Want to start your own photography business? You're not alone. With the rise of social media and photo-sharing, blogging, and online retailing, it's never been easier to start making money behind your camera.
There are photographers shooting weddings, creating images for ad campaigns, freelancing for magazines, touring the world, taking photographs of destinations — the list is endless!
To start mobile photography, research the target audience and determine which specialization area is more lucrative. Invest in high-quality, professional cameras, lenses, and a computer with professional software photo-editing software.
Here are some real life success stories of starting a mobile photography :
1. Photobooth Supply Co. ($6M/year)
Brandon Wong (from California, USA) started Photobooth Supply Co. almost 10 years ago.
Hello! I’m Brandon Wong, the CEO and part of the husband and wife team that started Photobooth Supply Co.
I think the most important thing about what we do is the fact that we’ve transformed over 1,000 people’s lives. It’s not about the money for me, it’s about the fact that the company I started with my wife has given so many fantastic opportunities for people to achieve their full potential, while having a lot of fun while at it.
2. Results Imagery ($1.32M/year)
Kyle Nelson (from Chico, California, USA) started Results Imagery over 5 years ago.
Hello, we are Kyle Nelson and Eli Libby; Co-Founders of Results Imagery. We started product photography, video production, and media consultancy agency.
We help our clients create conversion-centric media (photos and videos), then help them monetize them through the correct distribution channels such as product listings, digital advertising, social media campaigns, and print advertising. Photography includes products on white eCommerce photography and lifestyle product photography. Our video production includes lifestyle product videos, stop-motion videos and brand documentaries/about us videos. Our monthly revenue is currently $45,000 a month.
3. Two Little Monkeys Photography ($24K/year)
Samantha Bachand (from MONROE) started Two Little Monkeys Photography over 11 years ago.
My name is Samantha Bachand and I own Two Little Monkeys Photography. My studio is based in Indian Trail, NC and I have the pleasure of serving the Charlotte, NC area. I do occasionally have people travel to the area to have photos taken. I mainly focus on newborn and family photography. The majority of my clients are couples that are beginning or expanding their families.
Despite 2020 being a hard year, I was able to do 74 newborn photo shoots, not including other family sessions. Of course, this was lower than average due to Covid-19.
4. Studio Ninja ($1.8M/year)
Chris Garbacz (from Melbourne) started Studio Ninja over 7 years ago.
Hey guys, my name is Chris Garbacz and I’m one of the co-founders here at Studio Ninja, the world’s most user-friendly photography business management app. In a nutshell, Studio Ninja is a software and mobile app that helps photographers manage their leads, clients, shoots, invoices, quotes, contracts, workflows and so much more.
5. Catherine Nguyen Photography ($99.6K/year)
Catherine Nguyen (from Raleigh) started Catherine Nguyen Photography over 14 years ago.
My name is Catherine (Cat) Nguyen, owner, and photographer for Catherine Nguyen Photography. I am a Raleigh-based advertising and editorial photographer specializing in residential and commercial interior design and architecture.
When I started my business, there were a lot of cold calls, emails, and “knocking on doors”. Now, I have an organic Instagram following of more than 3000 and new client inquiries almost daily. I knew the tide had turned for my business when people started finding me versus me looking for them.
6. Product Photography Studio ($540K/year)
Tsour Lee Adato (from Miami, FL, USA) started Product Photography Studio ago.
Hi! My name is Tsour Lee Adato and I am the founder of Pro Photo Studio. I started my product photography business over 5 years ago while living in New York. Pro Photo Studio specializes in high-end commercial photography and also caters to the average eCommerce online seller who sells on platforms like Amazon and Etsy.
The company began realizing a profit very quickly, in the first quarter after opening and year over year profits have increased while the cost of customer acquisition has decreased. Currently, the company makes approximately $350k per year and is on its way to becoming a 7 figure business.
7. SvenStudios ($72K/year)
Steven Duncan (from Morphett Vale, South Australia) started SvenStudios over 9 years ago.
Hi, I’m Steven and I’m a wedding photographer based out of Adelaide, Australia. I believe photography is about portraying a scene in ways that people recognize, but at the same time, have never witnessed before. Anyone can take a photo of a scene, but I want to show the world what I can create through my lens in ways that are unique and yet completely relatable to other people who have witnessed the same scene, all the while allowing my couples to act as though I’m not there just as a ‘photographer’ but rather their friend. This allows for a much more genuine set of photos for them to remember their big day!
One of the things that stand out to my clients when comparing myself with my competitors is my ability to come across as a professional wedding attendee! I can help out with any aspect of a wedding, not just their photographer - so I’m often planning everyone's wedding for them. I also make use of some cool technology such as Virtual Reality cameras, hybrid shooting video, and photography, and course drones - and not just the aerial kind, underwater too!
Hey! 👋 I'm Pat Walls, the founder of Starter Story.
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