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September 26, 2017

How to Get Your Business Started- Photography Business Education

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Starting a photography business is much more than just buying a camera and clicking the button. If you want to be in it for the long term, you have to think for the long term. Every decision I make involving my business is carefully planned and thought out. Well, except for the decision of whether or not to have wedding cake. That’s never well thought out.

I always think in yearly increments. What will this decision mean to me, my business, and my family in one year? What about five? Thinking with this mindset helps you avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary worry.

A piece advice I can’t stress enough is to start legit. Don’t skip out on good gear, a good website, and the right insurance and registrations. Make sure you have a LEGAL contract, not one you just pieced together. These things will only benefit you and could save you some major trouble in the near or far future.

Here are some other practical ways you can get your business up and running:

  • Build your portfolio. Offer free (yes, free) shoots to friends and family members. Don’t forget that contract! Even my own family and best friends are required to sign a contract and model release. It’s not personal, it’s business.
  • Network. Get to know other photographers in your industry. Offer help to them when you can, buy them a coffee, treat them to lunch, take their headshots. And don’t just stop at photographers. Get to know as many people as you can in your industry. Whether that’s the wedding industry, newborn, or commercial industries.
  • Educate yourself. Learn how to build your own SEO. Learn basic editing and shooting skills that will allow you to grow in your imagery. Learn the ins and outs of social media and how to get followers to engage with you. Education is one of the best things I have spent my hard earned money on!

Do you need some direction in your photography business? Email hello@alaynaparker.com for mentoring information!

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