Like every month, I divulge my travel photography salary.
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It’s the end of another month. Or, at least it was a couple days ago. So, it’s time to once again come at you with the monthly round up. As always, I feed you guys my monthly travel epic as well as give you my income and travel photography salary stats.
As I mentioned in the video, I’m not sure there’s such thing as a travel photography salary. To me, the word salary means that it’s consistent every month, like a paycheck that’s always the same number. As a traveling photographer, most of us are work on a freelance basis, or at least on contracts that are short term. So, a better term might be a travel photographer’s income.
Semantics, I know, but it’s probably best to clear up the fact that travel photographers don’t just work in an office and then go out and shoot. It’s not like in the movies. It’s much more wide open and less structured than that.
In the field, people always ask me “who do I work for?” But, like I think almost every travel photographer out there, I work for myself. I do projects for clients, but essentially, I’m my own boss.
Being a freelance travel photographer isn’t the most steady source of income. But, it is a lot of fun. And, I love the freedom that comes along with it.
In this episode, like all the monthly round-ups, I bring out the income octopus and breakdown my income as a travel photographer. As usual, it fits into 8 tentacles, err, categories: editorial, commerical, social, stock, vlog, blog, assignments, and affiliate/misc. Of course, those aren’t the only forms of income for travel photographers, they are just my most common ones.
Tomorrow, I’ll be back to the regular travel photography vlogs. I’m still in Freiburg, Germany. Tomorrow I’m heading to Basel, Switzerland to pick up a rental car so I can explore with a bit more freedom. See you there!