Photography is a difficult career to make a break in. You have to find yourself a niche, and what better niche than the flashy industry of tourism. Here are some ways that you can use tourism to shoot your way into a career.
Start a travel blog
How are your writing skills? Why not combine the art of words with the art of photography and become a travel blogger. Travel abroad somewhere interesting and unusual that will captivate people’s attention and give travel advice and information alongside some solid pics. You may be able to approach other blogs, publications and travel companies with your work that may snap you up as a contracted travel photographer.
Tourist attractions are great photo opportunities
You don’t have to fork out on travelling abroad if you don’t have the money. Why not ask around local tourist attractions to see if they would be up for hiring a photographer? People love a photo opportunity in front of a landmark or from a viewpoint – why not offer them the chance to have it done professionally. You can also try cruise ships – they are always looking for photographers. Here you will get the chance to travel but will also be guaranteed to get paid whilst doing it.
Holiday sports such as skiing and paragliding can often have companies that hire photographers too. You can even set up your own photo opportunity somewhere if you have a local beach or know of a local event such as a festival. Make sure you have the materials to print off photos or load up on bulk flash memory so that you can give USB sticks to your clients.
Help to market hotels
Hotels are always looking for photographers to take pictures of their rooms and exterior for leaflets, websites and information booklets. One way to find yourself a career is to look at local hotel websites and assess the quality of their images. Some hotels will get family members to take photos that can be low quality. Offer free professional photos for them to use. Eventually you can work up a repertoire of references that will build you a reputation, after which you can start charging customers and become a professional hotel photographer.
Create postcards and fridge magnets
Alternatively, you can tap into the tourist market by turning your photographs into souvenir products. The most common products are postcards and fridge magnets, but you can also create calendars, t-shirts, hats, notebooks and mugs. This will require you to find a printing company. You can then pitch your products to tourism shops or set up a stall and sell them yourself. The souvenir industry is a crowded market so find a way to be interesting and different. This could be the photographs that you are taking – experimenting with light and location. Or you could try creative mediums such as hoodie jackets, cushions and phone cases. Eventually you will find something that sells and be able to model your business on it.