​To do something that you love for a living is what most people dream. However, it's always hard to start your own business and follow your passion as we are afraid of changes, mainly because we don't know where to start from. That's why people keep asking me same question over and over again.  How can I make money from photography?

​Today I decided to answer this question for you and turn your dream of becoming a successful photographer into a reality. I've got a specific structure and a plan which you can follow and get maximum results, no matter if it's a wedding, portrait or commercial photography. Plus I looked at the challenges you might face to enter into the market and approximately how much money you will make depending on your skills. ​

Today I decided to answer this question for you an turn your dream of becoming a successful photographer into a reality. I've got a specific structure and a plan which you can follow and get maximum results, no matter if it's a wedding, portrait or commercial photography. Plus I looked at the challenges you might face to enter into the market and approximately how much money you will make depending on your skills. ​

Making Money as a Photographer In 2017

​​Whether you're looking to start your own photography business or just make a little bit of extra money in 2017, I have gathered all the interesting methods for you. There are some advantages and disadvantages with each of this and you have to keep in mind that none of them is easy. Especially if we consider the fact that the market is really competitive. However, the good news is that I will provide you with a marketing plan and a business strategy whether you're into wedding photography, portraiture, advertising or commercial photography. So that you can make money and most importantly maintain that success. Also, we're going to look at which areas of photography are the most lucrative and which areas of photography make the most money.

Also, we're going to look at which areas of photography are the most lucrative and which areas of photography make the most money.
Whether you're looking to start your own photography business or just make a little bit of extra money in 2017, I have gathered all the interesting methods on how to make money ​as a Photographer. There are some advantages and disadvantages with each of this method, and you have to keep in mind that none of them is easy, especially considering the fact that the market is really competitive. However, the good news is that I will provide you with a marketing plan and a business strategy whether you're into wedding photography, portraiture, advertising or commercial photography. So that you can make money and most importantly maintain that success.

​​To make your life easier I ​even created an Infographic. However, I advise you to check the full article in order to get detail information and ​discover some extra methods as well.

​To make your life easier I ​even created an Infographic, however, I advise you to check the full article in order to get detail information and ​discover some extra methods as well.

​Infographic: How to Make Money as a Photographer

Infographic: 36 Ways to Make Money as a Photographer
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​wedding photography

wedding photography

​wedding photographer + photo assistant/Second shooter

wedding photographer

wedding photography

​The wedding is the really special day because it's an important stage in every person's life therefore people are willing to spend a lot of money just to get the perfect photo. Plus they want video and the drone footage, so it's a huge market. Generally, a lot of beginners think that wedding photography is an easy thing, however, it's really hard and takes time to become a professional. But if you are a good salesperson and if you offer quality service than you can easily make good money.

The wedding is the really special day because it's an important stage in every person's life therefore people are willing to spend a lot of money just to get the perfect photo. Plus they want video and the drone footage, so it's a huge market. Generally, a lot of beginners think that wedding photography is an easy thing, however, it's really hard and takes time to become a professional. But if you are a good salesperson and if you offer quality service than you can easily make good money.

​Realistically You Can Make $300 up to $5,000 per evening.
up to $5,000 per evening.

​​In case if you are unable to find job as a wedding photographer you can always apply as a second shooter or assistant. ​Today a lot of photographers are looking for someone to work with, on different events. Particularly in the wedding photography, there is a lot of work that can be done as a second shooter which is actually a little bit easy compared to getting into this business alone and offering your service. There are also many studio photographers who also need ​an assistant who can help with lighting, so it's a really good way to learn from an established photographer about the ​industry you want to pursue as a living, rather than just a hobby.

​In case if you are unable to find job as a wedding photographer you can always apply as a second shooter or assistant. ​Today a lot of photographers are looking for someone to work with, on different events. Particularly in the wedding photography, there is a lot of work that can be done as a second shooter which is actually a little bit easy compared to getting into this business alone and offering your service. There are also many studio photographers who also need ​an assistant who can help with lighting, so it's a really good way to learn from an established photographer about the ​industry you want to pursue as a living, rather than just a hobby.

​online ​photography jobs

​Photography Jobs Online
Make Thousands of Dollars Per Month Online
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​Submit Your Photos Online and Get Paid!

Submit Your Photos Online and Get Paid!

Photography Jobs Online

​​Do you want to get paid to take photos! Here's how you can make a full-time income submitting photos online. All you need is a simple camera, internet connection, and a little creativity to turn your hobby into a profitable business.

