Part-Time Photographer

Part-Time Photographer: If you have a good eye for images and photography and enjoy taking photos as a hobby and posting images on Facebook and Instagram, you could potentially turn this into some extra income! You might have friends or friends of friends that are looking to save money on a photographer for their wedding or other events. Average wedding photographer services may range between $1,000 to $3,000 for a full day, and in some cases, much more. Now since you are still an amateur, you might take less and make sure you can post some images on your Instagram page to build your brand.

Who does this? This gig fits for artistic people who have a good eye for images and enjoy photography and also don’t mind giving up some weekends to make more money with their side gig.

How to Start: Tips include; investing in a good camera, starting a photography website and using social media to advertise. Setting your prices low at first while you gain experience might be helpful to attract clients. You could advertise on sites like Yelp or Craigslist. Don’t forget old fashioned tricks like putting ads in newspapers.

How Much Work? You might start slow, but word of mouth can spread quickly. You might be working between 5 and 10 hours per event. The rest of your time can be used to build your brand by selecting and posting images on social media, interacting with social media followers and building your photography portfolio.

The Numbers: Photographers charge between $1,000 and $1,500 per event and sometimes do private shoots for newly engaged couples or new parents. Let’s say you work about 16 weekends during wedding season, you may make over $20,000 in a year. Before this, you may want to invest in a good camera, a tripod, extra lenses and other equipment. An entry level digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera and other photography accessories could cost around $1,000 or more. If your business starts growing, you may need to invest in more advanced gear.

Is it Worth It? For those with an eye for photography who enjoy sharing their vision with the world, this side gig might be a great way to make some extra cash during the year that they could put towards investing in their financial freedom.