How to Make Money as a Photographer

We’re extremely fortunate to be living in a day and age where virtually anyone can have a successful career if they are willing to work hard and apply themselves. However, each career and occupation is different; highs and lows, ups and downs are all part of the gig. Many people have been told that they can’t make it in various fields, such as writing, photography, etc, and that getting a traditional day job is better than attempting to make a career out of one’s passion.

This could not be further from the truth. The paths to success are plentiful and greatly vary depending on an individual’s chosen occupation. Therefore, this particular piece will be geared towards earning sizeable income and doing well for oneself as a professional photographer.

Take and Sell Photos

Although it sounds painfully obvious, taking and selling photographs is the first and foremost step to doing well as a professional photographer. Clients have to be able to see the work in order to evaluate and decide whether or not they want to make purchases. Moreover, word of mouth is also a very powerful tool for photographers. Customers who have great experiences working with someone are more likely to recommend that individual to their friends and family who may also be in need of photography services one day.

Adorama advises photographers to do various photo shoots for clients. This allows the photographer to demonstrate the quality of their work and set a fixed price for each shoot; $100 is usually a good starting point.

However, photo shoots are not the only way for photographers to sell their work. Other great options include licensing or selling one’s images via stock photography websites and even entering into photo contests. Each of these opportunities garners room for both exposure and profit. Later on down the line, exposure can create even bigger profit, especially if the right people or businesses happen to come across the work of an exceptional photographer.

Engage in Freelance Work and Building an Online Presence

Customers, clients, and other people who are aware of one’s photography services are the greatest ally of any photographer. This is why engaging in freelance work for various publications and magazines can truly come in handy. Not only does this breed income, but it moreover provides exposure which can engender future opportunities.

Launching an online presence on Instagram can also be a great idea for photographers. By posting professional images on a regular basis and uploading them with applicable hashtags (to increase views), photographers can do quite well for themselves and potentially attract new clients.

Although freelance work and creating a name for one’s photography business can take time, patience, and a sizable amount of effort, it is more than worth it. Nothing worth having in this world comes with ease.

Never become discouraged or misled into believing that a photography career is unrealistic or otherwise not worth pursuing. Any photographer who is willing to put in the work can enjoy and reap the benefits of career success.

Authored by Gabrielle Seunagal

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