Jim Pickerelle tackles a difficult question posted in LinkedIn’s ASMP group about copyright, and how to approach tough requests from clients. This article was originally written by Jim Pickerell for Black Star Rising and reprinted here with permission, as part of Photographer’s Month.
If starting a photography business were easy, they'd package one free with every digital camera. So Allen Murabayashi, CEO of Photoshelter, shared his tips and advice on starting out in the photography industry in a recent webinar.
So you've decided to take the plunge and take your passion for photography to the next level (i.e. make money!). Using your passion as a foundation for a business is definitely a great start, since you are doing what you love. But running a photography business is not just about taking pictures, and there are a number of things you need to think about to ensure your passion doesn't turn into a chore.
As a wedding photographer, I like the seasonality of the business. With my work concentrated in the summer and pleasanter months of the year, I can take some time off in the winter months. I still have meetings and portrait sessions, but I can get away with working a few hours a day versus eight to 12.