by Seamus Costelloe Published 01/10/2013
The realisation for Seamus Costelloe that he needed to shake his life up arrived one day, as he read the results of a survey about people's attitude to their job. "It said that around 90% of people hated what they did, and just 10% were happy," he says. "I looked at that and realised that I was definitely part of that 90% and I needed to do something about it.
Photography had been a passionate hobby of mine for around 16 years, and I was never happier than when immersing myself in the smells of the darkroom. I made the decision then and there to make my hobby my profession, and I'm now most definitely one of those 10% who loves what they do."
Seamus realised from the outset that if he wanted to make the move from shooting pictures for pleasure to making a living from his photography then he needed to undertake training and network with other professionals to ensure that he could learn from their experiences. Consequently one of his first moves was to join the SWPP/BPPA, and he's been a member for 10 years now and has enjoyed every minute.
"It was the springboard that heralded a new advancement in my career," he says. "I love my profession and am passionate about my work. I also love travel, and have been very fortunate in my photographic career to have visited Canada, Turkey, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Malta, Hungary and Mauritius. I even met my wife, Miriam through photography. I appreciate and respect what my profession has given me and I'll never take it for granted."Seamus Costelloe
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