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So typically when you see people posting about ways to make money with photography all you get is a list of different types of photography. Today I want to share with you ACTUAL ways that you can make money with photography. So let’s just get to the point…
Photo by Daniel Korpai
7 Ways to Make Money with Photography
Start selling your prints
Craft fairs / art festivals
Local businesses need pretty pictures of their products. Think food based businesses, local coffee shops, handmade shops, small businesses, etc.
Portrait photography is huge whether it comes to Family, Newborns, Seniors and so forth.
Wedding photography is probably one of the quickest way to get into making money with photography. Where do you start? Well you need a website, social media, and begin advertising. There are so many local wedding fairs so make sure to get a booth and get your name out there.
HUGE HUGE HUGE!!!!!! Workshops are awesome! This is where you actually get paid to teach what you love! Ugh, I am so excited and amped up about workshops lately! If you haven’t done so make sure to head on over and sign up for my Email list specifically for workshops I will be holding in the future!
Blogging and/or Youtube
Ok, so blogging and Youtube take a ton of time, effort, and persistence, but it is well worth it in the end. With blogging you can create a passive income through affiliate marketing and so much more. If you haven’t done so, make sure to check out my post on How to make Money Blogging.
Youtube, is an amazing place for creatives. You can actually get paid by Youtube via their ads. You can also use things like affiliate links in your comments, or you can refer your audience back to your blog!!
I haven’t ever dabbled in stock photography as I sell my own prints right here on this website ; however, I wanted to bring up the idea because so many people do this and it is definitely another way to make money with photography.
I hope you enjoyed this blog and hopefully it got your creative juices going on how you can make money with photography. You don’t have to be a starving artist, you just have to be a little creative, think outside the box, and really start opening your eyes to all the potential.
How do you make money with your photography? Do you have any other fun ideas? If so, leave a comment below. I would love to make this list longer as suggestions come up.
Wishing you the very best!
Today I want to show you how to start a blog and make money online. This is going to be a guide to start your own blogging journey.
If you haven’t already, make sure you check out this blog first:
As a creative and entrepreneur, a blog is essential to our work, it is easy to create, will not cost you hardly anything to start up, and it can make you money! How cool is that?!
So what is a blog anyways?
The best way to describe it is it is like a digital journal. A place where you can talk about your passions, your interests, your life, and so much more. It is a place where you can share ideas, and help others with your expertise.
For your blog you are going to need to choose your niche or your area of interest (what you are actually going to blog about). My blog “Bessie Young Photography” is all about helping others along their creative entrepreneur journey with a emphasis on photography.
Can anyone blog?
Heck yes! Anyone can blog! Blogging is a side hustle where you really don’t need any expertise. You just need to get started! How cool is that?
Blogging doesn’t require any special skills, but it does really require alot of hard work, passion, dedication, and determination.
What Can You Write About in a Blog?
Seriously, that is the beauty of blogging! You can write about anything you want, but you have to decide what that is going to be. Like I said above, you really gotta pick your niche first.
Think about what you love, and what you are truly passionate about. Brainstorm what you are good at.
Are you good at cooking?
Are you a stay at home mom?
Do you love fashion?
Do you love to craft and show other people how?
How about a fashionista?
There are millions of blogs out there on every topic imaginable. Here is an awesome website with 50 successful blogs in each topic.
Is it expensive?
Not at all! Hosting your blog is going to be the most expensive thing that you do, unless you start advertising. Now a Squarespace blog (which is what I use) costs only $12 a month. That is about .40 cents a day. I am going to say that is pretty dang affordable :)
How to Start a Blog and Make Money:
Brainstorm a good domain name:
So this is pretty huge right? What are you going to actually call your blog?! This is your website domain. For example, mine is bessieyoungphotography.com
You need to think about this long and hard. The domain name should relate to your niche. This also might take quite a bit of time as not all domain names are available. As you know, the internet is endless so…. with that being the case alot of domains are taken.
You can register your domain name with any registrar. If you are using wordpress you will want to find a host, or you can register your domain name directly with squarespace. The domain name will come with the squarespace yearly subscription for the first year. It is then $20 after that.
After you choose where you want your blog hosted you will need to go over that way and set up a plan. Let’s take Squarespace for example (and no squarespace is not sponsoring this blog)
You will head over to their page home page and click get started. It will look something like:
Now you need to pick a plan that is best for you. I would recommend going with the 12 month plan so you save money. You can also find a bunch of Youtubers that Sponsor squarespace and you can then get an additional 10% off. If you want a code I can recommend a few people, just leave a comment below.
Connect your Domain name:
You will need to register a domain name. If the one you want is not available it will let you know. It will also give you related suggestions which can be helpful.
Pick your template
Now comes the fun part. You get to pick your template!!! How cool is that? Squarespace makes it super easy to adjust the design with beautiful templates already installed for you, you just have to pick one.
Start Writing, it’s GO TIME!
One thing that I have found to be important is to have a list of posts drafted before you launch your website. You do not want to launch your website with no information on it. Squarespace will mark your website as private until you decide it is the right time to share your goodness with the world!
