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Megan L. Mabe
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/17/2003

Can I make money with my photos?

Hey there, I just lost my job, and I am in a small town and there are not many jobs around and I have a lot of bills to pay, I was wondering if anyone could tell me is there any way I can use my pictures and my photography to make some money. I have not gotten to go to college yet, but I was just wondering if there is anyway that I could do that. Thank you so much.

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11/20/2004 8:16:00 PM

Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002
  If you have the right personality there's always wedding photography and children's portraits....

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11/21/2004 8:12:31 AM

John Gasawski   Megan: Get a copy of "Sell and Resell Your Photos" by Ron Engh. Thats a good place to start if you live in a small town. His web site is Use your imagination and get creative. Hang pics in a local eatery or city hall, etc. Write articles and send supporting pics. There are numerous ways to make money with pics...depends on your interest and ambition. Start with the above book for some ideas. John

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12/2/2004 11:25:06 AM

Rhonda L. Tolar   Visitdance studios, sports facilities, schools, shops that offer framing. The dance studios, and sports facilities could offer you an opportunity to take group and single photos. Get a price list ready before you go, that will be the first thing they ask.

Framing shops, scrapbooking stores, offer them some of your scenery shots and portrait shots to display in their merchandise, then leave them a stack of cards with your number. Their customers will ask who took those pictures.

Same thing if there are any bridal shops in town. Offer to take pictures for them to display their dresses. They get asked all the time to refer photographers. You will need to show some of your work tho.

Good luck!

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12/2/2004 11:30:21 AM

Megan L. Mabe
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/17/2003
  Thank you so much for the info guys! :)

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12/2/2004 1:42:43 PM

Cynthia A. Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/29/2004
  Hi Megan,
I am an amateur photographer myself, with higher aspirations. My husband brought a portfolio of some of my best work to his work place. (just to share)
Well, At this point I have sold about 12 photos framed and matted. I do the framing and matting myself to save money. Fortuneately I had experience with the framing part. I have made enough money to by new Nikon digital.
Good luck to you Megan, Get your photos out there and have faith. Take care

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12/2/2004 2:34:35 PM

Dan Heller   I just wrote two books on the subject, each being published by separate companies. The book for amateurs who want to consider making money is here:

The second is for pros, or people who want to become pros:

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12/20/2004 6:19:32 PM

Cindy K. Bracken
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  The suggestion about taking some samples to work (or your husband's place of work) is a great one. I got many jobs this way when I first started out. Best of luck to you!

Cindy Bracken

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1/2/2005 6:53:34 PM

Julie Wall
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/19/2004
  Hi, Megan,

I had, just for fun, a photo book made at, and brought it to work to show a couple folks that had enjoyed my desktop wallpaper. Well, more than just a couple people saw it, and I've gotten one order, and two of my more creative co-workers are offering to display my work! One has a permanent "flea market" booth and the other has a huge booth at a local festival.

Of course, this has opened a new can of worms, i.e. frames, mattes and pricing. ;)

Now the mad scramble to figure out which to print, what sizes to go with and matte colors, pricing, etc.

Let the games begin! :) Good luck, Megan, and have fun!

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1/29/2005 7:01:04 AM

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