Nowadays millions of websites blogs and articles are published every day. The demands for stock photos is bigger than ever. Using the partnership with the world's biggest sellers of stock photography you can sell your photos to millions of potential buyers. Imagine getting paid for each download, which can easily make you hundreds of dollars per day.

Nowadays millions of websites blogs and articles are published every day. The demands for stock photos is now bigger than ever. Using the partnership with the world's biggest sellers of stock photography you can sell your photos to millions of potential buyers. Imagine getting paid for each download, which can easily make you hundreds of dollars per day.

​I'm sure you already have some photos on your hard drive that you can start selling and making money today. So what are you waiting for!

I'm sure you already have some photos on your hard drive that you can start selling and making money with your photography today. So what are you waiting for!
Do you want to get paid to take photos!

Here's how you can make a full-time income submitting photos online. All you need is a simple camera, internet connection, and a little creativity to turn your hobby into a profitable business.

With millions of websites blogs and articles published every day the demand for stock photos is now bigger than ever. Using the partnership with the world's biggest sellers of stock photography you can sell your photos to millions of potential buyers. Imagine getting paid one dollar per photo downloaded if you have a hundred photos for sale and each photo is downloaded once per day that's an extra income of three thousand dollars per month.

Just imagine your income if you have two hundred, five hundred or thousands of pictures. In fact, I'm sure you already have some photos on your hard drive that you can start selling and making money with your photography today.



​Stock Photography

Stock Photography
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free stock photos for commercial use ​


​Stock Photography

​​Stock or Microstock photography is the way you can license your images. Currently, there are websites where you simply upload your photos and agencies, newspapers or just private persons ​will buy your ​image. Plus there are some specialized stock photography sites that do certain things like nature photography and ​it's worth trying. The disadvantage with this system is that it's not made for making huge amounts of money with one image, that's why it's called Microstock, but if you have a collection of photos that you can license then this method is working pretty good and you can get a small amount for each sale.

​Realistically You Can Make $​1 up to $100 per ​Download.
up to $5,000 per evening.

​​So with this method, the best way is to upload at least 100 images ​within a different topic and see which one performs better. Currently, there are different websites like ​Fotolia, Adobe Stock, Shutterstock, iStock and they have all completely different deals, so you should definitely check the terms and decide whether you need to try or not. But I think you should give it a try as there might be thousands of images laying around on your ​hard drive, so why not upload them in a matter of minutes and then just wait until someone downloads and you make money out of it.

Fotolia

​Social Media

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​​Social Networking Sites + YouTube Channel

The Top Social Networking Sites
YouTube Channel


Social Networking Sites

It's a quite new thing for a lot of people, but the reality is that we all love social media and we spend most of our time there, which brings us to the conclusion that we can make money out of social media.  How does it work? Well actually it's all about the followers, so the more people are interested in your photography the better you can market over social media. For instance, as a wedding photographer you can put out great wedding photos every day and somebody might be interested in your work.

​​This is a huge marketing that is only one side of the whole social media thing. Plus with huge followers, you can even reach out to brands and make a commercial photo shoot for them, which is again really ​profitable. So you are definitely missing an opportunity if you don't have YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest accounts because these platforms enable you to reach people from all over the world and to advertise your service.

​This is a huge marketing that is only one side of the whole social media thing. Plus with huge followers, you can even reach out to brands and make a commercial photo shoot for them, which is again really ​profitable. So you are definitely missing an opportunity if you don't have YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest accounts because these platforms enable you to reach people from all over the world and to advertise your service.
commercial photo shoot

Start a ​​​​​YouTube Channel

YouTube Channel

​​​The most challenging one is to start a YouTube channel about photography ​because you really have to put in a lot of hard work ​by ​​uploading videos constantly ​to grow your ​business. ​Now when you're doing this you really have to provide value up front ​and ​the core mission ​of your YouTube channel has to be educational. To ​actually help people with their photography ​skills and to get more people into Photography or Filmmaking. That way you can create a nice community ​on YouTube.

So this is a perfect option for people who are really passionate about photography and particularly ​videography ​to grow your business, become popular and to pursue your passion.​

​​The most challenging one is to start a YouTube channel about photography ​because you really have to put in a lot of hard work ​by ​​uploading videos constantly ​to grow your ​business. ​Now when you're doing this you really have to provide value up front ​and ​the core mission ​of your YouTube channel has to be educational. To ​actually help people with their photography ​skills and to get more people into Photography or Filmmaking. That way you can create a nice community ​on YouTube.

