It’s tough all over — the economy, that is. And so I thought I would share with you how my friend Linda Al-Khoury, a photographer in Amman, Jordan, is making a go of it despite her country’s weak market for freelance photography. Her answer, put simply, has been to diversify.
When she moved back to Amman after earning her degree in Lebanon, Linda set out as a freelancer. Within a few months, she decided that the income simply wouldn’t be enough to pay the bills. So she chose to open a studio to teach the craft — and joy — of photography to others.
A Hub of Activity
Her center, Darat Al Tasweer, offers photography classes for all levels. It has emerged as a hub for students, aspiring photographers, and photography lovers throughout the region.
But Linda’s center is more than a smart business decision. It is important to the future of photography in a country that recently witnessed the closure of the only faculty course teaching the subject.
Linda’s belief is that by spreading awareness and appreciation of the trade, she will create a stronger market for professional photography in the region over the long term.
An Inspiring Entrepreneur
From my experiences there, Jordan is a land rich in entrepreneurial women. Linda is one of the best examples of this.
She is committed. She is passionate. And she is working toward goals designed to benefit not only herself, but also her profession and her homeland.
Visiting Linda this past January, I learned of her newest adventure: the first photographic magazine in Arabic, for the Arabic world, featuring the work of various established pros in the region. It’s the latest salvo in Linda’s campaign to build a strong and enduring market for professional photography in Jordan.
And she does all this while continuing to work as a freelance commercial photographer.
If Linda can do it in Amman, you can do it where you are, too. I don’t mean you should open a studio for teaching photography classes (unless that’s something you want to do).
What I mean is that there are creative paths out there you can take with your photography, even in this economy. Just dream them — and then do them.