Freelance Photography

@kykidd (6824)
United States
April 17, 2007 11:39pm CST
I was just curious to know if any member has a clue how one would start to be a freelance photographer. I am really interested in this, maybe for brochures, calendar companies. I really don't even know where to start. Any ideas???
5 responses
@fidainc (412)
• Singapore
18 Apr 07
Prepare a portfolio - ensure it has a good range and variety to show your abilities Set up a website to showcase your works and current projects etc Hook up with people you know who's already in the industry... I'm sure they'll be able to help
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@kykidd (6824)
• United States
18 Apr 07
Unfortunately, I know no one in the biz. Thanks for the ideas!
@fidainc (412)
• Singapore
20 Apr 07
You don't just sit there waiting for a professional to approach you cos' it ain't gonna happen! Be proactive, look for them, talk to those on the street, or during events like weddings etc. Browse the internet for some established one and write to them for mentorship or something!
@gunny685 (50)
• Mexico
1 Jun 07
The best way to get started, or at least what worked for me, contact as many companies that you can via internet. If possible email them a couple of your pics as an example. I have been fortunate enough to sell pics to several travel agencies this way.
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@kykidd (6824)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Hey Gunny, that sounds like some excellent advice. Thank you!
@noah2413 (405)
• United States
21 Apr 07
Try out this site: http://www.arthelpdesk.com/ It has TONS of great resources to get you started in Freelance Photography. Also try this *GREAT* stock photo site: http://www.dreamsime.com/res302993
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@kykidd (6824)
• United States
2 May 07
Thanks for the info. This site appears to be VERY helpful.
@yndesai (159)
• United Arab Emirates
21 Apr 07
You can cover few occasions of your close friend/relative for FREE to show case your talent and portfolio.
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@kykidd (6824)
• United States
2 May 07
Thanks for the ideas. You really have my mind working here now.
@rachelzwo (310)
• United States
20 Apr 07
You could try to join one of the millions of stock photography companies that are on the internet now. Don't join one that makes you pay a fee to join. The one I use most if Fotolia.com. I sold acouple of photos on there. I haven't made any big money, but a few hundred dollars isn't bad for something I love to do and only do it in my spare time as a hobby.
@kykidd (6824)
• United States
2 May 07
Yeah, exactly a few hundred for something you love to do has to be better than working for someone else for the rest of my life. Thanks for the ideas.