​Real Estate Photography

Real Estate Photography
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​Interior & Exterior Photography + Drone Footage

Interior & Exterior Photography

​Real Estate Photography

​​People are always buying houses, or they want to rent a flat especially in a center of big city and I'm sure real estate market is huge. So the better the images from the real estate agents are, more people will be interested in to buy a house and the agent will be able to rate house at much higher price. So if you are a good photographer you can simply team up with the real-estate agent and you can both benefit.

​The average salary for a Real Estate Photographer is $44,000 per year
The average salary for a Real Estate Photographer is $43,137 per year
up to $5,000 per evening.

​Plus you have to ​remember that with real estate photography you have to take both exterior and interior architectural photos and sometimes it's always a good idea to use a drone to shoot areal photos. So that next time someone sees your image they stand out and properly represent the house which your team is planning to sell.

Plus you have to ​remember that with real estate photography you have to take both exterior and interior architectural photos and sometimes it's always a good idea to use a drone to shoot areal photos. So that next time someone sees your image they stand out and properly represent the house which your team is planning to sell.

​Event photography

Shoot photos at events

Stock Photography
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People are always buying houses, or they want to rent a flat especially in a center of big city and I'm sure real estate market is huge. So the better the images from the real estate agents are more people will be interested in to buy a house and the agent will be able to rate house at much higher price. So if you are a good photographer you can simply team up with the real-estate agent and you can both benefit from that being together.

​Conferences, Parties, Corporate Anniversaries and etc.

Conferences, Parties, Corporate Anniversaries and etc.

Event Photography

​As a photographer, you can get into event photography which includesconferences, parties, ​corporate anniversaries because there are a lot of businesses and trade organizations which hire photographers to shoot events. So maybe if you target some of the smaller businesses who ​need to get ​more established ​images for their company you will get a chance to test things out a little bit and see if ​it's a right thing for you.

​As an event photographer usually you ​can make ​ $50 to $200 per ​Hour.
As an event photographer usually you will make between 20 to 100 per evening.
up to $5,000 per evening.

​As an event photographer usually you have to take hundreds of photos and edit ​them in order to deliver it next day, especially when there is a conference or some special event. However, there are definitely some professional photographers who make good money out of event photography and they have completely different deadline depending on the project they are working on​. That being said it's always a good idea to make a simple research in your area to see whether people are interested ​and to offer them your service.

As an event photographer usually you have to take hundreds of photos and edit ​them in order to deliver it next day, especially when there is a conference or some special event. However, there are definitely some professional photographers who make good money out of event photography and they have completely different deadline depending on the project they are working on​. That being said it's always a good idea to make a simple research in your area to see whether people are interested ​and to offer them your service.

As a photographer, you can get into event photography which includes weddings, parties, conferences because there are a lot of businesses and trade organizations which hire photographers to shoot events. So maybe if you target some of the smaller businesses who ​need to get ​more established ​images for their company you will get a chance to test things out a little bit and see if ​it's a right thing for you.

​Get Your Images into Galleries

Get Your Images into Galleries
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3. Shoot photos at events
Number three is to get into it event photography which includes weddings, parties, conferences, because there are a lot of businesses and trade organizations which hire photographers to shoot events. So maybe if you target some of the smaller businesses out who might not be able to get one of the more established photographers, or pay a higher price it gives you a chance to test things out a little bit and see if event photography is right for you. Even if it's just doing something like shooting a college frat party which one of my friends actually did or shooting a friend's birthday party it's something that you can do in a day and edit some photos later on and make a little bit of money that way so if you look interested in shooting events that's a good option to consider as well the way.


2. Number two is the whole event market thing, which means that you can go on events and take photos. For instance, there are photographers taking photos of the event and after that uploading them on a website or on social media, which then you can download and share with your friends. As an event photographer there you make between 20 to 100 euro per evening and sometimes you have to take even hundreds of images and have to edit all the images and deliver it next day because it has to be online. However, there are definitely some professional photographers who make good money out of event photography and there's always a market because people like to party. That being said it's always a good idea to make a simple research in your are to see whether the people are interested or if there is a market.

Realistically you can make 300 up to 5,000 euro per evening per.

