Make Money With Children's Portrait Photography

Make Money With Children's Portrait PhotographyHere's a great way to get started in your digital photography business - Children's Portrait Photography.

Visit or contact a children's toy store, book store or clothing store, or the children's department in a department store. Negotiate a deal with the manager to set up a booth to offer a children's portrait photography service at specific times, possibly Friday evenings, Saturdays, Sundays and during school vacations.

Get the store to promote your digital photography service when they advertise their regular specials. Try promoting these photo shoots around child-friendly occasions, such as Christmas, Easter, Halloween or the start of the school year.

The store will benefit because you help them attract more customers.

You benefit because you start taking orders.

The parents and children benefit because they get some great photographs for their albums.

It's a win-win-win situation.

What You Will Need

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You will also need an eye-catching poster (A3 or larger) promoting your service and prices to place on display in the store. You can create this yourself using your computer and a desktop publishing program such as MS Publisher or graphics program such as GIMP (free to download and use) and save it to CD. Most home printers won't handle a poster of this size so take it to a print service and have them print it out for you. Most copy shops will be able to do this for you. If you don't know a local service run a Google search for "poster printing services".

To make sure you don't get various family's photos mixed up, it's a good idea to use a clapper board or something similar with the order number and family name on it which you photograph before each set of photos are taken so that each family's photos are separated on your camera.

You should collect either a down payment or payment in full at the time you take the photographs. If taking a down payment, be sure it is sufficient to cover your printing expenses if the customer doesn't follow through. And if you are going to accept checks, make sure they clear before you hand over the photos.

Delivery Methods

One suggestion is to arrange with the store manager to leave the prints in the store where the customer can pick them up. This has a two-fold benefit, for the manager it brings the customer back into the store where they are likely to shop once again, and it saves you the necessity of having to arrange delivery to the customer.

When delivering the photos, include a coupon for a discount on the next order, or perhaps a coupon they can pass along to their friends. You might also offer a free photo session in their home to any customer who refers three new paying customers to you.

Another delivery option is to upload the photographs to a password protected web site and allow your customers to download and print them as they choose. But if you are going to take this route you must make sure you receive payment in full before you give the location of the photographs.

Uploading to a web site*** saves you the cost and work of printing and delivering photographs. But be warned, you will need considerable web storage space and bandwidth, since you will be uploading lots of high resolution photographs weighing in at a couple of Megabytes or more depending on their size. I use Ultimate Marketing Center who offer 4 gigabytes of disk space (equivalent to around 2000 x 2 megabytes or 800 x 5 megabytes photographs) and 100 gigabytes of bandwidth per month (plus a host of other useful applications) for a very reasonable monthly fee. This should be enough to get you up and running in the early stages of your business, you can request additional disk space and bandwidth as your needs increase.

This Children's Protrait photography idea can be a sure winner. You will never run out of proud parents wanting professional images of their children.

Suggested Equipment and Supplies

In addition to your DSLR Camera, suitable Lens(es) for your shoot, Colorful Eye-catching Poster, a plentiful supply of Duplicate Order Forms (One copy for you and one for your customer) and Business Cards to hand out, you should also consider having:

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