Now that you have mastered the craft and built your portfolio, below are some of the most important ways on how you can possibly make money as a photographer.
1) Offer Photo Shoots
Doing photo shoots is a sure shot way of making money with photography.
Of course, you will need a budget since you might need to rent out a space to build a professional studio but you can get away with this by opting to do outdoor photo shoots exclusively.
Some top outdoor photo shoots include maternity, pet, headshot, family portraits, real estate, and pre-nuptial photo shoots.
2) Selling or Licensing your Images through Stock Photography Sites
If you already have a good collection of high-quality images, then you can earn a decent buck by selling them to stock photography sites.
In fact, this works great even for those looking for a steady stream of passive income. Some top stock photography sites include:
To sell your pictures on these sites, simply sign up for them.
You will be required to provide your basic information along with some information to prove your identity. Upload the images along with the description, keywords and metadata and then the site will review them.
You can also go the traditional way.
The easiest way here is to place the printed image in a frame and go to your nearest arts and crafts fair to sell it. You can also opt to sell it during festivals or garage sales.
3) Become a Paparazzo
Depending on certain factors, paparazzos can easily earn thousands for just one single picture.
However, it is extremely competitive and demanding. Also, be sure to obtain all the necessary credentials before beginning this gig.
Likewise, you should familiarize yourself with all the celebrity hotspots, and network excessively with others in the same field.
To become a paparazzo, simply buy a high-quality DSLR camera along with a telephoto lens. You must also have a small camera that you can use to click images on the sly.
You can choose to freelance and sell the images to newspaper or magazine companies or be a part of an agency.
4) Actively Participate in Competitions
People often do not consider participating in photography contests as even an option to make money.
Several competitions take place all over the world, and some are hosted by extremely famous brands like the National Geographic.
These competitions have a winning prize that is worth a thousand dollars and not to forget the recognition that comes along with it which can help boost your photography career.
5) Market Yourself as a Freelance Photographer
Get in touch with your local newspapers and magazines and ask them whether they are looking for any freelance photography work.
It goes without saying that such jobs are in no way stable. But, they do work great as a second job or a job on the side.
Once you have established a steadier relationship with these outlets, they will hire you consistently for covering local events and stories.
Capturing weddings, shooting sports events or any other event is also amongst the best ways to make a quick buck over the weekend.
The best way to get such gigs is to network, in person and through social media constantly.
Always remember to market yourself everywhere as the more attention you get, the chances of you getting photography gigs will also substantially increase.
6) Become a Photography Teacher
Isn’t that the most obvious way of making money with photography?
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