So what do I mean? You need to have content ready. Content that you can work on and promote when the launch actually happens. This is where word of mouth really comes into play. Start talking about your blog! Tell everyone, all the people. This way when it launches there is excitement to it. Also, this way when it launches people will have things to read, to look at, and to promote themselves via sharing on social media.
Writing is easy, but getting people interested is hard. You should definitely try to solve peoples problems. Help people. Serve people. Give them value. That is what a blog is really all about!
Getting Traffic - Tips:
Word of mouth! Tell everyone! Let friends and family know. This way from day 1 you can have some good traffic.
Set up your social media first! Think Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.
Once you blog, you will share the news on all your channels. Don’t try to be on every social media site. Pick a few and focus your efforts on that.
You can join relevant Facebook groups or instagram pods.
Use Pinterest ALOT. You need Pinterest in your life! For realz though. It is crazy helpful and brings alot of traffic. Right now I get 156K+ monthly views over on Pinterest.
Now Pinning all day every day sucks. I’m not going to lie. I have found that Tailwind has been a game changer for me. Tailwind will help you automate your Pinterest rather than doing everything manual.
Work on your SEO and get it on point! This is going to be huge for you. Google traffic is free.
Ways to make money with your blog:
There are so many ways to monetize your blog. Ideas:
affiliate marketing, etc.
How much you make from these sources will 100% depend on your blogs traffic. This is where all your hard work, and all the foot work comes into play. Make sure to check out my post on 5 Easy Ways to Make Money Blogging
I personally love affiliate marketing and most of my blog income either comes from it or my own product sales. With all affiliate marketing you are going to have to apply to be an affiliate. Just keep that in mind as it does take time for approvals.
Blogging is pretty darn awesome. It gives you huge flexibility with your lifestyle. It can be a full time job, a side hustle, and really whatever you want to make it!
I hope you all enjoyed this blog! If you did, leave me a comment below, or even better, share it with your friends!
Wishing you the absolute best!
Ok, so blogging is awesome. It is even more awesome if you can make money from it! I mean talk about living the dream. You can work wherever you want, whenever you want, and talk about what you love! Umm…. all I have to say is WINNING!
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Coming up with ideas on what to blog about can be crazy hard. I get it. Been there. It is super discouraging when you can’t think of anything. Ultimately, you just want to give up, or you end up creating blogs that don’t really get any traffic, or do any good. Which then makes you even more discouraged. It’s a bad cycle to get into.
So, as you know, this year I have been putting all the effort into blogging. My goal is to blog once a week! Once I accomplish that goal, I will move to blogging twice a week.
Now, that is a crap ton of content. How in the literal heck do you come up with all those ideas? So, I have been on a mission to come up with blog post ideas.
I figured, if I am having a hard time coming up with ideas, then you might be too. So, I wanted to help. Ultimately blogging is so important for photographers, I just don’t want you to give up and get discouraged.
Here are a few thoughts, plus at the bottom of my thoughts you will find the ultimate guide to blogging and 130+ blog post ideas! If you have any additional ideas make sure to comment below. Let’s create a community and help eachother out!
Why Blogging is Important For Photographers
So, I pretty much created an entire post on this topic. It is called ‘Do Photographers Need To Blog’. If you haven’t done so already make sure to head on over and read that post. It has a ton of information in there for you.
In short, blogging is crazy important for photographers. Here are a few reasons on why it is so dang important:
It will help with SEO which will help your clients find you
It will deem you as the expert in your field
It will bring you clients
It will help with marketing
It allows your clients to get to know you
It allows your clients to see your artistic style
Mistakes to avoid when you blog
Your writing is too stiff.
You need to be personable. Be yourself and be authentic.
Your topic is too broad.
You really need to pick one topic to write about and stick to that per blog post.
You think you are done once the writing is done.
This is sooooooo wrong. You have to share your content and then share it again!
You don’t blog consistently
The killer of all blogs. You seriously need to blog consistently. I am learning this to be fact this year. I started blogging consistently and man has my everything increased. My website is getting more views, I am getting more comments and shares, and my business is bringing in more money!
Not writing long form
We always hear that each blog needs to be 300 words. Well guess what, that is just a minimum. It has been proven that blogs with over 1000 words do so much better. It is best to strive for blogs reaching 3000 words! I know, it is like a small essay, but believe me it is worth it.
Things to keep in mind when you start blogging
Figure out your style
Decide why you are blogging in the first place
Determine how often you want to blog
Make sure to have a strategy/organization/schedule
Know your target audience
Realize that it will take a long time to get the hang of it, so don’t be so hard on yourself.
Think about what your clients might want to know
This is one of the most important things. You need to serve your people and really think about what it is that they want and need. If you aren’t writing blog posts that are going to help people, ultimately your blog will not do very well in terms of subscribers.
You need to decide who your target audience is and how you can help them. Figure out their age, their gender, their style, their likes, where they would shop, do they love coffee? Once you nail down who your target audience is, then you will be able to create blog posts around it.
