How to make Money With Your Digital Camera- 10 Suggestions on where to look for freelance work...
10 best opportunities for the Freelance Photographer- It's time to get motivated, be confident, work hard, have fun and make lots of money!
1. Stock Photo Agency's
What a great time to be a photographer. Computers have made it easy and inexpensive to shoot a large inventory of images and sell them to buyers from all over the world, who are looking for stock photos for all sorts of projects. There are many services that will give you a free gallery and sell your work. Check our stock photo section for a list agencies that accept freelance work.
2. Photograph School Sporting Events
Sell your photos online with a professional photo gallery.
Especially regional and state tournaments or championships. They are a goldmine, parents love pictures of their superstars. If you take a photo of each kid and then a team group picture, many of the parents will buy a few. One for the house, one for grandma etc. When you add up all the kids from all the teams, you're looking at hundred's kids. The money starts adding up real quick.
Football Team Photos
Cheerleader Squad photos
Regional & State Championships
Soccer, Wrestling, Swimming etc...
School Plays, Concerts and more
Little League Baseball
3. Photograph Local Events
Check the local paper and see whats happening in your area. Shoot the event on speculation and hand out cards. Customers buy online at your pro pro photo gallery.
Hot Air Balloon Races and Air Shows
Car Shows & Motorcycle Rally’s
Parades & Fireworks
County And State Fairs
Tail Gate Parties
4. Photograph Boy Scout and Girl Scout Events
Many kids don't play soccer or basketball they enjoy scouting, and they buy lots of pictures of the kids during scouting activities. Just go around the event and shoot it up, try to get a nice posed photo of each scout, then a troop shot with the leaders. Make sure you get permission from the appropriate council.
The Annual Jamboree
5. Photograph Property
Real estate agents need quality photographs to promote their listed properties. Let your local agencies know your available on call and watch the cash start flowing in. Architects need photos of the properties they design for many reasons. Show me the money!
Real Estate Agencies
Builders and Contractors
6. Photograph Recreational Activities
This is my favorite, I live up in the mountains and we have a lot of these type of adventures available close by. Folks on vacation sure like photos of themselves while participating in activities. If you have activities like these in your area, talk with a local outfitter, they are usually very receptive to the idea of photo souvenirs, because it promotes their service long after the adventure is over.
Whitewater River Rafting
Horseback Riding Outfitters
7. Photograph for Insurance Companies
Most insurance companies require documentation to reimburse policy holders for a loss. A photographic inventory of all items covered by the policy is recommended by insurance adjusters, this is a huge market.
8. Family Portraits
Many families have a portrait done annually. I like to photograph the family during fun time, rather than a studio. I like to have a good time with them. I always get better smiles and more interesting images on location. This year suggest doing the photo at an activity that the whole family enjoys participating in together "A family that plays together, stays together"
In the studio
Holiday Cards in October
9. School Activities and EventsIf I told you how much money you could make in one day photographing graduates, clubs, dances or homecoming activities, you wouldn't believe me. So I am going to let you find out for yourself. Then you email me and tell me and I will believe it! Photographing some of the school events like graduation and plays should be done at a dress rehearsal
prior to the actual event. Always make prior arrangements with the school before you shoot.
10. Taking Photos Traveling and On Vacation
Discover the World, shoot it up and pay for the trip! Write off your travel expenses. Do you like to travel? This is the perfect job for you!
Museums and Historical Landmarks
National Parks and Monuments
City Skylines and Architecture
Back Roads and Byways
How much money does a photographer make?
It depends upon many variables but here is a link to the US Department of Labor, Bureau Of Statistics for official government information about the nature of photographer work, working conditions, training, qualifications, employment, job outlook, earnings, related occupations, sources of additional information.