How to Start a Pet Photography Business 1-2-3
Imagine having a high-paying career that you actually love doing. With a pet photography business, you use
your creative skills and set your own schedule. And if you enjoy being around animals, why not start a business
in this quickly growing niche?
Work from home, open your own portrait studio, or get a change of scenery offering a mobile photography
service. With pet photography, you can work part-time, make money taking pictures at community and special
events or offer the service as part of another business that you run.
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Having experience around animals is essential in this business. You need to be comfortable around a variety
of different animals, and they around you. You don't need a college degree to start a pet photography business,
but having basic knowledge and skills will enable you to take better pictures, charge higher prices and attract
What Equipment and Supplies Do You Need?
If you are on a budget, you can start with a digital camera a high-quality photo printer (I think Canon is a
great brand for photo printers). If you are opening a portrait studio, you can get a photo studio portrait background
and photo studio light kit
for under $500
It's important to have a portfolio of your work that you can display to customers, and a website is a great
way to do this. Not only is it accessible anytime anywhere - you can easily revise it anytime to complete a new
photography project. A domain name and website can cost you as little as $50-$100/year.
Get a second phone line for business (Did you know that you can get an 800# with voicemail for as little as $2/month?). This way,
customers don't have to call you on your personal number. You can manage your own business bookkeeping with
low-cost accounting software like Quickbooks Simple Start.
Register your company name with the county clerk (you want to make sure
it is available and that another business is not already using that same name). Apply for a business license at your city's government office. This is a fairly simple
process where you fill out a one or two page application and pay a small fee. Then, open a business bank account to separate business finances from your personal account.
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Find Customers for Your Pet Photography Business
Partnering with other companies in the pet industry can be a great way to jump start your marketing (ie. pet
supply stores, doggy day care services, dog groomers, etc..). Established businesses have a client base, and
brick-and-mortar shops have customer traffic that may match your target market.
The way you go about partnering with these businesses is to give them an incentive to work with you. First,
you want to make sure you don't directly compete with them. Second, offer a monetary benefit such as a referral
fee for customers they send you.
You can have them display your business cards or brochures in their reception area or at the store checkout
where customers will see them. Business owners are generally interested in ways they can generate more revenue
- especially when it doesn't involve a lot of work.
Of course, you want your marketing materials to get people's attention. I suggest adding samples of your pet
photography. A coupon or special offer works too. The coupon can include a coupon code related to each partner
you work with so that you can easily track referrals.
You can save money by designing your own business cards online and upload
your photography to have printed on your cards. Brochures and
even flyers can work well because they are able to
display a portfolio of your work.
Looking for More Ways to Sell Your Work?If you enjoy photographing animals, these animals don't
necessarily need to be pets. If you like taking pictures of animals in the wild, or even if you have your own
pets, here are some ways you can sell your photos.