MAKE MONEY as a Beginner Photographer!


– So I’m actually in Scotland right now. I’m on a small island called Cara, and it’s a short ferry ride
away from a town called Oban. We’re hanging out with
two guys that we met, two Scottish guys that are really cool, named Connor and Jamie. They’re two beginner photographers, and I was talking to them a little bit, and it got me thinking about when I was a beginner photographer. And when I really wanted
to make that transition from being a beginner and learning, into making a little bit of money. Or even making money as
a beginner photographer. The most important thing
when you’re learning is experience, you have
to try to find ways to do as much work as you can, take every opportunity
that you possibly can, so that you can get better. But that can be really
hard when you’re managing a part-time job, or going
to school at the same time. There are a few things that I did when I was balancing my university career and working at a restaurant,
and trying to learn photography and videography,
all at the same time, to make me a little bit
of money on the side. So I wanted to share some of
those tips with you today. Because there is a market
for your skill set, even as a beginner. I also want to let you guys
know to please stick around until the end of the
video, because I partner with the guys at Shuttout, and together, we’re actually putting together a little photography contest, where you
guys can actually win cash. And it doesn’t matter
what skill set you’re in, you can participate in this contest, so stick around, and I’m gonna talk about that a little later on. And without further ado,
here are some of the ways that you guys can make
money even as a beginner. (celestial music) Okay, so I’m actually
inside the castle right now, which is super cool actually. Let’s get to my first point, which is tell people what you do. Now this is super important for beginners, because you need to get comfortable telling people what you
do, and I first-hand know how awkward it is to talk about yourself. I’m actually really bad at
it, and it still kind of makes me uncomfortable,
but you need to know what to say, and you need
to know the language to use. And for someone who’s a
beginner, this is great practice for when you become a pro later on, and then you’ll have that pitch down like the back of your hand. You’ll know it so well, and
it won’t be awkward anymore. People need to know what you
do, and they need to know that either you’re
starting out photography, or that you are a photographer, because otherwise, they
won’t know to hire you. And a lot of times, getting jobs is just through word of mouth. To give you guys an idea of what to say, I’ve jotted down a little
pitch or one sentence, or two sentences, just to give you an idea what this can sound like for you guys. I’ve been taking photos for some time now, and I’m eager to pursue this as a career. And I’m really excited about
taking on some more projects that’ll help me learn even more. So through that sentence,
you’re being honest about your skill level,
you’re new, you are learning, but you do have some gear,
and you have some skills that are valuable to somebody else. So tell people what you
do, whether it’s someone you met at a coffee shop, to
your mom’s best friend Susan, tell absolutely everyone,
because this is how you’ll get your first few jobs. So I did a ton of different
projects at the beginning that were super weird, and
were all through word of mouth. So one of which, which
is actually pretty funny, was my mom’s dance teacher,
she taught belly dancing, and I made a little
promotional video for her. And it was one of my first projects ever, and I thought it was pretty good, and it was great practice for me. So it doesn’t matter what it is, just get the experience,
and the way you’re gonna get the experience is by
telling people what you do. (relaxing music) Okay, so now we’re in Glasgow, and I know we literally went from Cara, which is an island like close to Oban, to Glasgow really quickly for you guys, but basically, we got really
close to missing our ferry, and had to book it there, and I didn’t have time to shoot anything else. So we took a train into Glasgow today, and we’re just exploring the city. So right after you tell
someone what you do, tell them what kind of content
would work best for them, and what you can do with your skill level. So for that real estate agent,
you could say something like, hey, well, have you thought
of getting new head shots? And for the dance teacher,
you could say something like, well, have you thought of
making a promotional video? Because that’s something that I could do, and it’s a great idea to have
that promotional video online, because people like to see what, for the real estate agent,
who they’re working with, and for the dance teacher,
they’d like to see what your dance classes look like, and that might make them more likely to actually show up to one of the classes. So it can actually get them
more work because of this. So it’s important to explain
what the type of content is, but it’s also equally
as important to explain why they would need that type of content. Just explain what you
do, be nice about it, be honest, but just remember
not to be too pushy. And I promise, these two
things will really help you get some of your first jobs. – Okay, straight up
hijacking Lizzie’s video for a second here, ’cause I’m gonna tell you one of the points. So, one of the big ones
that I’ve been focusing on the last little while
is, stock videography and photography, and this
is a great way to actually make a little bit of
income at the beginning, because you can basically shoot anything, and you can make money off of it. Now obviously, certain
clips are gonna sell better than others, so I
would focus on industry, medical, travel, drone, whatever you can get your hands on, that’s actually good. Most likely that will sell better. So go out there, get some different stock videography assets,
