VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography (Google eBook)

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New Riders, Nov 11, 2009 - Photography - 272 pages
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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.

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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Review: VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography

User Review  - Alastair Arthur - Goodreads

Love David's focus on the importance of vision, mixed with practical advice on making a business work. Read full review

Review: VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography

User Review  - Relyn - Goodreads

I love David duChemin. I love his photographs, his attitude toward photography, and his generous spirit. This is a well-written, honest look at life as a professional photographer. It's a must read for anyone thinking about becoming a professional photographer. Read full review

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Contents

Foundations
2
My Story
4
Driven by Vision
9
Sustained by Passion
12
The Lines Are Blurring
13
The Rules Are Changing
16
Chris+Lynn
19
Work Work Work
26
Grace Chon
107
Word of Mouth
112
Make it Last
113
You Need a Logo
116
What Are You Trying to Say?
117
Your Next Step
119
Hey Cool Card
120
Make Them Rock
121

Its Hard
28
The First Question
30
The Benefits of Hobby
34
Know Thyself
36
What Do You Love?
37
Who Cares?
38
Yeah But Am I Good Enough?
40
Your Next Step
41
Your Next Step
43
Know Your Craft
44
10 Show 90 Biz
45
Get Rich Quick But Do It Elsewhere
47
Kevin Clark
49
Make a Plan Stan
56
Your Next Step
59
Dont Quit Your Day Job
62
Find a Mentor
63
Love Your Fans but Listen to Your Critics
66
Your Next Step
67
Join a Gang
68
Fake It Till You Make It
70
Get to Work
71
Your Next Step
73
You Need Help
75
The Limits of Time
77
Your Next Step
80
Darwin Wiggett
81
Sounding Your Barbaric Yawp
86
What Can I Sell You?
88
How Can I Serve You?
89
The Four Pillars
91
Congruency
92
Commitment
93
Branding Isnt Just for Cattle
94
Your Next Step
96
Perception Is Reality
97
Your Next Step
99
Master Photographer?
100
Make Them Love You
101
Keep Going
104
More Conversations More Opportunities
105
Your Next Step
106
Make Them Targeted
122
Make Them Creative
124
Do it Right the First Time
126
Marketing 20
134
Everyones All aTwitter
138
wwwmakeyourwebsiteawesomecom
140
Your Next Step
143
Your Next Step
150
Gavin Gough
151
Making Contact
159
Beginnings Are Hard
161
Book em Dano
163
Karl Grobl
165
Your Next Step
172
Go Where They Aint
173
Three Bad? Metaphors about Competition
175
Business and Finance
178
Contracts
180
Sponsorships
182
Its Not My Job Man
186
Scope Creep
188
How Not to Be a Moron
190
Go In Lean and Trim
191
Assets and Liabilities
193
Stay Debt Free
194
Prepare for Contingencies
195
Price Your Work Wisely
196
Your Next Step
198
Zack Arias
199
You Are Not WalMart
205
Your Next Step
208
Take Me Im Yours
213
Dig More Streams
220
Your Next Step
223
Insurance
224
Chase Jarvis
225
Its a Brave New World
232
Appendix
239
A Conversation with Joe McNally
243
Index
249
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About the author (2009)

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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