How to Turn Your Love for Observing Life Through a Lens Into a Profitable Business

2 min readJan 20, 2023
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Turning your love for photography into a profitable business is hard but when you know how to, it can open up new opportunities for you to travel and do more of what you love.

A close friend of mine is a photographer and was struggling to work out how they can make money doing what they love. So when I got the chance to chat with a mentor in this field I took the opportunity to ask for any helpful advice I could pass on.

Here’s a short breakdown of what they told me:

1. Develop a strong online presence:

Having a professional website and social media accounts is crucial for showcasing your work and reaching potential clients. Make sure your website is easy to navigate and features a portfolio of your best work. Utilize social media platforms to share your photography and connect with potential clients.

2. Network with other photographers and industry professionals:

Attend photography events, join photography groups, and connect with other photographers and industry professionals. This will not only help you stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends, but it can also lead to new clients and opportunities.

3. Specialize in a niche:

Instead of trying to be a jack-of-all-trades, specialize in a specific niche, such as travel photography. This will allow you to become an expert in that area and make it easier to target potential clients who are looking for that specific type of photography.

4. Build a strong portfolio:

A strong portfolio is essential for showcasing your work and attracting the right people. Make sure your portfolio stands out and showcases your unique quality. But don’t overcomplicate it. The simpler, the better.

5. Market yourself:

Don’t be afraid to market yourself and your work. Send out promotional materials, such as postcards or brochures, to potential clients. Attend trade shows and events, and take advantage of advertising opportunities, such as online classifieds or local publications.

6. Be professional:

Always conduct yourself in a professional manner and make sure your work is of the highest quality and make working with you an enjoyable experience. This will help you build a good reputation and attract repeat clients.


Remember that building a successful photography business takes time and effort, but with persistence and dedication, you can achieve your goals.

Some of this may not have been useful and I can’t speak from experience so I’d encourage anyone who has embarked on this journey already to correct me and suggest anything that helped them.

If you know another artist that loves looking at life through a lens, share this with them and they may find some use in it too.