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Have you ever wondered what it would take to take your love of photography and turn it into a professional career? In this article, we aim to show you how to launch your own photography business, whilst providing you with the tools to make this dream a reality.

Step One: Business plan

Anyone who is serious about starting a business, should have a plan. Yes, it is important that you have got the skills to do the job – in this case take professional photos – however, you need to have business skills too to ensure your business becomes a success.

For this reason, you need to create a business plan. Here is what a typical one looks like:

In other words, your business plan will show the projected route of your business, so it needs to be detailed.

Step Two: Unique selling point/photography specialism

Most professional photographers specialise in a particular service. This can vary from landscape photography to family portraits to wedding photography. Now as you can imagine, with every photographer having a unique selling point, you will encounter a certain amount of competition. Yet this doesn’t mean you can’t make your own mark.

With vision, commitment and an impressive portfolio (proving your talent), you can build a successful business in your chosen niche. The key is learning how to understand your customer demographic (their age, gender, income, occupation, wants, needs, etc.) and using this knowledge to attract more business.

Step Three: Create a portfolio

Your portfolio is your chance to showcase your skills and show prospective clients what they can expect i.e. the quality of your work and your photography style. That is why it is important to use your portfolio to your full advantage, so you can keep those commissions coming in.

Tip: when creating your portfolio make sure it is accessible both in print and online. This will ensure that it is seen by a wider audience.

Step Four: Marketing

The key to succeeding is ensuring that you have always got a steady flow of customers – whether they are returning ones or new ones – as regular customers will mean regular cash flow.

Now when you are first starting out it can be hard to decide where to spend your limited budget. However, by first ensuring that you have got a strong business plan and that you have thoroughly researched your customer demographic, you can more confidently assign cash to your marketing campaign as you’ll know who to target.

Still before you do any marketing, try researching your various marketing options – social media, PPC ads, stands as wedding fairs, brochures etc. – so you can determine which is the best route for you.

Step Five: Continue developing your photography and business skills

The market is constantly changing, so not only do you need to keep on top of your business skills; you should also continue to strengthen your photography techniques. From acquainting yourself with the latest technology and photography equipment, to taking business courses, you can develop your skills in a number of ways:

Tip Six: Stick with it

Combine all of the tips above together; persevere and stay strong, and you can make your dream of becoming a professional photographer a reality.