Starting a photography biz....

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  1. bellacat

    bellacat TPF Noob!

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    I accidentally posted under the wrong forum so my apologies if some have seen this as a duplicate post.

    I recently seriously started thinking about starting a photography biz. Honestly its something i have thought about for years but it wasn't until a few months ago that i have felt confident enough to jump into it.

    I have only mentioned this idea to a few friends and family. I know a few people who have started portfolio building sessions but for some reason i feel i should have a portfolio put together before i start asking others to give me money of any kind so i have been recruiting neighbors and friends to allow me to take their photos for free in exchange for them to allow me to use the photos in my gallery.

    I can't afford to spend $400-800 on a fancy professional photo gallery but i do intend to purchase a professional gallery template this week once i purchase a domain for the biz.

    what kind of advise can you give a newbie like myself?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    What type of photography are you planning on doing?

    Building up a portfolio is always a good idea, if you can get friends, family & neighbors to model for you, that's great. You could also ask models to model for you on a TFP/TFCD basis. (Time for Prints / Time for CD).

    Word of mouth is king in this business, so good customer service and a great attitude will pay dividends down the road.
     
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    I would say the number one thing is having a strong online presence. I would recommend going with a template flash company like portfoliositez.com (not launched yet), bigfolio.com, or winklet.com. The other key thing is to showcase your best work online. I think one of the biggest mistakes people make is putting everything they've done up and not just the best shots.
     
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    Are you going to be selling more to people in your area, or online?
     
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    I soooooooooo agree!!! If you do portrait photography, for instance, don't include sunsets/landscapes, close ups of flowers, etc. Show what you are trying to sell, and only show the perfect shots.
     
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    thanks for the links. I have only heard of winklet.com and bludomain.com so i will check out the others. No one has really seen my blog that i have up now so when i get a site put up that blog will disappear. After being on this forum I have learned that most of my shots on my blog need to be left out of the official website and I have lined up friends and neighbors to let me take thier photos so i have a variety of people for my galleries.
     

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