The Kickstart for Your Photography Business!

Are you satisfied with the projects you’re currently being booked for? If yes, then you don’t need to read further. Are you looking to make changes or even start receiving inquiries? You’re in the right place!

Free projects can significantly accelerate your development.

In the first few years, it shouldn’t be about the money. You shouldn’t have to accept any jobs out of necessity. If possible, you should earn your income through a primary or secondary job so you’re not reliant on income from photography.

This allows you to choose which projects you want to accept.

The projects you get booked for in your first years as a photographer are rarely the ones you’d like. If you publish photos from these projects, you’ll be booked for similar ones.

Some photographers are stuck in a market they don’t want to be in for years.

It’s more productive to forego immediate income to shoot what brings you closer to the projects you’d like to be booked for.

It may be tempting, and even necessary, to earn money through photography, but booked projects rarely contribute to one’s portfolio in the first few years.

Ideally, it would be best if you only accepted projects that are either …

a) well-paid,
b) easy money, or
c) enhance your portfolio.

In summary, you’re preceding immediate income to earn more money faster.

If you’re receiving a few inquiries or are waiting for someone to book you, you have plenty of time for free projects. That’s even better, as these will propel you forward more quickly. Plus, there seems to be a need for it; if you’re receiving too few inquiries, it’s often partly because your portfolio isn’t good enough.

Free projects are your kickstart into a professional business.

You decide who, when, how, and where to shoot. This is the opposite of a commissioned project. It means complete creative freedom. You execute your vision, share the photos afterward, and get booked.

Want different clients? Want to change your style?

As a photographer, you can quickly bring about changes through free projects.

A portfolio can consist of more than just paid-for photos. It should be fine, especially if you’re unsatisfied with your current projects.

A portfolio doesn’t show what you’re currently getting paid for, but what you aim to be paid for in the future. It’s a glimpse into the future, not the past.

Conclusion

Are you stuck in a market, reliant on the income from current projects, and need more time for free projects? It may be wiser to take a step back to gain momentum again. If you’re unhappy, you should change your situation. A side job can relieve you of financial pressure and provide security. Then, take the time to build a portfolio you’re proud of.

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