20+ Photography Business Ideas Guaranteed To Make You Quick Money (2020)

Looking to start a photography business but not quite sure what to start?

The good news is, there are so many opportunities to become an entrepreneur and build an innovative product/service in this line of work.

If you're looking to start your own photography business, there are several low-capital options you can choose from.

We put a list together below of the most profitable photography business ideas you can start today!

Here they are:

1. Start a pet portrait business

Examples of a successful pet portrait business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pet portrait business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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2. Start a photo booth business ($3.9M/year)

Examples of a successful photo booth business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a photo booth business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our photo booth business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Brandon Wong's story on creating Photobooth Supply Co. a read:

Hello! I’m Brandon Wong, the CEO and part of the husband and wife team that started Photobooth Supply Co.

Queso, our flagship photobooth

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.

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Brandon Wong, on starting Photobooth Supply Co. ($300,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start an online courses business ($1.45M/year)

Examples of a successful online courses business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online courses business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our online courses business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Lidiya Kesarovska's story on creating Let's Reach Success a read:

I’m Lidiya, a full-time blogger, course creator, and the founder of Let’s Reach Success. With the content I publish on the blog and the courses I create, I help people start a side hustle and earn passive income so they can pay off debt, quit their job and live their best life.

My signature program - Financial Freedom Through Blogging - is the formula for starting a blog, growing it to 100K page views and $5,000/month, and living life on your terms. Inside it, you’ll find answers to all your questions about becoming a full-time blogger, behind-the-scenes content, real ways to make money and build blog traffic, a ton of video tutorials, how-to guides, and bonuses.

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Lidiya Kesarovska, on starting Let's Reach Success ($5,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a photo printing business ($7.14M/year)

Examples of a successful photo printing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our photo printing business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jainam Shah's story on creating CanvasChamp a read:

Hello, my name is Jainam Shah, and I am one of the founders of CanvasChamp. We make a variety of custom photo products for home decor and gifting purposes, most notably canvas prints, acrylic and metal prints. We have a lot many other products already launched and soon will introduce even more.

We started in March 2012, with just custom canvas prints and now have more than 60+ personalized photo gifts products with revenue of 1.5m$+/mo. We still have a long way to go with the potential of scalability and growth.

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Jainam Shah, on starting CanvasChamp ($1,500,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a photo sharing platform ($24K/year)

Examples of a successful photo sharing platform:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a photo sharing platform:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our photo sharing platform case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Paweł Kadysz's story on creating Tookapic a read:

Hello! My name is Pawel Kadysz and I’m the founder of Tookapic. It’s a photo-sharing platform where entrepreneurs, accountants, programmers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and other non-photographers share their passion for photography.

Our customer success stories include programmers starting successful photo businesses, teachers opening their photo studios, designers starting photo projects that attract the attention of worldwide media, students making money doing fashion photoshoots, and much more. We’re now making ~$2000/mo from subscriptions and an additional $100-200/mo from selling photo books and prints.

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Paweł Kadysz, on starting Tookapic ($2,000/month) full story ➜

6. Become a real estate photographer

Examples of a successful real estate photographer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a real estate photographer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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7. Start a baby photography business

Examples of a successful baby photography business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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8. Become a travel photographer

Examples of a successful travel photographer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a travel photographer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

9. Become a wedding photographer

Examples of a successful wedding photographer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a wedding photographer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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10. Start an aerial imagery business ($12M/year)

Examples of a successful aerial imagery business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a aerial imagery business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our aerial imagery business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Robert Morris's story on creating TerrAvion a read:

My name is Robert Morris. I founded TerrAvion in 2013 together with Cornell Wright.

We view our job as abstracting away all the complexity and delivering maps that are ready to use so that growers can spend more time applying their expertise, more powerfully, and over a larger area. Below is a screenshot of our interface with fields shown in our vigor image data layers.

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Robert Morris, on starting TerrAvion ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a stock photography business

Examples of a successful stock photography business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a stock photography business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

12. Become a food photographer

Examples of a successful food photographer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a food photographer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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13. Become a corporate photographer

Examples of a successful corporate photographer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a corporate photographer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

14. Start a screen printing business ($528K/year)

Examples of a successful screen printing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a screen printing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our screen printing business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Adam Tanaka's story on creating Life and Limb Printing a read:

Hello! My name is Adam Tanaka and I own a company called Life and Limb Printing. We are a screen printing and full-service merch company that specializes in merch production for breweries, outdoor clothing companies, and restaurants with a little bit of everything else sprinkled in.

