How to make money with photography? (5 ways)

Photography businesses encompass a wide variety of services and specialties with many photographers crossing into other specialties for creative rejuvenation and to increase their incomes. In today’s market, it is not uncommon for a photojournalist to work part time as a wedding photographer or a fine art photographer to support his art through portraiture commissions. The scope of photography is large and with the advent of digital technologies, more photographers are entering the business world and taking the profession in exciting and innovative directions.

In this article, will talk about top 5 most popular ways to make money with photography based on which specialty you have passion for.


Commercial photography encompasses a wide variety of photographic specialties, but its sole purpose is providing photographs for commercial enterprises to promote their products or services. This includes advertising photography, food, architectural, product, real estate, fashion and a host of other specialties. Commercial photography is among the higher-paid specialties and usually requires large budgets, production staffs, complicated lighting equipment, product stylists, wardrobe and make-up artists. Smaller commercial projects can be conducted for major corporations by individual photographers and usually helps photographers from different specialties to meet their fiscal goals for their business.

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Consumer photography involves providing professional photographic services for everyday consumers. This includes family portrait photography, wedding photography, infant photographs and senior portraits. Many photographers also use portraits and weddings to help boost their annual income, though some extremely successful photographers specialize in providing these services throughout the duration of their careers. While the scope of a consumer studio can vary vastly in size, many professional portrait and wedding photographers operate a studio with several staff employees or photographic assistants and use location lighting in addition to some studio lighting situations.