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Shooting Photography and Video for Yourself, or Shooting to Make Money?

Shooting Photography and Video for Yourself, or Shooting to Make Money?

The business of photography is unique in a specific way like few other careers are. Many people that call themselves professional photographers are also hobbyists that love to shoot whether they get paid for it or not. Is that a gift or a bonus to calling photography your career or is it an affliction?

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Avoid One of the Biggest Traps Newly Professional Photographers Fall Into

Avoid One of the Biggest Traps Newly Professional Photographers Fall Into

Taking the leap in to professional photography is daunting and full of traps for you to fall into, but there’s one that you can jump in willingly and without realizing it’s a trap at all.

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10 Common Marketing Mistakes Photographers Make

10 Common Marketing Mistakes Photographers Make

You can have all the talent in the world when it comes to handling a camera, but if you don’t know how to properly market yourself, you simply are not going to get very far in the professional photography. This great video details 10 common marketing mistakes photographers make and what you can do to fix them.

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The Best Way to Approach Potential Photography Clients

The Best Way to Approach Potential Photography Clients

Photographers spend a ton of time learning new techniques, improving the quality of their images, and working on new creative avenues. But at the end of the day, all the photographic technique and creativity in the world won’t mean much for your financial success without the business skills to back it all up. This excellent video discusses one of those crucial skills: how to approach new clients.

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Eight Annoying Things Photographers Do That Harm the Industry

Eight Annoying Things Photographers Do That Harm the Industry

Let’s face it, photographers can be really annoying people. While some of their actions are just mildly tiresome, other things they do are downright harmful to our profession. Are you guilty of any of these wrongdoings?

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This Is What People Are Asking Google About Photographers

This Is What People Are Asking Google About Photographers

Like most fields, the general public has some misconceptions about who photographers are and what they do. Many people turn to Google in such situations. Here’s what they’re asking about photographers.

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Clients’ Reactions to My Prices

Clients' Reactions to My Prices

Sending a photography quote out is always a stressful moment, especially if it is for a job you really want. Here are a few memorable reactions from potential clients.

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The Time to Prepare for Viral Photos Is Before They Go Viral

The Time to Prepare for Viral Photos Is Before They Go Viral

Unless you’re a photojournalist, the chances are low that your photos will ever go viral. If you’re trying to go viral, you’ll probably be prepared ahead of time. If you just so happen to be in the right place at the right time, you may not be prepared for what happens when your photos go viral.

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How to Make Some Money With Photography This Weekend

How to Make Some Money With Photography This Weekend

Whether you’re an amateur or a new professional, money from photography will likely be on your mind. This video follows a photographer as he goes out and tries to do just that. (Warning: some strong language.)

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The Case for Influencers and Why They Can Be Valuable to You

The Case for Influencers and Why They Can Be Valuable to You

Recently, there has been a viral story going around about an ice cream truck doubling the cost for influencers. The anti-influencer perspective is real and understandable, but I wanted to write about the other perspective. Can influencers be useful for you and your business?

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Lessons From My First Eight Months as a Full-time Freelance Photographer

Lessons From My First Eight Months as a Full-time Freelance Photographer

Last October, I finally made the jump from part-time freelance into the world of being a full-time creative. It has been a rollercoaster ride of epic proportions, but here are the things I have learned so far.

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Five Tips for Photographing a Large Event From a Corporate Photographer

Five Tips for Photographing a Large Event From a Corporate Photographer

I’m the sole photographer employed by a large Fortune 500 company. That is, I am the only non-product photographer in full-time employment for my company. Occasionally, there are people who shoot a small event on our campus, but the bulk of the photography-based work a company would need falls to me.

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Lessons From My First 8 Months as a Fulltime Freelance Photographer

Lessons From My First 8 Months as a Fulltime Freelance Photographer

Last October, I finally made the jump from part-time freelance into the world of being a full-time creative. It has been a rollercoaster ride of epic proportions, but here are the things I have learned so far.

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Breaking the Myth of the Ideal Boudoir Client [NSFW]

Breaking the Myth of the Ideal Boudoir Client [NSFW]

A common misconception is that boudoir is for younger women. I have heard prospective clients think it is only for brides, for newlyweds, or for 20-somethings. A boudoir photographer in New Jersey is working to bring light to all the clients 50 and older who book sessions.

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The Barrier Between Your Photography and More Clients Might Not Be Technical

The Barrier Between Your Photography and More Clients Might Not Be Technical

I’ve written often on the need for more focus on areas outside of the technical photography skills and equipment, but some areas I see a lack of interest in could be significant barriers between you and more clients.

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If You Want to Take Your Photography Full-Time, You Need to Aim for the Tipping Point

If You Want to Take Your Photography Full-Time, You Need to Aim for the Tipping Point

There is often a lot of talk of “taking the leap” to full-time photography. It might be a cliché, but it does feel as if you have to throw yourself into the partially unknown to have any chance. But whether you’re winding up to jump, or you’ve landed on the other side and are wondering what’s next, you can benefit from the Tipping Point.

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