With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, and Christmas soon to follow, holiday cards and family photoshoots will be in high demand. Are you a freelance photographer ready to make some extra money with a side gig? Grab your camera bag and take advantage of this perfect overcast lighting––it’s time to make some money.
What You Will Need
- A good camera: Instagram is great, but let’s get professional. Investing in a good SLR is great if you plan on doing photoshoots regularly. If you need the income first to make that investment, ask to borrow a nice camera from a family member or friend.
- Photo editing software: Your photos are probably great, but let’s make them greater. Photo editing tools like Adobe Lightroom and Aperture make your photos stand out. If you aren’t ready to make a purchase for the high end software, don’t worry! If you have a Mac it comes with iPhoto, and there are dozens of free programs online that will do the trick.
- Marketing: Before you can work, you need people to work with. Make yourself a fancy business card to hand out. Trying to cut costs? You can always post your service on Moonlighting by uploading your portfolio. When you’re done, share it on all of your social media platforms. Go become your own best salesman and promote your work!
Who You Will Need
Let’s get you some customers. Relatives are a great place to start, but go ahead and make that social media post to really extend your reach. Once you get started photographing families, really encourage them to share your information with other families and couples who might want some professional photos for the holiday season.
Having a professional, organized business is almost as important as having fantastic photos. What good is hiring you if the photos don’t get edited until December 24th? Plan accordingly by:
- Setting aside enough time to shoot photos––several hours should be enough time to travel and shoot photos
- Choosing a good time of day to shoot
- Giving yourself time to edit
- Backing up your photos on several hard drives so you don’t lose them
Maintaining clear expectations with customers speaks highly of your capabilities, so always let them know your timeframe in advance.
Price it Right
If you are an amatuer photographer, then make sure you are not charging too much. Alternatively, take into account expenses like gas, time editing, and any other small expenses you might incur. Do some research online to see what other photographers are charging and find a way to be competitive while still turning a profit for your time spent.
Remember, if you are earning money as the sole proprietor, you can deduct expenses on your tax forms at the end of the year. If you get paid through Moonlighting, we save those invoices for you. Otherwise, don’t misplace those receipts!
In the end, you are doing what you love. So have fun with it. The more energetic you are, the more your clients smile, and the more they smile, the better your photos will be.