you love to take photos? Do you carry your camera everywhere?
Are you a gifted amateur? If people constantly tell you, "You
really should be a professional," you may be wondering...
Is there any way that you could turn your passion
for photography into a professional business opportunity?
Becoming a pro takes years of practice and learning, but there
are a few steps you can take to get you started
on a career in photography. This article by C.S. Deam
should help get you thinking about the various ways to make money
with your camera right now:
Pet photos - advertise a Pet Photography business where
you photograph pets with their owners. Most owners won't struggle
to take a photograph with their pet all by themselves. You can
be the one who makes it easy for them. Not only can you charge
for the service and your time, but you can offer the photograph
in it's digital form or as a print that you can mail to them later
- either created by your own photo printer or by a photo processing
service. Many of these services also offer to print the photos
on T-shirts, mugs, pillows and greeting cards. This service is
often welcome by camera-challenged pet owners!
contests - be around at the end of a fishing contest to take
photographs of the contestants who didn't even think of bringing
a camera. Most fishermen are more concerned about fishing than
carrying cameras, but they want a picture of their stringer full
of fish... or the big one that they're going to have mounted.
- be in position to get great shots of folks and floats in the
parade and sell the prints back to the individuals or to their
family members. The folks who take part in the parades are often
way to busy to take pictures before or after, so someone who captures
them in action might really be doing them a favor - and a profitable
service. Remember, you can't use photos of the people to sell
to the local paper unless you get releases from the people who
and tourist photographer - if there's a famous landmark in
your area, offer your photography services to tourists who want
their photo taken in front of it. You'd be surprised at how many people might forget their cameras that day. Even if the tourists are carrying
a camera they may want someone else to take a more professional-looking shot, especially if they are part of a large group.
- preschool, high school, or college graduations offer dozens,
if not hundreds of opportunities to capture a significant moment
in someone's life. If the family members of the graduate aren't
located in as good a location or don't have as good a camera as
yourself - you'll have even greater opportunity to get the shots
Family Postcards - offer your services to families that want
their picture taken for a greeting card to send to their extended
family and friends. By using your digital camera you can not only
get photo-postcards through online photo-processors, but you can
make the prints available in your online gallery and have the
customers refer their extended friends and family there to purchase
a larger print if they desire it.
Novelty Items - take photographs of people who want pictures
of themselves, their loved ones or pets imprinted on coffee mugs,
mouse pads, keychains, tee-shirts, and other items. Usually you
can find suppliers of such photo-transfer merchandise and equipment
in business opportunity publications, or check out online resources for how to start your own business.
Car Photos - work out an arrangement to take snapshots of
cars for used car dealers who don't have photographs of their
current inventory. If any of the car dealers don't have websites
that need photographs you could provide an additional service
by learning how to make and maintain a website of their inventory.
slideshow production - taking digital photos of a convention,
church, business, college campus, or other promotable location
- you can create a digital slideshow on Video CD or DVD for your
customers to promote their business, organization, or event.
photo service - parents of newborns are some of the busiest
people in the world. Advertise your services on an on-call basis
so that you can take great baby pictures or informal snapshots for the growing family
either before they leave the hospital, or after they get home.
This way both parents and the child(ren) can be in more of the
pictures all together, and the parents have one less thing to
try and figure out.
Deam's eBook, "Computer Nuggets: Non-Techie Internet Tips for In-Laws,
Out-Laws, and the Rest of Society," available at the LinkertonPublishing.com,
makes a great gift for those in your circle of family and friends
who are less tech savvy.
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