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Becoming a Freelance Photographer

Everyone has a hobby. Whether it is writing, photography or gardening, hobbies are something that keeps us all sane after a stressful week. However, sometimes hobbies become much more - they become careers. A great way to push your passion for photography from a hobby to a profession is to utilize the freelancing market.

Even if you are merely photographing a friend's wedding or your child's birthday party, it is essential to compile a visual portfolio for clients. It could be as familiar as an Instagram or Facebook account or as complex as creating your website. You want to show off your great work to people who may hire you, and it should be updated every two to three months as your experience grows.

Aside from updating your portfolio often, you should also update your resume and professional online profile. Even without professional experience, list any time you've taken photographs in a professional setting. You do not have to have been paid for your work, as long as a client will vouch for your skill and work ethic. Through websites such as LinkedIn, you can make professional connections in your chosen industry.

As you build your portfolio and your client base, stock up on the right gear that every professional photographer needs. To be taken seriously as a freelance photographer, it is crucial that you have the equipment you need. Invest in a decent camera, a few lenses, a tripod, and other necessary accessories. Speak to other freelance photographers or professional connections about which equipment is best for your basic setup.

It sounds almost childish to say, but practice makes perfect. It makes take a year or more to honestly get your foot in the door as a freelance photographer, but it is worth it in the long-term. Try out new techniques, work with different subjects, use various lenses and learn how to do do-it-yourself camera lens calibration service. As you wait to make it big, make sure you have something to offer clients.

Freelancing is not for the faint of heart. It is essential to remember that you are going to start small when you begin to work for yourself. Freelance takes a lot of work in the long-term. Your first few clients or projects will not pay much, but these are the clients that give you your first professional experiences. You will continuously collect work for your portfolio, so even small projects are beneficial.