19 Feelings All Freelance Photographers Will Understand

19 Feelings All Freelance Photographers Will Understand


“Every day is a struggle.” – Anonymous Photographer, after a 24-hour retouching marathon

At first, you thought “Ah, this is easy! I’ll do what I love and get paid for it.” And now, a month down the line, you’re thinking, “I’ve never been so wrong in my life.”

1. When you realise you need to retouch the photos from 4 different photo shoots in 1 day

2. When all you did last week was retouch, eat, sleep (sometimes), repeat.

3. When Photoshop freezes and you lose 6 hours of work

4. When you’re trying to convince a client to choose you for a project

5. When you finally get paid for a shoot you did 2 months ago…

6. …But then realised you need a new lens and it’s way more expensive than you thought

7. When a 14-year-old asks you to do her TFP shoot

8. When you’re trying to get an A-List model to agree to a TFP shoot

9. When your back and your neck literally feel like they’re going to fall off because you’re forever carrying your equipment everywhere

10. When a client asks you to shoot “for exposure”

11. When you’re shooting at a wedding and smell food

12. When you’re trying to take a group shot of 30 people

13. When your battery dies right in the middle of the shoot

14. When someone says “you have a great camera, it must be taking nice pictures” when it’s actually YOU who’s taking the nice pictures

15. When all your friends are going on a trip for the holidays but you have retouching to do

16. When you try to persuade yourself to work extra hours

17. When you try to take a picture of a client’s kids

18. When you forgot to post photos from your latest photo shoot on social media

19. When you start to work with Splento and all these problems melt away…

Working with Splento gives you the opportunity to be gone with the trials and tribulations that come with being a freelance photographer trying to make it on your own. We find the clients and retouch all the images for you so you can just do what you really love doing – taking photos!