Starting a business specializing in portraiture

Started Jan 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
Joe Pa Senior Member • Posts: 1,839
Re: Starting a business specializing in portraiture

PenguinPhotoCo wrote:

you said:

In addition i am going to mention that initially i am not working for any profit, i am mainly focused on building up my portfolio and meeting with so called clients/models on time for print basis.

Businesses make profits. That is their sole purpose for being created - to make money. Not to lose money, not to work for 'trade' or 'barter'.

If you work for yourself then you have a business that employs you. If the business makes no money you can't pay yourself. That's not a job - its a hobby or a charity.

Not many retail/consumer photography businesses do hundreds of customers/sessions a year. If you are that busy raise your prices and reduce your workload and make as much for less work.

As it is I've only met a couple of photogs that truly have as much business as they want, and that's usually wedding photographers. Not sure I've ever met a portrait photographer that had as much business as they could handle.

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Not every business seeks to make a profit that is tangible or self supporting.  Photography, like some other recreational activities brings great joy and pleasure to people, but it's also quite expensive.  Some, like the OP are quite content to initially dip their toes into the professional water to simply cover the costs of their hobby.

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