Starting a Photography Business

I’m not quite sure how or when one can be defined is a “professional photographer.” I suppose it can be anything from how artistic you are, to if you do it for a living, or if anyone pays you for your service.  If any or all apply, I don’t think it really matters.  If you want to charge, you need to set up business.  And if you want to do it for a living, you need momentum to carry it through the years.

I started two LLC’s prior to opening up Diana Elizabeth Photography.  The business side has been a self-taught thing, and so much work, mentoring, and trial and error stories have come from it.  My income last year being self employed exceeded the cushy job I had as a marketing girl for a national company.  You can do it.  And I’d love to tell you how.

Join me for 4-weeks online starting Wednesday, June 6.  Each 1-hour class I’ll give you tips on how to set up business, give you assignments to work on that week to help you build your business as we go.  There’s a lot involved.  This isn’t something to be rushed but it’s essential for you to know how to open a business, operate it, marketing it, deal with clients, and get published.

Marketing Momentum: Kickstart Your Photography Business will focus on:

  • Pricing your services and when to raise them
  • Tax deductions and equipment insurance
  • Branding & packaging
  • Customer service/professionalism
  • Social media marketing
  • How to get published in blogs
  • Portfolio building and second shooting
  • Breaking into a market
  • Being a business owner and managing your life
  • And much, much more!

The investment is $199 with an optional $49 Biz Spark add on package which includes contracts and all the fun forms you might need.

A few testimonials from last year’s course (I only teach this once a year):

“The two workshops that I’ve taken with you have been great. I’ve gone from thinking how about cool it would to be to have a photography business to actually starting that business. I now have a website, fan page, twitter account, and logo! And I’m getting ready to order my business cards and stationery! All well beyond my expectations… Aaaahhhhh! This year has been so exciting – I’ve felt like I’ve had my finger in an electric socket… haha. Anyway, thanks for being an open, generous, and ebullient guide on this amazing journey.” – Yolanda

“I have adored your class!!! There are so many ideas and tips that you have given that have launched new, forgive me, “momentum” to my business! I am so thankful for you being willing to share your knowledge and inspire me to become the best photographer I can possibly be.” – Shelby


My wonderful classroom administrator Jen will be in touch with you and corresponding with every one before class starts.  Business is my passion.  I believe if you can find something you love and find a way to make a profit doing it, DO IT!  Let what you love be what you do.

See you in class!  Recorded playback option available for students who can’t make it to class.

Diana Elizabeth used to want to be a teacher when she was little.  Maybe she’s getting the little kid dream come to fruition while teaching these classes!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


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