Hello, My name is Jon Moore. I am a photographer looking to make it professional. I'm currently in Frederick, MD. I'm going for my Associate Arts degree in Digital Media Design at Frederick Community College. Does anyone know of any companies, studious, independent individuals, anything, looking for a photographer ranging from a paid position to a summer intern? I'm willing to travel. Thank you!
Hi Jon! Great to hear you're in school while you try to make this dream a reality. Photography is one of those great and frustrating careers because there's so much you can do but it's hard to learn how to do it. Are you more interested in photographing people? If so, there's a lot of money to be made for photographing weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, anniversaries, and headshots for workers and performers. If any of that sounds good to you I'd recommend contacting event places near you to see if you can get on their vendors list, also advertising on craigslist and local college boards (even your own!) to show that you can do headshots for musicians and actors. People looking to break into those fields need you as much as you need them!
If you're more interested in photographing things I recommend seeing if any realty office near you needs someone to photograph new houses on the market and things like that. For photographers I think (and correct me if I'm wrong of course) it's more about being involved in multiple projects than about just getting a job. I hope this helps a little!