One of the goals of the upcoming Peoria Flickr Group Business Roundtable is to brainstorm ideas about hobbyists making the jump to producing kind of revenue-stream from their photography. I think most people who pick up a camera and get halfway decent at it start to think about the same thing. How can I sell my images? Perhaps a more generic question, however, is how do I sell my skills?
I think one of the first and sometimes the most major hurdle to overcome is simply inertia. I love it when I hear people, commenting on someone else’s photography, say things like “Oh I could do that.” Well – maybe they can but the point is THEY DON’T. As someone who wants to make the jump into semi-professional shooting (let’s define that as not working full-time as a photographer or not deriving all your income from photographically-related business), if you can get over this hump – you’re a lot farther along then 99% of the rest of the population. BUT. It takes more then that to stay in business. I’ve encountered a lot of folks who simply pick up a high-end camera and start shooting. The camera gets it right enough of the time for a general collection of decent images to appear. But sooner or later they’ll do work for a client that simply doesn’t work, doesn’t click, and doesn’t measure up.
The truth of the matter is – there’s a fair amount of freelance work in Central Illinois for photographers. But if you want to work consistently – even just part-time – you need to realize what you’re taking on. So…
All good starting points. Come out to the Roundtable on Nov. 22 and maybe you’ll get a few more.