Wish to make photography your career? Get started with these tips.

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Career Trends: May 13, 2022
Curated by the Knowledge Team of ICS Career GPS

Displaying your skills on a site or platform will help increase your prospect in the photography industry.

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Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a shutterbug? Maybe it’s time to turn your passion for photography and art into a career. You would need to build a brand for yourself and your skills, which would allow you to earn money and support yourself as you grow and become a professional photographer.

Here are some tips to help get you started! 

Build your brand on social media.

  • Establishing a brand doesn’t necessarily require giving yourself a persona or launching a company.
  • You can start by highlighting your skills on the social media and increasing your online presence.
  • This way others will be able to see your work and understand why they should hire you for professional photography services. 
  • By building a personal brand alongside a photography portfolio, you will have plenty to demonstrate when you pitch your photography skills to companies and potential clients.
  • It will also help you to stand out from the crowd of other photographers looking for paid work.

Get your images published. 

  • Another great way to be seen within the industry is to get your work published in magazines, web portals, etc.
  • There are many editors and publishers who would be looking for photographers.
  • Alternatively, you could get in touch with a publication to see if they would be interested in any of the existing photos you have in your portfolio. 

Upload your work on photo sharing sites and charge a fee. 

  • On top of getting your images published, you can also sell them for a set fee.
  • A great way to do this is to upload your photos on photo sharing sites and stock photography platforms.
  • These will allow you to upload your images to be paid for and downloaded by site users.
  • Often these sites attract marketers and business owners looking for stock imagery to use across their marketing platforms.
  • As you establish your presence on a site or platform like this, you will build a reputation whilst being paid for each download. 

Look for tie-ups to get your images printed on to merchandise.

  • Apart from selling your images, you could also print these onto merchandise to sell across various platforms.
  • This works well if you have a particularly popular image of a famous landscape, landmark or place.
  • Explore tie-ups on social media or through e-commerce sites.
  • This will help build up your reputation and increase your prospect in the photography industry.

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