- Jun 13, 2015
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Omg I so needed to see this! I have done about ten paid sessions and love taking photos of people. I have known all the steps I need to take to make it a well thought out plan but currently do not have the funds to do everything at once. Do you have any advice on where to start and how to start? I am afraid to do the tax ID because if I am not making any money I am afraid they will expect me to pay. I am attempting to pay for this years sessions but am thinking it is best to do it as a hobby until I have more things in order. I have a 2 year old son and have to be smart about these things. Here are some of my images I have made. I love the editing and shooting part. I am dealing with my first unhappy person and it is not fun. I so badly want to do this and do it right. I looked into PPA insurance and it is $500 ish a year? When you are learning that is a big chunk of change. Also PPA has sample releases and contracts to use- do you recommend getting a lawyer to form contracts etc.? I wish I could do this full time but I don't have the ducks in a row. Also, can you explain to me how to make my images high resolution? From what I understand it is done in photoshop? If I am wrong correct me. I want to know the process. Thanks!I was away from the forum for a couple of years, and have come back to check in with you good folks again.
Coming in with a fresh perspective, I was surprised as to how much emphasis some people are putting on commercializing photography.
Don't get me wrong, there is NOTHING wrong with wanting to get paid for taking pictures, nothing at all. It can be a fine and rewarding profession. I had a studio for 15 years back in the film days, and I do know a thing or two about selling photos for money to pay bills....
I just want to point out to anybody who might be wondering, the goal of photography and developing your photographic skills does NOT need to be centered around the BUSINESS of photography.
I got out of the business, and after a 5-year break, I started concentrating on shooting what I like to shoot... I have to admit, I am enjoying doing that a LOT more than when I did it professionally...
There's no pressure. You don't have to please anybody but yourself. If you want to do something wonky because it interests you, then you can just do it and not have to worry about getting paid for it.
I gotta be honest, most "professional" photographers I know that are successful don't love photography, they are business people who happen to take pictures. The only way to really succeed in photography monetarily is to spend 95 percent of your time selling yourself and your business.
Yes, I know, there are a ton of "Mom's With Canon Rebels" "Professional" "Photographers" out there who make a few bucks on the side (while at the same time putting their family's entire future at risk because they don't carry liability insurance or indemnification protection... and yeah, if you are a part-timer reading this who doesn't know what indemnification protection means, I STRONGLY recommend you find out because you ARE putting your family's financial future at risk), and I get the appeal of that to some. I put this more in the category of mowing the neighbor's lawn than professional photography (albeit with significant risks).
If you want to do that, by all means, do it! It's an honorable and needed profession. I advise you to do it the right way, join the PPA, get insurance (FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE GET INSURANCE), use releases, get your tax numbers/sales tax stuff set up so that the state doesn't nail you for not collecting sales tax, etc.
It is not, however, the inevitable outcome of learning photography.
There is another way, a way of freedom to create, freedom to do as you please... without having to even care whether anybody else is interested in what interests you...
I just wanted to point this out.