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Differences between a professional & freelance photographer

Differences between a professional & freelance photographer

According to Wikipedia, a freelancer or freelance worker is a term commonly used for a person who is self-employed and is not necessarily committed to a particular employer long-term. Freelance workers are sometimes represented by a company or a temporary agency that resells freelance labor to clients; others work independently or use professional associations or websites to get work. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freelancer)

In the photography industry, it is not difficult to find freelance photographers plying their trade. And to anyone who’s not in the photography industry we are all left to wonder besides the generalisation of freelancers being cheaper, what are the differences between a freelance photographer and a professional one? Here are some of the differences to help you understand better!

1. Have their own company
The biggest thing that separates professionals from freelancers are that they own or are part of a photography studio or company. This means that they’re in this industry full time and are fully committed to their craft and profession. Though this is not to say that freelancers are bad, in fact there are freelance photographers that are equally good or even better than some professional photographers, only that they do not have their own company.

2. Have their own studio
Being a professional photographer means having to cater to their clients in the best way possible and one of the ways to be able to fulfil that is to have your own studio. By having your own studio you have access to professional equipment, such as lights, cameras and backdrops. This also allows for touch ups/adjustments to be done on the spot.

3. Skills that are proven
Professional photographers have a portfolio that they are ready to show to their clients works that are similar to what they request and also an insight to how they shoot their photos. Every photographer has his or her own style and it is necessary to show to your clients what you can or cannot do.

4. Are professional in all aspects
And lastly, as a professional photographer you are required to be professional not just during the shoot but also before and after. Your first impression to the client counts. Be it your website, Facebook page, Instagram profile, Email follow ups on enquiries, first calls, follow up calls and ability to meet deadlines, these are one of the biggest things that differentiate a professional photographer from a freelancer. This is because these all add up to one thing: Your Brand.

Here at Digital Negative, we are a professional photography studio in Singapore. Having started their career in photography since 2010, Sam & Chris – a pair of identical twins with identical passions: a voracious love for photography and a keen eye for branding. We have our own studio and with a range of clients that include StarHub, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and CitiBank, we welcome all clients looking for a professional photographer in Singapore to improve their branding.

For more enquiries you can contact us here.


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