Starting Your Own Photography Business
By: Matt Sloniker
When you are a child trying to decide the many ways you can make a living when you grow up, the advise your seniors consistently gave you? It was, “Do what you love to do and you will be happy.” and that must be true because when you do something you hate for a living your life is miserable, it truly won’t feel like working as much as it will feel like being played to play.
If you aspirations are to be a photographer, it is a smart idea to begin your own photography business. Yet, how to go about it? You see so numerous little photography businesses that appear to jump up from no place. What is the most ideal route for you to approach starting up your own business?
The main thing to consider when beginning a photography business is the how to start the business the right and legal way. You need a business that will last a long time so you need to plan it out right. So don’t buy into the “get rich quick” scams or books that guarantee they will spill the insider information of a successful photography business. There is no right or wrong way to do business other than what is needed to maintain any other business. To succeed you need to…
Take care of your obligations
Get your training/experience.
Learn from professionals.
Know your craft.
How to provide value to your clients.
You can achieve the most of these by going to class and working part or full time for another photography business. You may not like the possibility of more school. However, your photography business will be about something beyond cameras and photo shoots. You have bookkeeping standards to understand and execute, federal and state taxes to pay, an office or studio to rent, employees to hire and pay, business insurance, contracts to develop and sign and all of the other “stuff” that goes with maintaining a business. Start early and get some essential business classes added to your portfolio, for example, bookkeeping and finances. It will help you profit in many ways as you walk towards building your business.
Many trade colleges have a student framework where you coach under a professional in the industry. This is called an apprenticeship. Yet, it may be something beneficial for you to assume control over this issue. Plan to work for a photography business long enough to gain proficiency with the skills needed to execute on your business. This allows you to learn your craft, how to use new equipment, and may even expose you to contacts that will be crucial for your success.
Truth be told, it may be a smart thought to study and work at a few different types of photography studios before starting your own photography business. So you can become familiar with the details of wedding photography, infant photography, design photography and other professionals all before you go through your very own path. This is how you develop skills, increase knowledge, increase your portfolio, and take notes from those who are already successful to avoid making rookie mistakes.
Your bosses will be excited to show you their impressive knowledge to you as long as you are ready and willing to listen, learn, and take action. Most importantly, you can construct a customer base from the numerous clients you work with before you go into business. By dealing with another person’s clients, they can turn into your clients if they like you for your personality and style. That is good for your future business.