Your Photo Advisor was built to help new photogs quickly learn photography and monetize their craft at lightning speed. 📷
If you have struggled to find joy in your career, but love being behind the lens, tapping into your creativity with every photo you take, then a job in photography could be perfect for you. You just need to know what's possible.
On Your Photo Advisor, you can expect:
- Hundreds of hours of photography research to the most common questions condensed in some killer articles.
- The best resources on how to quickly get work as a photographer.
- Tips from pros who do this work for a living.
History of Your Photo Advisor
Your Photo Advisor was started in December 2017 by Roy Davis, an IT person by day and budding creative by night. He started this website on a whim, after wondering if photography is something he should go into. He always brushed the urge to the side, thinking he had enough work and hobbies to keep him busy.
Then one sleepless night, he laid in bed, staring at the ceiling, thinking what if he did this as a fun hobby? Is it possible for hobbyists to make money to help justify the cost? How would one make money with photography or straight up choose photography as a career if they choose to do so?
He decided to go for it. But not as a happy distraction, no no no.
It would be something that Roy would have to commit to all the way. It's going to be hundreds of hours of research on the topic, money spent, and time away from other potentially important tasks.
The funny part is, besides scratching the creative itch that photography naturally offers, there is something else that piques Roy's interest. What has interested him more than the tech and art behind photography, is the business side of things. As someone who used to freelance computer builds and repair and offer web design and services, Roy finds it interesting that creatives often have a hard time monetizing their craft.
Is YourPhotoAdvisor only for beginners?
This website is for beginner, amateur, or hobbyist photographers or those who are thinking about switching careers to the wonderful and creative field of photography. This includes established photographers who are struggling to make money using their craft.
Isn't it hard for creatives to make money?
Any creative service has the potential to make a ton of money. The whole starving artist motif doesn't really help anyone. It will be hard but try to lose the mindset that you can't make money as an artist.
OK, mindset talk is great and all, but are there photographers who actually make good money?
Once more articles rank online, there are plans to add tips from pros and not just the big shots you can find online. We're talking about tips from real everyday photographers that are doing well. It's not uncommon for Roy to work with professional photographers at his day job.
Examples of successful photographers and creative business owners will be featured on YourPhotoAdvisor in the future, but for now, go ahead and look up rates for wedding photographers.
Seriously, go look a couple up or even ask your married friends about their photographer. Once you see these rates, let us know if you think photographers actually make good money. Wedding photography is tough to break into, but this is just one of many niches in photography you can go after.
Awesome. Where should I start on this website?
Head on over to this guide to get started: Taking Pictures For A Living: How To Find Photography Jobs.
Great start! What's more to come? Do you have a roadmap?
At the moment the focus is lasered on creating killer beginner and light intermediate content. There's so much to cover, including business, marketing, and the tech side, that quality is systematically at the forefront. Once again, sometime in the near future, we'd like to do interviews with some established pros. There are quite a few photographers that are killing it right now!