Mark Hancock asks of his editor, “Do we run pretty pictures?” It’s not something your average photographer has to deal with but when you work for a newspaper as a photojournalist it is a consideration.
Where would I be if I couldn’t shoot pretty pictures? What would you do? Do you really hanker after that photography job now? Do you really want to give up that desk job and go shoot portraits and news items?
What is your raison d’etre for being a photographer? Mine is that it is a very enjoyable hobby. Why ruin it by pressure and deadlines?