One of my passions in recent years has been photography. I have always been a person who carried a camera everywhere so I could capture all those memories, the person who would photograph the drunken night out, the holidays, the family weddings and parties, and generally happy occasions, all there for posterity. When I became a mother to Joe, this became even more pronounced, like most parents I constantly snapped photos of Joe at all his milestones, and literally have thousands of photos of my now (not so little boy), but recently, my interest in photography has taken a different turn.
As I’ve become more and more interested in local architecture, I have found myself, once again, carrying a camera everywhere in order to photograph any interesting building I may come across. More than that, I have actively taken trips to towns with the sole purpose of photographing a building I had seen online or read about. The hobby has now translated into more than a business, as those photographs are being used on my blog to illustrate posts. And although those posts are purely for pleasure purposes, they are proving to be popular, bringing in plenty of interested traffic which is helping to, once again, grow my blog.
Photography is a hobby that anyone can enjoy, including those who just chose to indulge with their smartphone, but it can also be quite lucrative in other ways. Decent photographs of landscapes and architecture can be made into prints and pictures that can be sold, either online, or at pop up events. If you are good at photographing people, and are able to capture a moment well, then you could find a niche photographing family groups or photogenic babies, whilst there is also a real call for wedding photographers of good quality.
If you are considering making your hobby into a business, there are certainly things you can do to improve your niche. Getting a professional photographic mentor with years of experience like Dan Doyle Pleasantville NY could improve the quality and the composition of your photographs, helping you with things like the lighting, exposure and focus, giving you both encouragement and constructive criticism where it is needed. Remember, no matter how good you think you are there is always room for improvement, important if you are hoping to make some money from your hobby.
You also need to look carefully at your equipment if you are planning on doing this as anything other than a hobby. There may well be some initial outlay as you will need tripods, lenses, backdrops, lighting, maybe even somewhere that could count as studio space. You may need to look at some sort of financial backing for your venture to get it off the ground.
Also, don’t forget that you need to promote your business by allowing people to see you work. There are professional photography shows where you can show off your services, but the best way to show off your work is through a website of your own where you can both advertise your services, but also have a gallery of your work, particularly if you are concentrating on weddings or family portraits.