20+ Photography Business Ideas Guaranteed To Make You Quick Money (2022)

20+ Photography Business Ideas Guaranteed To Make You Quick Money (2022)

Looking to start a mobile photography 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 mobile photography , there are several low-capital options you can choose from.

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

Here they are:

1. Start a film production company ($18M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,000
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Hope Horner from Los Angeles, California, USA started Lemonlight over 8 years ago, a film production company.

  • Revenue: $1,500,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 75
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

I grew up in Johnson City, TN - a small town in the northeast corner of the state. For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of moving to Los Angeles and starting my own business. When I was 18, I moved to LA to attend college and haven’t left yet.

I started my first business in 2008 when the startup culture was very limited in Los Angeles. Resources were scarce and it was difficult to learn how to start and run a company with no experience. Nonetheless, I trudged through the journey for a few years trying to figure it out. It was filled with some success and a lot of learning lessons, but ultimately, it didn’t end the way I had hoped. I spent a few more years working with startup companies and learning more about the landscape and how to hone my skills as a leader and entrepreneur.

In April of 2014, I started my second company, Lemonlight, out of a second bedroom with my two co-founders, Daniel Marlow, and Chad Rogers. Lemonlight’s mission was to offer small and medium-sized businesses access to high-quality, affordable video content that they could use to advertise their brand online.

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

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $208,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$150,075
Skills

Sabba Keynejad from London, England, United Kingdom started VEED about 4 years ago, a online video editing business.

  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

Case Study

Tim and I met during an online hackathon. During the hackathon participants were encouraged to meetup for real. We actually got on really well, and stayed friends and kept spitballing ideas for a startup for years.

At this time, I was a design student at Central Saint Martins and I had recently won a competition for Sony Music creating an interactive music video for the band Hurts with my friend Virgil. Then soon after graduation, I started working as a creative technologist in London for a bunch of different advertising & branding agencies and a few startups too.

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3. Start a podcast production company ($192K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$400 — $150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$51,500
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Jeremy Enns from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada started Counterweight Creative over 6 years ago, a podcast production company.

  • Revenue: $16,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Case Study

I went to school for audio engineering, initially wanting to produce records for bands and artists. After graduating in 2012, I interned at a big studio in my hometown of Vancouver, and while I learned a lot, I quickly realized that I didn’t have the drive (or financial ability) to show up at the studio at 8am and work (for free) until 4am six or seven days a week for a year or more before moving up into a position that might pay $10/hr and actually start getting paid to work on music.

I went home that night, started a profile on UpWork, got my first client three days later, and within six months had quit my landscaping job and was working for myself full time as a podcast producer.

After interning just a couple of days per week for over a year, while also working full-time at a retail job, I quit the internship and put my dreams of working in the music industry behind me. I worked a number of manual labour jobs including landscape construction and maintenance, tree planting in northern Canada, and others before taking a year off to travel, bicycling across Europe, and backpacking through the Balkans, and Asia.

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

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $500,000/month
Skills

Paweł Kadysz from Białystok, Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland started Tookapic about 9 years ago, a photo sharing platform.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Białystok, Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland

Case Study

Back in 2013, I moved to a new house with my girlfriend. Our own house. It was a completely new chapter for us and I thought it would be nice to document it somehow. Naturally, I thought about photos. But I had no idea about photography.

I did have an old DSLR though. I decided to start taking photos daily and publish one on a Tumblr blog every day for a year. That was August 13th, 2013 - the day the idea was born.

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

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,000
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Latham Ford from Los Angeles, California, USA started No Idea Films, LLC over 5 years ago, a film production company.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

I moved to LA 13 years ago, by way of Chicago. I began my career in entertainment as an actor. I had a great start to that career by being in many commercials like Lincoln Aviator, Toyota, Apple, Lexus and more. It was by being on set as an actor for TV commercials and film, is how I fell in love with producing.

I’ve learned to fail and fail big. The more I have failed the more successful I became.

