Do you love being behind your lens? If you have a passion for photography and a creative flair and are looking for ways to make money from it, here are some ideas.
1. Specialise in a Type of Photography
Once you’re qualified in photography in general, it’s worth thinking about your next step. Specialising in a certain type, and gaining experience and putting together a great portfolio can make you more attractive to clients looking for that kind of photography. You could specialise in anything from wedding photography to portraits to pet portraits! It all depends on your style and what you enjoy, and the direction you want to take your photography business in. It’s not to say you can’t enjoy other styles, but when it comes to marketing yourself- having clear experience and expertise in one area will help you to stand out when customers are looking for that kind of photography. Set yourself up a website with the help of managed IT services, being sure to make it clear the type of photography you do and a link to your portfolio and examples of what you can do.
2. Start a Blog
Blogging is a great way to make money, it could be a side hustle around your photography business or it could be something you go full time with. Being able to take incredible pictures will always attract people to a blog, write some content to go with it and you’ll quickly start engaging people. You could take stunning photos of your daily life and the things you get up to/ place you go and run it as a lifestyle blog. Or you could take photos of products or places and review them, or something else entirely. Blogging is very flexible, you could go in any direction you like. Have a beautiful blog designed, then bring your words to life with breathtaking photography.
3. Sign Up to a Micro Stock Photography Site
As a photographer, chances are you have a LOT of photos hanging around on memory cards and on devices which aren’t doing much. Why not utilise them? Sign up to a microstock photography site, and you get a small amount of money each time someone downloads your image or folder or images. It’s an easy way to earn a little money in the background, and allows you to monetise pictures that you might not have ever otherwise used. If you wanted to make more money for this, creating beautiful stock images based on what people are searching for is a good option. If you can take pictures of people and get model consent for them to be used, you’re likely to make even more. These images are often needed by bloggers, companies and other agencies so there’s always a market for them.