Guest post from Ashli from
I have a lot of friends who are talented photographers and I know that for many of my photographer friends, there are periods of feast and periods of famine. This got me to thinking – how can photographers make extra money?
After doing some brainstorming, I’ve come up with 10 ways to make extra cash if you’re good at photography, beyond your standard session fee.
1. Sell Stock Photos
Selling stock photos could be a great way to make some passive income from your photography. Once you’ve taken some great photos, you can upload them to a site like Shutterstock or iStockPhoto and make money every time someone downloads your photograph.
2. Teach Photography
There are many people interested in learning more about photography from a talented photographer. You could teach classes at your local community center, or even create your own online course and upload it to .
3. Social Media Photography
For social media sites like Instagram, having great images is absolutely essential. You could work with businesses taking photos specifically for their Instagram feed, or you could specialize in flat-lays, a trend that’s super popular on Instagram right now.
4. Take Pictures at Local Events
Local events such as county fairs, spartan races, 5k’s, etc could be a great way to make some extra money. Get in with the organizers and see if they’d be interested in hiring you to take photos for the event, which people can download and purchase. You could also sell pictures to local newspapers.
5. Make Greeting Cards
Another way to make extra money from your photography is to start making your own greeting cards, featuring your unique, beautiful pictures. You can upload and sell these on a site like Etsy.
6. Start a Photography Blog
If you’re also talented at writing, you could start your own photography blog featuring product reviews, recommendations, tutorials, photography tips – the possibilities are endless!
7. Take Real Estate Photos
Great photographs are an essential part of successfully marketing a house, but if you’ve looked on Zillow recently, you might have noticed that a lot of realtors are sorely lacking in this area. Do some research on local realtors in your area, and offer to take professional photos of their listings.
8. Make a Calendar Featuring Local Businesses
Each month you can feature one of your photographs, and a local business can offer a special deal or coupon. You could charge businesses for advertising space, or you could offer free advertising in return for local businesses selling your calendar in their store.
9. Sell Products Featuring Your Photography
Graphic t-shirts, mugs, pillows, baby onesies, baseball caps – there are endless possibilities when it comes to products you could sell featuring your photography, and sites like make it super easy to set something like this up.
10. Enter Photography Competitions
An often-overlooked way to make some extra money is by entering photography competitions. A local Tennessee magazine that I receive in the mail every month regularly holds photography competitions that offer cash prizes! I’m sure most states have something similar, not to mention the many online photography competitions.
Do you have any other ways you make extra money from your photography?
Ashli Sweat is a freelance writer, , wife to an active duty soldier, and mama to a sweet little boy named Sean. She loves finding ways to save money, make money, and live life to the fullest. She currently lives in Tennessee, but home is wherever the Army sends her (next up is North Carolina!)
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