​Art Gallery & Coffee Shop

Art Gallery & Coffee Shop

Photo Gallery

​​If you are really looking to do gallery shows or get your prints seen and sold, then it's something that's worth putting some effort into and reaching out to different people in order to get famous. Some places that might be good to start is actually a local business like a coffee shop. You can ask them if they can hang your prints in their store so that people will see your work and somebody might even buy your photo.

​You can sell Your ​photos for ​ $20 to $10,000
As an event photographer usually you will make between 20 to 100 per evening.
up to $5,000 per evening.

​Now another way you can reach people with your photos is by selling prints online with a website like ​SmugMug or creating your own store and start advertising online. ​However, you have to keep in mind that's really hard but if you're willing to hustle then you can potentially make a ​huge money.

Now another way you can reach people with your photos is by selling prints online with a website like ​SmugMug or creating your own store and start advertising online. ​However, you have to keep in mind that's really hard but if you're willing to hustle then you can potentially make a ​huge money.

​Start a Photography Business

Start a Successful Photography Business
Do Paid Photo Shoots
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Portfolio

Shoot Photos for blogs, Magazines, Individuals and etc.

Shoots Photos for blogs and Magazines

Photoshoot Studio

​Photography's one of the most competitive businesses you can get into because everybody thinks they are a photographer so you're basically going up against professionals as well as a lot of amateurs who do it for free. Plus people offer niche photography services such as commercial, wedding or advertising. So you should have a unique service to get new customers.

​Average Photographer Yearly Salary ​is $70,000 per year. ​ 
Average Photographer Yearly Salary in the United States. Photographers earn a median salary of $31,710 per year. Salaries typically start from $18,850 and go up to $72,200
As an event photographer usually you will make between 20 to 100 per evening.
up to $5,000 per evening.

Plus you can do one-on-one photo shoots or just reach out to magazines and other companies. Actually, you can start advertising ​on the internet amongst your Facebook friends and ​see if they are interested in your work. Chances are there's somebody out there who's willing to pay to do a photo shoot so you should explore that opportunity.

Photography's one of the most competitive businesses you can get into because everybody thinks they are a photographer so you're basically going up against professionals as well as a lot of amateurs who do it for free. Plus people offer niche photography services such as commercial, wedding or advertising. So you should have a unique service to get new customers.

Plus you can do one-on-one photo shoots or just reach out to magazines and other companies. Actually, you can start advertising ​on the internet amongst your Facebook friends and ​see if they are interested in your work. Chances are there's somebody out there who's willing to pay to do a photo shoot so you should explore that opportunity.
​Do one-on-one photo shoots with people ​or reach out to magazines and other companies. Actually, that's a great way to get started and you can even start advertising ​on the internet or even amongst your Facebook friends and ​see if they are interested in your work. Chances are there's somebody out there who's willing to pay to do a photo shoot so you should explore that.
1. Do Paid Photo Shoots
Now the first one is kind of obvious but I decided to still include on the list because it's really profitable. do photo shoots so do things like senior portraits or engagement sessions things of that nature where you can set up couple shoots or one-on-one shoots with people and get paid a little bit of money. That's a great way to get started and you can even start by advertising that you're looking to do paid photo shoots with people amongst your Facebook friends and just start reaching out to your contacts and see if there's a way that you can do some photo shoots to make a little bit of extra money. Chances are there's somebody out there who's willing to pay to do a photo shoot with you so you should explore that.


5. Shoots Photos for blogs and Magazines
Now, number five is along the same lines as the last one and that is shoot photos for a magazine or blog. Now there are lots of online blogs who are looking for photographs to put on their website and in their articles and you can license some images that way, or be a freelance for them and make a little bit of money from your images that way. Again this is a path that takes hustle you really have to put yourself out there and network and reaches out to businesses and blogs and magazines in order to get your work out there and try to get them to pay for some of your images. But if this is something that you're really interested in pursuing it's something that you can get started on now and do a little bit of legwork on to try to make some money from your photography.

​Paparazzi Photography

Paparazzi Photography
Do Paid Photo Shoots
Stock Photography
wedding photography

Photos for blogs, Magazines, Individuals and etc.


Paparazzi Photography

​I think we can all agree that being a Paparazzi is one of the most difficult jobs, but there is a huge business of invading public person's privacy and an ever-growing interest to know as much about celebrities lifestyle.

