Investing in Photography

This is the newest feature in our #30DaysofHobbies series! If you have missed any of them, just click here to get a full list of all our featured hobbies! It’s quite an eclectic list from genealogy hunts, Civil War Reenactments to Running and making jewelry (and so much more!!)

I love to take pictures when we are with family, out on a hiking trail or just candid shots of the kids playing and laughing. But I am definitely not ready to be hired to capture a family reunion or wedding party. Here’s someone who discovered that she can not only enjoy pursuing her hobby of photography, but she has turned the passion into a business! Welcome Tiffany Rose!


Investing in Photography: From Hobby to Business

I became interested in photography in 2005 when a professional photographer did a photo shoot for me and gave me all of my photos. I asked him to show me his editing equipment and how he edits. He ended up giving me some editing software of my own. I edited all of my photos from that photo shoot and several people were impressed.

Shortly after that, a family from church contacted me and asked if I would take some family photos for her family. I did not have “professional” equipment, but still agreed to take a few shots. After editing those photos and posting them on the Internet, I had several others contact me to take pictures for them. I even had someone call to book a WEDDING!

At this point I knew that if I wanted to pursue this hobby, I would need to invest. I spent several thousands of dollars on a professional grade camera, lens, and cards. Once it got started, there was no stopping the business from growing.

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Tiffany Rose Photography became a business in 2005. The first step was to set up a website, social networking sites and order some business cards. I started passing out business cards and encouraged others to check out the website.

I needed to set up a portfolio as well. To do this, I took pictures of family and offered shoots at a VERY low cost to others. At this time I was transitioning my photography from being a hobby to being a business and for this reason, I did NOT offer my services for free. I wanted my clients to take my business seriously and see me as a professional. I knew that charging for my services (even if it is a low rate), made my clients understand that photography is now my business and not just a hobby.

Now, after 9yrs, there are some months that my photography business is the main source of income for my family! This doesn’t happen every month, but it is always a help financially.

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What keeps you motivated with this hobby?

The motivation to continue with this hobby/business is a combination of several things. Money, return clients, the flexibility, being my own “boss”, and a family friendly schedule are all great incentive to continue the business. However, the joy I feel while working is by far the strongest incentive. I enjoy meeting my clients, making the uncomfortable clients feel comfortable, playing with children, and capturing once in a lifetime moments.

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Any tips for beginners?

If you’d like to turn your photography hobby into a business here are a few tips for beginners:

  • FIRST: remember, photography is a talent, an art. Not everyone with an SLR camera can be/is a professional photographer. There are MANY ways that everyone can improve their own photography skills, however, if the talent is not initially there, it will be hard to build a business and client base.
  • Set up a website and social networking sites
  • Invest in a good camera, lens, and editing software (this will probably run you around $2000)
  • Always be open to LEARN. Research the newest editing, posing, and lighting techniques
  • Find your area of interest and focus on that area: weddings, newborns, landscape, families, etc.

About Tiffany

Tiffany and her family (husband Todd and two sons live in Colorado Springs, CO. She is active in her church, runs a home daycare, is a Pampered Chef Consultant and a Photographer. While she has traveled the world and had many amazing experiences, she is finally living her life-long dream of being a wife and mother.

Connect with Tiffany

Facebook and her Website.


About Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she's not blogging, she's probably out enjoying life so she'll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!


    • says

      I loved sharing your story Tiffany. The #1 thing I learned from your story is that you have to treat your hobby as a business and then help others see that business mindset as well. Sometimes you have to invest to make it really work! Thanks for sharing!

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