If you’ve got a talent and passion for photography, you might wonder if you could turn your hobby into a business. One of the great things about photography is that as long as you’ve got some talent and the right equipment you can get started on your own. You won’ tnecessarily need to find employment or have references to start earning. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Check Your Equipment
Everyone with an iPhone is a photographer nowadays, but you will need a little more than this if you are planning to turn pro. You’ll need a high-quality camera, though not necessarily the most expensive on the market, and a few other pieces of equipment. What you need will largely depend on what kind of events you want to photograph. To work as a wedding or events photographer, all you will really need is a camera, several different lenses, and some basic editing software. If you want to photograph photo shoots in a studio you’ll also need some props, a set, a tripod, and some professional lighting at the minimum.
Build a Portfolio
Get out there and take some photos. Try to get a range of different shots for your portfolio. You’ll want to photograph nature, people, and buildings in a variety of different locations and settings. Try to mix things up and break out of your comfort zone. It’s a good idea to have a few variations of your portfolio so you can always send relevant work when applying or interviewing for a job.
Create a Website
A website is incredibly easy to set up and a fantastic way to show off your portfolio and advertise your services. Advertise this website on social media and make sure you fill it with great content to help it stand out. A great idea is to set up a blog section and write about your experiences on jobs. Many wedding photographers do this to great success.
Sell Your Photos
As soon as you’ve got high-quality photographs you can start earning money by selling them online. You could sell to stock sites to make a bit of extra cash to get yourself started. You could also sell via a shop section on your website. Bloggers, SEO professionals, and marketers are always on the lookout for great photographs they can use and are happy to pay if they are of good quality. Look online for some further advice on how to sell your photos online.
Apply for Jobs
As well as advertising and selling your work on your website, you could start applying for freelance work. Advertise your skills on freelance sites such as Upwork, Freelancer, and Gumtree. Then search through the listings for any jobs you can apply for. This work might not always be well paid, but is a great way of building up experience and gaining feedback while building your photography business.
Earning money doing something that you love is the dream of many. The internet makes it a very real possibility. So, if you dream of turning your hobby into a career, follow these tips and get started today.