Launching a photography business can be challenging. At first, it can involve a lot of mistakes, plus trial and error. Some lessons don’t have to be learned the hard way.You can learn from established photographers who have already walked the path.
We talked to nine experienced photographers about their best advice for people who want to start their photography business in 2022. This is important so be sure to take notes. Here is what they had to say -
“Being a photographer is a serious business. You can’t mess up people’s once-in-a-lifetime events, so don’t start your business until you have a backup of everything. Know your equipment inside and out. Have a backup plan for everything in case something goes sideways.”
“Run your CODB (cost of doing business), know that you are worth a livable salary for your work, and put on your big girl pants because it’s tough!”
“Do a business plan and a marketing plan—very important!”
“Charge what you need to be profitable from the very beginning.”
“Don’t undersell yourself. It’s better to grow slowly over burning out from taking on too much too soon. And build a system for managing clients and do it the same way for every job.”
“Invest in education, invest in YOURSELF, and hire out anything that does not bring you joy.”
“Be willing to adapt, learn as much as you can from seasoned pros, and make time to shoot often. Look at your work with a critical eye and be willing to accept the same from others in the visual arts arena. Oh, and have backup equipment for every job!”
“Forget needing the BEST gear. Learn to market yourself. Be yourself and of course, get Picsello!”
“Don’t compete on price. People are looking for experience. If you can deliver that, you’re golden.”
It’s easy to see the recurring theme here: YOU.
Invest in yourself.
Hopefully, these words of wisdom have helped you.