Ways I can start and promote a photography business successful?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Cornelius, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. Cornelius

    Cornelius Guest

    How can I as a individual who have no experience in the field of
    photography, start a photography business and also ways to promote
    successful. You can call me a "Beginner freelance photographer" who is
    trying to learn the ways of the business. ANY ADVISE!
     
    Cornelius, Aug 28, 2007
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    Very basically, to be successful, you must find a niche that is
    different than your competition.
    If you can find a need and fill it you are half way to success.
    Spend time figuring, planning or investigating what that need might be
    for your local area and focus in on it.
     
    Frank Arthur, Aug 28, 2007
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    Joel Guest

    Well, I guess the first thing you need to start is being good at what you
    do (photography), and when you are good then you can start to find someone
    to hire you, or do some free work for some pro to learn and boost yourself
    up.

    And how well your business will depend on how well you market your
    product.
     
    Joel, Aug 28, 2007
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    DBLEXPOSURE Guest

    Two things, reputation and clientele. Neither come quickly or easily.
    Create a buzz and make sure people can see our work.

    Be patient, if you are good and offer something unique, they will come.
     
    DBLEXPOSURE, Aug 29, 2007
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  5. Lemme see if I got this: you want to be successful at something you
    know nothing about?
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Aug 29, 2007
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    SteveB Guest

    Don't go out and try to sell any particular service. Ask around and find
    out what people are NOT getting. Then fill that niche.

    Steve
     
    SteveB, Aug 29, 2007
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  7. good info... thanks kk

     
    www.kevinkienlein.com, Aug 29, 2007
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Cornelius
    says...
    You can't. Go away, get some technical skills (photographic theory,
    lighting theory ...) some experience (portaiture, photo-journalism,
    technical photography ...) and some business skills (marketing, finance
    ....) then come back and ask again.
     
    Rob Morley, Aug 29, 2007
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    Avery Guest

    Hopefully, by the time he has got all that, he shouldn't need to come
    back and ask.
     
    Avery, Aug 29, 2007
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    He has a good chance of being successful because he is doing
    somerthing
    right- he is asking for other people's ideas. Honing the skills to
    accomplish something comes with education and effort but you need
    direction first.
     
    Frank Arthur, Aug 29, 2007
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    Pat Guest

    Well to start, you should buy a camera.
     
    Pat, Aug 29, 2007
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    Koekje Guest

    Cornelius enlightened us with:
    Step one: become a good photographer

    Koekje
     
    Koekje, Aug 29, 2007
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    Cornelius Guest

    Thanks
     
    Cornelius, Aug 29, 2007
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    Rob Morley Guest

    I'm pretty sure there are people who did all that and still didn't make
    a successful business of it - that's where the /extra special advice/
    comes in handy (although I'm not sure that here is the place to find
    it). :)
     
    Rob Morley, Aug 30, 2007
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    Fat Sam Guest

    Let me ask you a question.
    Do you drive?
    Would you say you are successfull as a driver?

    If the answer to those questions is "yes", then please answer one further
    question.
    Did you know anythnig about it before you started?

    Everyone was a beginner at some stage in their lives.
    Even you.
    No-one pops out of their mothers womb carrying a camera, snapping artistic
    and technically brilliant photos of the midwife.
     
    Fat Sam, Aug 30, 2007
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    Rob Morley Guest

    I think "did you set up in business as a chauffeur before you could
    drive?" is a more appropriate question in this situation, don't you?
     
    Rob Morley, Aug 30, 2007
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  17. But unfortunately people choose photography as a career when they have
    no idea what's going on.
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Aug 30, 2007
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  18. That would invariably be true of those who end up being
    the *most* successful. If they "knew what's going on",
    they'd do it the "right" way... and end up being just
    like everyone else at best.

    It's the ones with *smarts*, not knowledge, who do new
    things in new ways and are the most successful.

    Of course it is obvious why Randall Ainsworth is not
    comfortable with creative people like that around...
     
    Floyd L. Davidson, Aug 30, 2007
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    Joel Guest

    ... Hmmmm it seems like my brain been tickling as I am trying to figure
    out how one can be "smart" without some "knowledge" of being smart????

    ...unless you mean "no knowledge of photography" but "smart in marketing"
    then it's another story.
     
    Joel, Aug 30, 2007
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  20. A "drone" can work at a photography business for 30
    years and make a decent living while never do anything
    until someone else thinks of it and shows that it works.
    Said "drone" may not have much smarts, but after 30
    years will definitely have experience and knowledge (all
    of it about what worked _yesterday_, and none of it
    useful to a startup).

    A person with smarts but virtually *no* knowledge of
    either the technology or the business of photography
    might look at a given market and immediately see an
    unfilled niche.

    Exploiting the previously unknown niches is what makes
    one business wildly successful while others go bankrupt.
    It certainly is *not* knowledge and experience in the
    business! Keep in mind that half the photography sold
    is necessarily below average, but it sells anyway.
    That was the topic... :)

    Smart enough to *learn*... whatever part of photography
    it takes to provide a product for the "smart marketing".

    You know, if you have a photography business that is
    viable, you can hire all the photographers you need,
    because they are a dime a dozen.
     
    Floyd L. Davidson, Aug 30, 2007
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