I wrote VisionMongers almost 10 years ago to fill a void that continues to exist for those who want to make the transition into the world of vocational photography while staying true to your craft and vision and fusing that craft with commerce.
When it comes to this personal, honest combination of craft and commerce, there is no single path to success. Everyone’s goals are different, as is everyone’s definition of success. As such, VisionMongers does not prescribe a one-size-fits-all program. Instead, I tried to candidly share ideas, wisdom, and inspiration to introduce you to, and help you navigate, the many aspects of transforming your passion into your vocation. Discussing everything from the anxiety-riddled question “Am I good enough?” to the basics—and beyond—of marketing, business, and finance, as well as the core assumption that your product is great and your craft is always improving, this book is important to a generation of photographers.
VisionMongers also features the stories of nine other photographers—including Chase Jarvis, Gavin Gough, and Zack Arias—whose unique paths have all shared a commitment and passion for bringing their own vision to market. You’ll learn what paths have been taken—what has worked for these successful photographers—and you’ll be equipped to begin the process of forging your own.
VisionMongers is no longer in print, so the only way to get it now is as a downloadable PDF. This is not a print book and will be delivered as a digital file.
"This is an absolute must-have for any business-oriented, working photographer. Far different and more valuable than any how-to photography book, David duChemin concentrates on the step-by-step nuts and bolts of starting, branding, launching, and managing any level of photography company. If you are looking into starting a photography business, this book will tell you how in a helpful, no-nonsense, mentoring style. Well worth the small investment- which is what this book indeed is; you will save/recoup the cost many times over. duChemin is one of the better photography writers currently publishing- his guides are highly recommended and his skill behind the lens is immediately apparent when visiting his site or reading his books." - G Carlson (Amazon Review)
"This book is a MUST READ not just for photographers but for any creative wishing to enter their art into the marketplace. David pulls no punches, being honest, about how tough it is to become a full-time vocational photographer. However, the book is also a great inspiration because of the relevant advice and strategies he lays out for the photographer. Throughout the book, David spotlights other photographers that have come from "day jobs". He tells their stories of conquering adversity and their business strategies used to become successful at making a living from the craft they love." - Chris Plante (Amazon Review)