Setting up a Successful Photography Business is a practical and essential handbook for anyone who wants to be a professional photographer. Written by the owner of a successful photography agency, it is packed full of helpful information and invaluable advice from not only the author but also many leading photographers and commissioners working in all areas of the industry today. This book includes all the essentials- how to prepare the best portfolio and website; how to market yourself and get clients; how to cost and produce shoots; how to find representation; how to finance and run your business; how to deal with contracts and legal obligations plus much more. It also contains lots of useful checklists, charts and handy business templates- everything you need to know to get your own photography business off to flying start.
Table of Contents
1 So, you want to set up your own photography business? 2 Who buys photography? 3 What sort of photographer are you? 4 The learning curve, 5 Making the leap: the transition to becoming a professional photographer, 6 Business basics, 7 Marketing and promotion, 8 Agents, agencies, libraries and galleries, 9 Pricing photography, 10 Producing a photoshoot, 11 Tips from the top: professionals’ advice for success, Contributing photographers.
Lisa Pritchard has been working with and advising professional photographers for more than two decades. Starting her career at a well known photo library, she went on to establish herself as one of the UK's leading photographers agents and stills producers, setting up her own agency, LPA ( Lisa Pritchard Agency) in 2001. Lisa is a frequent guest speaker at photography colleges and seminars, a regular judge of photography competitions and a well known contributor to the trade press. More information can be found on her at www.lisapritchard.com.
"By the end of reading Setting Up A Successful Photography Business I found it to be very informative, helpful and inspiring, with things that I have missed or did not fully understand before. It is presented clearly and written in easy to understand terminologies for anyone that are looking into a career of commercial or editorial photography, but the business discipline is universal to all. I think this book has enough information to get you off the starting line, and pointing you in the right directions, saving you a lot of time what and where you should go and do next. - Sunny Lau, Director and Photographer, www.forty-forty.com/ I was unsure of where to begin in setting up my own business before but after reading through 'Setting Up A Successful Photography Business' I'm much more confident in knowing the steps I need to take. It's an extremely informative, easy to read book with varied topics covering all areas of starting up a business from the legal side of your career, financing and approaching companies/agencies to building your portfolio and marketing your business. The well-arranged chapters also make it effortless to jump to a particular section if need be. The inclusion of tips and quotes from working photographers adds depth to the book by giving genuine and up to date advice which I found to be very useful. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to make a career out of photography. - Siobhan Stewart, Photographer (www.siobhanstewart.com)"