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25 January 2013 @ 03:29 pm
How I, strangely, became a professional photographer  
It was never my ambition to be paid for my photography. I just saw the great amounts of amateur photographers who are average-to-kinda-good and who own photoshop, trying to make it in the professional world. I didn't want to spoil my fun and independence by trying to make money with it. Strangely, right now I'm paid to photograph (well right now I'm in fact paid to blog to you all XD)

My favourite collegue, the one in charge of IT, website and social media was fired recently. And the collegue who did my job before I was hired (taking calls, sending emails, arranging deliverystuff) turned out to really miss her old job. Hence, I am now in charge of all product photography, all cool photography for our social media and cooking up things for our recipe site. It felt ODD odd odd. I have a camera (Canon urgh) and a light box and a photoshop without my favourite plugins.

It's very strange to make smoothies during worktime and take pictures of them, arranged cutely in nice glasses with some fruit. I just thought I'd let you know.

Here's some of my pics.

S. Maria Magdalena: assawna on January 25th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Ik hou van dit soort verhalen :D

Waar werk je nu dan? In mijn hoofd geef je rondleidingen in de natuur, of werk je als kok bij... ergens, maar misschien is dat wel vijf banen geleden? :P
An aspiring catladybasje on January 26th, 2013 09:26 am (UTC)
Oh wat leuk dat je dat onthouden hebt zeg! Dat zijn inderdaad mijn twee vorige baantjes. Ik werk nu bij een bedrijf dat biologische boodschappen thuisbezorgd. Ik begon als administratief medewerker maar ben nu verantwoordelijk voor het verhogen van de sales, dus ook alle pr, leuke acties bedenken en zorgen dat er steeds meer klanten komen. Ik mag zelf bedenken hoe, dus ga ik een beetje recepten verzinnen en op bezoek bij telers enzo om foto's te maken :)
S. Maria Magdalena: assawna on January 26th, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
Is dat zoiets als Hellofresh qua opzet? Dat je er ook recepten bijkrijgt?
An aspiring catlady: by kisa_chanbasje on January 29th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
Ja, vrijwel hetzelfde idee. Je kunt een abonnement op een groentepakket nemen, of gewoon alles zelf winkelen, en dan wordt het thuisgebracht. Er is een nieuwsbrief met recepten enzo, maar je kunt dus ook gewoon je normale boodschappen doen :)
S. Maria Magdalenasawna on January 29th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
Hoe heet het? (En krijg je er ook receptjes bij?)
An aspiring catladybasje on January 29th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
Het heet BeterBio, zie BeterBio.nl. We bezorgen alleen nog niet in heel Nederland. Recepten zijn in de nieuwsbrief die elke week uitkomt ( en die ik dus maak), die kun je ook vinden via de website, rechts onderin :)
yemelianko: pic#111978634yemelianko on January 25th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
That's so cool! Congrats! Paid hobby is a dream :)
J: Jkyomu on January 25th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Congratulations!
Eternia: applescherry_cupcakes on January 26th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
that is so awesome! Funny how life works out sometimes :)
Patricia Suomi: rosessuomigoth on January 27th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
Considering how talented you are with both cooking and photography, I'm not suprised to see you in this kind of job! And I'm so happy for you!! Congratz!
And, personally, I just like to hear your story, cause I used to believe that as long as you work hard and not forget to invest in yourself/your talents you will end up in a nice job.Your story proofs to me that everything is not completely gloomy in the working world.
Good luck with it and keep us updated!
An aspiring catlady: by kisa_chanbasje on January 27th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I knew my chance had come when I started working for this small, growing and fairly flexible company. At first I had the boring job of answering phones and keeping track of things. But I just started constantly thinking up cool new actions, marketing things, offering to jump in and help out in other people's places. I offered to go to events to photograph and stuff and just volunteered tons of ideas and that's how they came to see my qualities beyond answering phones.

What I really REALLY recommend to you is that you check out the collumns of Jen Dziura for the grindstone. There's not a real archive so you have to search out the ones that work for you: http://www.thegrindstone.com/author/4dd580e513e15/ those articles are most amazing and give you lots of tips on how to get ahead in the workplace, better your job and life and money, how to convince your boss to move you up, and so much more. This is stuff that really motivated me and made me very hopeful that things could be different :)
Patricia Suomi: rosessuomigoth on January 29th, 2013 01:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the link! Luckily the first collumn on it lists all the collums published this year, to make it easier for me to pick out those that could be inspirational or helpful. Just read the one that draw my eyes immediately (Coping With Career Suckage You Have No Control Over (Or DO You…?) and already I read some pitfalls I fall into as well at my job and thus also some eye-openers on basically how I cope with it the wrong way. So I think I might now spend my midday off reading a few articles and try to make up some plan for myself.

The only plan I have for this year now is to get another job, in a smal(ler) company. Like what happened to you, one of my ex-study friends also got a boring telephone job at a small company less than a year ago, but they also realised that with a university background, she is capable of much more. So three raises later she now works as the PA for the management team with all the responsibilities and a challenging workday. Now, instead of hearing those amazing stories and start sulking (feeling sorry for yourself is so easy) I've decided that 2013 is the year where I'll get back on my feet and actually change something. If the KPN doesnt realise how great I am, another company will!
An aspiring catlady: by kisa_chanbasje on January 29th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like it! This collumn helped me so much in just doing some things and making decisions (and also, knowing that you're not alone!)

I really do feel that working in a small company will help you more. It's easier to show your skills, show your dedication and hard work, and be rewarded for it. On the other hand, you do really have to show this things, and show them what you can do. My coworker, who was hired before me and who did my job before me, was just let go because while she did do what she had to do, she didn't bring anything extra. She didn't come up with new ideas and didn't pack crates of potatoes when we were in a pinch and kinda complained a lot. And since I could do the same things but with the extra's, she was let go and I got the job. But I do think it will be much easier to move up in smaller companies, because in a large company you're just a number, and you're treated like everyone else is. In a small company, there's noone else so if you want a raise or a better position, you can usually haggle your way towards it :)
J.D. Night Ghobhadi: Lovejdnightghobhadi on January 31st, 2013 08:02 am (UTC)
This is Awesome, love! Congratulations!

I just have to say that what you share here never fails to impress me because you clearly really have an eye for photography so it's completely brilliant to hear that you're actually getting paid to do something you're immensely good at! I sincerely hope you can keep this job! ♥
An aspiring catlady: by kisa_chanbasje on January 31st, 2013 08:56 am (UTC)
Thanks! It feels very weird, most of all. Also using the cameras from work made me realize how odd and out-dated my own is :( It did make me feel very happy about photography and I'm planning some nice photos some time soon :)
J.D. Night Ghobhadi: Lovejdnightghobhadi on February 4th, 2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
It's funny to think that your personal camera is ''old fashioned'' because you still manage to capture impressive photos with it. Regardless, that's excellent to hear. ;)

Edited at 2013-02-04 10:01 pm (UTC)