Whether you are an enthusiast turned professional looking for the niche that is best for you, or an experienced professional just trying to diversify, we have compiled a list of ideas to help you on your quest.

Here are ten ways for a professional photographer to make some extra money.

1. Become a Photographer’s Assistant

Having experience as a photographer’s assistant is helpful if you are considering a career in weddings, portrait, or commercial photography. Assisting allows you to gain incredibly important experience that is necessary in order to start taking on your own commissions. While being an assistant photographer doesn’t pay much, often it does pay something and the experience gained by assisting or second shooting, can be invaluable.

2. Wedding Photography

Wedding photography is often considered one of the most potentially lucrative careers in photography. However, a career in wedding photography isn’t for everyone. Wedding photography requires a specially honed skill set, as well as ability to deal with stressful and emotionally challenging situations. Having experience as a second shooter at weddings is helpful, and having an outstanding portfolio is a must.

3. Portrait Photography

Family portraits, senior portraits, couple’s portraits, child portraits, even pet portraits -the possibilities for portraiture are wide and varied. Portrait photography is a great option for social photographers, who enjoy working with people. Some photographers specialize in a specific type of portraiture. While this may limit your clientele initially, it does give you a chance to focus on a specific niche, and gives you a chance to become a master in your field.

4. Commercial Photography

Commercial photography is a wide encompassing career. It covers everything from photographing corporate staff for a company’s website, to fashion shoots and food photography. Commercial photography requires a photographer to be extremely talented, with an amazing portfolio that really shows off

5. Photojournalism

Photojournalism pays most to in-house photographers who work for news agencies or magazines. For freelancers though, there is the chance to make decent money as a photojournalist, depending on your relationship to the news company. Ideally, you want to be the one they call when they need a great photo. One tip for pitching ideas to magazines or newspapers is to include an article with your photos. Often editors need written material as least as much as they do photos, so offering articles with your photos increases the chances of your work being accepted.

6. Freelance for Local Magazines

Along the lines of photojournalism, freelancing for local magazines is another way to make some extra money. While popular magazines are harder to sell photos to, smaller local or regional ones are more likely to be in need of quality images.

7. Sell Stock Imagery

When selling stock photography, it’s important keep in mind that the photos that sell best on stock imagery sites, are the ones that marketing directors and designers tend to purchase. Browsing through the popular photos or photos needed sections of stock imagery sites will give you an idea of which photos sell best.

8. Sell Prints

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Print sales are among the most well known ways of selling photography. In order to be successful with selling prints, it is important to know why people purchase prints. Most people buy prints because they mean something to them. Familiar local places, special vacation spots, and of course, prints of themselves and their family. A few people purchase photography prints as art. Know your target client, and ask yourself what makes your images special –to them.

9. Hold Workshops

Many professional photographers hold workshops, to teach others what they know. If you are at the point in your career where you have something to offer, you could try holding workshops. Bloggers with a wide audience have a perfect way of reaching the masses –by advertising their workshop on their blog.

10. Buy and Sell Equipment

For photographers who know their gear, and love to dream about their next new lens, buying and selling photography equipment could be a great chance to make some extra money. Some photographers find success selling lenses, cameras, flashes, or even smaller accessories like filters.

What About You?

Do you enjoy photography as a hobby, or have you found success with going pro? Let us know in the comments!