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The Photographer’s Life Should Start with Family
Posted By Richard Wong On June 28, 2011 @ 12:02 am In Business of Photography | 17 Comments
It used to be said that the divorce rate for National Geographic photographers, with their frequent travels, was close to 100 percent.
I’m not sure if that was ever true, but I’ve read and heard plenty of sources that confirm the divorce rate for professional photographers is significantly higher than the national average.
I’ve also noticed that quite a few of our most famous photographers have never married or had children.
Balancing Work with Family
None of this should come as a surprise, considering how many photographers not only travel, but also work weekends or unpredictable hours for their jobs. And the most well-known photographers are often the most prolific, with the most demanding schedules.
I’m not married and don’t have kids — yet. But I do find it sad that so many photographers seem unable to balance career with family life.
When I come across photographers that are successfully striking this balance, I sometimes ask them how they do it.
While their strategies differ, the one constant I’ve found is that they put their families first. Their life starts with family, and everything else grows from that foundation.
Five Tips for Striking a Balance
Based on what I’ve learned from these conversations, here are five ideas for balancing your photography career with personal relationships:
Finally, tell your family you love them and that you appreciate their understanding — and do it often.
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