10 Crucial Steps to Launching Your Nature Photography Business

Every once in a while I get an email from a reader or a student about how to take their photography passion and turn it into a business.  These emails don’t always come from young photographers looking for a fun career. Lately they seem more from some who are unemployed or plan to retire and need to keep making some money.

For those with jobs my advice has been the same for decades and that is “don’t quit the day job” until your business is launched and making money. For those unemployed I suggest they get started right away while not expending any of their limited cash.

I have carefully answered those who have inquired with information I feel is relevant to the times and while some things have changed, much remains the same. So I have compiled these ideas into the 10 most important steps I believe are crucial to finding success in today’s market and here they are:

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Why You are Better Off Being a Local Hero Than an International Nobody

The world of photography has gone through many changes over the past 15 years, and if you have been a photographer for long, you have witnessed many of those changes. The process of capturing an image has changed. The delivery of photography to markets has changed. The markets that license images have changed.

What has not changed for many outdoor photographers is the passion to explore new territory, find new subjects and satisfy an inner desire to travel and create. This urge drives many of us; I know it drives me. I need to explore and discover with my camera. It’s that photographic wanderlust that takes us to locations far from home to seek unfamiliar terrain and exotic species. New scenery is exciting, stimulating and inspiring, and that’s the underlying reason many photographers travel far and wide to photograph.

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