I was asked recently why photographers only work a day or two a week and charge what they do. The work ethic of a photographer is scrutinized in this way from time to time and is a common misconception. Please understand that it is not unusual to work 12 hour days/ 5-7 days a week in this field, but most are in it because we love it. The graph shows and is true that we spend most of our time behind the computer editing photos to make sure they are perfect, creating, responding to emails, bills, research and other things to make the business work. In addition, as one of the comments posted after reading, “The graph does not reflect the ones that have a family” i.e. kids,husband/wife, dog, cat, camel, emu, etc… I sometimes try to explain everything involved, however; I feel as if it comes across a little like Linus (not my dog) from Peanuts trying to explain the “Great Pumpkin” to Lucy, Sally, and the rest of the gang.
I was researching a little and came across this pie chart. It explains the perception and reality of the day and the life of a photographer and it comes from a survey of about 50 photographers courtesy of the ISPWP and can be found here: http://www.ispwp.com/the-secret-life-of-wedding-photographers.html