5 Tips for Starting a Photography Business


Nowadays, when everyone’s got a phone with a camera, a lot of people like to go around playing photographer. However, some of the world’s greatest brands, companies and celebrities are still willing to pay a small fortune for services of a professional. How come? Well, truth be told, it takes a lot more to become a photographer than just having the ability to take photos or even owning a high-end camera. That being said, here are five tips for starting a photography business that you might find helpful.

1.      Learn how to negotiate

The first thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that you’re running a business, not pursuing your hobby. This means that your effectiveness will get determined by your clients. Therefore, you need to practice the skill of active listening and find out what is it that a client actually wants. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions, seeing as how misunderstanding what the client wants might cause a no small amount of conflict later on. If the client asks for something impossible or something you know you won’t be able to pull off, it is much simpler, safer and less time-consuming to discuss it first. Not to mention that it eliminates the risk of you getting a bad reputation for failing to deliver on the contract.

2.      Self-improvement is a never-ending process

Practice makes perfect, right? Well, on its own, it might take a while until you practice your way to perfection. In order to get much better in a shorter time span, you should either get a tutor or enroll in a photography course. This way, you will get at least some form of formal education in photography. Needless to say, you would be surprised at just how much knowledge can get transferred this way.

3.      Practice different approaches and methods

Depending on the nature of the photography or the purpose of these shots, you might want to learn a thing or two about different perspectives, approaches and methods. For instance, if you’re taking photos of jewelry pieces that are about to go on an e-commerce website, headshots and stand-alone jewel images might be your safest bets. On the other hand, when you need to photograph some clothes for an e-store, you might want to look at how commercial photographers approach the ghost mannequin photography technique. Either way, you can learn a lot simply by observing how these things are done by others.

4.      Preparation is half the job done

People who are not involved with professional photography assume that the session starts when you take out your camera and start taking shots. In truth, things like makeup, proper lighting and even adequate props can make or break your efforts just as easily as having shaky hands or using the wrong lens. Therefore, you need to prepare for the incoming photoshoot long before you actually arrive at the destination. The only way to do so is by planning, researching and contemplating on this topic.

5.      You will need a lot of patience

Mastering the art of photography takes time and there’s no shortcut around it. According to one study, it takes about 10,000 hours to master a skill. This means that if you work on your photography skills for three hours every single day, you can hope to become a master photographer in about ten years. Luckily, to a lot of people, photography is a lifetime passion, which means that enduring this long period of time will not be a problem. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you’ll necessarily be bad at photography, however, to reach the peak of your knowledge and artistic prowess, you need to invest some serious time.


At the end of the day, if you are ready and willing to get involved in the photography business, you need to keep in mind that this is not a simple industry to join. The costs of starting out are far from insignificant and your first sessions and projects might not be the successes you were hoping for. Still, with enough determination, these obstacles shouldn’t stay in your way for long.

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