Since officially launching the business in 2010, we had our best month last year in October 2018 at $80,000 and now we are set to hit 1M by the end of 2019.

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Adam Tanaka, on starting Life and Limb Printing ($80,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start an explainer video business ($120K/year)

Examples of a successful explainer video business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a explainer video business:

Check out all of our explainer video business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Marco Gatti's story on creating Mediatopsolution OU a read:

Hello! My name is Marco Gatti, an entrepreneur from Milan (Italy) and the founder of Whiteboard.ee. The company deals with video marketing and, in particular, doodle whiteboard animation: that's why I chose the name for this digital project. We are in fact specialized in personalized animated videos that develop one after the other, just as if a hand made the drawings live on a whiteboard.

I officially started the company in February 2018, and currently invoices about $10,000 per month. We started from the Italian market, where we managed to carve out our share of the market and win the trust of many entrepreneurs and professionals. Now we are expanding internationally, already reaping the first results.

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Marco Gatti, on starting Mediatopsolution OU ($10,000/month) full story ➜

16. Start an online video editing business ($72K/year)

Examples of a successful online video editing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online video editing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our online video editing business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Sabba Keynejad's story on creating VEED a read:

Hey, I am Sabba and I am the co-founder of VEED.IO along with my partner in crime Tim. We are a London-based bootstrapped startup. Our web app, VEED, is a simple online video editing platform that allows users to do a bunch of cool stuff like auto subtitle videos, add video effects, add music, trim, rotate videos and much more all in the browser.

We launched just over a year ago, started charging 4 months ago and as of this interview, we are at $5,300 MRR and are just about profitable (Ramen profitable).

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Sabba Keynejad, on starting VEED ($6,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start a video production company ($2.71M/year)

Examples of a successful video production company:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video production company:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our video production company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Hope Horner's story on creating Lemonlight a read:

Hello there! My name is Hope Horner, and I’m the co-founder and CEO of Lemonlight, an on-demand video production company that offers brands and agencies access to high-quality affordable video content nationwide.

We’ve built Lemonlight as an entirely self-funded business. We haven’t taken any outside capital since we launched the business in 2014. We’re on track to hit 6M in sales this year and we’ve grown the team to 45 full-time employees. We’ve been recognized in dozens of major publications, and we were awarded in Inc 5000 and Entrepreneur 360 for three years in a row.

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Hope Horner, on starting Lemonlight ($500,000/month) full story ➜

18. Become a photo blogger

Examples of a successful photo blogger:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a photo blogger:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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19. Become a documentary photographer

Examples of a successful documentary photographer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a documentary photographer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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20. Start a film production company ($60K/year)

Examples of a successful film production company:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a film production company:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our film production company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Latham Ford's story on creating No Idea Films, LLC a read:

Hello! I’m Latham Ford and I started a Film, TV & Media Production Company in 2016. I built the company on intellectual property: scripts, ideas, and pitches. Whether they are ideas or scripts that I created and wrote or collaboration. Underneath that is the actual content creation and production. I have produced and written a few short films and pitch ideas. In 2018, I won the best film, $10,000 for a short film I wrote called Daddy’s Big Girl, at the Gentlemens Jack Daniels & Code Black Lionsgate Film Contest, held in Miami, FL.

Since then, life has been moving fast. I’ve been pitching my scripts to studios, sold a few ideas to production companies and produced some really cool digital content for brands. Then I acquired some amazing partners which propelled us to the next level. Check out our production reel.

On Set BTS for Film: “Don’t Try This Alone”

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Latham Ford, on starting No Idea Films, LLC ($5,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start a podcast production company ($240K/year)

Examples of a successful podcast production company:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a podcast production company:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our podcast production company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jeremy Enns's story on creating Counterweight Creative a read:

Hey there! I’m Jeremy Enns, the founder and Storyteller In Chief at Counterweight Creative, a podcast production and strategy agency.

I started the company 3 years ago, in 2016 with one client, making $15/hour and have grown into a team of 10 contractors producing more than 30 shows per week with revenue of over $10K/mo.

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Jeremy Enns, on starting Counterweight Creative ($20,000/month) full story ➜

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