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My Journey to Becoming a Full-Time Freelancer: Product Photographer Toronto

Have you ever wondered what it takes to turn a passion into a full-time career? For me, the journey to becoming a full-time freelancer has been an exciting and fulfilling adventure, filled with learning, creativity, and growth. Here’s how I made the transition from a high school student with a camera to a full-time photographer and social media manager.

The Beginning

early experience. started photographing in high-school photographing friends and family.
becoming a full time freelancer

My love for photography started in high school. I first picked up a camera in my grade 9 media arts class. Instantly hooked, I started experimenting with photography and Photoshop. This initial exposure sparked a passion that would shape my future career.

Formal Education

formal education enrolling in a photography diploma program
becoming a full time freelancer

Knowing I wanted to pursue photography further, I enrolled in a creative photography program at college after high school. This program was instrumental in my development as a photographer. I gained technical knowledge, learned about lighting and posing techniques, and got hands-on experience that would prove invaluable in my professional journey.

Launching My Business

Launching my business
becoming a full time freelancer

While still in college, I decided to launch my own photography business. I started booking photoshoots with families and couples, which provided me with real-world experience and helped build my portfolio. I also dabbled in product photography, discovering endless creative possibilities that fueled my passion even more.

Expanding My Skills

Expanding my skills with a social media management program
becoming a full time freelancer

To expand my skill set and better serve my clients, I enrolled at York University for a social media management certification course. This additional training allowed me to offer comprehensive photo and social media packages to small businesses. It was a crucial step in diversifying my services and enhancing my value to clients.

Replacing my 9-5

Freelancing Full time

I never gave up on my passion for freelancing. After years of hard work, learning, and creativity, I’m proud to say I’m now a full-time photographer and social media manager. This journey has been filled with challenges, but also with incredible rewards. I’ve had the privilege of working with amazing clients, from small businesses to personal projects, capturing moments and creating impactful social media content.

Every photoshoot and project has helped me grow and refine my skills. The continuous learning and adapting in this dynamic industry keep me excited for the future. Being a full-time freelancer means I get to do what I love every day, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


In conclusion, the journey to becoming a full-time freelancer is one of dedication, passion, and continuous growth. It’s about seizing opportunities, expanding your skills, and never giving up on your dreams. If you’re considering a similar path, remember that every step, no matter how small, brings you closer to your goals.

Save this post and comment below if you found my journey inspiring. If you’re ready to take the next step in your own freelancing career, I’d love to hear from you. Contact me at danielledeangelisphotography@gmail.com for more information. Let’s turn your dreams into reality!

Contact Information

If you’re ready to elevate your brand with professional photography and social media management, contact us today to learn more about our services and schedule your next shoot.

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