Posted on October 17th, 2012
From Amateur to Professional
Taking that first step from photographing friends and family to photographing professionally is exciting and pretty and scary. The first thing that every photographer has asked is : How do I get started? It can be pretty hard to get your professional business going and it does not happen overnight, however there are a few tips that have been passed down from one photographer to another.
1. Word of mouth is one best way to get your name out there. When photographing friends and family, ask them to let people know who took the photographs and where to reach you. Always be creative with your photographs, clients like uniqueness rather than typical photographs.
2. Be ready, You may never know who is watching. When you are on location shooting photographs of either friends or family or just shooting landscaping, always have a business card with information. You don’t have to have an expensive set of business cards, making your own might even spark more interest. It is also best to have a small portfolio already prepared with all types of photography inside.
3. With all photographs you should have some sort of logo or name on it to signify that you are the artist who took the photograph. If a stranger sees your photograph in an office or Aunt Sally’s home, than you have taken the first step to advertising.
4. Advertising can be expensive, so start local and small. Check with your local college newspaper to see if you could place an advertisement in their next issue for you. College kids are always looking for great deals for just about anything, even photography.
5. In this day in age everyone has a social network page. Whether it will be through Twitter or Facebook, it can be an easy and free place to begin getting your name out there. Set a page up with some examples of your work as well as contact information. When choosing which work to display, make sure to pick something creative and something you are confident about doing again.
6. If you have a few bucks you can spare, try advertising on your car with your name and business number as well as some unique logo. You will be amazed at the response.
It may take awhile to get the business going and it may be stressful, but never give up. Ask for help from friends and family. Take as many pictures as you can and get your name out there. Be sure and stop by http://www.42photo.com for all your photography needs.