How to Make Money With Photography

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How to Make Money With Photography!

Who doesn’t love photography? I absolutely love high-quality images and the demand for them is growing!

Photography is a skill that will always be in demand. Businesses need images to promote their products, and our memories can fade leaving photography as one of the only methods to preserve our dearest moments.

Photography is an awesome skill to have if you are looking to make extra money. Ready to turn your hard drive full of images into some cash? Here’s how you can!

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Sell Your Photos

Bloggers and other media users are always looking for captivating images to get their articles or content seen. They need to get pictures from somewhere, which is where you come in.

Selling your images on Shutterstock is easy, and it allows you to keep your copyright, license non-exclusively, and earn up to 30% of the sale price of the image. Shutterstock pays you more money depending on your lifetime earnings and the type of Shutterstock subscription plan the buyer has.

I like the simplicity of Shutterstock, and it is the easiest way for someone looking to make money with photography without putting much effort into the process. Selling online allows the photographer to spend time on what they love best, taking pictures!

Shutterstock isn’t the only option you have for selling your photos online. Other sites exist such as iStockphoto and 500px Prime.

Freelance Small Events Photographer

The more traditional money making route with photography is to take pictures for small events.

One place to advertise your skills and availability is Craigslist. Ideally, you would have a website to showcase your pictures, but at the very least, you could compile a scrapbook to show your clients.

To come up with a fair price, compare your photos with other freelancers around your area. Don’t be afraid to charge a little higher if you feel that your ability is worth it.

I never recommend being a photographer for weddings, unless you have thick skin and know you can deliver high-quality. The high-stress environment brings out the worst in people, and there is always a lot of pressure to capture every moment just right.

If you do decide to capture weddings, I highly recommend having an assistant. While it will take up some of your profits, having an assistant will help you cover the entire event. When people feel that you have done an excellent job, they are more likely to recommend you to their friends.

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Create Products and Sell

Take your high-quality images and turn them into canvas prints and sell them on Etsy! It’s easy to set up an online store on Etsy and begin selling in no time.

Etsy is just one place to sell, don’t forget Amazon, Ebay, and Craigslist! If selling online makes you nervous, try approaching local shops to see if they would be interested in selling your prints.

While canvas prints are one way to go, you can also turn your photos into other things like mugs, greeting cards, calendars, and t-shirts. There are a lot of companies available online that will turn your photos into sellable items.


What’s your favorite way to make money from photography? Let me know in the comments below!