Becoming a photographer is a lifelong dream for some and a newly developed idea for others. As ability improves, photographers often want to use their skills for monetary gain. Freelance photography is a way for a photographer to earn money while continuing to improve his expertise of his hobby. This article gives you tips about how to promote yourself as a photographer.
Friends and family
For a photographer who is just starting out, friends and family may be the best way to start finding freelance jobs. Let those closest to you know that you are launching your freelance photography business. Offer to take photos of a birthday party, christening, bar mitzvah or graduation for a reduced price. Have a portfolio of your pictures to show these people so that they can see how talented you are and remind them that their support will help you to be able to find other paying photography jobs.
Freelance press photographer
Approach a local newspaper and ask about the possibilities of becoming a freelance press photographer. Have business cards ready to leave with the people whom you talk to. Many newspapers need to save money and find that it is cheaper to hire a freelance photographer than to keep a full-time professional on staff. When you talk to the newspaper publishers, remind them that you can save them money.
Build a network of photographers and use them to find freelance work. If you work as a photographer assistant, ask your boss for the jobs that he cannot cover. Inquire if he can mention you to others that he knows and give you a recommendation. Ask your photographer friends if they have heard of any opportunities. Go to photography conferences and other places where photographers meet to find more prospects.
Advertise yourself and your services. Put an ad in the local newspapers and in local community centres. Ask if you can put announcements in church bulletins. Create a website that shows off your work and let people know about it. Pass out business cards and ask everyone you know to share that you are in the market for freelance marketing jobs. Always be prepared to talk about your work and carry a small portfolio of your pictures everywhere you go. Advertising yourself will move you towards the freelance photography jobs that you want.