Making money from doing something that you love is something that not everyone can do but if you are passionate enough then you could well find yourself in a position where you can do exactly that. My good friend Shahriar Ekbatani has been making a living from photography for many years and I spoke to him about some of the ways in which you can make money from photography if you are good enough at what you do. If this sounds like something you would enjoy doing then read on for some top tips on making money from photography, from someone who has done it.
Weddings and Events
My friend told me that wedding and events are the best place to start if you want to make a career from your photography as it is something which you can do on the weekends and evenings whilst you still have a day job. In order to get a gig at a wedding or an event you need to put yourself out there and approach wedding planners and corporate event planners to let them know who you are and what you can do for them. The beauty of this kind of work is that once you get the first gig, it will be easy to get another if you do a good job as word-of-mouth travels fast in these kind of settings.
Many people would like to improve their photography skills and if you are good enough then you should upload videos to sites like YouTube where you can teach people how they can take better photos. If you are good in front of the camera then you can start to build up a strong amount views and once you do, you can make money from advertising. This is a great option to make some side cash and it will cost you nothing but time in setting up a tutorial video.
Many photographers earn their corn selling photos which they have taken to magazines and websites and if you have a specific type of landscape that you like to shoot and can do so to a great level, you could make some great money from this area of photography. The downside to this kind of work is that it can be erratic and there are no guarantees that your shots will be able to sell.
The most popular way for photographers to make a living is though freelance work and whilst it may not always pay as well as you would like, once you get your name out there you could get a gig covering something major for a newspaper or a magazine. Getting jobs like this is not just about taking great shots, it is also about networking well within the industry and making strong contacts who can recommend you for jobs.
The key to making a living from photography is taking great shots and mastering your field and you should make sure that you work hard on that.