So what do you do with that photography degree? Go the business route…

BUSINESSNot many people know what they want to do after college, and some people will get a degree in a field that they aren’t really sure is right for them. Sometimes you go into college with a major in Economics and find out that you would rather major in Photography. But what do you do with a photography degree?

Photography is an essential part of most people’s lives. They are either taking self-portraits on their phones or have many photographs hanging on the walls of their apartment or home. Many people like to document every little event in their life with photos. A photo is worth a thousand words, so they say. So what do you plan to do with the knowledge you have acquired from your college career? Why not start a photography business.

Many photographers start out with a college portfolio and end up with a very professional celebrity portfolio. There are many famous photographers such as Ansel Adams, Robert Capa, Annie Liebovitz, and Brian Duffy to name a few.

Each one of these famous photographers has been known for years for their specific photographic art. Some of them do fashion photography and some do landscapes. But whatever you choose to do with your photography career make sure you enjoy it.

There is so much need for photographers in the world that there is always a new and up and coming photographer in the lime light. But one thing is for sure not only do famous people need photographers but so do non-famous people. Take for instance family photographs, and baby’s first birthday photos, who is going to take those if all the photographers work with landscapes and famous people. That’s where you come in with your photography degree.

There is big business in photography studios. The best thing about a studio is that you get to set your own hours and you set your own prices. Many people will call you for ideas, such as senior picture ideas, first birthday ideas, or family holiday photo ideas. This is where your creativity and professionalism comes in. Knowing what works best is a benefit to market.

So how do you get funding for a studio? Well first off your portfolio that you have been building over the course of your college career is your key to getting investors. Since you graduated with a Photography degree you will be knowledgeable in the way things work and you should already have most of the necessary equipment like cameras and some back drops. Props are pretty affordable if you know someone who knits or sews, you can offer discounted photos for props. The rental on your studio is the most expensive thing that comes with building a photography studio. This is something that is a monthly bill, unless you happen to have a home with a built in work shop, then you will need to find a local studio space to rent. Photographers can start working fairly cheap buy buying some business cards and opening a Facebook page for their business. By putting some of your work on Facebook you can showcase your talent to prospective clients.

So know that you have your degree and a path to follow you can get started making money and building your career.


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