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How To Get Started In The Photography Business

Photography business these days has become more competitive than before, with so many players now vying for a piece of the market and be able to earn big in the process. And for many people who are thinking of starting up a photography business, these challenges can be daunting for someone who has little to no experience in managing a business to handle. Thus it is important for to first assess whether he/she can handle the work and stress involved in doing business.

For those who have the traits needed, as well as the determination to go into this field, congratulations. While the business can be tough, it does not mean you will not make it if you have those traits and the determination to succeed. To help you along the way, here are 6 steps that would help you get started in the photography business

1 – Choose a specialization

There are so many fields in photography available but as a photographer, you must choose which field you would specialize like being a wedding photographer nottingham for instance. While there is nothing wrong with specializing in different fields, you are spreading yourself too thin that in the long run, you would not be able to handle the demands of being a photographer with multiple expertise. Besides, you would not be able to become an expert in photography with multiple expertise without mastering one over the other. Choose a field that you have a keen interest and that you will be comfortable with and stick with it. You will eventually thrive as a photographer even if you won’t learn about other fields.

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2 – Have a business plan prepared

As with any business, getting into the photography business involves a lot of planning. And that planning must take into consideration your current resources, however meager they may be. After all, majority of the successful businesses we see today started out small, so there’s no shame to make use of what you have. Also consider in your plan the means and the timeframe in getting additional investment or possible expansion and whether they can be achieved realistically. If not, make sure you adjust your plan accordingly based on what can be realistically achieved.

3 – Make an initial investment

With a business plan drawn out, the next step would be to make an investment in your business. We are talking about investment here not just the financial but also in terms of equipment or other things you may need to have to start out. For this, try to get in touch with people who would be willing to help you get started with your business with your needs. And If you would go with this route, make sure you make a convincing argument that investing in your business would be worth it and that you have on duping your potential partners.

4 – Have a website

In this day and age, it is no longer an excuse for photographers to not have a place to showcase their works. While some photographers are content to use social media to do that, it will give you an advantage if you have your own website to showcase your output, as well as what you can do. Also, having your own website increases your brand’s worth, giving you an edge as some clients tend to look favorably on photography businesses that have their own websites.  It does not matter if you have your own domain or you made it through a free site creation platform like Blogger or WordPress. The content is what matters the most.

5 – Go social, online and offline

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Apart from your web site, you can use social in promoting your business more effectively. You can advertise your brand or do something simple as sharing some of the photos you have taken as a marketing strategy, promoting them as viral content. If you can, try to learn about social media marketing to effectively promote your business. Of course, going offline social networking is very effective too in reaching out to potential customers and partners. Spreading the good word on your business via word of mouth is an effective tool to get your service across.

6 – Learn and invest continuously

With so many advances going on in the field of photography, one who is in the business of photography must be abreast with these developments. Keep developing that knowledge and the skills to be a better photographer. At the same time, as you are earning in the business, continuously invest with the best equipment you can afford to ensure better photos which in turn would lead to bigger profits for yourself and your business.

Should The Client Provide Food to the Wedding Photographer?

During wedding preparations as couples make the reservations for the services of a photographer, once in a while there comes a question that has been a dilemma for some couples who were planning their weddings, and it is all about the matter of providing food for the wedding photographer.

First things first

First things first, let’s get one thing perfectly clear here. It is but proper for the photographer to given something to eat in the course of the coverage he will be doing for the wedding. After all, the photographer will be spending about 12 hours or more covering the wedding. Without some sustenance, the photographer would not be able to do the job as well as we would expect him to do. This also creates a feeling of mistrust and animosity in some cases between the photographer and the client couple for such inhumane treatment.

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Fortunately, that part is something that is very rarely argued upon. However, things get a bit trickier when it comes to the arrangements as to how they would eat. This is something we will touching on in the following parts of this article.

Where to eat

Depending on the arrangement, the photographer could take his meal at the guest table along with the other wedding guests or take it at a separate area, usually along with other vendors and personnel like the band members, the DJ, among others.

Speaking of the arrangement, some photographers have certain preferences as they may prefer being at the guest table.  In any case, one should check with the photographer if there are such preferences in place and if there are, it should be specified in the contract you will have with them.

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In some cases, the reception venue has already a separate area assigned for photographers and other vendors where they could eat. So it’s best to coordinate with the venue as to whether they have such areas set up.

The food to be served

Then there is also the question of the food to serve the photographer as well as the other vendors. Would they be served the same meal as the guests would have or would they be given a different meal? This would depend on your caterer or the with the reception venue, whoever will be providing the food at the reception.

Some photographers may specify that they prefer to be served the same meal as the guests. If so, make sure that clause is included in the contract and, more importantly, the costs for their food would be taken into consideration.

Also, try to check with the caterer or the reception venue, whatever the case may be, if they offer vendor meals to be served to the photographers and the other wedding vendors. Vendor meals may or may not be the same as the food the guests may be having at the reception, but they cost less compared to the average price per plate the couple may spend for the food of the wedding guests.

The bottomline: regardless of the food that will be served to the photographer, whether it is same as with the guests or not, you have to make sure the food that will be served is enough to be satisfying and ease away the hunger he may be feeling after hours of wedding coverage he has done at that point.

In Conclusion

There are many factors to consider: the photographer’s preferences, the preferences of the caterer or the venue, as well as the budget concerns. But these factors should not impede you from providing food to your photographer. In fact, these factors should rather help you make a sound decision as to how you will be able to do that humane and proper gesture.

Photographers are important people in the wedding. And it is proper that they would be given the respect and kindness that is due to them. And with the hard work they will be doing covering the wedding and making sure it is covered well, the photographer deserves not only to be fed but to be fed well enough for him to get through the day doing his job right.