whether it’s shooting on your cell phone, or
shooting on an HD camera because a 1080p clip, or a basic HD clip, will make you money,
whether it’s a dollar, $2, $50, $100, you’re gonna
start making money, just by shooting what
you might already have, or going out and just shooting stuff with your friends or on your next trip. – So talk about friendly
people, our friend Sinead, her uncle lives here, and he drives the coolest black taxi cab ever. Look how cool this car is. Pat’s being super generous, he’s giving us our own private tour of the city. Thanks Pat! – Cheers, everybody!
(Lizzie laughs) (upbeat music) – My next tip for you guys is to join different Facebook
groups in your community that are related to events, or just photography and videography. You guys ask me all the
time how you can get jobs while you’re in school,
this is a great way. There are tons of
Facebook groups organized to find you guys not only jobs, but there are event groups
that you can join in on, and they’ll post often,
looking for photographers or videographers for certain events. And the best part is,
you don’t actually need a ton of experience to
get some of these jobs. A personal story of mine
is when I was in school, I’d only had my camera
for a couple months, it was a Canon T3i, by the way. In one of those Facebook Ryerson groups, they posted, hey, need a
photographer for a talent show, and there’s a small honorarium of $100. So I submitted my very small portfolio at the time, and they accepted me. So not only was that great
event experience for me, I got more photos for my portfolio, and I got a little bit of money too. And for those of you who aren’t
going to school right now, there are still other Facebook groups that would be perfect to join, so you can look up
anything from photography, or videography, or producing,
or film production, and you can find tons of these groups right within your community, and they’re posting all the time, looking for volunteers, looking for PAs, looking for any small jobs
and little help on set. So that’s great for experience, and you might get a little money. So just reach out in the Facebook
groups in your community, and I promise, that will help
you get work in the future. (energetic music) Okay, so fun fact. I’m actually in one of the locations that they used to shoot Harry Potter, which is pretty awesome. I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd. Anyways, the next thing I wanna talk to you guys about is honorariums. So if you don’t know
what an honorarium is, it’s basically a small sum of money awarded to someone who’s
providing a particular service. So an honorarium is
something you can ask for when you’re doing one
of your first jobs ever, because it’s always a small amount. Usually it’s like $50 to $100,
but honestly they can range. It’s really looked at as kind
of a flat fee gifted to you. Clients are usually happy
to provide honorariums, because they know they’re already getting a discount with you. No one would charge $50 or $100
to do that particular work, but you can, because you’re a beginner, and your time is still valuable. So all that honorarium shows you is that your client now values
your time, and the effort that you’re putting into
this particular project. So it never hurts to ask
for a small honorarium. And that way, you can make a little money, which is better than making
no money at all, right? (bright music) Okay, so we’re back in the hotel room, because classic Scotland,
it started raining. So anyways, the last
point I wanted to mention is to sign up for a website like Shuttout. I’d never actually heard of
a site like Shuttout before, but I immediately recognized the potential for not just beginners, but also for experienced photographers as well. Essentially, Shuttout is
a website where you can upload your photos and enter
them into different contests. And there’s tons of
different ones to enter. And the great part
about this for beginners is because not only can you gauge how well your photos perform against others, but you can make some money just by uploading photos you already have. There are two ways you
can enter these contests. The first way is for
free, but you can’t win the monetary prize that
way, and the second way is only a $2 entry, and you
can win the grand prize. And the best part is that
for every person that enters, the prize gets bigger and bigger. Because I partnered with
Shuttout on this video, I’m actually holding my own
contest for travel photography. And Shuttout is giving
you guys a free $2 entry, so that’s $2 USD, that you can enter in my contest or any other
contest on the website that you’d like, and I really don’t know why you wouldn’t, because it’s a free $2, and you can win money. So if you’re interested,
check out the link in the description, and send
me your best travel photo. Whether it’s a landscape,
or a busker in New Orleans, it really doesn’t matter,
it’s any travel photo that makes you feel
something from a new place. So go ahead and submit, it’s
free $2, I hope you win. So the contest is starting
at a $50 prize right now, but like I said, it goes up every time one of you guys enters. So honestly guys, whether
you sign up for my contest or another contest in the
future, Shuttout is a great way to gauge how your photos
perform against others, to get ideas from other
photos that perform well, and finally, just to make
some money on the side. I honestly wish this was
around when I was starting out. Those are my tips on how to make money as a beginner photographer,
and don’t forget to enter the travel photography contest. Again, it can be any
style of travel photo, landscape, portrait,
it just has to be from somewhere else where you don’t live, and whatever makes you feel something. So to enter that, link
is in the description, and I will see you guys next time. So right after you tell, bleh bleh bleh – [Camera Man] And from the top. – Way to gauge how your
per photos perform against, how your per photos? Uh, I’m sorry future Lizzie.

