So I have been offered a great opportunity but....

Reply Fri 6 May, 2011 06:15 pm
I have always been interested in photography... love anything creative
I expressed my interest to my grandfather the other day and how I was thinking about going back to school. He then offered to help me turn my basement (which is finished) into a photography studio.. and when I say help I mean buy equipment, have someone that knows professional photography teaches me some tricks etc.

Here comes the but.. but I am nervous, I don't know the first thing about running a home business, taxes and being able to survive from it.

I attached some of my photos.. I've never taken a class so be gentle...

I just fear it is too much of a risk... but sometimes risks lead to great things..
Err I am such a procrasinator!

Any advise would be great... I am at a crossroad, I hate my job but it pays well..

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Reply Fri 6 May, 2011 09:02 pm
Do what you love to do. When you're old and wrinkled you don't want to think about what you didn't do, but what you did do.

ps nice pix!
Reply Sat 7 May, 2011 05:32 am
Thank you... That is how I was thinking however my biggest concern is if it will bring in enough money!

Does anyone here run their own photography business?
Reply Sat 7 May, 2011 07:09 am
Shewolf is a photog. Struggling to establish herself.

Hate to be negetive but its easy to take nice photos. Finding an edge and finding a market is much much harder,
Weddings and family portaraits pay the bills.

What I suggest is being an amature photographer in your spare time selling to family and friends and friends of friends until you develop your confidence.
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Reply Sat 7 May, 2011 07:51 am
I think your photos are lovely!

Home studios are notoriously tricky to operate. The people I know who have been most successful with it are portrait photographers who have more of a studio-home (live over or under or hidden somewhere inside the studio which is located in a commercial area) than a home-studio.

Quality digital cameras have become so inexpensive and easy to operate with computer programs that will fix every mistake that most people just do their own photography. Even many of the well established photographers are having a hard time making a living with it, especially if they limit themselves to studio work.

What kind of photography are you hoping to do? Think long and hard about it. You have to have something that sets you apart enough that people will travel to you to get it.
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Reply Sat 7 May, 2011 09:04 am
I don't take photos but a good friend who works for a professional photographer is worried that they'll have to close the business for the very reasons that boomer was describing. They used to have a lucrative school pictures and wedding business. The work for the schools brings in some bookings in the fall, but the wedding business has all but disappeared.
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Reply Sat 7 May, 2011 09:32 am
One of my friends also has a home based photography studio and she's
not really making any money, it doesn't stop her though. She started volunteering at the local animal shelters and takes pictures of the dogs to be adopted and she's quite successful there - but as I said, it's a volunteer positon, no money involved.
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