The last couple weeks I've been tinkering with new aspects photo business ideas. The first idea was shooting kids sports and selling prints on site. While in theory it makes sense, in practice it's incredibly difficult to sell enough physical prints to pay for your time to be there, do the work, and cover the cost of doing business. I did however have a blast shooting sports and getting out there and talking to parents. I think I may still do something like that in the future offering digital downloads for purchase, or simply for the joy of going out and shooting.
The following week I found a production company that was looking for a photographer to promote their event business. They've sent me out on three gigs in the last week and I've had a blast every time. The latest gig was for the Huck Finn Jubilee Blue Grass Festival in Ontario, CA.
I was given access to backstage and was able to pretty much spend a majority of my time shooting anything and everything of interest. It's one thing to be a photographer in the pit, it's another thing to be on stage getting a higher perspective, more angles and shots that really bring out the feeling of a live performance.
I can't wait for the next gig.