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04/25/2006 07:27:58 AM · #1
...to persue a career in photography!!! Whoohoo!!! I am so pshyched about this!!! :D

I finally did what I have been dreaming about for the last year or so. You see, here in Iceland, photography as a career isn´t really open to everyone. It´s classified as an industry profession so you first have to go to school, then work for a photographer for 1 year before you can pass a test and get certified as a photographer. The process is exactly the same as for carpentry or masonry, plumbing and such and while I personally think that´s rediculous to classify photography that way, that´s just the way it is here and I have accepted that a long time ago. It means that if noone will take you on as a student for that year, you can´t get a license to work as a photographer. Well the thing is that I just found a guy this spring that is willing to take me on as a student when I am finished with the school wich is approximately 1 year.

Well I just took the first step towards this, I just quit my job yesterday! Here you have 3 months of notice and then I´ll take my summer vacation and start school in August. Hopefully in about 2 years I´ll be a certified photographer and can either keep working for the guy that is going to help me out or if he doesn´t want anything to do with me, start my own company :D

I feel like I am taking a huge risk but I feel I must. I absolutely live for photography and have no doubt my determination will only increase, the only thing that comes before photography is my wife and kids. Seriously, I am a guy and I almost think about photography more than sex! This decision means that we´ll be pretty much broke for the next 2 years and will have a huge impact on our lives but I have Henný´s full support (she is awesome by the way, best wife in the world). This means that my future livelyhood will depend on how good I am with the camera! Well at least if I crash and burn I´ll know I gave it my best shot and I can put my dream of being a pro photographer behind me.

Who wants to be the first to congratulate me, or for that matter tell me that I suck and should forget about this alltogether...?
04/25/2006 07:31:07 AM · #2
woohoo!!! Congrats :-)
A very brave leap of faith! The very best of luck to you, I'm sure you'll do great!
04/25/2006 07:32:31 AM · #3
Lucky, lucky you:))
04/25/2006 07:33:35 AM · #4
There is NO WAY you are going to fail.
Your work is already high quality.

Congratulations. Best of luck in the new career.
04/25/2006 07:33:43 AM · #5
Congrats on living the dream. You are doing something that I am sure most of here wish that we could do. I wish you all the best and am sure that you will be fine.
04/25/2006 07:36:40 AM · #6
Well done Lárus! I really hope it all goes well for you!
04/25/2006 07:36:56 AM · #7
nice one mate. You can do it. If you have a passion, like I know you do, then you cannot fail. Best of luck!!!
04/25/2006 07:39:35 AM · #8
in five years, when your first solo fashion book gets published, i'm going to buy 2 - one for work and one for home. When people look at and say how wonderful it is, I'll say, "Yeah, he's pretty good. I competed against him once in a color studio portrait challenge. I won of course, but the kid's got heart."

:)

congratulations
04/25/2006 07:39:43 AM · #9
Congratulations on making such an important decision. I'm sure you will make it big.
04/25/2006 07:45:21 AM · #10
Congrats. You are doing something alot of us would like to do. I would love to be a full time photog, I just don't see it happening. Again, congrats, you will have a stellar future at it.
04/25/2006 07:45:32 AM · #11
well done indeed. a great, if scary decision. thumbs up all the way!
04/25/2006 07:49:00 AM · #12
Congrats Lárus.
04/25/2006 07:49:05 AM · #13
Congratulations onthe big leap! Hope it goes smoothly.
04/25/2006 07:49:34 AM · #14
well, you know how i feel about taking risks ;-)

and believe me, larus, with the preparation you've made for this journey, you should be able to enjoy smooth sailing, as well as handle the rough weather. just be sure to chronicle everything you do.

good luck, and best wishes to you and your incredible family!
04/25/2006 07:57:09 AM · #15
til hamingju með stóra stökkið, en samkvæmt nýjustu breytingum þá þarftu ekki lengur að komast á samning eins og í smíði ofl, bara að vinna fyrir ljósmyndastofu eða annann vinnustað þar sem ljósmyndun er virkur þáttur í vinnunni, og það þarf bara að sækja um að staðurinn sé tekin út til að fá hann samþykktan sem námsstað :) og það besta.. það þarf ekki að vera meistari í ljósmyndun á staðnum :)

þessar breytingar gera okkur hinum kleift að ljúka þessum vinnutíma þó að við þekkjum engan ljósmyndara, bara ef við fáum vinnu á ljósmyndastofu, auglýsingastofu, tímariti eða sambærilegu..