After shooting my Lexus commercial I was on fire to produce. I began writing TV ideas, turning them into scripts. I also began writing film scripts. The next step was actually producing them. I never stopped acting because being on set was my school. That is how I learned. Most producers start as PAs but I didn’t have to go that route, I was already on set as an actor soaking in the same information. Not to mention commercial money pays way better as an actor than PA.

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6. Start a screen printing business ($960K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$8,000 — $83,333/month
Skills
Business model

Adam Tanaka from Nashville, Tennessee, USA started Life and Limb Printing over 12 years ago, a screen printing business.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Case Study

I was all over the place with what I wanted to do with my life - anywhere from a radio DJ, to creating zines, then going to college for biology, dropping out, all the while playing music and touring in bands since I was 14.

From scrubbing those floors to working in their eCommerce department, I learned the inner workings of the production side of the business and knew I was ready to figure out how to launch my own company in merch.

The music I listened to in the 90’s played a major role in what I ended up doing as my career. I remember stuffing cash into an envelope and sending it to some of my favorite bands' addresses and within 2 to 4 weeks, I'd get a shirt in the mail. After opening the package, I would immediately feel the print and it was a mystery to me of how that print got on a shirt.

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7. Create an online course ($60K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$350 — $3,735,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,297
Time To Revenue
150 days
Skills

Lidiya Kesarovska from The Netherlands started Let's Reach Success over 9 years ago, a online course.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: The Netherlands

Case Study

Back in 2013, I had already discovered my passion - personal development - and had realized writing is the best way to express myself. So I combined these and started a self-improvement blog.

Starting the blog was the best decision and not giving up on it over the years (even when no traffic or money was coming in) was what helped me move forward.

It was first just a hobby and I knew nothing about blogging. Over the years, after publishing a ton of content, gaining traffic, learning about SEO, email marketing, social media, and all the ways to monetize a blog, it became a real business.

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8. Start a pet portrait business ($120K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$750
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

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:

Learn more about starting a pet portrait business ➜

Case Study

My name is J.B. Shepard. I am Baltimore, Maryland based mixed media artist and the founder of Puptrait.

Just last year I won two fairly major local readers choice awards, including “Best Photographer” in the Baltimore Sun’s Best of 2020 and “Best Artist” in Baltimore Magazine’s annual Best of Baltimore. Considering those are the two largest publications in a market with a few million folks living in it, both were pretty big wins -- especially for a “pet photographer”.

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9. Start a photo booth business ($6M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$350,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$6,000
Skills

Brandon Wong from California, USA started Photobooth Supply Co. over 9 years ago, a photo booth business.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: California, USA

Case Study

My wife and I were wedding photographers. If you’ve been to a wedding lately, you’ve probably seen a photobooth.

The same was true 8 years ago. We saw booths everywhere, and started thinking… why not add one of those? We purchased the “old” style photobooth, the enclosed box. It became clear very quickly that at least two things could be done better. It wasn’t really portable and it didn’t take the prettiest pictures.

I contacted a few metal suppliers down here in Orange County and asked if they could put something together for me. I wanted something sleek and portable, but it also had to be able to take gorgeous pictures.

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

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $180,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$254,250
Skills
Business model

Marco Gatti from Tallinn, Estonia started Mediatopsolution OU over 4 years ago, a explainer video business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Tallinn, Estonia

Case Study

I've always been a salesperson within the family company. A need I often felt in my relationships with customers, was the wish to communicate in a more attractive, engaging and persuasive way. I wanted to win them over and make sure they remembered my messages.

So I started looking for a powerful and innovative way to convey my communications. All this until I stumbled upon something that really caught my attention: the animated video that Robert Cialdini, a Psychology and Marketing professor at Stanford University, had used to promote his books “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”. I liked it instantly: I found it immediate, engaging and easy to remember. And then I thought: of course if such a great mentor of the laws of persuasion has relied on this tool of communication, it must mean something!

At that moment I decided to use the power of video animations to increase the effectiveness of my business relationships with customers. But there was a problem: the existing services had exorbitant costs, about 10,000 dollars per minute, far too much for a company like ours. So I tried and made a video for my family's company myself. The first results were really not professional: I did everything, from the script to the animation including the audio, with my voice. I even recorded it in a small room, putting a sock on the microphone to reduce the reverb effect!

