How to Start a Mobile Photography Business

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How to Start a Mobile Photography Business
A mobile photography service reduces overhead and is convenient for customers. (old camera 2 image by James Lemmon from

A mobile photography business is an excellent alternative to studio photography. Portraits or shoots that are done on location can put the subject at ease and yield a more candid photograph, since they are likely to be in their own element. It is often not only more convenient to have a photographer come to a site, but many times the only option, such as when photographing a wedding, a soccer game or a newborn in a maternity ward. A mobile service also greatly reduces operating costs for the photographer, as studio rent and utilities are eliminated.

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Things you need

  • Camera
  • Lighting
  • Equipment bags
  • Backdrops
  • Transportation
  • Computer
  • Photo manipulation software
  • Business cards
  • Portfolio website

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    Research your target audience to help you choose what area of specialisation would be both lucrative for you and a needed or desired service for your market. If you live in a very pet-centric city, you might consider choosing a mobile pet photography business to cater to pet owners in park or home settings. If you live in a town that has a large seniors demographic, consider offering in-home portrait photography. If you are close to a hospital, on-site newborn photography might be a niche you can fill.

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    Invest in high-quality, professional cameras and lenses. Choose a high-quality computer with professional software to edit images if you are shooting digitally. Purchase portable backdrops, lights, light stands, flash equipment and stools or step ladders.

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    Use an SUV type of transportation or an automobile with a very large boot to transport all of your equipment. Keep track of the miles and maintenance of the car you use for income tax purposes.

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    Select a custom, professional photo lab to process your film and prints if you are shooting negative print film, or a professional printer who can print digital products, including large format prints, prints on canvas or photobooks.

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    Check with your local city hall to determine business licenses or fees that are required to operate a business in your city. Pay for a license and register a trade name, or "doing business as" (DBA), if necessary. Purchase insurance for your equipment and also for specific sites if needed, such as a hospital setting.

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    Create and maintain a website that features your photographic portfolio. Update it frequently to keep your information fresh. Create a presence on social media websites that link back to your portfolio.

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    Design an attractive business card or brochure with easy to read contact information, including your website address.

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    Promote your mobile photography business by networking. Contact businesses that might spread the word about your services, such as hospitals, veterinarian's offices or framing shops.

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