How to Start a Photography Business

I hear from so many people with questions on this topic, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on the best way to ease into the transition on starting and maintaining a photography business, or if nothing else so those that hire a photographer will know what they are paying for.

It is so wonderful that moms who choose to stay home with their children–have opportunities to make a little money on the side, and many people have purchased nice dslr cameras and think that would be a great way to earn some money. It is true, and it is fun, but there is SO much involved with having a photography business besides just having a good camera. I’ve seen many people who start that way get burned out, and even my own personal journey has been a hair pulling experience at times as I frustratingly charted the course for myself.

I thought I’d share my thoughts for those that are interested in having a photography business.

IT’S NOT JUST CREATIVE, BUSINESS SENSE IS NEEDED

First of all, let me just say I am not super business savvy.  My business does not keep our family afloat, and I’m so grateful I don’t need to worry about that.  I can’t imagine the stress of needing a certain amount of clients in order to pay the bills.  So if you are planning on something like that, you need a lot of business sense.  Plus, photography is an elective luxury.  People don’t NEED it like they need food.  I have seen many full time photographers suffer in these hard economic times because people are cutting back and many believe that is a luxury that can wait til later.

I never planned to have a business.  Sometimes I laugh to myself when I stop and think that I started a business all on my own.  I’ve always felt pretty mediocre.  Not down on myself for being so, but recognized that is just the way it was.  School was difficult for me.  I did graduate with my Bachelors, but I really had to work for it.  I never aspired to “work” when I grew up (I still see it as a hobby, not a job).  I wanted to get married and have lots of babies.  But I’ve always had this insatiable craving to take pictures of people.

When I started my biz, I had no clue what to charge people.  I charged a little and was completely happy.  In 2003, I had a film slr and charged $50. I took a roll of film and gave the client everything, and pocketed $20 and was thrilled! We were on a super tight income, and I was able to indulge in a new pair of black shoes for church with that cash. After a year, I got a digital slr and charged $75 for the session and disc (a lot more images). I didn’t know much about editing then, so the images were “as is.”

Really, I wasn’t very good back then, so the pricing and inexperience went well together.  When I realized I wasn’t that good, I spent many hours on the computer trying to figure things out, camera, photoshop, etc.  My husband gently told me it was taking over my time.  I had to re-evaluate (and do so ALL the time) and prioritize my time.   Sometimes I wondered if I should just stop it all…but I’ve decided I love it too much.  Not just taking pictures, but meeting strangers and taking their pictures.  It all brings me so much joy.  So I limit what I take on, and I am mindful of my computer time.  My “work” hours on the computer are preschool time, and after bedtime (sometimes really late). When I go out for a shoot, its just an hour at a time, no more than once a week. When it does trickle over into family time, I become cranky momma, and I don’t like her and neither does my family.

WHAT TO CHARGE

It has been difficult for me to figure out what I want to charge. I am a SUPER thrifty person.  We don’t have cable, rarely eat out, just barely upgrade from having an old school tv, hubby drives a 1996 car, I buy furniture at good will or craigs list and fix it up…I am a “diy” kinda gal.  All that said, I am not the photographer for the thrifty person, and I’ve become ok with that (though I felt guilty for quite a while), taking into account that it takes time away from my family, and I’ve spent a lot of time and money honing my craft.

To make it less awkward on myself, I don’t do business with those in my church congregation, but will do a professional trade or refer them to my other photographer friends. I even had a parent of my sons classmate show interest in my taking their pictures, tell me I was out of her price range, and I referred her to a friend who is just starting out who charges less.  I have no problems doing that–I get it!  I want people to have great pictures, but I just can’t do it all.  I have never charged family members a penny, and many close friends I gift on my own accord, though I know many photographers will charge their family and close friends.  It is my favorite gift to give those I am closest with. Once again, hubby has to remind me that though it is good to be giving, I simply can’t give all that I want to (I used to offer to so many  people to do it for free, but in scaling back, I just can’t do that anymore).

