I am self employed.
My clients are mostly editorial, online and print.
No retirement, the biggest worry of my life!
I work 3 days a week roughly (I have two young children).
Over the last few yeas my day rate has definitely gone up but because of maternity leave, covid, and having left London I have not been able to work as much. Now I have more childcare but work has definitely dried up. Never been so quiet If I’m honest and I’m trying different routes as I feel picture editing is more and more thought of as a luxury, not as something that is necessary.
I have an online bookshop. They are all picture books so I definitely use it as a kind of portfolio.
Work hard and be kind to people 😉 Make sure that you are always on the side of the photographer, have their back.
I like to be approached by Email or Insta.
I find photographers on Insta, Arles, exhibitions, books, magazines, word of mouth. But mainly Insta.
To anyone wishing to get into my line of work I would say be a jack of all trades, I have had to learn how to design articles! Also learn basic photography skills, photo shop and In-design. Find your own style and stick to it. Learn how to master image research. Learn about AI. Be open to everything and fear nothing.