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

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000,000/month
Skills

Robert Morris from San Leandro, California, USA started TerrAvion over 9 years ago, a aerial imagery business.

  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 30
  • Location: San Leandro, California, USA

Case Study

I have always had a great interest in robotics. As a former U.S. Army officer, I led the first RQ-7B "Shadow" drone platoon in Afghanistan. After the Army, I consulted for Deloitte Consulting, where I organized the U.S. Navy's first Unmanned Surface Vehicle Community of Interest. One day I was talking to a friend who mentioned that agriculture could not see what was going on in the field as the only vision came from satellite data.

We even out-executed a competitor that Steve Blank was personally advising, by actually following his advice.

Satellite data has vast limitations amongst others due to the lack of data resolution and timeliness. Based on my experience, I realized that drones were not the solution either, so I looked into fixed-wing aircraft as a possibility to capture image data and making the field visible for farmers.

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12. Start a photo printing business ($18M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$27,400 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,075
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Jainam Shah from Georgia started CanvasChamp over 10 years ago, a photo printing business.

  • Revenue: $1,500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 180
  • Location: Georgia

Case Study

It’s so happened that one beautiful day, I was just hanging out with my father an evening while we were discussing our family photos. My father suddenly picked up one photo from the album and said, “This is one of the best photos of us. How amazing would it had been that we could find a way to frame our favorite photos artistically.”

I had zero experience, but I did know from my previous job in college that I was good at learning and collecting from data, setting up and building experiments over and over again, and making business decisions with the information provided to me. I believe that this is one of the most important qualities you can have to be a successful entrepreneur.

Suddenly it dawned on me that I should get the photo that my father likes so much, framed. But I checked out the market and saw that the market had split between low-cost providers that would personalize your products very cheaply (of questionable quality) and designers who would personalize your products very expensively (and still of dubious quality). And I only found an opportunity for business in personalized products that way. So I thought to focus on filling a gap which delivered more premium products but well below the designer prices.

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13. Become a real estate photographer

Time To Revenue
90 days
Skills
Business model

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:

Learn more about starting a real estate photographer ➜

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14. Start a baby photography business

Average Initial Investment
$1,500
Time To Revenue
150 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful baby photography business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a baby photography business ➜

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15. Become a travel photographer

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $233,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,250
Skills

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:

Learn more about starting a travel photographer ➜

Case Study

Hi! My name is Anthony Do, creator of ANTHONYKDO INC. I run my own business in the creative industry as a filmmaker, photographer, and creative director. I am a nomadic Canadian that was born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Today, I have over two dozen loyal clients that are scattered across six different countries. That number continues to grow as I touch new places on the map. My monthly revenue fluctuates and is volatile, but I have been able to keep it somewhere between $7000-15000/month for a few years.

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16. Become a wedding photographer

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$60,000
Skills

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:

Learn more about starting a wedding photographer ➜

Case Study

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!

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17. Start a stock photography business ($60K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $45,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,500
Skills

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:

Learn more about starting a stock photography business ➜

Case Study

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.

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18. Become a food photographer

Average Initial Investment
$1,000
Skills

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:

Learn more about starting a food photographer ➜

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19. 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:

Learn more about starting a corporate photographer ➜

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20. Start a photography blog

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,000
Time To Revenue
120 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful photography blog:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a photography blog ➜

Case Study

Marc Andre is the creator of Loaded Landscapes, a blogging website specializing in travel, wildlife, and landscape photography. He also offers Lightroom presets and Lightroom training.

He previously built & sold 3 photography-related websites - that used to sell digital products to other photographers.

The journey with Loaded Landscapes began in 2012. Marc wanted to upgrade from a point-and-shoot camera to a nice DSLR. So, he set himself a challenge to see if he could raise the $5k to start a photography-related side hustle.

Over the following six years, Marc increased the size of his company, added more products, and launched two more websites centered around photography. This helped him generate more than a million dollars in revenue.

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21. 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:

Learn more about starting a documentary photographer ➜

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