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109 – The Unfiltered Truth: Exposing Photography’s Everyday Challenges

The often overlooked realities of life behind the lens can be very challenging when you seek life as a professional or full-time photographer. In this episode of The Nerdy Photographer Podcast, we shed light on the non-glamorous aspects of being a photographer. Join us as we peel back the curtain and uncover the challenges and sacrifices that shape the journey of photographers striving to make it in the photo industry.

photography podcast discussing challenges for the photographers trying to make it in the photo industry

My guest, Francesco Sapienza, and I share our raw and unfiltered accounts of our experiences navigating the unpredictable terrain of the photography industry. From the painstaking hours spent editing photos to the financial uncertainty of freelancing, we confront the myths of glamour and overnight success head-on. This episode explores the emotional rollercoaster of rejection, self-doubt, and burnout that many photographers face on their quest for creative fulfillment.

The road is rugged, but with fortitude and preparation, you can forge ahead. Listening to this episode, you will have some idea of what you are getting into, or, if you’ve already started down the professional photography path, that you are not alone in dealing with these issues.

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About My Guest

“I’m an Italian New York based Food photographer. I’m passionate about helping culinary brands in New York shape their dreams through effortless and stunning food photography.

Among my clients: Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Café, Daily Provisions, Whole Foods Market, Oceans, Boucherie, Lavazza, Eataly, Hawksmoor, Smithsonian Books, Rizzoli Publications, and The New York Times.

Grew up in Rome. Educated in Stockholm. A New Yorker since 2011.”

You can find Francesco’s work on his website, his Instagram feed, or on LinkedIn.

How Do You Feel About the Grind of Being a Photographer?

Do you feel overwhelmed at times? Leave a comment below and let me know what you are going through. Perhaps I can help or we can cover what your concerns in a future episode. Also be feel to ask any photography related questions you may have here or on social media.

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With more than a quarter century as a professional photographer, The Nerdy Photographer's goal is to spread knowledge and laughter throughout the photo industry. Please follow along on social media and subscribe to the podcast.

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