Like many artists, you didn’t start out thinking about the money. You were expressing your creativity by taking pictures of friends, places, views, or a particular idea or thing that interests you. You posted them on your social media and basking in the comments, likes, and reposts. But like many artists, a time comes when you begin to look for ways to turn your skills and talent into money.
If you are lucky, it could be a chance-happening with someone reaching out to you and offering to pay for something you have only showcased on your page. Or you just needed the money. Sooner or later, it happens and you are looking where you can trade your skill and talent for money.
Here are some ways to start making money from photography:
Perhaps the straightforward medium to start earning money from photography is to start selling canvas prints online. The best way to quickly get started is through sites like ElephantStock, as you do not have to worry about a lot of technicalities that come with selling online. Canvas prints are beautiful and highly used in interior decorations. You may be tempted to start taking only pictures of beautiful landscapes and views, but the range of canvas prints is huge. You should do your research and start taking stunning pictures that people want to put on their home walls.
There is a lot of money to be made from wedding photography and it is a popular choice among many photographers. If you enjoy social gatherings and parties, wedding photography could be a good fit. Wedding photography is, however, demanding; it comes with a lot of planning and organization. It could require working over a period of days as you will be required to shoot portraits and at events.
Travel photography is another way to start making money. It could appeal to someone who enjoys being on the move, as you can make money from taking stunning pictures from around the world. You may want to combine this with a travel blog to tell the stories of the pictures and experiences you are documenting. Travel photographers are in relatively high demand; many top magazines and organizations such as travel guides, airlines, tourist and hospitality, are in demand of talented and creative travel photographers.
Other ways to make money include club photography and real estate photography. Many night clubs now hire an in-house photographer to show the thrill and glamour of their night club. It is a cool way to make money on the side. Photography and real estate are a match. Real estate companies are always taking aesthetic pictures to attract clients. Most times it is on a by-need basis.
If you have good writing skills, you could start a photography blog and just tell stories with pictures.
Once you have a sizable portfolio, there are a lot of ways to explore in order to make money from photography. You just have to find the one that best suits you.