Photography is a hobby for many of us. But how many of us have actually thought of turning this hobby into a lucrative career? There is always a demand for photographers for so many occasions like weddings, graduation ceremonies and sporting events. Without receiving any formal training, it is possible to turn your hobby into your career. If this sounds interesting, read on.
How Do I Start?
That will be the number one question on everybody’s mind. Well, if you have the motivation then you will be able to do what it takes to get started. You must remember that perseverance can get you what you want.
It is important to let people know about your work. For this, you need to have a good portfolio of your pictures to show potential clients. You should place advertisements in newspapers and use your social network to your advantage. You must remember not to charge exorbitant rates initially as you first need to attain fame before you can do that. Your reasonable rates at the start could be a good selling point as well.
It would help to join a photography group in your area or learn the finer points of photography online. Through these portals you can offer your services and also learn more about photography from others like yourself. These groups sometimes organize exhibitions of their work and this would be a great platform for you to showcase your talent.
You can approach magazines and newspapers with your photographs as they are always looking out for new and good photographers. You never know if Vogue or Time notices your talent and picks you to join their team!
Another way to gain recognition would be to participate in photography competitions. There are many such competitions held in many places and it would be a great platform to get “exposure”. Winning such a competition would mean fame and money, a delightful combination.
It is very important for you to try all avenues as you never know when you will be noticed by someone important who can help you make your dream career a reality. You must keep showcasing your work as much as possible. When you do get your first assignment, even if it’s for a small party, make sure you take brilliant pictures so that the client recommends you to others. Word of mouth is a very powerful tool to gain recognition and a good reputation.
What can be better than turning a passion into a career? Not many of us are blessed with such a situation. If you work hard, you can turn your hobby of photography into a very successful career.