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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.
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.
Visit Tiffany Rose Photography online
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.
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.
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.
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.