Hi, I’m Rebecca, your host for this week’s brand new blog post.
In today’s world, there are endless ways to make money. Many people are choosing to become independent contractors and start their own businesses. But, if you want to continue supporting your family and lifestyle, then you can choose to look for a remote job. Or, if you’re really ambitious, you can start your own photography business and begin freelancing. This option offers a steady stream of revenue and allows you to build a portfolio of your work. In this blog post, I will tell you about my own experience as a full-time online photographer, how I made money, and what you can do to follow in my footsteps.
The Photography Business
If you’re looking to begin a new career, then why not consider photography? It is a pretty popular choice these days and there are plenty of opportunities out there if you want to make the transition. You will find tons of resources, both online and offline, to help you get started. From offering basic training to providing state-of-the-art equipment, camera factories offer everything you need to get started.
Once you are equipped with the basics, such as a good digital darkroom, you can begin to explore the world of freelance photography. My own experience as a full-time remote photographer was rather smooth, thanks in part to the introduction to a professional network of photographers that I met through a trusted online source. Once you are connected with a few reputable photographers, you can begin to submit your work to be considered for publication. In addition to photography magazines, you can seek out newspapers, online forums, and even social media platforms to get your work seen by the right people.
The Biggest Obstacle
One of the biggest obstacles that new photographers will face is getting their work seen by prospective clients. If you are looking to make money online, then the first step is to build a portfolio of your work. You can choose to do this in a professional manner and set up an online portfolio, where you can showcase your skills and experience. With a stunning, responsive design and expertly curated content, your online portfolio will function as your own personal sales team, helping you to attract and retain new customers. With a little effort and a lot of hustle, you can use this website to establish your credentials as an expert in your industry. Potential clients can then browse through your work, understand what you offer, and, most importantly, be able to contact you directly if they are interested in working with you. To further establish yourself as an expert in your industry, you can begin to participate in live reviews, being available to comment on and critique the work of professional photographers. If you are located in Australia, then you can become a contributor to a famous photography magazine, Pentax Australia. By doing this, you can show how skilled you are in your industry and gain valuable experience, establishing yourself as an expert in your field.
The Way Forward
As a photographer, you will constantly be confronted with the issue of running out of inspiration. If you want to continue submitting your work for publication and continue making money, then you will have to find a way to continue being inspired. My suggestion is to look at other industries that you admire, whether it’s fashion, automotive, or food photography, and try to emulate their techniques and styles. You can then use this inspiration to create your own unique and stunning work that will truly stand out.
In closing, I would like to leave you with some valuable information that I learned during my time as a photographer. First, be sure to invest in a sound professional camera package, which will make a massive difference in the quality of your work. Second, don’t be afraid to ask for payment upfront, rather than at the end, as many photographers, especially those who are remote, have found themselves in a bit of a difficult situation, where they have shot a certain number of photos and haven’t been paid yet. Third, establish yourself as an expert in your industry, seeking out opportunities to give valuable feedback and to participate in events, such as photo critiques and workshops, that can help you further your career. And, finally, be sure to create a business that you can grow and expand into the future.