Those of you that are thinking of starting a biz, or have dipped your toe into it, here is a list I go through with each client:

A lot of people don’t realize that a shoot is a lot more than just a shoot. There are so many things and many hours that go into just one session, so here is a breakdown of what each shoot consists of:

LIST FOR EACH CLIENT

Time Spent…

  1. emailing back and forth to set the date, time, location, clothing suggestions, etc. (this could be 2 or 3 emails….or it could be 20 or more).
  2. driving to and from each session
  3. actually shooting at the session
  4. depositing checks/bookkeeping
  5. editing/prepping images for the sneak peeks on my blog/facebook
  6. weeding out the not so great and editing the rest of the images
  7.  uploading all of the photos to the online gallery
  8. emailing the client the gallery with all of the detailed info
  9. working on any additional edits that the client has requested (blemish removal, hair flyaways, hip slimming)
  10. packaging orders
  11. Setting up a delivery/pick up time
  12. backing up client files to external hard drives and burning backup discs
  13. Posting images to social media for others to see
  14. 14) Incentive based programs to encourage your clients to spread the word to their friends

EQUIPMENT & STEPS TO RUN A PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS

you will need:

  • -professional camera (I don’t think a Rebel will do since so many amateur’s have them) Do you want your clients to have a newer model than you?
  • -Variety of lenses, flash, extra batteries/ flashcards
  • -photoshop/lightroom/other software
  • -Website, ideally a “.com”  (I recommend Blue Host, It is a great one stop shop for your domain, hosting, and has some templates) (this is an affiliate link)
  • -Tax id
  • -Professional lab
  • -Stationary: welcome packet
  • -Packaging prints clear bags
  • -Gift bags to hold print orders
  • -stickers: I put these on prints, envelopes, gift bag
  • -Pricing list online and/or in print
  • -Accounting software/accountant (every business must pay taxes)
  • -professional looking Gift cards (I give them to teachers and some people buy as gifts)
  • -Model release, you must get permission from clients to post their images online, some don’t want it
  • -Client info form:  gather info like address, cell number, childrens ages and birthdays
  • -Cd’s/ cases/where to print:  If I sell a digital collection, I have a card that informs how to care and where to print
  • -Copyright info:  Many people don’t realize it is illegal to scan professional images, good to inform
  • -Thank you card (mail after session or delivery of prints)
  • -Biz cards:  can never have too many of these.
  • -Facebook account:  social media is HUGE for word of mouth.
  • -Open a business banking account
  • -Insurance
  • -Ppa membership (I actually don’t do this, but it is recommended)
  • -Charge/pay taxes
  • -External hard drive

LEARNING ONLINE

I am self taught. I never read my camera manual to teach me how to use my camera, in 2004, I poured over the limited internet resources and various trial and error. There were no blogs and pinterest with tips back then–there is so much now!!! Online forums helped me a TON!  I was a member of ProPhotogs forum for nearly 5 years.  I used to go daily, and was able to ask so many questions and learned from others questions, but I let my membership lapse and the ownership has changed now.  So many patient people answered my questions along the way and I had to learn to be tough when my not-so-great images were critiqued. Clickin Moms seems to be for those that may not want a business, but just great images.  I’ve made many great photographer friends along the way…online…on the phone…and locally.  I couldn’t even begin to list the people who helped me with specific techniques that I’ve never even met.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA
With any small business these days, you have to be involved with social media. Blogging is important, but so is facebook or twitter. I just had a friend decide not to have her photog biz anymore because she couldn’t keep up with the blogging and social media–is very important to keep fresh content for future clients to see, as well as sharing the work you’ve done for the clients friends for a future referral.
Photography…I love it, I love it, but I love my family more. My goal is to not let it overtake my family, and most days I feel pretty good that it isn’t. Aren’t they adorable? I think so.
If I missed something, feel free to leave it in the comments, and please let me know if you have any further questions, I will answer in the comments and you will get an email!  Questions help everyone!

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  1. This was SO helpful! Thank you!! What kind of photoshop do you use and do you edit every single photo or are there some that you leave as they are?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Hi Morgan! I shoot in RAW, so it is SOOOO easy to edit a bunch of images all at the same time. I generally do a “partial” edit, and then pick my top favorites or have the client pick theirs, to “fully edit” with a color pop, blemish removal, etc.

  2. Thank You. I don’t know how else to say how helpful this was.

  3. I just stumbled across this post! Thank you SO much for sharing this wonderful information. It was very informative.
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  4. Well darn, I just bought a rebel lol I really want great photos of family and friends, but would possibly like to try my hand in some business of my own. Maybe I should have opted for the t3i….poo

    • I have a t3i and yes it’s a rebel. But it accepts the EF lens that her 5d does. The rebel has a cropped sensor, so that means no huge prints. I think it’s a little arrogant to tell someone they can’t do something because they didn’t pony up for the overkill model.

