How To Turn Your Photography Hobby Into a Business

Turning your passion into an actual money making business is something that a lot of people want to do but just can’t seem to figure out the steps in order to make it happen.  It’s important to remember that even though it may be only a hobby now,  choosing to make it something you earn money from, you’ll have to treat it like a job.

Being a photographer means having to know the business, meet with clients, give them the proper look and feel that they are asking for, and above all, deliver a quality product.

Here are some of the most crucial things you need to do if you want to turn your photography hobby into a successful business.

Buy Proper Equipment

You can’t charge people money and deliver them photos taken with the same quality as they could have taken themselves.  This is going to create a frustrated customer.  People are coming to you as a professional photographer to produce something for them that they can’t produce themselves.

Therefore, in order to start acting like a professional, you’re going to have to get the gear of a professional.  That means a top quality camera with a great lens.  It doesn’t have to be the best camera on the market but it should be professional grade. Consider getting a credit card just for your business and supplies, and make sure the first amount of money that you make from your photography goes to paying your debts back in full.

You will also need a tripod, lighting equipment, and an editing program with a computer that can handle it.  If you’ve never taken a photoshop class you might want to start now.  And remember, you never stop learning.  Part of being a professional photographer is being eager to learn the latest new tricks and techniques with your technology.

Build a Portfolio

Once you start to build a portfolio of the work that you have done you can start to have an actual product to show potential clients.

It’s important that your portfolio is full of only your best work that you are most proud of.  Instead of rushing to finish it, don’t be afraid to take your time to really get your best work first.  This will ensure the proper representation of your work and what you can do.

When you first start building your portfolio you will want to offer free sessions so that you can learn from experience.  You’ll probably want to ask your friends and family.  You can experiment with different styles and ways of shooting.  Not only will you bulk up your portfolio, but you’ll have lots of fun!

Use Social Media To Your Advantage

Make sure that you start a Facebook page for your business.  Include a watermark on any photos that you post so that people landing on them know where to find you if they want to hire you for work.

Anna Johansson
Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and comtemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

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