joshua Carvajal says:

    Everyone can be a photographer! Just be creative and be active!

  60. Matt Ooi says:

    The real problem is: expanding competition with lower barriers to entry and shrinking market with respect to increased demand in video. Rising generations like mine are more stingy, and there are more people who are willing to do it for free or next to nothing. Granted, if you're serious you probably don't want those kinds of clients anyway all they see is the dollar sign with a blind eye to quality. It seems since everyone and Aunt Sally owns a "fancy" camera, and every sob-story "broke young couple" expects a nearly free wedding, with $10,000 results like she saw on Pinterest. Key is getting your clients to understand your value before they cheap out. Why? Because Aunt Sally is shooting JPEG on Intelligent Auto everybody. Nothing wrong with that, but it's not what tends to float to the top of Pinterest.

  61. Marina Egorova says:

    That was freaking fast! Never seen such a full-of-info video within such a short timeframe. Great videos, man! Thanks for an ass kick. Going to grab my gears and go working right now!

  62. MoonbearDiedHere says:

    Shoutout to all the people who took his advice, became proactive and made it

  63. malik1350ify says:

    Harsh but real af. Thanks for the motivation….let me get back to work. I plan on doing this Beyonce & Jay Z shoot one day😁

  64. RM Films says:

    fuck you yes I will if I put my ass into it and I will

  65. Scallen says:

    You mean your opinion ,

  66. ComedyJesus says:

    Outstanding Jared. Even more outstanding than usual. On point and succinct. Talent doesn't make up for simple laziness. Well done sir.

  67. Chris&January Williamson says:

    Thank you for the blog idea! I'm trying to not do everthing you went over, and the social media one is something I need to change!

  68. Matthew Roy says:

    Thank you for being real. Thank you for being honest.

  69. Mali Davies Photography says:

    Excellent video Jared! Totally agree, it’s fecking tough! And you have to keep pushing and learning! Thanks dude

  70. David Parks says:

    Dude! I've been learning quite a bit from you. I actually have steady jobs. I'm always working. I will start doing video's. I kinda hated being in the national news with my face all over the place(Americas Most Wanted ) 15 police guns pointed at my head several times a day for months. Two weeks ago while at the FBI I found they had recent pictures of me from private messaging in my cell phone. These crooked ass police have promised to kill me twice(they are serious). So I guess fear has prevented me from wanting to have my face all out there. I'm having so much phone with Photography I'm just out in the city every morning around 03330-0430ish. That's really good advice on video"s and Vlogs you just gave. I'm taking it. I'm trying to get a web site up, I'm not so good at computer stuff(I suck at that Holmes ) Perhaps that's a lazy check. After all the lies about me in the media and cruelties therefrom I can certainly laugh and learn from photo/editing critiques. Hey, Thanks Jared, Peace.

  71. SevenSlotSociety says:

    I love ALLL of this!

  72. Chrystal Stewart says:


  73. Andrew Milton-Cross says:

    great tips, and reason why ive progressed so far is because i want it so bad. to quit my job to have all the time i need yeah no problem. put myself out there and ask people questions. hand my business cards out like no tomorrow. And enjoying what i do happiness is the key to success.

  74. BamaBoynCali says:

    I love this video!!!!!!  In December I did my biggest push to get my friends on  FB to subscribe to my youtube channel. I even showed ppl that I can see when and who subbed. I deleted a bunch of ppl who wasted space and never commeneted or liked anything I posted. but in Jan I just posted #newvideoalerts and let them come if they wanted too. I felt I shouldn't have to ask ppl who claim to be friends OVER AN OVER AND OVER AND OVER again to subscribe to me. Now im channel is slowly gaining followers every day.  I just have to keep putting the same effort and continue to grow and learn and ppl will come. I act like I have 100,00 subs already. I post 2-3 times a week now and I get better with each video. I will begin client based work next month and my photography, videography and my website will take off #eccentricdigitalmedia

  75. Arcsecant says:

    Strong medicine, good medicine.

