Sims 4 photographer career gets a full-time, semi-active option with this mod

Give your Sims the photographer career they deserve with this mod that adds a new a semi-active photography career.

Despite several improvements to careers in The Sims 4 over the years, a few of the career branches can do with a bit of improvement. The freelancer career can be especially frustrating.

Thanks to a modder (we know we have been saying this often), one branch of the freelance career in The Sims 4 has been given a bit of an overhaul.

Well, actually, overhaul is the wrong word because the Sims 4 Semi-Active Photographer Career does not replace the freelance fashion photographer career branch – it adds a whole new career to the game.

With the Sims 4 Semi-Active Photographer Career mod from marlynsims, Sims will have daily tasks to complete – much like a regular career – and can also work from home. Not quite to the level of Sims 4 worlds being affected by a global pandemic, but pretty cool for adding gameplay depth to the game.

It might sound like a small tweak, but it’s often the little things that make all the difference to the Sims 4 gameplay.

If you’re looking to add even more in-depth gameplay, the Sims 4 Semi-Active Photographer Career mod is ideal for Sims with the “Shutterbug” Trait (a custom trait by the same creator).

Sims who have the Shutterbug Custom Trait enjoy taking photographs and the emotional impact they can have on others. They also learn photography quicker than other Sims and tend to earn more Simoleons for the photos they take.

Sims with the Shutterbug trait will get a buff when completing photography interactions – perfect for the Sims 4 Semi-Active Photographer Career.

At the time of writing, the career mod required the Get to Work, Seasons, Get Famous and Island Living expansion packs, but the creator said that they do plan on a releasing a base-game friendly version in the near future.

ETM reviewed/tested: We have partially reviewed both the custom Shutterbug Trait and the Semi-Active Photographer Career mod. We installed both, gave a Sim the trait and entered a Sim into the career, but we have not played the career through. Our testing did not yield any Last Exception errors. All images included in this article are screenshots we have taken ourselves.

The creator notes and details for The Sims 4 Semi-Active Photographer Career mod as well as download details follows below.


Sims 4 Semi-Active Photographer Career mod + Shutterbug Custom Trait

Both available for download at Patreon [career], [trait]
Both mods by  ilkavelle

[Requires: Get to Work, Seasons, Get Famous, Island Living], but don’t worry, I will be making a base-game version in the coming days!

Being a photographer means a keen eye, a flow of inspiration, patience and a creative touch. Your job will be centred around capturing life, whether it be for memories, for advertisements, to conjure emotions or to represent a brand. Do you have what it takes to freeze time and create everlasting images that inspire and move the masses?

This career is semi-active, meaning your Sims can work from home and complete tasks! The money they receive from their daily tasks will be the equivalent of the career level daily salary. If you work from home, you will receive 4 tasks!

Important info regarding promotion and work from home tasks: ‘Take x number of photographs’ doesn’t mean the individual number of photographs taken, but the number of times you load up the camera and take a photo. If you select ‘take photo’ and take 5 photographs in that one instance, it will only count towards one ‘take x number of photographs’. (hope this makes sense…)

  • Level 1) Amateur Artist [M,T,TH,F,S, 7H] [$15/H, $105/D]
  • Level 2) Camera Equipment Engineer [M,W,TH,F,S, 7H] [$26/H, $182/D]
  • Level 3) Photographer’s Assistant [M,T,W,TH,F, 8H] [$35/H, $280/D]
  • Level 4) Social Media Photographer [M,T,W,TH,F, 8H] [$48/H, $384/D]
  • Level 5) Portrait Photographer {T,W,TH,F,S, 8H] [$82/H, $656/D]
  • Level 6) Special Events Photographer [M,T,W,TH,F, 8H] [$115/H, $920/D]
  • Level 7) Commercial Photographer [T,W,TH,F,S. 8H] [$150/H, $1,200/D]
  • Level 8) Fashion Photographer [M,T,W,TH,F, 8H] [$192/H, $1,536/D]
  • Level 9) Editorial Photographer [M,T,W,TH,F.S, 8H] [$248/H, $1,984/D]
  • Level 10) Renowned Photographer [M,T,W,TH,F, 8H] [$300/H. $2,400/D]
  • Each promotion will also give you a bonus!
  • Every career level, apart from the last, has a set of 3-4 promotion tasks. 

If you spot any issues, any spelling mistakes, bugs or tasks that aren’t working, please let me know!

If you want monthly trait, aspiration & career requests, check out my £3 upward tiers!

TOU: please do not make any changes, re-upload (including re-uploading my mod with your translation files, any translation files should have this page attached to it for the main mod download), and do not claim as your own!


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