Friday, July 24, 2009

Digital Photography - Turn Your Hobby Into A Business

Photography has changed so much in the past two decades. The price of photography has gone down significantly so that almost anyone can become a serious photographer. All you need is a decent digital camera, a computer and photo editing software to begin a career that can take you to the next level. A professional photography career. Here are four things that you'll need to start running your own photography business:

Focus
You need to know what kind of photography you want to do. Do you want to do weddings? Do you want to photograph babies? Or do you want to do photography services for businesses? It's important to know that the sooner you decide the more focused your efforts become. If, for example, you are going to do a baby photography business then your advertising should be focused on people who want their infants photographed. The referrals that you will be getting will be from other parents who want the same service. Once you get experience and you get a good reputation you may get a referral to do a wedding but most of your referrals will come from word of mouth for your main specialty.

Training.

It's a good thing to get some training. Even if it's very basic you'll at least achieve a proficiency level that you would at least know what you are doing from the start. As your career flourishes you can take more courses to add more value and more services for your clients needs.

Networking.
There are several ways to start networking with people to build your business. Friends and family are a good first step. Let everyone know that you are in the photography business. Get business cards printed up telling people what kind of photography business you are in. Create a web site gallery where you can showcase your work. Don't forget to add the URL to your business cards. Join service clubs, business networking clubs and chambers of commerce clubs in your area. Join Toastmasters to brush up on your public speaking skills. It's all good for business.

Practice.

I think this is the most important part of this business when you're first starting out. Take every opportunity that you can to hone your craft. Even if you have to do it for free. The best place is to start with your family and friends. They know you best. Volunteer to take pictures of friends weddings for cost. Take pictures of their babies for the cost of printing them. Your friends will appreciate you and you will have the beginnings of a portfolio that you can showcase to your prospective clients. Don't forget to get signed release forms. As you get more experienced you can charge more for your services. Putting your profits back into the business allows you to upgrade your equipment and buy more advertising.

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