How You Can Make Money Taking Pictures

By: David

If you and your camera are inseparable - if your images are really good - if YOU are the one always pressed into service when the need for pictures arises (and you love doing this) you have probably already asked yourself if you could make money taking pictures.
The answer is YES, you can!
How? Develop a plan - determine a course of action - and do it!

All the time that you have spent over the years, taking pictures for everyone -free - can now be viewed as an investment. Others know your work. You have experience! This is good. Friends can be your best advertisers. They can also be your customers. They have all - at one time or another - paid to have their picture taken. You, too, have probably paid to have your picture taken. Now YOU can meet their needs.

Let others know what you are doing Having a small amount of business cards printed works well. They are inexpensive and very effective to hand out; letting others know that you are working into photography for hire now. Hand these out to ALL your friends - "accidentally" hand them more than one - remember they have contacts in many areas that can be pointed back to YOU!

List the types of photography you have done - FREE - within the last two years. They likely include: family reunions
pictures at graduations
families
weddings

Photographers CHARGE for shooting:
family reunions
pictures at graduations
families
weddings

And people are happy to pay. They want pictures! Someone is making money taking pictures - for people that YOU know. Why not YOU?

Look through some of your pictures
Compare these with ones you have seen done by a local photographer for hire. Are yours as good? Can you make as good? Can you make them better? Are you willing to put forth the effort to make them great? - Everyone loves GREAT photos -

Starting to make money taking pictures is EASIER than you think. You already have a good camera - you know how to use it - and you love using it. Now you need to gain experience shooting as a pro:
YOU controlling the shots, in order to make it a great photograph.
YOU selecting the background - the lighting - the poses - the arrangements!
YOU having a theme in mind for a photo session.

These aspects of photography - and more - are within your grasp. How? Just keep doing what you have been doing -shooting for family and friends- but now with a definite purpose in mind.

The next time you are at a get-together - shoot like you would if you were charging for the event. Download these photos and look at them through the eyes of a customer. Would you be willing to pay for these pictures? You are now your own teacher. Get input from others - especially from ones that were there. Listening to their comments is like hearing what a customer thinks.

This is a great learning tool! You can gain experience doing what you love doing, with a new view - taking pictures of willing subjects (because they know you, and you know how to make them look good) and developing you own style of photography.

These are but a couple of ways that you can begin to make money taking pictures.

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