Do you love taking pictures? Maybe you’re one of those people who adore taking selfies and photos of your food. What does it mean?
Well aside from a high dose of vanity -kidding- it could mean you’re destined to become a photographer. We know what you’re thinking: “I just take them for fun.” That’s probably true but isn’t that the perfect foundation for a brilliant career. You’ll be able to get paid for doing something that you find great fun.
As well as this, you might have already received a few compliments on your skills. Have you ever been told you look like a model in your selfies? The bad news is this probably isn’t anything to do with how you look. The good news is that it means you most likely have a great knack for taking beautiful snaps.
Now you need to think about turning this into a winning career.
1. Take Photos of Everything
You should start by taking photos of everything and anything. Find out what you love taking pictures of the most. If it’s people, a fashion photographer could be your ideal career path. If it’s animals, you could be a nature photographer. But it’s important to find a few things so you’re photographing what you’re most interested in.
2. Get Training
For some people, photography will come naturally. Those people who take great selfies don’t spend hours on end practicing. Well, they do. Most people who take great selfies take hundreds before they find the perfect one for their profile or to use. If you don’t believe this, check the phone of a friend who you think takes great selfie snaps. You’ll find it’s filled with pictures of themselves.
Similarly, if you want to be a great photographer you need both practice and training. A photography school can provide both these things and will ensure your snaps look professional.
3. Put Yourself Out There
Next, you need to do everything you can to make sure that the snaps you take are noticed. There are a few ways to do this. You can send your pictures to local news websites and publications. Make sure to take pictures of local events so that the photographs are relevant. Or, relate them to a topic that you know is currently in the news. If you’re completing fashion photography, send the pics to a fashion blogger.
Alternatively, you can set up your blog to share the photographs. If you take enough of them, you should have more than enough photos to fill an entire blog. You can then gain the attention of people who might be looking for a novice photographer such as yourself.
4. Get Paid and Gain Experience
Finally, you can set yourself up as a freelance photographer. You will then be available for business owners and companies to hire you as their photographer. You may even be able to make a permanent contract with a company to provide photos for their industry. It is that simple. In no time at all your photos could be on the covers of best-selling magazines.