How To Be A Pro Photographer

Most pro photographers discourage up-and-coming photographers from entering the field of professional photography and make it seem impossible to break into the business–but it’s not!  And I can prove it… Not many years ago, I was a college student who needed to make money to support my family.  I started off selling my photography services for $50 on Craigslist, but …

How 115 Photographers Got Their First Paying Clients

The most difficult part about becoming a professional photographer is fighting to get your first two or three paid clients.  It can be agonizing and difficult to get your first clients, but after you have done it a few times, you will get your business rolling. I thought it would be extremely helpful for new photographers to see how photographers …

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A client area for your website

Finally – a web solution to working with your clients after the shoot is over! More than ever, as photographers, we could use a place online where just our clients can see the gallery of photos taken from the shoot–a place where our clients can download contracts and model release forms as well.   A place where they can pay …

How to Protect Your Photos With A Watermark

I’ve always disliked watermarks.  When I am asked to provide a portfolio review and see watermarks on the picture, I’m unable to even concentrate on the photo because I’m so distracted with the watermark. However, about a year ago, I started watermarking my photos because I found a way to do it unobtrusively by using my signature on the photo. …

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Licenses for Photographers: Start your business without getting sued!

In most jurisdictions in the United States, no professional license is required to run or operate a photography business; however, this is not the case in ALL jurisdictions.  For example, the City of Milwaukee requires a professional photographer’s license to do many types of photography in the city. To know for certain whether or not a license is necessary to …

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Episode 5: Success Interview with Justin Workman

On Episode 5 of the Be a Pro Photographer webinar, I interviewed Justin Workman, a full-time photographer who started his business just over a year ago. Watch and listen to what worked for him, what didn’t work, and what mistakes to avoid!