      I’ve used rebels for years and they produce the same quality image, as the higher end models.

      I used to take pictures with a rebel 35mm and they were fantastic images. So PLEASE don’t tell someone they should spend more money on something they don’t need to. If someone is just starting out the rebels are a good starting point. Once you make some money from your jobs go and upgrade your gear.

      I would change your suggestion to using a SLR camera.

  5. How do I go about creating a logo and putting it on the client’s photos? Is that done through Photoshop?

  6. I am just breaking into my photography business (like what all I legally have to set up) and can use all the help I can get. I’m tryin’ to figure up the props to purchase and how to get babies to sleep during shoot and how to do a cheap back drop and how to use my editing program, AND, AND, AND lol! Is there anyway you can post your items/ attachments that you give your clients and price lists? So I have an idea of how to set mine up.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    Sandy

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I’m writing up a post all about pricing tomorrow!! Yes, there are SOOO many things to think about and items to check off, it’s quite a feat!

  7. I stumbled across your blog on Pinterest and feel like God sent it to me. I started a photography business 4 months ago as a supplement to our income / way to keep my sanity while I stay at home with my then 9 month old. I have been charging nothing since my start up and stressing myself out trying to figure out how to balance being a mom/finding them a sitter, running a business, online photography class, all while my husband works out of town. I wasnt sure what my next step was going to be and Ill admit that a few day ago I ven thought about quitting. I simply feel like I dont have the time needed to dedicate to it even though I love it so much. I recently pulled my price list off my site. I knew I had to increase them but wasnt sure how to go about it. I felt guilt/am I worthy?
    I am so glad I read this blog. It was exactly the advice I needed. Ive been selling myself short, especially now that I learned PS, and now I know I dont necessarily need to be an “affordable photographer”. I can be a competitive photographer worthy of the extra money should one so choose to spend it on the art I can provide.

  8. Samantha says:

    SO happy I ran across this on Pinterst! I have been toying with the idea for years and think I am now ready to go for it! I feel we are kindred spirits. So many of the things you stated about yourself be scribe me too! I did not care for school and am self taught as well. I have read over many of your other tips and I so appreciate your posts. I will be referring to your page often! And hey, I’m not too far from you either… I am stationed in San Antonio. Woot woot.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Hi Samantha! SO happy to hear that our brains think alike! Photography is so technical, and it took me a while to grasp some concepts. I’m working on more photog biz posts, one going live tomorrow, so stay tuned!

  9. So is an EIN enough for a tax ID? Or do I need a Sales Tax Permit and other things? I am so confused!

  10. How to drive traffic to your site, I am trying to start a business, but can get any clients to come to my site
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  11. Kristen,

    What you have put together on here is amazing. This is really good information that I wish me and my wife would’ve had starting out. We really struggled with pricing too. One thing we did was call other similar photographers in our area and ask about their pricing, that helped a lot. My wife can relate to the whole work/life balance thing too. Great site! Keep up the awesome work!

    Kyle

  12. Hi all, I recently found your site by means of Yahoo and google if you are an identical issue, your website came up, it seems like to get good. We have combined with our favourites|combined with our favorites.

  13. daralynn gilliam says:

    Where do you park your online galleries? What lab do you use to process your images? I use Snapfish at the moment because it’s so cheap and know one is paying me at the moment. once i get paying clients I’ll choose another lab.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Black River Imaging lab, online I used photo cart for a long time to host my galleries, but don’t show galleries online now.

  14. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

  15. It really doesn’t matter what kind of camera it is, the Rebel series is just fine for doing photography. You actually get more value from it since you get more bang for your buck on lenses for portrait work. What really matters is the photographer them self. If they really know how to shoot. In the end no one can tell what kind of camera you used anyways. The client doesn’t really care one way or the other what kind of camera you are using just as long as they get what they are looking for which is quality photographs. I’ve seen photographers use simple point and shoots at graduation parties for crying out loud and still get business. Its all in how you market yourself as a business in the end game.

