Photography as a business

April 19, 2011 @ 03:22:01 AM
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I see a lot of you guys posting your pics and what not, some of you guys have talent and some are still learning.

Besides taking photo's for sport, are any of you guys making money with your talents?

If so, what kind of gigs are you guys doing?
April 19, 2011 @ 03:36:30 AM
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I'm trying to get into it.
April 19, 2011 @ 11:51:47 AM
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WIP my brother.
April 19, 2011 @ 12:33:24 PM
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Paper stacks. But to be totally honest, it's not how good you are. It's who you know. It's a fucked up business.
April 19, 2011 @ 12:44:53 PM
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just getting my business off the ground, we are doing studio style lit car photos. already found a few clients willing to pay which is nice. If you do good quality work that the client loves, word of mouth and a little bit of self promotion pays off. atleast in my case
April 19, 2011 @ 14:31:43 PM
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it's all about networking. i currently do local fashion shoots/shows and family portraits.
April 19, 2011 @ 15:20:38 PM
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Yea it's definitely about networking. Word of mouth is the best promotion ever.
April 19, 2011 @ 15:22:52 PM
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To YDNA and TTHX,

What kind of money are you seeing from these clients, now? That's what I'm interested in.


And how much were you charging when you first started?

appreciate the help
April 19, 2011 @ 17:43:51 PM
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im charging 150-400 for a shoot which takes me roughly an hour and three poses of the car.
April 19, 2011 @ 19:09:40 PM
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See, that's wussup.

All your work is in your signature?
April 19, 2011 @ 19:54:35 PM
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nah, i dont post my paid for work on my flickr. Im in the process of building a website now, should be done anyday. my flickr has a bulk of my personal work, lemme know what you think
April 19, 2011 @ 21:21:33 PM
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depends on the assignment. if it's just a single person wanting portraits it's 100 for the hour. for fashion shows/shoots going up to 500+ depending amount of shots they want.
make sure to check your local market to compare prices and quality of images. you don't want to undersell yourself, nor do you want to be that expensive guy that only takes okay pics.
April 19, 2011 @ 21:33:40 PM
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It's who you know.

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April 20, 2011 @ 12:40:45 PM
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i consume a lot films. im almost broke.
April 26, 2011 @ 01:57:50 AM
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if you break into the wedding photo game your set for lifesmokeyface
April 26, 2011 @ 03:32:40 AM
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That shit is boring as hell, though (unless you know the bride+groom). I'd rather be shooting cool shows and whatnot for less pay...
April 26, 2011 @ 07:32:03 AM
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I get paid in bitches smokeyface

all I do is sip espressos and listen to AZ -mrelllis.tumblr.com

April 26, 2011 @ 21:26:07 PM
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if you break into the wedding photo game your set for lifesmokeyface

Speaks the truth!
April 26, 2011 @ 21:57:54 PM
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I get paid in bitches smokeyface


lol bro
May 11, 2011 @ 23:59:15 PM
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I want to get into Advertising Photography similar to guys like Jeremy Cowart, Scott Scahefer, Joey Lawrence.
May 13, 2011 @ 00:30:30 AM
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Pretty funny how some people look into photography for the money. Not the best investment but good luck.

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May 13, 2011 @ 01:14:46 AM
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^Pssh its another type of art. All you need is a market and you're good.
July 10, 2011 @ 22:21:16 PM
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I want to be a commercial photographer similar to the works of:

dave hill
tim tadder
chris crisman
matt hoyle
jill greenberg

I could go on but these are a few of my faves.
July 10, 2011 @ 22:25:47 PM
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if you break into the wedding photo game your set for lifesmokeyface


This is not true at all. Sorry to burst any bubbles but unless you're some brown noser the wedding business is probably the worst, especially in this current economy. In fact, its getting worse every year.
July 14, 2011 @ 21:09:28 PM
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I think in all honesty photography can be lucrative. It all also I think depends on what type of photography you are doing. There are also a lot of naysayers but those are the people who don't try or if they do they give up almost immediately.
July 22, 2011 @ 21:18:06 PM
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the wedding game is a serious money maker. Boring. Dull. Many times annoying. Just to start off your looking at $1,000. As you get more experience you're looking at some serious money.

Instagram: kingkast1

July 22, 2011 @ 21:56:19 PM
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Pretty funny how some people look into photography for the money. Not the best investment but good luck.


Fuck you stupid bitch... you live in San fuckin Jose...

you ♥♥♥♥♥s still ride horses and shit

aint no money out there so of course it sounds like a poor investment to you
July 22, 2011 @ 22:06:05 PM
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Shit's not easy. It's all about gaining a reputation. Once you have a solid name, ♥♥♥♥♥s will eat up whatever you shoot. I'm trying to get a name my damn self. It's hard.
July 22, 2011 @ 23:14:35 PM
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Shit's not easy. It's all about gaining a reputation. Once you have a solid name, ♥♥♥♥♥s will eat up whatever you shoot. I'm trying to get a name my damn self. It's hard.


How are you going about getting a name for yourself besides sticker-bombing and contributing to flickr groups? I need ideas myself haha.

Pretty funny how some people look into photography for the money. Not the best investment but good luck.


Some people look to money in photography because, for a lot of people, it's what their passionate about. It's that simple.
July 23, 2011 @ 00:05:57 AM
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Heres a write up I found on POTN about Photography as a business

If anyone is looking into it, definitely check this out.
http://laurencekim.com/2011/04/28/the-photography-business-and-the-american-dream/

I just wouldn't see myself likely to be financially stable as a "full time" professional photographer in the future.
Will that stop me from taking pictures? Definitely not.

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