  76. Victor MacNeil says:

    Thanks for the tips man. I always hated the marketing side of professional photography or every other artistic medium for that matter tho. I feel like art schools don’t teach this very well, at least here where I live.

  77. Rolando Niubó says:

    Best video ever Jared ! You rock 🎸 keep it up

  78. Moheb Anwari says:

    wow that helped a lot! thanks for opening eyes man!

  79. Ivan ferro says:

    You all killing me. If you buy a camera thinking to make money out of photography you setting your self for a failure. Cameras and lens are tools yes and so its a piano but Mozart never bought a violin to make money. Got it ? You want to take photos bc the hell of it , bc is fun bc it helps you tell stories bc you want to create a beautiful image and and the end share all your experience. If you do it for money then you are a business man.

  80. STEVEN MASON says:

    Why do some picture look good in the camera, but when I get home look at it on the computer, I find they are not good at all?

  81. Daniel Barnatt says:

    This just all seems pretty obvious, and the same underlying arguments could be applied to any field not just photography. Yes you have to be good at business to make money, no revelation there. Don't underestimate / dilute the power of the artform though. Both aspects are needed to be truely great.

  82. Wheel The Gamer says:

    Bet I'll prove you wrong & actually make it! beat the odds

  83. Meta says:

    Wait… you had to tell ppl this shit? Wtf is common sense… google fu, buzzword search, reverse engineering… smdh

  84. kips mm says:

    95% is business and 5% is photography….
    What about passion??? Doesn't that really matter in photography??? If you love it what you and your best at it….. Money will come for you…. There will be always differences between business and following your passion…..

  85. buster colin says:

    That shit was RAW!!!

  86. Mikat says:

    joke's on all of you: I plan on keeping photography as a hobby forever, software development pays better too 😀

  87. reaper. says:

    5 reasons why I don’t care

    1.I like photography

    Edit: I didn’t watch the video but now that I did it makes a lot of sense. Excuse me.

  88. Paige Ruthless says:

    Loved the video it was totally honest you should have also added if youre doing this just to make money you probably should be doing it. Also wild agressive lol

  89. Craig Taylor-Broad says:

    A video on making it as a photographer that doesn't mention creativity at any point

  90. Mahmood R Thomas says:

    Like your video.. I used film years ago.. Can you load them on your computer or only prints

  91. DIAMOND NOOB says:

    Sooo if im lazy im not gana be a photography… didnt know that!

  92. Jim1971a says:

    True. You can’t just open a website or fb page and assume that customers are going to flock to you. You have to work to get yourself out there, network, try to have your reputation spread through word of mouth etc. Even shadowing an established photographer and using them as a mentor is a good idea if they will agree to do that for you. And you are right about posting interesting, original content that people want so you can “hook” them into being interested in you and your work.

  93. Gabotch says:

    Thank you, i need to hear that!

  94. oldkingjames oldkingjames says:

    Not everybody wants to make it as a photographer. For some it is just a hobby or pass time. Thus, I cannot give advice on HOW to make it as a photographer so I will shut my mouth…

  95. LightMagic Image Media says:

    Tough love!!

  96. Gary Parris says:

    these are not photography reasons these are business reasons only! this is a problem within the professional photography community, mixing what is professional(competant to earn money from) compared with who is a photographer or even a good photo/photographer, definitely not the same thing!

  97. PINK says:

    5 mins before I go to bed
    2am in the uk

  98. Mickey Struwig says:

    Jared for fucking president. You are my favorite youtube photo personality. Please never stop my friend. I am a filmmaker in South Africa if you are ever in SA. Please hit me up I will be your personal guide!

  99. MrPXOMan says:

    Tks Jarod for the share!!

  100. Herb Lopez71 says:

    Jared, when you said this two years ago is what you just said recently (this video is old) good to see you’re consistent with your values. Keep evolving as a photographer or you will fail. 👌🏽

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