    • Couldnt agree more! I absolutely love this blog but that is the only thing I completely disagreed on. Ive seen “photographers” with $5000 cameras and didnt have a clue on how to use them. I have a Rebel T3i and my mentor uses a Rebel T3i and I know 2 other very successful photographers in the area that use the same……I truly think its more on learning the camera itself….dont go out and buy thousands of dollars in a camera you have no clue how to use….get one you can learn on and then invest in top of the line lenses once you know what you are looking for……

      • Kristen Duke says:

        True, you don’t have to have an expensive camera to produce good pictures, but there are instances where the higher end cameras will give more quality than the cheaper cameras. It is best to start small and build up to quality after you know how to use.

  16. Hi love your blog… really helpful.. I have a few questions.. Where can I get copyrights from? And what lab do u recommend I use to print my work?

  17. Theresia Theobald says:

    thanks for it I’m feel for now I get guide to start it

  18. Brittany says:

    How does it all work with taxes??? And do I HAVE to get a business license?

  19. How do you find locations to shoot, do you ger permission and how do you go about that?

  20. Andrea Moore says:

    This was really helpful! However, I don’t really agree with the statement “a Rebel won’t do”. The camera itself isn’t the only factor is getting great pictures, but the photographer themselves. I have been through many courses, and hours of photography classes (I was a graphic design major), and when I compare my photos I take with my Rebel to other “photographers” with $1000+ camera, mine seem to be better (not always, of course). I understand that a point and shoot won’t cut it, but with a decent DSLR and knowledge on the camera, lighting, and other equipment, you can have fantastic pictures!

  21. Hello, I loved this article, it has been very helpful. Just one question: how do I go about wth the copyright info? Is this something that I need to have a lawyer do? I am stuck with this part! I don’t know how to go about it.
    Thank you!

  22. Hi!!!
    I stumbled across your website just searching for information. I have been shooting for 2.5 years now and I use one of the rebels you talked about. LOL. Well, I am a beginner. I use a canon rebel xs, in your opinion what would be an upgrade from that? Also, since I am just starting out, should I be charging people? I already do alot for free anyways. LOL. another question, what is your take on contracts? Thanks so much, all the post I have been reading have been super helpful.

  23. Hi Kristen,

    Loved the blog, thank you so much for being willing to share your tips and experience. I have a question, did you register your home based business? How was that process like and were you prepared for any unexpected fees? I am looking at starting an actual small photography business since my clientele is slowly but surely growing

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Sorry for my delayed response, I just got a business license, I don’t think I registered besides that. Hope that helps, and glad you’ve found my tips helpful!

  24. Ishea Wardy says:

    How do you get your photos in packages for your customers. Do you send the to another company and they print them.

  25. Jaela McKinney says:

    Hello!
    Love the information you have provided. I am currently looking to upgrade my camera gear and go for it…Photog business here I come! I am having a difficult time with some of my research. When you offer prints to your clients how do you find out who to partner with to make these prints? or to make canvas prints, albums and so forth? I live in a small town and can not figure out how to get those things done. Most photographers around here just offer a fully edited Disk to their clients with full rights? Is that the way to go in your opinion? I would like to do something different for my clientele. What do you think?

  26. Jaela McKinney says:

    Hello!
    Love the information you have provided. I am currently looking to upgrade my camera gear and go for it…Photog business here I come! I am having a difficult time with some of my research. When you offer prints to your clients how do you find out who to partner with to make these prints? or to make canvas prints, albums and so forth? I live in a small town and can not figure out how to get those things done. Most photographers around here just offer a fully edited Disk to their clients with full rights? Is that the way to go in your opinion? I would like to do something different for my clientele. What do you think?

  27. Jaela McKinney says:

    Hello!
    Love the information you have provided. I am currently looking to upgrade my camera gear and go for it…Photog business here I come! I am having a difficult time with some of my research. When you offer prints to your clients how do you find out who to partner with to make these prints? or to make canvas prints, albums and so forth? I live in a small town and can not figure out how to get those things done. Most photographers around here just offer a fully edited Disk to their clients with full rights? Is that the way to go in your opinion? I would like to do something different for my clientele. What do you think?

