Taking pictures can be more than just a hobby; you can actually make money off your photographs! You’ll need to have a gifted eye (or be trained in photography,) to be able to make money with your photographs.
Start with individual portraits or even family photography. There are lots of ways to go about doing this: you can put posters up around the city center, talk to neighbors and/or friends, or build an online profile.
There are actually a TON of sites that you can use to sell your stock photos to. There are so many with different rules and guidelines that you’ll for sure find one you like. Look around, find one that gives you a good cut of the profits, and then start working!
You should also join picture sharing sites like Flickr, for example. You can adjust the rights to your photos so that people can see them and either use them for free or buy them at a cheap price. This will get your work out there so more people talk about and use it.
You’ll want to start building a portfolio both online and in a physical copy. To get real experience in your portfolio, start by offering free or super cheap sessions.
Websites like Scoopshot will hire you and give you photo assignments that they’re in need of. You can sign up for multiple websites and, when they need photos, they’ll put out an assignment that you can select. It’s a pretty easy and great deal if you like taking pictures anyways.
Landscape photography is a pretty big deal, especially in tourist areas. Tour companies are always looking for good pictures to put on their websites and brochures, and you could even make and print your own photos to sell to tourists.
As you take pictures and start getting experience, make sure you’re using them to build an online presence. Join networks like Instagram to build a following, and get paid to travel!
Airbnb hires freelance photographers to take pictures of apartments and rooms for sell. You’re contracted out individually by each owner, but Airbnb is sure to set you up with some pretty sweet connections.
In fact, real estate photography in general is a good business to get into. Realtors or independent contractors and sellers are often looking for a skilled photographer that can make their property look as ideal as possible.
You could try your hand at “PR Photography.” This is pretty much the more acceptable term for being in the paparazzi, but hey, it pays well. Take pictures of celebrities and then sell them to websites and magazines. If you get a good picture, you can actually make some pretty decent money this way.
Special occasions such as graduation, weddings, or sporting events are a good way to make money as a photographer. Usually you can reach out to people and offer your services at these events since they’re always wanting professional pictures at a good price.
Mix photography with marketing by signing up with services like Stylinitiy. Basically, you take pictures of your clothes and post them on Instagram. If your followers buy your look then you get paid! It’s a fun combo of fashion and photos
Once you’ve got a pretty good base, you can start contacting companies directly and offering to take pictures of their products and brands. If they can see that you’re good at what you do, then they’ll very often give you a trial run to see if you’re a good fit.
Websites like Foap allow you to sell your iPhone images to make some quick money. You split the profits with Foap, but they provide great access to all kinds of services.
If you live in a big city or somewhere that always has special events, hang around those event areas and offer your services to people at a small price. This is pretty popular at sporting events or other things that attract tourists.
Try and see if you can contact some magazines or newspapers to sell your photos to them. They usually want very specific pictures, so if you have what they want then they’ll often pay you a decent price to get it.