What’s up guys, it’s Kosim here. By the end of this article you gonna learn what to do to earn your first money in the photography. Or if you do a photography as a side hobby, you will have step by step instructions how to make an extra money on your free time.
I am going to tell you how I did my first money in photography after when I moved to the United States. As a beginner photographer I consider that you guys have at least a cheap camera with a cheapest portrait lens, as an example Canon 50mm 1.8 will cost you only 110$ and will make your first customers happy.
For example: one friend of mine has a camera body of Canon EOS Rebel T7 with kit lenses Canon EF-S 18-55mm which came when he bought a camera for around 400$. Now originally that camera cost $550 but he found on Ebay a person who bought a camera but then decide to change it to another brand. My point is: as a beginner photographer I consider you have at least that camera body. With the kit lens EF-S 18-55mm you can take a real estate customers because it’s pretty much wide angle and with 50mm 1.8 which will cost you extra $110 you gonna take a portrait, fashion, wedding, engagement, kids, pets, business and many other style photography.
So let’s get right into it.
Step 1: create a portfolio. It does not mean that it has to be with supermodels. No. Start with a people around you. Your family members, your friends, your colleges, your classmates, friends from college. Basically anyone whom you think you want to show on your portfolio.
In my case I was alone here so I started to reaching out people on my Instagram. I start using hashtags and locations to find a local people and start sending them a friendly text. “Hey, my name is Kosim, and I am photographer. I am located in “that” city and I would love to collaborate with you for my portfolio. Let me know if you interested in collaboration. Thanks.”
Step 2. Create a social media accounts. Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook page. That was my social pages, if you know more do and create more. Post all the photos which you took. Make sure you posting your best works. It’s the whole new article if I will go deep into it. So I consider you know the basic of posting and writing good and catchy descriptions.
Step 3. Create a website. So far as I see and I suggest to use SquareSpace since I personally created my website there and it took me less than couple hours to fully publish it. Of course my works were ready to publish it, so it took me less time to just create it and go live. I like the price it’s affordable even for beginner photographers. Now it’s not a sponsored article nobody paying me for saying that it’s just my experience, you are free to use any platforms. Just create a website with your name and surname. I believe as a photographer you need to use your name to brand yourself, in the future.
Step 4. Create your first deal in Groupon. That was one of the first ways how I got my first customers with my broken English. You not gonna make a lot of money through Groupon but you definitely make some. I remember I made around 500$ or 600$ in my first month. Most of the people purchase your Groupon deal and call you to make a an appointment. My deal was 120$ for one hour outdoor photoshoot from where my net earning was only 60$. Yes, Groupon will take a 45-50% of your earnings. But the thing is you still make 60$ and hour.
As a beginner photographer who does not have enough experience you should take any opportunity to show up. Just trust me on this one. As more you take new photo shoots, as more you make new connections, and as more you grow your skills, as more people start knowing you as a photographer (as a person).
It’s going to pay off in long run.
I created two campaigns and my first offer was “One-Hour Outdoor Photo Shoot with Professional Retouching and Digital Copy” for 120$. Here one hour of outdoor shoot means customers might choose fashion style, love story, something personal or even an engagement shoot. Make sure to put it on your campaign description. Second campaign was specifically for real estate photography. And both was generating me around 500-600$ per month giving me 8-10 customers a month.
Step 5. Create a Snappr account.
This one is something what I tested out a two month ago and I was very exited from the results. And I think it’s great platform for all of us beginners and more advance photographers. This platform I believe is a new Start Up. I took almost 8-9 booking in first two weeks, some days I could have two shoots. All the customers were local. I don’t remember exactly how much was their fees but I believe it was around 30%.
Create a profile, upload your works make sure to put some Profile (portraits), Product, Event, Fashion, Food, Real estate, Family, Engagement photographs and ect.
The service is free they will take their commissions from your bookings which means they will promote you for free. You should get around 50 to 80 unique traffic to your website just doing all that steps what I am saying here. Make sure to put all your great works on these platforms.
OK let me repeat the steps,
- Portfolio first, take as many photos as you can.
- Creating and posting on social media second,
- Publishing your website third,
- Creating Groupon campaign fourth and
-Snappr is fives
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