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Anyone with a love for photography would probably love the chance to earn a good income from it. Perhaps you’re coming to the end of your studies, or maybe you just feel trapped in a dull and boring career? It is possible to earn money from photography, but that doesn’t mean you should give up the day job just yet! Here are several approaches you can take to start earning as a photographer:


You should have a high-quality DSLR with a couple of good lenses to select from. Of course, if your specialty is macro photography, you’re likely to need more specialist equipment to support that. The absolute musts for earning are often no more than what you ever have. You should also have a website that allows you take orders and promotes your portfolio. A pack of business cards won’t do you any harm either!



You don’t have to register as a formal company to earn money as a photographer. In fact, many photographers are freelance, have no formal premises, and don’t even have a separate bank account! If you are a studio or portrait photographer, all of these things are a must. You must protect yourself by limiting your personal liability. A formally registered business is essential here. You’ll need more insurances too. Don’t panic – there are accountancy services to help you with the photographer tax allowances and fees you might be required to pay. Expenses can be offset, and your income can be fixed at a rate that is realistic.


You don’t need to have a regular client, but it helps! Start with your current workplace. Would they pay you for your photography skills? Then, of course, you can find other work in your spare time until you have enough orders to be able to quit the day job. Weddings are a good place to start. Don’t forget to enter as many competitions as you can. Provide photography for bloggers, and make sure your work is posted in as many places as you can put it. This is the best way to earn a reputation for the type of work you want to be known for.

Losing The Love?

As with any other line of work you might risk losing the love for photography. When you have to do something, it can feel like more of a chore. Keep your motivation going by restricting your working hours to set times of the day. Even if you find your paid work doesn’t quite match the work you really want to produce, it can have an effect on you. Try to reignite the passion by taking holidays as you need them.

You don’t need much to start your own photographic business. Whether you work as a freelancer or register your company, you might face similar challenges. Never spend what you don’t have, and make sure professionals help you with the finances. Just because you love photography, it doesn’t mean you have to love every photographic assignment you are given. Are you ready to start your own business?