ég veit ekki hvað þú ert búinn að læra, en fyrst er það upplýsinga og fjölmiðlabraut sem þú þarft að ljúka áður en þú kemst inn í ljósmyndun, venjulega er það 3 annir ef þú ert ekki búinn með neinn frammhaldsskóla, en ég gat klárað hana á einni önn af því að ég var búinn með flest bókfögin eins og ensku, dönsku, íslensku og stærðfræði.

en þar sem þú ert þegar mjög góður ljósmyndari þá þarftu víst ekki að hafa áhyggjur af því hvort þú komist inn í ljósmyndadeildina.. en það er samt verið að breyta henni, það er verið að tala um að hætta með filmuvinnuna og fara alfarið út í digital, vona að þú komist inn áður en það gerist, 90% af því sem maður lærir þarna er í filmutímunum, og svo mikklu skemmtilegri tímar en stafræn vinnsla.

enn og aftur velkominn í hóp verðandi fagmanna :)
04/25/2006 07:58:00 AM · #16
Originally posted by hopper:

in five years, when your first solo fashion book gets published, i'm going to buy 2 - one for work and one for home. When people look at and say how wonderful it is, I'll say, "Yeah, he's pretty good. I competed against him once in a color studio portrait challenge. I won of course, but the kid's got heart."

:)

congratulations


Hahaha, too funny, I literally burst out laughing :) I´ll come over for that beer then and of course to sign the copies ;)
04/25/2006 08:09:51 AM · #17
I really wish you good luck , the most important is that you have the support of your family.
Chasing dreams can be like chasing dragons/illusions but the results sometimes are more than one expected. (As icelandic you probably will agree with me that dragons exist !)

In bad moments never forget your dream ,the path has obstacles,could appear too long but with your strengh and the support of your loved ones... Go ahead !
04/25/2006 08:17:36 AM · #18
I love this kind of stuff! I hope you will be able to keep us updated (like skiprow does) on how things are going! Congratulations on your new scary but very exciting journey!!!!
04/25/2006 08:23:38 AM · #19
Wow, congrats on taking the steps to make a career out of something you love! Good luck to you. There's still a long road ahead, but time will pass quickly enough and you'll do great. You're an awesome photographer.
04/25/2006 08:31:22 AM · #20
Awesome! I hope all goes well for you. You certainly have the talent and drive. I'm sure you will do well.
04/25/2006 08:35:01 AM · #21
yeah, what he said:

Originally posted by DanSig:

til hamingju með stóra stökkið, en samkvæmt nýjustu breytingum þá þarftu ekki lengur að komast á samning eins og í smíði ofl, bara að vinna fyrir ljósmyndastofu eða annann vinnustað þar sem ljósmyndun er virkur þáttur í vinnunni, og það þarf bara að sækja um að staðurinn sé tekin út til að fá hann samþykktan sem námsstað :) og það besta.. það þarf ekki að vera meistari í ljósmyndun á staðnum :)

þessar breytingar gera okkur hinum kleift að ljúka þessum vinnutíma þó að við þekkjum engan ljósmyndara, bara ef við fáum vinnu á ljósmyndastofu, auglýsingastofu, tímariti eða sambærilegu..

ég veit ekki hvað þú ert búinn að læra, en fyrst er það upplýsinga og fjölmiðlabraut sem þú þarft að ljúka áður en þú kemst inn í ljósmyndun, venjulega er það 3 annir ef þú ert ekki búinn með neinn frammhaldsskóla, en ég gat klárað hana á einni önn af því að ég var búinn með flest bókfögin eins og ensku, dönsku, íslensku og stærðfræði.

en þar sem þú ert þegar mjög góður ljósmyndari þá þarftu víst ekki að hafa áhyggjur af því hvort þú komist inn í ljósmyndadeildina.. en það er samt verið að breyta henni, það er verið að tala um að hætta með filmuvinnuna og fara alfarið út í digital, vona að þú komist inn áður en það gerist, 90% af því sem maður lærir þarna er í filmutímunum, og svo mikklu skemmtilegri tímar en stafræn vinnsla.

enn og aftur velkominn í hóp verðandi fagmanna :)


my keyboard doesn't even make those funny characters.

do i want to know how "fagmanna" translates?

either way, congrats!
04/25/2006 08:35:50 AM · #22
Originally posted by Larus:

This means that my future livelyhood will depend on how good I am with the camera!


Well if thats the case then your future looks pretty safe.

Best of luck and enjoy the journey.

cheers,
bazz.
04/25/2006 08:36:59 AM · #23
Based on the quality of your work, you'll have no problem!

Just beware of 'falling out of love with photography' when you are getting paid to do it.

After working as a TV cameraman for many years it took a while for my youthful passion for creating images to return :-)
04/25/2006 08:43:17 AM · #24
Congratualtions! That is a huge step you are taking, and something that takes a lot of courage. Be confident in yourself and know that your work is outstanding and well-respected. You will have no problem with the talent that you have. Best of luck to you in your endeavor.
04/25/2006 08:48:49 AM · #25
That's brilliant news. I am a firm believer of following your passion, if the dream is realistic and you've got talent. (Which you've definately got).Decisions are difficult, but as they say-nothing ventured, nothing gained.May God guide you.
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