Starting A Photography Business – 5 Important Tips To Keep In Mind

If you have passion and skill in photography, you can actually make this skill a profitable one. Of course, not everyone are good in taking pictures, thus if you are good at it, this can be a great way to get make money from something that you love doing.

Starting a photography business may not be difficult especially if you have that great skill of taking awesome pictures but you also need a few things to consider. Of course, a business is a business, and it always needs investments, time and effort.

If you want to venture into starting a photography business, here are a few tips and ideas that may help you have a good start.

1. Find your focus or specialization in photography. Although you would most probably know how to take any pictures you want, it is important that you also focus on something that you do best. Say, if you are skilled in wedding photography, which is also a lucrative business, then you can venture into this area. If you are skilled in family portraits or baby portraits, then you can make this your work’s main focus.

2. Set your own personal style. Your signature work will often help you promote your business as this will help you beat competition. If you are known in your personal style, you will surely be able to market your business on top as it will give you a distinguishing style above other photographers.

3. Plan your marketing strategy. Just like any other businesses, you also have to plan carefully your marketing strategy. This allows you to reach out to your target market or those people who need your services. Of course, in this age of technology, you can actually have a lot of ways to market and promote your business for free. As mentioned previously, having a signature style in your photography can make your marketing easy as you will be giving special services that may not be offered by other photographers.

4. Make sure you are fully equipped. You may already have your own camera and other accessories for taking pictures but if you want to go into business, you may want to make sure that you are indeed fully equipped to go into business. Although you don’t need to be complete when you are just starting up, but get the basic equipment at least. You may also need assistants or you may need assistant photographers with you or you may also need assistants to help you with other matters of the business. Lighting equipment may also be needed as well.

5. Advertise. The internet is one powerful tool that you can show your portfolio, and impress your target market. Of course, you can have a wide reach when you advertise online and although the photography business often caters only to clients locally or those that are just within your area, you can however sell your photos worldwide, which is another way to make money with photography. Starting a photography business can even start on the internet as well.

How to Start Your Own Wedding Photography Business

Wedding Photography is one the hardest areas of photography, if not the hardest of all. If you are already a photographer, understand about composition, light, Photoshop, and you own enough equipment to start adventuring into shooting Weddings, here are some tips to how you could start your own Wedding Photography Business.

1- The Right Equipment

First, let’s check a list of equipment that you need for the job;

– Digital SLR Camera
– Zoom Lens
– Memory Card
– Shoe Mount Flash
– Battery for the Camera
– Battery for the Flash
– Tripod
– Computer
– Photoshop

All these equipment are very basic and you should consider having a backup for each one of them. It is very common, in digital photography, when something goes wrong with the equipment. You could also invest in some little more advanced equipment like; Top of the line cameras, lenses, strobes, Radio Slave Transmitters, Radio Slave Receivers and etc.

2- The Right Start

You probably want to go out and start shooting weddings and make a lot of money as soon as possible. Most of the beginners want to do that, but first you will need to learn the basics of this specific business.

Wedding Photography could be a good way to make some money, but as everything else, you should be a Wedding Photographer because you love to help people to preserve the memory of the most important day of their lives, and not just because you want their money.

As I mentioned before in one of my other articles, Wedding Photography is not just to have your camera and start shooting the wedding. Wedding Photography is an art and you should learn this art from someone that can teach and inspire you to be a better photographer.

Here are some places to start;

– Wedding Photography Conventions
– Wedding Photography Seminars
– Wedding Photography Workshops
– Wedding Photography Coaches
– Photography Associations

One of the best places to start with your Wedding Photography Business is offering yourself to help some experienced Wedding Photographer as his/her assistant. This would give you the experience that you need, and you wouldn’t have the responsibility or the stress of shooting the wedding by yourself. This is so important that I would recommend you to go out and find a Photographer that you like his/her style and offer yourself to be his/her assistant, even if there is no money involved.

After a while helping few different photographers, you would be shooting few weddings as the photographer’s “Second Shooter”. When you get confidence and experience enough you would be ready to start your own Wedding Photography Business, and who knows, somebody else would be asking you to be your assistant.