Making the Leap Into Professional Photography


For many, photography begins as a beautiful form of artistic expression. As their talent blossoms, they might find that friends are asking them to photograph events or children in exchange for money. Every photographer’s dream is to be able to make a living doing what they love. However, professional photography requires a bit of preparation, as it is the photographer’s job to protect themselves legally while offering a beautiful, convenient service to their clients.

Choosing Which Products and Services to Offer

With the digital age, fewer and fewer people are interested in the extra expense that comes with printing photographs. Digital photography is easier to send electronically, or it can be copied to a lightweight, easy to mail CD. However, some people still enjoy receiving prints to frame for their mantles, to send to friends and family during the holidays, and to keep in a physical keepsake box. Therefore, every photographer needs to have a professional printing service selected for their clients. There are other options as well, including: DVD slideshows, printed shirts, books, calendars, mugs, and more. The more a photographer offers, the more they can make and the happier their customers are.

Legalities of Photography

Photographers must have legal protection when taking photographs of other people. If a photographer is focused on stock photography, they will need releases signed by the model. This demonstrates that the model is releasing all rights to the photo. Generally, a model is compensated for their time and is expected to release rights. Contract software is perfect for drafting photography contracts for this purpose. For family or individual photography that the photographer is hired for, the photographer is paid for their services. In exchange the photographer provides access to their work, generally giving the client limited printing rights. The client never truly gains ownership of the artwork, protecting the photographer.

Making It Official

For any home based business, it is important to look as professional as possible. First, a website, email account, online gallery, and various social media accounts must be established for the business. This allows clients to connect easily. Secondly, business cards, flyers, vehicle decals, and more should be made to help spread awareness to potential new customers. Personalized letter heads, envelopes, address labels, and watermarks are a wonderful professional touch as well.

Photography is a beautiful, in demand career choice that allows an individual to be as successful as they want to be. With plenty of determination and dedication, skilled photographers find that the sky’s the limit in the world of photography.