Do you love taking photos? Do people tell you that you have an eye for photography? If yes, then you can probably make some good part time cash from your skills. If you are afraid that you might not be able to pursue this job since you have other important things on your plate then don’t worry because you can still be a photographer, freelance. After all, what better way to spend your life than doing something you love and getting paid for it?
Read on and know what a freelance photographer does and how to begin doing it…
In a nutshell, freelance photography is about taking photos on various subjects without a long-term commitment to a company or client. In addition to that, you also get to decide what style and types of photography you want to do without a boss dictating what kind of subjects you should target. And lastly, as a freelancer, you are in charge of your own schedule and price for your art.
Decide your niche
Are you willing to do wedding photography, or birthdays, or family portraits, or do you prefer the great outdoors? The thing is, before you start looking for clients you should first determine what theme of service you are giving. Once you settled on your niche then it would be easier for you to build a business plan. Remember, some newspapers pay for good photos that are unique and tell a story. There are often competitions online for good photos too. There is a lot of opportunity to get yourself started.
It might sound like a Cliche but… failing to plan is planning to fail. Your business plan shouldn’t be complex or fancy at all. It should just include all the necessary information of your business like what type of photography you will provide, how you plan to market your works, and how much you charge. Obviously, it is all about the basics of your business so clients would know who they will be talking to. Include who to sell to and how they will receive your photos, and any costs associated with the equipment or the production of your photos. Try to pass on as many costs as possible to clients, to reduce your outgoings.
Let’s be clear, photography as a hobby is expensive, cameras are expensive, bags, film, laptops, are all expensive. It is not a good excuse to stop because there are people who sell refurbished cameras at a cheaper price that provide quality photos. But if you are really on a tight budget or with no funds, did you know that smartphones are also capable of producing quality shots too?
After all, what better way to spend your life than doing something you love and getting paid for it?
Since you are just starting out, there is no harm in using what you’ve already got available.
Even cheap cameras are good for taking aesthetic photos.