  28. Jaela McKinney says:

    Hello!
    Love the information you have provided. I am currently looking to upgrade my camera gear and go for it…Photog business here I come! I am having a difficult time with some of my research. When you offer prints to your clients how do you find out who to partner with to make these prints? or to make canvas prints, albums and so forth? I live in a small town and can not figure out how to get those things done. Most photographers around here just offer a fully edited Disk to their clients with full rights? Is that the way to go in your opinion? I would like to do something different for my clientele. What do you think?

  29. Jaela McKinney says:

    Hello!
    Love the information you have provided. I am currently looking to upgrade my camera gear and go for it…Photog business here I come! I am having a difficult time with some of my research. When you offer prints to your clients how do you find out who to partner with to make these prints? or to make canvas prints, albums and so forth? I live in a small town and can not figure out how to get those things done. Most photographers around here just offer a fully edited Disk to their clients with full rights? Is that the way to go in your opinion? I would like to do something different for my clientele. What do you think?

  30. Jaela McKinney says:

    Hello!
    Love the information you have provided. I am currently looking to upgrade my camera gear and go for it…Photog business here I come! I am having a difficult time with some of my research. When you offer prints to your clients how do you find out who to partner with to make these prints? or to make canvas prints, albums and so forth? I live in a small town and can not figure out how to get those things done. Most photographers around here just offer a fully edited Disk to their clients with full rights? Is that the way to go in your opinion? I would like to do something different for my clientele. What do you think?

  31. Jaime Lynne says:

    Thank you for giving back to the budding photography community, sans judgement!! I’m starting out, and yea I make mistakes, but I learn as I go. (Been shooting since a teen; been shooting lil gigs here and there for the past 3 or so years,
    Still learning LR… And the logistics! Phew!! It can become overwhelming quickly!!

    Grateful for generous advice like this!!!
    ~ JLM ^_^

  32. Agustin Mojica says:

    Hello Kristen,
    Thanks for sharing the well put together Photography information. I am retired from the military and seriously thinking in getting back in to photography. I was in Korea when I started shooting as a hobby. Learning how to develop my own film with a free program the military had set up to occupy the somewhat free time that we had. I had got really good learning the aperture, ISO and Shutter speeds. When I got home my wife was really impressed with the photos. She was showing them to friends, next thing that came up, one of her friends asked if I could shoot her wedding, I was nervous to say yes, I actually turn it down. Then she said she saw my photos and knows that I will do a good job She gave me $400.00. Well it was kind of hard to turn that down considering the military pay we were getting. I really enjoyed reading your article and seeing your wonderful family. May God bless you all and thanks for the Photography info. I am currently in Afghanistan as a contractor and already purchase my photo equipment. I will be learning the digital photography world before I get started. Thanks once again

  33. Agustin Mojica says:

    Owe! the wedding pictures came out great. I made an extra $200.00 for more prints than I gave her the negatives since they were deploying to another Base.

  34. which camera accessories are essential for a beginner?

  35. MASOOD MUSIC says:

    Awesome blog. This is what I was searching. Read your article. One question that concerns me is INSURANCE ??. What kind of insurance i need. Also Need some advice on contracts and agreements with clients.

    Thanks Kristine.

  36. Hi Kristen – I came across this post yesterday while doing some research and I don’t know how I didn’t find it sooner!

    Your advice is spot on, and I know a lot of folks will get some great inspiration from it. As a marketing coach for photographers, my focus is clearly on business and marketing and the importance of investing time to learn those skills. I was thrilled to see that you also recommend people do the same thing.

    As most photographers find out, sooner or later, being a professional photographer is about 80% business and marketing, and 20% (or even less) actual photography!

    Thanks for taking the time to put this out there for people, and supporting our wonderful industry,

    Nigel
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  37. Hi, Thanks for putting the time in this blog/post. I wanted to reach out to you on a subject matter that might help you grow in your faith. You wrote( To make it less awkward on myself, I don’t do business with those in my church congregation. ) God blesses us with gifts… And wants us to use our gifts to help others. If you give to your church as God gave his Son for us. Not only will God bless you but, He will do amazing things in your life. Maybe you will get a awesome tip from a client who was just so happy about your work. Life is about time and how you use your time to reach out to others. God is love and wants us to share his love with others. I’m not saying to do free work for your church… But, if you take on a client from church for free or at a lower cost. You will be so blessed. In all things we do, we should do it as if we are doing it for Jesus with love in your heart. I hope this letter finds you well. God Bless

