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Unraveling Success in Freelance Photography
Photography is not about cameras, gadgets and gizmos. Photography is about photographers. A camera didn’t make a great picture any more than a typewriter wrote a great novel. – Peter Adams
A Freelance Photographer is a person who takes pictures and then sells or offers it to any clients and gigs.
This person is neither tied nor employed by any company and is free to work on multiple projects and clients anytime.
Life of a freelancer can be quite tough, with all competitions and stuffs; one must be able to know and handle the maze of survival.
Everyone I know loves to be their own boss where they can handle their own time, manage their stuff in the way they wanted it to be and controlling the pace of their career. Some gave up before they start to build their future.
But others really did take the risk and fight.
Where do you want to be?
Are you going to be a part of those who just gave up or be a part of those who succeeded?
Photography is a vast word and varies in meaning depending how one would perceive it.
There are also many kinds of photography categorizing each in different aspects of the world and life. I myself always love to photograph nature that seems so serene and peaceful dancing with the wind.
Things fade in colour and only photographs can halt its dauntingly vibrant theme.
Most people would define photography as an art of creating photographic images by means of an image sensor and by the aid of a camera.
But on a heart of a true artist, photography means capturing those perfect moments that time would steal away any minute - freezing a priceless memory and carving it on the eyes of the future... and that is what Mr. Wallace Francisco believed in.
Who Is He?
You may or may have not heard of him, but Mr. Wallace Francisco, only on his early thirties, took the world of photography by a whirlwind.
He can turn a simple flash into one lasting treasure... and his masterpieces are his great proof.
Mr. Wallace Francisco is a successful Freelance Photographer and has done many photo shoots for weddings, events or any personal portraits and is currently into kid’s stuffs. He already garnered the trust of his clients, giving them utmost support and best results for any special day.
Success after success, Mr. Francisco kindly shares on this interview his experiences and tips on how to become a good freelance photographer. For those who love photography as much as he do, you can really learn a thing or two from him. He also started from scratch but became better and better every day.
What's his secret?
A HOBBY THAT TURNS INTO PASSION
As a photography hobbyist, he joined an outreach program in Payatas together with his fellow photographers. This was his first photo shoot experience and right there at the moment, he knew that he could achieve more in this field.
Q: When did you start thinking about being involved in the world of photography?
WF (Wallace Francisco): It all started way back December of 2008 when I told Jester Alcaraz, who is my mentor as well as my friend, that I wanted to buy a digital camera and ask him to buy one for me in Singapore.
I could start on a digicam but in a twist of fate, he suggested that he will just buy a Nikon DSLR for me, so I thought, why not?
Q: Most successful freelance photographer start from small beginnings. Please share us your first paid photo shoot:
WF: It was in Makati City for a Make-up and Aesthetic School. It was a tough experience for me since it's my first project but all you need is confidence and trust to yourself and be the best as you can be in any way.
That is one major step-up for me and who knows I'll get this far? It was not a simple coincidence; but rather it was the motivation that fuels this passion on the art of making memories last forever.
Q: Wow, that’s an amazing insight for someone so young. What motivates you to learn more and be a better photographer?
WF: The good photos of other photographers motivate and inspired me to become one. It’s like a challenge for me to achieve more beautiful photos like theirs. I know it’s hard to achieve perfection on this craft, but it's a start.
Great things come from small beginnings, right?
Q: Yes sir, right. Being able to do free and paid photo shoots, what did you learn on your experiences?
WF: I've learned a great deal when it comes to clients. Seriously, they have different attitudes and needs different approaches. You have to know their needs as well as their wants. Clients need to be assured to gain their trust. Most especially, be professional in any way.
Q: You seem so passionate on showing your best to your clients, which I know is the start of a very great career. I know that not all times we praise our work. Sometimes, we get into these ideas that our work may not seem so great. Have you ever felt this before?
WF: Right on track, M. Yes, sometimes I do feel that way.
Q: So what made you decide to keep going?
WF: I took it as a challenge. I’m not afraid to stand up again upon a mere fall. This keeps me to strive hard and do my best next time. Life has a way to test you; but if you do love what you’re doing, not a mere fall will keep you from moving on.
Q: Any upcoming projects you would like to share?
WF: I have some small petty party coverage this last quarter of the year and got two weddings to capture this December.
Q: Can you share us your secret what’s behind all these success in freelance photography?
WF: I deal with my clients on the highest professional way possible; giving them the captured moments that they want to keep and have.
Being a freelance photographer, success is not always about money; sometimes you need to run an extra mile for that person requesting for your services – making them feel at ease and satisfied with the output.
When clients are happy and satisfied with the results, I can feel that I’ve done a great job; that it’s really a successful event in their life and I’m happy to be a part of it.
Q: I do agree with you, Sir. Also, satisfied customers really are our best ad. Any message you would like to share?
WF: Love the craft wholeheartedly and do practice every time you got a chance. It doesn’t matter what your camera is, the photographer is still the one who makes and capture the picture.
Practice makes perfect. Most importantly, capture the essence of time with your heart. Experience is the best teacher. You just have to be patient to learn new things every day, take things slowly and don’t race with time.
Learn from your mistakes and always maximize your resources, meaning explore more, go out and feel the outside world – there’s so much to know.
The best advice I can give is, don’t be afraid to take risk, to try something new and learn from the experiences of others too – take that as a challenge wherever you go. And always always believe in yourself.
If this is your passion in life, go for it even if others are against it. That only means you are good enough to fight what you want.
“Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like.”
You can view his online portfolio by visiting his official page:
I humbly offer my big thank you to Mr. Wallace Francisco for giving me this rare opportunity to interview him on the art that almost everybody loves. The main purpose of this is to shed light to other aspiring photographers who might need a little push to keep going to what they really love.
I also must say that this is not an advertisement nor promoting any products/services but rather a food for thought for all of us to let us know that no matter how hard it is, no matter how many times we stumble, we just need to pull ourselves up and keep going. Success is just around the bend!
Well, I’ve learned that success really comes within you, the determination and the hard work you’ve wasted wisely will be all worth at the end.
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