Blog Post Ideas For Photographers:
For All Photographers
Blog every session / adventure
Share you’re go-to hairstyle for a photo shoot
How you do your makeup for a photo shoot
What do you wear for a photo shoot?
Share your must have items when you have little time to get ready
Why did you start your photography business?
Who has inspired you throughout your life?
Share your plans (short term and long term)
What you are looking forward to this year
Share how you take/edit photos for your blog or social media
Share any photography tips that you have
What’s your favorite social media and why?
Talk about something you’re afraid of and how you overcome it
Share a “Do’s and Don’t s…” post about something you’ve got experienced
Create something free to give away to your readers, like printable worksheets
Share products that you swear by
Share what apps you are currently obsessed with?
How do you stay motivated?
Tips to stay productive
Write a “Top 20” or “Top 10” post
Share your to do list for the day/week/weekend/month
Do guest posts with another photographer or blogger
A review of a product/service
How do you plan your content?
How do you pack for a trip or photoshoot?
Your favorite photography quotes
Your favorite books
Favorite Youtubers you watch everyday
Photographers that inspire you
How do you manage your time
Your desk or office space essentials
How you ended up deciding to be a photographer
Favorite photoshoot day snacks to keep you moving
Why you want to do _____ on your bucket list
Facts about yourself
A letter to your younger self
A letter to your older self
Mantras for success
Mantras for stress
Biggest purchase regrets
Favorite Instagram accounts
My favorite calendar, journal, etc.
The one thing I can’t live without
How I stay organized
All about one of your pets
A picture for every hour in the day
List of things to be happy about
A brand review
Your 5 year plan
3 books you don’t like and why
Take part in someone else’s 30 day challenge…document
Host your own 30 day challenge
Travel bucket list
Have someone do a guest post for you!
Share your creative process
A behind-the-scenes look at your work studio
Your photography advice
Photography tips and tricks
What are the difficulties you’ve overcome in your business?
What’s in your camera bag?
What is in your wedding photography bag?
What’s in your office bag?
What’s in your travel bag?
Interview famous people in your niche
Share a recent project that fire you up (styled shoots, workshops, etc.)
What are your goals that you’d like to achieve for the season
Your most favorite blog posts
Share your strategy on how you make money from your blog
Share your favorite affiliate partner/sponsor
Share your not-so favorite affiliate partner and why you regret working with them
Share your best marketing tips
Create a massive list of blog post ideas!
10 Things you didn’t know about me
Why you became a photographer? – Tell your personal story!
What is your expertise and your best work to prove it!
What inspires you to photograph
Equipment & Gear you use for Post-Production
Your favorite lens and why you love it so much?
Why you chose the camera you shoot with?
A year in review
Next years goals
How you stay healthy while running a photography business
Your daily routine
Your editing routine
Your goals, dreams and ambitions as a Photographer
How to blog posts
List blog posts
My top 5 posts
Specifically, Blogs For Clients:
Blog each photo session
Provide tips on how to get ready for a photo session
What to wear guides
What to expect
Have an on-going series
Give your clients advice
Local Vendors, you recommend and work with?
How best your clients can prepare for the shoot
Before the shoot
During the shoot
After the shoot
How you help your clients choose the best images
A Behind The Scenes look at one of your shoots! (BTS) – This will give them an idea of what it’s like to work with you as a Photographer and also what can they expect!
Who your ideal client is – This will help them know whether they are a good fit to work with you!
Great shoot locations, themes and ideas
Showcase all the end products you can avail as a client
How you edit your photos. Your before and after images – How you transform your images to a whole new level during your post-production & editing workflow.
Best practices you use before, during and after the photo shoot
How you make your clients comfortable during the shoot.
What type of photographer you are and why you chose that direction (weddings, families, fashion, etc)
How you plan a Photo Session
All the various services you offer
How to shoot selfies & self-portraits
Talk about your photography style / how you developed it
What’s your advice for brides & grooms to be?
How you stay inspired and remain creative
How you try to maintain a work-life balance?
Do a Vlog! – A Video Blog. Get personal!
Create an SAQ (Should Ask Questions) listicle!
Blog about your offers, discounts, special events, etc.
How you deliver images – How many images do you provide?
List of Questions to ask your vendor
Best places to take engagement photos in your city
Best alternatives to a guest book that your guests will love!
A blog series on “how he asked”
Best places to buy engagement rings in your city
How to hire a photographer for a proposal without your fiance knowing what is going on.
The best wedding inspiration websites you’ve never heard of. (Good opportunity to get backlinks, find the smaller sites who appreciate the attention).
How to share your photos with all of your guests, friends, and family.
Top ways to encourage guests to put down their phones on your wedding day.
After you’ve done a large number of weddings or photo sessions, do roundup posts of some of the best moments you’ve captured.
Link to your Press and Media Coverage
A ‘Tutorial On’ Blog Post
Create “How To” Blog Posts
Create a “Pros & Cons” Post
Create a “Bust A Myth” Post
Holy Crap! Ok, that is alot of information. Have you tried any of these? Leave a link in the comments below so I can read your blogs!
Also, if you have any additional ideas comment below with your ideas and I will add them to the list :)
Wishing you the best,