Start Your Own Photography Business

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A fascinating read. My daughter-in-law is a photographer and she has found many ideas and tips in this well-written and descriptive book. Recommended.
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If you, like many others, are wondering what it takes to start up your own photography business, then this book should be your first stop.
It doesn't tell how to take pictures, that you should already know or acquire that information elsewhere, but it will tell you just about everything else you need to know. From basic equipment, the essentials for different types of shoots, to marketing, to collaborations, to financial matters and much more and a bunch in between.
There are many places you can go wrong when you first start out, with the guidance provided here, you will avoid most if not all of those mistakes, some of which can be very costly.
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This book is intended to help people interested in becoming professional photographers to set up a business. It does not cover how to take photographs, but it does talk about what professional level equipment you will need and where to find it at a good price. The book started by talking about the different specialties that you can choose as a professional photographer, like taking stock photos versus taking on assignments, taking portraits or product pictures or fine art prints, and so on. They talked about setting your rates, creating a business plan, and figuring out the costs of running a business. They talked about hiring employees and paying them, creating logos and signs, going online and creating a website, marketing, office and business equipment you will need, finances and taxes, and legal issues related to photography. They also included advice from successful professionals. The information was useful and easy to follow. Overall, this is very helpful information for anyone trying to set up a professional photography business.
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This is a great guide for anyone that takes great photos and wants to know how to take the next step in turning their hobby into a business.  The advice is realistic and doesn't promise the reader will make a ton of money with little effort like some books do!  Highly recommend!
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As a home staging & real estate photography educator I can tell that this is one of the books that every aspiring professional photographer needs on their bookshelf. No, let's correct me: It has to sit on your desk, to keep at hand at all times. The book gives an excellent overview of the entrepreneurial part of this creative profession. And that's exactly where most photographers fail in every single niche in this industry. Don't be distracted by the (sorry publisher) terribly designed cover. The graphic design of the interior of the book is much better and so is the content!
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Start Your Own Photography Business is a great look into what it takes to start out in a very competitive field. It doesn't go into the technical side of taking photos, but rather the business side, with chapters including Choosing Locations, Business Structures, Legalities and Licenses needed. It is aimed at entrepreneurs in the United States, so the structure is for that country, however photographers from other countries will still take something away from this book. Personally I upload to photos to stock sites, so that chapter I found of particular interest, however as I'm in Australia I found a lot wasn't relevant to me. Still it's an in-depth look at what it takes to start up any business, not just photography, and offers a lot of practical advice on the subject.

My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This book was exactly what I needed in a photography business book. It broke things down into excruciating detail. There was information on beginning down the path to starting, just about any type of photography business the reader could dream of. Nothing was sugar-coated, either. The book made no illusions about the amount of work and dedication you would need to put into your new business. There was no, “if you have a dream, you’ll succeed” plot. Because of this, it will be a great guide for real-life application. It included very practical advice that was obviously geared towards showing new photographers how they can accomplish their goals and the steps they can take to actually becoming successful. 

One of the best parts about Start Your Own Photography Business was the interview section at the end. Photographers in several different fields of photography were interviewed and their questions and answers provided. This has the potential to provide immeasurable guidance to new business owners. Learning from people who were once in your shoes can be an incredible tool and I enjoyed that it was included!
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A really good reference 'Bible' for anyone wanting to look at making a business out of photography.  It covers so many areas and subjects so would be suitable for all areas.  It is brightened up with stories and anecdotes so is an easy and enjoyable read.  A must for anyone, at any level wanting to make some money out of taking photographs.  Read this and you will be clear on so many things, and better equipped to decide exactly how you want to do it.
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Extremely helpful how-to guide that covers a wide variety of career paths in the world of photography. I loved the breadth of this book—focusing not just on wedding photography (which seems like the default job for a photographer) but also stock photography, photojournalism, and even fine art and pet photography. What I found most valuable were the personal anecdotes and advice in the last section of interviews. It was great to hear from their personal experience and what they wish they had known when they got started. Plus, hearing from someone who's been there, done that, and actually found success with photography is naturally inspiring. There was no stone left unturned. This is a perfect book to buy any near or newly graduated photography students or even someone who's interested in turning their "hobby" into a full-time business.
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