How To Make More Money as a Photographer - Barry Callister Photography
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I have been running my own photography business for over 3 years now. In that time it has grown and transformed into quite a few different things. I have done headshots and promo shoots for clients, taken photos of pets, sold my photographs at craft markets, sold my photography products on Redbubble and eBay, done product photography, built websites for my photography......I've tried a lot of things.
One tip I will give you here as a bonus - have multiple streams of income. Especially if you are a Nature Photographer like me, you will need many different avenues of income if you're going to make your photography business work. So that's one tip. Let's look at some more.
Other tips for making money with photography covered in this video:
Network with other photographers. Get to know some photographers in your field, or that are close to you geographically. Not every photographer is going to be willing to help you out or give you their secrets, but most will. The more people you know, the more chance you have of building a successful photography business.
Networking is a great way to increase your income. You can suggest other photographers you know to clients who’s jobs you just don’t have time for, or are maybe not in your field of photography. Likewise, they will do the same for you.
Approach local businesses. You can offer to do headshots, photos of their workplace or shop, or get together a portfolio of product shots and approach business that sell products and may need photos.
A lot of small businesses might not be able to do their own photography and you can get your foot in the door here. Once you do one good job, you will be recommended to others and the work will increase.
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Teach. No matter where you are in your photography journey, you know something that someone else doesn’t. This means you have something to give; something to teach.
Try giving some photography classes in your local town/city. You can run them indoors by finding a community hall or something to hire for very little money. Or do it in your home if you’re comfortable with this.
Photography walks are a great way to get people interested in classes too. Organise a walk-about at a local garden, park, beach, anywhere you can take great shots. You can charge people a small fee and spend an hour or two with them, walking around taking photos and imparting your knowledge.
Always give much more than your students expect too. Maybe do up a photography settings cheat sheet, or some kind of learning tool they can take home for free. If you don’t advertise the give-away, they will be blown away by your generosity and will come back for more. They will also sing your praises to others and your class will steadily grow.
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