how to become a photographer

If you are just starting to think about setting up a photography business, read this interview style Q & A to get some insight from seasoned pro Lara White. To learn more about the business I am discussing, check out Geoff White Photographers. Let’s dive right in to the questions.

Q: When you say all packages come with digital negatives…what does that mean exactly?  Is that a fancy way of saying a photo dvd?

A: Digital negatives are in place of film negatives. I would expect a photo DVD to be for Facebook or otherwise very small files. All our wedding packages include the wedding day digital negatives in both high and low resolution, and we factor that into the cost. We designed our pricing so that we get paid on the front end. We do sell prints, but that has never been our strength. We designed packages as a front end model instead of a low hourly fee to start with the profit coming in on the back-end, traditionally through print sales.


Preparing for Your First WeddingYou’ve been trying to break into the photo business for a few months now. After many dedicated months of studying the business of photography, playing with your equipment and convincing family members to model for you, you finally have your very first gig!

This could be shooting a wedding of a friend or co-worker who didn't have the budget for a pro, or you could be tagging along as a second shooter. Doesn't matter. This is your first wedding and you want to make it count!


How to Become a PhotographerAre you ready to pursue your dream to become a photographer? This blog is all about earning a living as a photographer. We’ll cover the ins and outs, the step by step process to teach you everything there is to know about the photo business.

Whether you want to learn about how to sell photos online, photographer salary expectations, the photography business in general, how to set up a photographers website or just basic tips to earn more money, we are going to answer all those questions and many more. We will take you step by step from just thinking about it to actually earning money from your photography. From there, we’ll teach you how to go from weekend warrior to become a photographer full time.

It doesn’t matter if you are looking to earn a part time income or want to become a photographer full time, you will find all the answers here. We have made a very successful living as full time photographers, and it has been an incredible journey to develop something you are passionate about into something you can earn a living from. People ask us every day how we do it, so we decided the best way to share our knowledge is by writing about our real life experiences. It’s been a long road to success, and there have been many mistakes along the way. Hopefully we can help you avoid some of those mistakes, and learn from our best tips!

What are your biggest questions about your photography business?  Leave a comment below to let us know. And bookmark this blog, you will find new tips and tricks each day to guide your journey.