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100 thoughts on “MAKE MONEY as a Beginner Photographer!

  1. Lol I was just at Ryerson yesterday looking if they had work, they didn't. But it's still creepy that we did the same thing

  2. I am a bit introvert and being introvert is trouble in photography that's why I suck ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  3. Regardless of what you are trying to shoot, it all starts way back from when you first picked up your camera (regardless if it's a DSLR or a older SLR) and said to yourself; Self, what good is this for? There are two types of photographers in this world and there's no such thing as a bad photo. Notice I didn't say photoGRAPHER? It's like saying; I'm better at that (what ever "that" is) than you. The person who takes a photo of his cat climbing up a tree or; a person to takes a photo of a tree with a cat climbing up it. It's how the person takes the photo. Oh, and one more thing… The difference between Amateur and Pro "photographer" is the same as Amateur and Pro hockey player. You'll figure it out!

  4. If you like Harry Potter, you should come to Northumberland and Visit Alnwick Castle (Better known as Hogwarts).

    Great video as well, some really helpful advice.

  5. Thanks for this video. It really helped me as Iโ€™m a beginner now. Will save the video and watch it again. Subbed as well

  6. I'm a photographer. I've won some awards. My photographer friend had me do her wedding and engagement shoots. I don't travel to exotic locations (they require funds). I shoot with natural light for the most part. I take that challenge to keep showcase my subject's natural beauty. I don't show the world most of my stuff.

  7. I am so lucky because I have just started photography and I live in Scotland! ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

  8. I love this video! Thank you so much! I am stuck in the situation just like you were! I will definitely try out all your advise! Thank you!

  9. might be coming from a biased perspective if you cant tell by my username

    But, another unconventional tip for anyone out there is see if there are any local comic/sci-fi/anime conventions in your area because there are TONS of cosplayers willing to spend some money to get photos of their costumes done during conventions. You can easily get multiple clients in one day and most cosplayers already expect photographers to have hourly rates so you can figure out a price you think suits your skill level and go from there. And a great thing about this as well is you dont necessarily need to pay to attend the event since most photoshoots at conventions happen outside of where you would need a badge/wrist band.

    This works especially well of you're also just looking for experience with shoots and working with people in general. It may seem stupid, nerdy and the photos you get might not fit into your portfolio very well but its honestly a great way to make some money or gain some practice if you happen to have any conventions in your area.

  10. Subscribed!! What a great video! btw what if you dont have a dslr camera but u use an iphone for photography?

  11. Holy hell. I wouldn't hire this woman to wash my car. Her voice is irritating and her and her consistently talking over everything is annoying.

  12. What's up Lizzie this is my other channel I subbed on. I think it's still dope your friends with Sara. I like your boy Chris Hau to he's dope as well

  13. Stock Photography is the greatest lie around all Youtubers! I uploaded like all my pictures and not ONE NOT ONE!! was sold. And its now nearly a year since this video!! SO don't trust those liars !!!!

  14. I just found your channel and this is literally the most informative, helpful and amazing photography channel!!!!

  15. what makes me uncomfortable is you bending over to speak to the camera instead of just placing it higher

  16. Yeaaah no one should get into photography just for the sole purpose of making money. Everyone who does that fails and quilts after sending tons of money.
    It should start off as a hobby of passion
    Iโ€™ve seen people try and make
    Money when they canโ€™t even control a DSLR.

  17. Just want to say thank you Lizzie. I have been struggling to find my purpose (my next gig) for a while as I have also been unemployed. I cant believe I totally forgot how much I love photography! I took a class in junior college and I have always shot kick ass photos so I can definetly see myself doing this for a living and making it my new passion! Haha I realize I have alot to learn and to set up before I can expect to earn any income so Im going take whatever job I can land for the time being but I will also be working to get closer to being a pro photograper just like you$! so thank you.

  18. Great video &advice. You also need to be appreciated and get paid. I live on an expensive island and most here want you to work for FREE! Cellphone photographs feel they are as good as a trained photographer. Cheap isn't an income. Get paid what you're worth.

  19. hi, Lizzie nice to watching your video I live in the USA I have a youtube channel but I'm a beginner so I would like to create my future in photography and videography world I was using my smartphone until bought my first camera canon 1500d what I need to start or to be professional…..thank you.

  20. These tips were great, thank you! Of course I'm seeing this just now and am way too late for the contest. I need some gear but I just don't have enough to invest! I've got so many ideas and just an all around excitement to make videos but it's so hard where I live in Delaware. I'm going to have to really try with being in the middle of nowhere. Ugh, just so lost.

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