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  • How do I start a photography business?

    I am interested in photography and would really like to work for myself in this area. Can anyone point me in the right direction to start a photography business?
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    Re: How do I start a photography business?

    Photography is a hard way to earn a living.Everyone has a digital camera these days, and all pretty good images taken of the Program or Automatic mode.You personality is needed to build such a successful enterprise: entreprenureal who is ready to take great efforts to develop your business.
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    • #3
      Re: How do I start a photography business?

      Thanks for asking your question,

      Since years ago besides having worked in the Music Business (BTW where I also had to do with Photography) I worked as a Mini-lab operator with also having a little Photo Studio taking photo's,
      and I also worked at a Photo Press Agency as a Photo Editor.

      So that would be one of the first questions:

      'What kind of Photography Business
      are you thinking about?'


      Art Photography? Sports Photography?
      Advertising Photography? Fashon Photography?

      On http://digitalcamera-ideas.blogspot.com/

      You can find all kinds of ideas and resources
      that you might find helpful?

      All the Best,
      To your Happy - Small Business - Inspiration,
      HP
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      • #4
        Re: How do I start a photography business?

        Anyone with an eye for original images, the right equipment and film, and excellent technical skills can take good pictures. But to make a living out of taking stunning photographs needs more than photography skills; you must also be a savvy businessperson. To succeed in this business, you need to know about financial, legal, management and marketing aspects of starting and running a photography business.
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        • #5
          Re: How do I start a photography business?

          The first thing you need to do is build a portfolio of original pictures and subjects. You want to have a wide variety in your portfolio, too. Take pictures of your family for family portraits, take landscape photos, and photos more to your taste, too. Once you build your portfolio, go to the local coffee shop or library, anywhere you can advertise for free and pick up a couple clients. These clients will help you with word of mouth advertising.

          Also, if you are just starting out, you have to be versatile. Later when you are more established you can become a niche photographer, but for now you have to be open.
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          • #6
            Re: How do I start a photography business?

            I think making it as an artist these days requires a truly unique approach. Since there are millions of people who do the same thing as you or I, we truly have to stand out in many different ways.

            People are willing to pay for a great experience, but they probably won't buy just "pictures". Seth Godin is someone I enjoy reading a lot and I would recommend you read to consider how you can approach your market in a unique way.

            I would also recommend listening to the podcast by these guys http://foolishadventure.com/ they are great.

            Best of luck! Being self employed is a blast
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            • #7
              Re: How do I start a photography business?

              Hello my friends , according to me ;
              Photography is a hard way to earn a living.Everyone has a digital camera these days, and all pretty good images taken of the Program or Automatic mode.You personality is needed to build such a successful enterprise: entreprenureal who is ready to take great efforts to develop your business.
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              • #8
                Re: How do I start a photography business?

                I totally agree with davidbkeegam that is a good idea to start building a portfolio and also have some variety so that you have a wide enough choice to be albe to make a selection of photo's you want to show to a particular potential customer to be able to impress your potetential customer.

                When for example you want to do stock photography and sell photo's to stock agencies you first really want to have a big enough Photo Catalogue before you start to offer photo's, to have enough photo's to be able to keep develivering new photo's. Also you might want to descide if you want to sell photo's only to the Macro stock agencies or the Micro stock agencies, or if you want to do a combination of both. (BTW you can find a free report about stock photography on the Digital camera-ideas Blog that I mentioned in a previous reply.)

                For stock photography it's also advisable to do market research to get a feel of what kind of photo's will be in demand
                and to get an idea what Magazine Editors would like to use in their publications.

                All the Best,
                To your Happy - Small Business - Inspiration,
                HP
                Last edited by HPvD; 09-12-2010, 04:47 PM.
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                • #9
                  Re: How do I start a photography business?

                  Photography is very nice business but first of all you should have prepare for work load, every photographer have workload, the select the which direction would be right for you? like ...

                  Portrait photographers
                  School class photographers
                  Sports photographers
                  Indoor concert hall photography specialist
                  Photography of miniatures
                  Art photographers
                  Digital photographers
                  Nature photographers
                  Corporate photography
                  Wedding photographers
                  Child photography
                  Family photos
                  Restoration of old photos
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                  • #10
                    Re: How do I start a photography business?

                    Hi friends, according to me;
                    Attractive beautiful photographs will simply take you so far when it comes to first your own photography business. To truly start your business you need to believe strategically. You need to polish up your business skills and be ready to compete with other professional photographers, who not only have talent and artistic dream but also that competitive edge and business know-how. Photography is a hard way to earn a living.
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                    • #11
                      Re: How do I start a photography business?

                      Originally posted by samm1 View Post
                      Anyone with an eye for original images, the right equipment and film, and excellent technical skills can take good pictures. But to make a living out of taking stunning photographs needs more than photography skills; you must also be a savvy businessperson. To succeed in this business, you need to know about financial, legal, management and marketing aspects of starting and running a photography business.
                      Indeed! First, you have to be very passionate about photography. Second to that is to equip yourself with the right gadget such as high tech digital camera with good lens for zooming and nice photo effects. Be creative and be inspired on whatever subject you choose. This will make your photos stand out! You can sell your photos online and earn good money!

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                      • #12
                        Re: How do I start a photography business?

                        As you can see in my previous replies, there are a lot of different directions you could go in with
                        Photography, personally I have besides a Blog about Digital Camera-ideas where I write about Digital Photography
                        also have a Photo Caltalogue I am currently working on. Also in Stock Photography there are
                        all kinds of directions you could go in.

                        In my Cathalogue for example I have a lot of Ships and Boats, and a few months ago I have been to 'SAIL'
                        to make Photo's. Some of the Boats looked a lot like Pirate Ships with Big Sails, making them a perfect addition for
                        my constantly growing Photo Catalogue. Recently I saw a Video on YouTube
                        about how to produce Photo's in a studio for 'Stock Markets'.

                        So I do think that a good tip would be to have a look on
                        Youtube and find somebody that does something with
                        Photography that makes your 'Boat Float'. : )

                        All the Best,
                        To your Happy - Small Business Photography - Inspiration,
                        HP
                        Last edited by HPvD; 11-19-2010, 10:24 AM.
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                        • #13
                          Re: How do I start a photography business?

                          hi friend

                          Before you start marketing your business make sure you brush up on your skills by doing some free photo shoots for people in your targeted market.

                          Read more: How to Start a Photography Business | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4710877_star...#ixzz16qkPx7A2

                          Anyone with an eye for original images, the right equipment and film, and excellent technical skills can take good pictures. But to make a living out of taking stunning photographs needs more than photography skills; you must also be a savvy businessperson. To succeed in this business, you need to know about financial, legal, management and marketing aspects of starting and running a photography business.
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                          • #14
                            Re: How do I start a photography business?

                            Before you invest a lot of time and money into your own photography business, make sure that you've carefully researched and thought about all the practical details you'll need to handle. Small business ownership can be exciting, but it's also a lot of work. It will take a commitment of time and money to get started. When you know that you're ready to take on the challenges of owning your own photography business, go for it! With persistence and determination, you can reach your goals.
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                            • #15
                              Re: How do I start a photography business?

                              Photography is a hard way to earn a living.Everyone has a digital camera these days, and all pretty good images taken of the Program or Automatic mode.You personality is needed to build such a successful enterprise: entreprenureal who is ready to take great efforts to develop your business.
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