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How to become a professional photographer

Pics of Asia photographer Etienne Bossot taking photos in Vietnam

How to become a professional photographer

Yes you heard me! Drop everything you are doing and read this amazing secret I am the only pro photographer to reveal the world!


You have a passion for photography but for now it only is a hobby. You wish you could make it your job, but the lack of experience and confidence keeps you from going. This article is just for you.


Are you ready for it?


To make it easier for everyone, I developed the idea into 2 easy steps. I call that the “Pro-photo-steps” and I only charge $99.9 for it. But as I feel generous for 2016, here it is in exclusivity:


  • Call your boss right now and quit your current job. It has been years you work a job you hate with people you hate and do not get any recognition for the hard work you do. I think it is time


  • Call all your friends, your family, former co workers you like, write it all over Facebook: you now charge money for photos. You can shoot their families, their events, their pets, their houses or their conjugal fights (more difficult this one but a great exercise!). Explain them that even though it is the age of digital photography, this doesn’t make photography free.


[I used to have a third step describing the ideal scarves to wear depending on the weather and type of assignment, as well as poses to adopt for certain types of photography. Also carrying more than one camera around your neck instantly makes you a pro! But I am illustrating the articles with photos of myself doing that, even better :)]


photographer Etienne Bossot taking photos in Vietnam

I call it the semi toilet seat. Impress your clients by showing how flexible your knees are.


You do not work for free, never. You don’t need to work for free to get experience. You will get experience as you have the passion and will be shooting everyday. You do not work for free to create yourself a portfolio. You already have images that show your style and the things you like.

You want to shoot weddings but do not have wedding images to show? Then you will work harder to showcase your other work and convince people that if you can do that, you can surely do weddings, and give it a different / new vision.

photographer Etienne Bossot taking photos in Myanmar

2 cameras at the same time? Must be a pro!

And as you are now happy, working for yourself in something you love, you are a super nice person to be around. The clients will love you and call you over and over for new jobs. No need to become cocky because you have this big new camera. Everyone has this big new camera.


But not everyone is making a living doing what they love. And that is the first step to happiness.


photographer Etienne Bossot taking photos in Myanmar

shooting in the smoke? Such a creativity, never seen before in temples of Bagan!


These photos are obviously not from me. I would like to thank all my students for sharing these photos with me and allowing me to share them and make me look good and a real pro.


Founder of Pics of Asia, Etienne is a teacher with a photography habit.


  1. Jeanne on January 3, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Ha ha ! This is the best and funniest thing I have seen and read for 2016 ! Trust you Etienne you are a legion in you own lunch box !!!
    That’s an Aussie saying if you haven’t heard it before !

    • Peta-Marie on January 3, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Ohhh ….we all bought those scarves in Dong Van because we thought that’d make us pro’s!
      Great read Etienne. Agree with Mum your humour is infectious
      Thank you

  2. Jürgen on January 3, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Eheh, good reading. I wish you wonderful 2016 and lot of nice shootings 😉

  3. Leonne on January 3, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Love this Etienne. So simple, funnyfunny and unpretentious. Thank you.

  4. Fiona on January 4, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you…I would love to say goodbye to my work..especially on this rainy Monday morning.

    I will get working on the scarves.


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