​a smart paparazzo can earn up to $500,000 yearly
a smart paparazzo up to $500,000 yearly
As an event photographer usually you will make between 20 to 100 per evening.
up to $5,000 per evening.

So the places like Los Angeles and New York are known to be the celebrity hotspots, so if you live there then paparazzi photography might be the best choice for you. But you have to keep in mind that it's are really competitive and you also should have some pretty expensive camera gear to get the perfect shot every single time you press the shutter button.

I think we can all agree that being a Paparazzi is one of the most difficult jobs, but there is a huge business of invading public person's privacy and an ever-growing interest to know as much about celebrities lifestyle.

So the places like Los Angeles and New York are known to be the celebrity hotspots, so if you live there then paparazzi photography might be the best choice for you. But you have to keep in mind that it's are really competitive and you also should have some pretty expensive camera gear to get the perfect shot every single time you press the shutter button.

​Photography Contests

Paparazzi Photography
Do Paid Photo Shoots
Stock Photography
wedding photography

​are they worth it?


​Photography Contests

​There are a number of websites and actual print publications that every year do these photography annuals or award shows, where you can submit your work for an entry fee and if you were selected you will be featured. Some of the best ones are the Black & White Magazine and Communication Art magazine (Also known as CA Magazine).

These annual contests are open every year, so anybody can enter to submit their portfolio of work. All these magazines are well-respected publications, they are nicely produced and beautifully printed. So to answer the question if it's worth the money you pay to enter into the contest highly depends on your goals and what do you want to get out of this because. If you want to decorate your CV or just show the world your photos then it's a great opportunity and I recommend you to prepare your portfolio for the next contest.

There are a number of websites and actual print publications that every year do these photography annuals or award shows, where you can submit your work for an entry fee and if you were selected you will be featured. Some of the best ones are the Black & White Magazine and Communication Art magazine (Also known as CA Magazine).


These annual contests are open every year, so anybody can enter to submit their portfolio of work. All these magazines are well-respected publications, they are nicely produced and beautifully printed. So to answer the question if it's worth the money you pay to enter into the contest highly depends on your goals and what do you want to get out of this because. If you want to decorate your CV or just show the world your photos then it's a great opportunity and I recommend you to prepare your portfolio for the next contest.

​Conclusion


​I hope you found this article useful. These are just a few ways that you can earn some money from your photography. So I want to hear from you as well what do you think is the best way to earn some money ​in 2017. Also feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

I hope you found this article useful. These are just a few ways that you can earn some money from your photography. So I want to hear from you as well what do you think is the best way to earn some money online. Also feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Those are five ways to make money as a photographer I hoped you liked the video and write me your thoughts what I just talked about in the comments below.

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4. Stock Photography

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Number four is stock photography and licensing your images, there are a lot of businesses and bloggers and other content creators out there who are looking for photographs to include in articles online or publications that they're putting out and they will license stock photos. So you can do this with a stock service like Adobe stock or Istock or any of the other stock photography websites that's one way to license your work and it's worth looking into some of those there are some specialized stock photography sites that do certain things like nature photography, and that sort of thing as well now stock photography is not something that's really easy to make a living off of but if you're just looking to earn a little bit of extra money from some of the images you produce or looking for a project to shoot images to create stock photos this is the way that you can earn a little bit of extra money for yourself in 2017.

Fotolia, Adobe, Shutterstock, iStock
Number two is to look for jobs as a photography assistant or a second shooter. These are sort of freelance gigs or even study gigs that can help you bring in some money from photography. Today a lot of photographers who run a business like a wedding photography are looking for people to work with them when they do events. Particularly in the wedding business, there is a lot of work that can be done as a second shooter which basically means you're an additional photographer at the wedding to help the main photographer, which is actually a little bit easier. Compared to get into this business and start your own wedding photography. There are also many studio photographers out there who need photography assistance to help with lighting and it's a really good way to learn from an established photographer and learn a little bit about the business of photography if it's something that you want to pursue as a living, rather than just a hobby.


A lot of people think about wedding photography that's why there are quite many wedding photographers on the market today, but the good news is wedding photography is a very hard thing.

Weddings are the really special day because it's an important stage in every person's life so people are willing to spend all of their money just to get the perfect image. Plus today they want even the video and some drone footage as well, so it makes the following area really competitive. So there's a market you can make good money, but again it depends on how good of a salesperson you are and how quality service do you offer.


Realistically you can make 300 up to 5,000 euro per evening per.

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