  38. Hola, Yo también estoy intentando empezar un negocio como fotografa.
    Me dedico a esto desde hace mas de 8 años y es mi pasión y mi vida, me encanta pero en Mexico que es el pais donde vivo es muy dificil hacer entender que la gente se tome fotos maravillosas para recuerdos de esos momentos maravillosos que si no es por la foto son momentos que se olvidan.
    YO no tengo fotos de mi infancia y es algo que lamento mucho.
    Kirsten Thanks for your comments and your book, It is very useful!!!
    Gracias
    Elia

  39. Do you perhaps know a website that allows you to start a business or sell things for free?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I’m not sure, what are you trying to sell? You can sell from a blog like mine, it’s a website that I pay for hosting, or etsy or ebay. For any platform you use, you’ll likely have to pay something unless it’s a blogspot blog.

  40. What camera do you recommend for a person starting to do professional photography? I am a rebel (which I love), but am looking for a full frame.

  41. This was very helpful seeing how I am trying to teach myself what I need to know. I have been thinking about starting my own business for a while now and it’s something I really want to do. My question is (I hope not too silly) I am a 41 year old single father and just wondering if I’m too old to start my own photography business. I have been photographing for a while (for myself) and have shot two weddings (for family). I am trying to write a business plan and get all the info I can & need. Please help with any advice.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I don’t think you can ever be too old to try something new! It’s definitely a slow growth business. Start by asking friends to photograph them as favors, with the exchange of helping you spread the word! I’m co-authoring a book about a business plan and such, it will be out soon, so watch for it!

  42. Nico Profitt says:

    Hello! I’m a 14 year old young lady trying to find a great starter set up for the start of a future buisness. I love takin picures of my close family and friends, but I sadly just use my Iphone of step mothers camera. My mother has finally given me the oppurtunity to find a camera to start me off in my hopefully long carrer in photography. So if you could give me advise on an easy set up that’d be AMAZING!

    Thank you so much,
    Nico Profitt(:

  43. Nico Profitt says:

    Hello! I’m a 14 year old young lady trying to find a great starter set up for the start of a future buisness. I love takin picures of my close family and friends, but I sadly just use my Iphone of step mothers camera. My mother has finally given me the oppurtunity to find a camera to start me off in my hopefully long carrer in photography. So if you could give me advise on an easy set up that’d be AMAZING!

    Thank you so much,
    Nico Profitt(:
    [P.S. if you could please contact me through my email : nicoprofitt@gmail.com . Thank You!]

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Hi Nicole!! How fun that you’ve found a passion at 14! I’ve got lots of great tips for beginning photographers on my site on the photography tab under photo tips, I’ve also got a book called Say NO to Auto for beginners. If you have specific questions, let me know!

  44. Hello,

    Loved reading everything you posted! If you don’t mind me asking, where did you get your certification from? Do you think local workshops or online classes are helpful? Also, how long did it take you to get your business started? Thank you.

  45. I am starting a photography business in this last year after divorce. I was a make-up artist before I had kids for movies, print etc… I have an eye for taking pictures and lighting. I have been studying for the last year, have taken quite a few nice pictures and have a website. Have a very expensive camera and lenses.
    Now What???? How do I start getting myself out there to make money? I haven’t a clue of how to start selling myself as a photographer.
    Can you please give me some suggestions.
    Thank you
    Nina

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Hi Nina. The best thing to do is start with friends. Take theirs for free with the expectation that if they love them, they help promote you to their friends. Word of mouth is truly the best way to get business. Good luck on your journey!

  46. I’m a sophomore in high school and I’ve been really interested in photography since I was in elementary school. I highly doubt I would be able to find a photography job where I live and kind of want to start my own business after school and all. This really helped to push me to be pretty committed to doing this after I graduate and take some business classes and figure out all of the major details and what not. Thank you so much for this information!

  47. Hi,
    I have a question about choosing what camera i want to get next, right now i have a nikon D40 6.1 mp digital SLR. And i want something better than that im thinking about switching to Canon’s. Im actually liking how your camera takes the picture. If you can message me by my email so that we can talk more about this i would love to because i have a 15 photo session for this girl next month.

  48. Haha – I typed my own name in the greeting! LOL- I meant Hi Kristen! LOL…..

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