Hi Jeff, for starters you might want to start participating in the NPAC clips contest. Being that you’re fresh out of college, it will in the very least expose you to the rest of Canada’s photojournalism community.
Freelancing hasn’t been easy. There are many challenges. For one you’re self-employed and running a business now. There’s still a lot more to learn. The market is saturated with photographers. You have no dental or medical plan, but you can write off almost everything. Find a good accountant.
My education is photojournalism, but it’s only a small percentage of what I actually shoot. Though my job mostly produces still images, I’ve learned to diversify my skills and add videography/editor to my resume. Desktop publishing is an asset too.
It never ends. You’re always looking to maintain and increase your sales.
It’s very important to network, be social. I attend monthly business meet-ups with other creative types that have led to annual jobs. Always carry business cards. Seek out companies you would like to shoot for and stop by with some stationary.
I left a weekly in Red Deer back in 2009 for the west coast. I’ve been freelancing here since. It was slow going at the beginning, but business has increased every year. Try to stay positive, even on the shittiest of days. Just get out and shoot!
As much as I wanted to be a full-time staff photojournalist., be realistic. The dailies aren’t hiring.
About your site. It’s clean, simple and easy to navigate. It’s all about the photography. I think you’re off to a good start.
A few sports images could be cropped tighter and some can be removed. I’m seeing images that could be in people or singles. Maybe a different category?
Your URL is a mouthful and not easy to remember. Register a domain, and look for hosting, it’s essential to your business and you can write it off!
Hope some of this helps.