You’ve got the equipment and you’ve got the skills. Corporate Meetings When a team of executives has flown around the world to close a deal, the players often want a record of the happy moment… Stay close to the dealmakers and you could be the last one smiling. Dating Portraits But before the wedding comes the date. Cars Showrooms need them and so do auto magazines, workshops and even private dealers. Product Shots Companies bring out new products all the time. And by a lucky coincidence, photographers need to eat all the time too. Weddings The bread and butter of any professional photography business. There are plenty of other events that photographers can shoot, including bar mitzvahs… Christenings …christenings, birthdays, anniversaries and lots of other things besides. Exotic Locations Photography sites are filled with images of beautiful sunsets and golden beaches.
Expect long lenses and longer waits in bushes but make the divorce easier and you’ll be able to charge like a lawyer. Wannabe Models/Actors There’s no shortage of young women (and men) keen to break into showbusiness. What they put in their portfolio, you can put in yours. Food It’s not just recipe books that need images of tasty dishes, foody websites need them and so do some restaurant menus and any diner that markets itself. Shooting powerful people is a unique form of portraiture that brings a special challenge… Many outlets these days use stringers and accept freelance shots. The bosses of the companies behind them can be a huge market for you too. Celebrities There’s always a market for a photo of a star, especially if they’re doing something they shouldn’t. If you’ve been somewhere strange, your camera could pay for the trip. Exotic Animals And while you’re there, don’t forget to shoot the wildlife. But good images of elephants, eagles and gorillas in the wild are hard to come by. Whether it’s high school, university or beauty school, new graduates will pay you to shoot the start of their new lives. Authors Ever wondered who shoots the portraits that appear on the back of every book? Add on Linked In, My Space and everyone else, and you’ve got a huge potential market of people who want to be seen. Money (And Other Stock Images) There’s no end to the sorts of objects you can sell as stock. Not the most exciting job in the world but an interesting challenge and one that’s often open to anyone who wants in. Theater Performances Actors need photos for auditions and theaters need images of the performances. Bands Musicians have a huge appetite for photos: for album covers, for interviews and for websites, posters and t-shirts. Publicity Events Grand openings, charity giveaways, competitions and every other kind of publicity event is useless if a photographer isn’t there to record it. there’s plenty for a photographer to shoot when a parade is in town and plenty of people to sell the pictures to, including participants, newspapers and organizers. Festivals And the same is true of festivals — except that they tend to stand still, letting you shoot at your leisure and from any vantage point you want. And who knows, maybe a happy collector will buy your art too… Auction Catalogs Big auction companies depend on good catalogs for high bids. You’ll need good insurance but with sales held regularly, you’ll be a winner every time. e Bay Items Of course, you don’t have to get friendly with Sotheby’s to shoot for auctions. Halloween Parties When it’s time for a monster party, people spend hours preparing costumes only to be shot with a cheap flash. Conferences Conferences are as much about networking as listening to speeches. Fundraisers If someone’s paying a lot of money to attend a fundraiser, the organizers should be willing to pay you a little to give the donors a momento.
Real Estate When a house is selling for a million-plus, what agent isn’t going to pay a few hundred dollars for pictures that bring in prospects? Bar Mitzvahs Weddings might be the bread and butter of the photography industry but photographers don’t live on bread alone.
I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio where I attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts.
I like my session to feel like we are hanging out for the day, and getting some great images while we’re at it.
Prior to our shoot, I invest a lot of thought and energy into how to best capture my subject and the environment best suited to showcase them.