VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography (Voices That Matter Series)

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For those who want to make the transition into the world of vocational photography—staying true to your craft and vision, while fusing that craft with commerce VisionMongers is a great place to begin your journey. With a voice equally realistic and encouraging, photographer David duChemin discusses the experiences he’s had, the lessons he’s learned, and the practices he’s adopted in his own winding journey to becoming a successful working photographer.

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Overview

For those who want to make the transition into the world of vocational photography—staying true to your craft and vision, while fusing that craft with commerce VisionMongers is a great place to begin your journey. With a voice equally realistic and encouraging, photographer David duChemin discusses the experiences he’s had, the lessons he’s learned, and the practices he’s adopted in his own winding journey to becoming a successful working photographer.

When it comes to this personal, honest combination of craft and commerce, there is no single path to success. Everyone’s goals are different, as is everyone’s definition of success. As such, VisionMongers does not prescribe a one size-fits-all program. Instead, duChemin candidly shares ideas, wisdom, and inspiration to introduce you to, and help you navigate, the many aspects of transforming your passion into your vocation. He addresses everything from the anxiety-riddled question “Am I good enough?” to the basics—and beyond—of marketing, business, and finance, as well as the core assumption that your product is great and your craft is always improving.

Along the way, duChemin features the stories of nine other photographers—including Chase Jarvis, Gavin Gough, and Zack Arias—whose paths, while unique, have all shared a commitment and passion for bringing their own vision to market. With VisionMongers, you’ll learn what paths have been taken—what has worked for these photographers—and you’ll be equipped to begin the process of forging your own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321670205
  • Publisher: New Riders
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: Voices That Matter Series
  • Pages: 255
  • Sales rank: 459,095
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David duChemin is an assignment photographer specializing in humanitarian projects and world photography. A passionate contributor to the international photography community, duChemin's first book, Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision, received worldwide acclaim for its vision, passion, and depth. Find David online at Pixelatedimage.com.
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Table of Contents

chapter one Foundations
My Story Driven by Vision Sustained by Passion The Lines Are Blurring The Rules Are Changing VISIONMONGERS: Chris+Lynn
chapter two Work, Work, Work
It’s Hard The First Question The Benefits of Hobby Know Thyself. . . . . .
Know Your Market Know Your Craft
10% Show, 90% Biz . 45
Get Rich Quick! (But Do It Elsewhere)
VISIONMONGER: Kevin Clark Make a Plan, Stan Don’t Quit Your Day Job Find a Mentor Love Your Fans, but Listen to Your Critics Join a Gang Fake It Till You Make It Get to Work Too Busy Chopping Wood You Need Help Your First Assignment VISIONMONGER: Darwin Wiggett
chapter three Sounding Your Barbaric Yawp
What Can I Sell You?
How Can I Serve You?
The Four Pillars Branding Isn’t ( Just) for Cattle Perception Is Reality Photographer?
Make Them Love You More Conversations, More Opportunities VISIONMONGER: Grace Chon Word of Mouth He Said, She Said You Need a Logo Hey, Cool Card!
VISIONMONGER: Dave Delnea Marketing 2.0
VISIONMONGER: Gavin Gough Making Contact VISIONMONGER: Karl Grobl Go Where They Ain’t Three (Bad?) Metaphors about Competition
chapter four Business and Finance
Contracts Sponsorships It’s Not My Job, Man Scope Creep Finances: How Not to Be a Moron VISIONMONGER: Zack Arias You Are Not Wal-Mart Negotiations and Love Songs Take Me, I’m Yours Dig More Streams Insurance VISIONMONGER: Chase Jarvis
chapter five It’s a Brave New World
Appendix Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

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    Great read for anyone considering Photography as their vocation

    There are those professions (and I use "professions" specifically) which some people seek that are difficult to succeed or even eke out a living in...most of them are in the creative category or the Arts, if you will. Photography is certainly one of those endeavors.

    David duChemin recognizes that, and is frank about the hurdles facing the prospective photographer. However, when it is your calling (or vocation), then duChemin offers practical, honest advice on how to proceed, knowing that such a calling must be answered.

    The conversational tone of the book never took a condescending turn nor did it offer up a cookie-cutter list of things to do to "make it big". If nothing in the world will make you happier than to be a photographer, then you should read this book. If you ARE a photographer, but are not pleased with the track your career has taken you thus far, you should read this book. If you're not into photography at all, it certainly offers some insight into why those who are, are.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Extremely useful for photographers thinking about, or just starting, a business.

    If you're looking for a book to help you find your "style" or for inspiration then this isn't it. David duChemin is candidly honest about what it takes to make a living (and a life) from photography. To this end, most of the book is about how to market and brand yourself successfully. If you've ever thought about "going professional" even as a weekend warrior, I highly recommend that you read what David has to say. Whether this book helps you become hugely successful, mildly more successful, or keeps you from making the wrong career change it is worth its weight in gold.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    Not how to photograph, but how to make a living photographing

    Solid book with much basic info on how to run a photography business. Makes you think about the actual business mechanics required and does so in an easy to understand style and format. Nothing new, just a solid compilation of issues you need to plan for, be aware of and of the dirty, hard background work required.

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