So you’re a photographer who’s just starting out. You’ve been posting your outputs on social media and you’ve been getting comments and applause from your friends, family, and possibly current followers. You start to build your confidence and seriously think that this is something that you could eventually do in the long run. And poof, you come up with a brilliant idea and you begin your journey towards starting a photography business.
You’re right, cashing in on your passion and melding it into a profession as well is a really brilliant idea. However, you’re not alone in this. A lot of people have thought about that too. As a matter of fact, photography is one of the most popular professions right now, on top of it just being a hobby. That is a bit of a problem for you. It means that the sandbox is getting a little too crowded. Perhaps this can be attributed to the fact that camera gear is becoming more and more affordable and more user friendly. In turn, anyone who owns a fancy looking camera can fancy himself as a photographer.
That issue does not mean that you can forget about your dreams and your ambitions though. It only means that if you ever have plans of pursuing this in the long run, you just have to push some more and work really hard on this. Here are a few techniques to help you out while you are just getting started:
This is first and foremost, a business plan of sorts so you have to be prepared and actually research it appropriately. Don’t feel weird about grabbing a pen, having a good sit down and actually putting your thoughts on paper. Keep in mind that photography is a particularly competitive niche and thus, you have to strategize how you will be able to keep your edge, and more so, how you will be able to plan things out. You gave to consider finances, expenses, and even your gear purchasing should be kept in mind as well.
Get your experience
You can’t just dive into the waters without testing them. Before you decide to do this professionally, you need to actually get your feet wet first. Try assisting other professional and more established photographers. It always helps because you get added thoughts coming from a different perspective where you are not completely in control, but rather, just assisting in the process.
Invest in multiple cameras
You can’t survive with just one camera; you have to trust the pros on this. As a starter, you need a minimum of two. Ideally, you’re going to need one camera with a telephoto lens for when you take your portraits and another one with a wide angle lens for when you take the crowded group pictures. You’re gonna need more eventually but this is a pretty good place to start.
Work on your website
Invest and work diligently on your website and update your blog religiously. Not only are you updating your digital portfolio as well, you are basically setting your resume out there for all the world to see and for potential clients to be able to view your works before they eventually book you.