photo career September 05, 2007 Would like to hear about anybody that started out as an amatuer photographer and ended up with a career in a related field. I feel like I have something to offer but having a hard time making connections. Any help? « Creative Eye T Shirt Art » Journal Comments dairygirl over 9 years ago I had the same prob as you but I just took photos and showed people that I met my work and that’s how I landed my contract with the race horse, doing family photos, weddings, car shows and so on.It is very hard to get out there and it all takes time, I just started up a business of my own, got an abn number, got some business cards, made some flyer’s, put up a comp at a local store and the winner got free photos, second got 50% off and so on.it took what seemed like forever but I am out there and just taking photos, handing out business cards and so on, not that hard to do if you put your mind to it.I am sure you have what it takes to become a pro photographer.good luck with it all and if I can help in any way let me know dairygirl over 9 years ago P.s, I am still a long way of being a pro photographer, I think Belinda Meers, Meersimages started off a similar way as well and she has come a long way as she has not had a business for that long either.p.s.s, another good thing to do is enter your work into comps, even if you don’t win your name and work gets out there. Sharon Wishard over 9 years ago I started taking photos when I was maybe 10, got my first camera at a early age, and until this past year all it has ever been was happy snaps. I started out last year working at a portrait studio in the mall and worked the Christmas rush and started developing my skills at home. Last month I landed my first job (as an accident – my associate couldn’t take it and gave it to me) just a birthday party…but since then I have booked baby sessions, glamour sessions and a few more birthday parties. It takes time and dedication but it seems so easy to make the plunge into being an at home studio photographer. So far all of my profits are put into equipment but I have doubled my equipment in less than a month. Anyways I don’t know if any of this rambling has helped you but I wish you luck in anything you decide to do. Daniel North over 9 years ago Thank you so much! Sometimes it seems like it’s a pipe dream. Put out some flyers for video work and insurance photos and haven’t heard a thing even though it’s been just 3 or 4 days. I’m about 50 minutes from Seattle on Whidbey Island which is kind of rural but I figure there has to be an opportunity out there. Just have to make that right connection. Once again, thanks for the encouragement. purplephotography over 9 years ago Hi, i would like to sell some pics i have taken but not sure where to sell them or how much for. Has anyone got any ideas? thanks ECFTBH over 9 years ago I started taking photos early 2005…honestly, thats when I started. I didn’t even own a camera until I was 24, prior to that I just borrowed my parents occasionally. Since 2005 I have been published in books on portrait photography, photography magazine and most major Australian newspapers. I’ve done very little to promote myself, most of my promotion has been online only. I still don’t consider myself a “professional” photographer, as I don’t really earn enough to make a living out of it, but when I do get commissioned to do a photoshoot, I can ask the big $$ because of the nature of what I do. As I prefer to work with performers and entertainers, I have begun to market my work directly to record labels and photo agencies. So I guess you have to think of it like that…market directly to the people who you want to work with. If your work is good, it will speak for itself and everything else will fall into place. Please don’t make the mistake of undervaluing your work by giving rock bottom prices. I used to do this, but I have since realised that unless you value yourself no-one else will either. You might think you’re doing people a favor by giving them a really low price, but generally people equate $$ with quality and they’ll think so much more of what you turn out. When I think back to how many times I did shoots for free or very little, I get angry at myself. When you work for next to nothing, you just end up resenting the work. Umm…I think I got a little off track there. Sorry :) Daniel North over 9 years ago Bingo! I tend to give away or sell cheaply my work whether in photos, video, or just about anything else. Thanks for the advice. I’m going to start thinking of people that I want to work with. If you have some online sites for exposing a person’s work, I’m all ears…….all eyes actually. Thanks again! ECFTBH over 9 years ago Well believe it or not, for what I do I get most of my inquiries via myspace! Daniel North over 9 years ago One more question. I went and signed up at myspace and was wondering if you just post your photos in your album? Do you blog to get people’s response to your work? You have been an inspiration and I hope you don’t mind if I pick your brain a little.Thanks!