7 Ways To Make Money Off Of Your Photography Skills

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5. Market yourself as an event photographer

Whether there is a bike race coming through your city or there’s a community festival, reach out to the organizer (and do so as far in advance as possible) to see if they’d like to hire an event photographer (you!).

6. Shoot photos for a local publication

As newsrooms shrink, it’s a freelancer’s marketplace. Ask for a desk-side meeting with the photo editor at a local newspaper or magazine, and see if you can be placed on the roster of go-to freelancers. If you’ve got some flexibility in your schedule, this could be especially lucrative. (When news breaks and the newspaper has to pull its regular photographer from the event she was supposed to cover, you could be on call).

7. Sell stock photos

Heads up on this one, though. You might be forfeiting how your images are used once they’re placed in a stock image bank. But you can sell your photos to a stock agency like iStockPhoto, Shutterstock or Fotolia. If this piques your interest, check out this guide to 15 Stock Photography Sites where you can sell your photos, no matter if you’re a pro or a beginner. (It includes information about how much you can expect from royalties).

[h/t: Money Saving Mom]

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Hi, I'm Brittany Anas (pronounced like the spice, anise ... see, that wasn't too embarrassing to say, now was it?) My professional writing career started when I was in elementary school and my grandma paid me $1 for each story I wrote for her. I'm a former newspaper reporter, with more than a decade of experience Hula-hooping at planning meetings and covering just about every beat from higher-education to crime to science for the Boulder Daily Camera and The Denver Post. Now, I'm a freelance writer, specializing in travel, health, food and adventure. I've contributed to publications including Men's Journal, Forbes, Women's Health, American Way, TripSavvy, Eat This, Not That!, Apartment Therapy, Denver Life Magazine, 5280, Livability, The Denver Post, Simplemost, USA Today Travel Tips, Make it Better, AAA publications, Reader's Digest, Discover Life and more. Learn More.