OK my picture taking babes…
You love to take pictures, right? You want to make money from those pictures, right? Well then, maybe starting an online business with photography as your niche is the way to go. After doing some research, I decided this would be the perfect introduction to starting to focus on one niche at a time and help you decide which one is the best for your business.
So here we are. Photography niche ideas and I have about 7 of them that you can choose from, or maybe just get you to brainstorm on what you could actually do with your already beautifully taken pictures.
I love photography whether my own or someone else’s, and I love taking pictures so I’ve always wondered if this would be an idea for an online business and what I could do with it to monetize it and have a full-time income with it.
Well, showcasing your work is a great way to go, but there are other ways you could get your photography out there and I will go through all of that with you but first, let’s look at some of the niche ideas you could use as your backbone to starting your business.
Let me just note.. All of the pictures you see on this post is photography that was taken by someone else. Someone just like you, out there in the world sharing their images.
#1 Animal Photography
Do you love animals? One of the biggest things on the internet yet is the cute, adorable pictures of kittens and puppies. If you’re an animal person and like to photograph them, this could be a start to your online business. People love kittens, cats, puppies, and dogs, and you could even throw other animals into the mix as well, like hamsters, birds, and so on.
If you really want to narrow down your market, choose to focus on only one of those. I think either kittens or puppies would be a great way to go.
#2 Fashion Photography
So, you love clothes and love to take pictures of models wearing unique or just nice clothes. Well, get in line. This is one of the biggest online photography niches to date. Think magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, InStyle, and Allure.
If you are a great photographer and think that this is the niche for you, I say go for it. Use this platform to introduce new styles and feature models that are just as unique as the fashion they are modeling. Women especially, love to look at pictures of clothes and what new fashion trend they could try so get ready because this could be big.
Use this foundation as a way to market yourself as a photographer and then bring in the business of taking pictures of people for commission.
#3 Food Photography
What I love about this niche is that there is so much you can do with it. Plus, I love food. Do you ever see how many people take pictures of their food on Instagram? It’s a thing, right? Imagine using this niche to highlight restaurants that you visit. Take pictures of the food you eat there and talk about the restaurant and food that you’ve tasted.
This is a great way to incorporate traveling into your life because there are so many places you could go and so many restaurants you could visit. Culture can become a thing for you and food could be the highlight.
Or maybe you just like to photograph your food…
#4 Concert/ Rock Concert Photography
Yes, the glam of the concert. An experience everyone wants but only few have. This is definitely a good niche for anyone who loves music and photography. Taking pictures of the crowd, the stage, the artist (of course with permission) and anything about the concert experience that could make your online business great.
Before you know it, you could be asked to take pictures and this could turn your life in a different direction. We all start somewhere, right? Market yourself on your blog, sell yourself as a photographer, and live the experience with your photos. Make people want to follow you just to have that experience as well.
#5 IPhone Photography
Is this really a thing? You bet it is. Not literally pictures of IPhones, but pictures taken with an IPhone. Have you ever been driving on the highway and seen the billboards with pictures taken using an IPhone by actual customers? Well, I have. And this day in age, you don’t even need a camera anymore because IPhone is taking over in that department.
You could start an online business with IPhone photography and take pictures of pretty much anything you please. Write about your pictures, about your experience. Entice people with your photography and they will want to follow your journey. IPhones are the next (Canon/Nikon) and the way they are going, soon enough they will take over the photography business.
#6 City Photography
Have you ever imagined being one of those people in the big cities? Do you love taking shots of the city lights and sky lines? Well if you do, then you found your photography niche. I love city photography. The lights are so beautiful, people are unaware and the pictures are candid and beautiful.
They always give me the feeling of wanting to visit that city one day just so I can experience for real what I have seen in the photograph and that could be your selling point. City pictures are beautiful wall pieces in living rooms and you could sell your pictures and make a name for yourself.
#7 Horror/Goth Photography
It’s all in perspective. Misty woods, houses that look abandoned, lonely people walking in the darkened forest. If you are one who likes the darkness that exudes from imagery, or you like the gloom and taking pictures then I bet that you would love this niche. Get ideas from Horror movies and Halloween, but make it all year round. There is a vast audience of people who love these kinds of pictures, including myself.
Your online business will scream unique. You could put your own spin on your pictures, find ways to monetize it and make a pretty penny. It may seem far-fetched but you have no idea how big this really is and that’s why I wanted to add it to this list.
Now that we’re done brainstorming…
Let’s talk about some of the ways you can start to market yourself as a photographer. First, there’s social media. This is a good way to instantly get your photography out in the world. Setting up your social media accounts as a business owner and taking advantage of the free tools they offer will be well worth it.
Create an eye-catching profile. This means planning your profile pics before sharing them and making a profile image board that is both riveting and creative.
On Instagram, you can show off your photography and reach more people using relevant hashtags.
Make use of “Instagram stories”. This is a new feature that allows you to have a slideshow that’s live for a 24-hour period. This can be a cluster of photos that you’ve taken from one shoot and want to share as an experience. It’s a great marketing tool.
Collaborate with other people and tag them in your photos, and use @ to mention others on your post.
Make sure to have your website posted in your profile and a short bio about yourself.
Pay attention to your marketing success and see what works and doesn’t work. Not every post or hashtag is going to get you followers but you will learn as your go what your viewers are attracted to. Use this for further publishing and hashtags.
If you are willing to spend money you can set a budget that will allow you to promote some of your best pictures which will gain you more exposure.
Creating pins for Pinterest is both super fun and easy with Canva as your go to free tool.
You can create a business account that allows you to showcase your work on a board.
Create boards and showcase others work and you could even collaborate with other members and share on each other’s boards gaining more followers in the process.
Join other Pinterest Boards that are similar to yours and gain more exposure through pinning on their boards as well.
Share your website on your profile.
Post at least twice a day.
Make multiple pins for one photo blog post and always link them back to your website.
Always put your logo and website at a location on your pin, and making it the same place every time with soon become your trademark.
Use tools such as Tailwind that can post for you at different times of day. This is also good for sharing your work with others that can post for you as well.
If you are willing to spend money you can set a budget that will allow you to promote some of your best pins which will gain you more exposure.
Use the world’s largest social media platform (1 million+ users) to make your business shine.
Create a page that reflects who you are as a photographer.
Post consistently on your page.
Invite others to join your page and request that they share your posts.
Always post with your website to follow. This will give your audience or followers constant reminder that you have a website and are an actual business.
Make sure to keep your posts relevant to your business. Make it about your photography.
Engage with your followers, this could be creating a group, reaching out and thanking people who have liked and followed your page and mentioning people in your posts that you think would like your photography.
Pay attention to your progress and change things up a bit if it’s not working.
You can also invest in Facebook advertising if you’re willing to spend a bit of money.
Getting It Started
Second from social media, there are other ways that you can share your photography and maybe get people who are interested in you to reach out. Just like sharing your pictures for free on social media, you can also share them on royalty free websites were people can use your images for their websites and businesses. This is a great way to get started and your info is there for people to credit you when they use your pictures.
This is a beginning to starting your photography online business, and you can use ways such as affiliate marketing to monetize your sites and even sell your own work as well. Signing up for advertising such as Google AdSense is a good way to start as they pay per click.
Read My Post On How To Make Your Website More Attractive – Do It Without Spending A Dime for more tips on free image websites.
I Would Love To Hear From You
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I would love to hear from you. If you think that this is the niche for you or you have questions or want to share your experience with us please, drop me a comment below and I will be sure to reply.
Until next time ladies… XOXO