Start your pet photography business and share your love of animals and photography skills with others!
When you start a photography
business focusing on pets, you’ll be able to seize a variety of opportunities
to capture “Fido”, “Whiskers”, and their friends in a funny loving and playful
Animals are so much fun to
photograph since they bring a smile to our faces (just like children!) For many of us our pets are part of the
family and having a terrific professional photo is imporant!
Your pet photography business
is one of those great mobile business ideas.
You can take photography skills on the road to your customer’s homes,
the dog park, the mountains or the lake.
You’ll get a special outing and provide quality photos – remember the
horses, rabbits, birds, frogs, reptiles, and other pets that are so popular today! Maybe you’ll want to offer package deals to
increase your sales.
To be most successful, you’ll
want to capture and provide photos your customers cannot get themselves – bring
your creativity and props to get the best possible photos. And maybe consider family photos including
all the pets in a relaxed, fun setting!
Provide your customers with photos in the medium they wish – online, CD, online/hard scrapbook, or framed photos. Be sure to figure the cost of these items into your overall pricing.
Resources: A quality camera and equipment that you know how to use easily and efficiently. Ability to provide photos and products quickly (we’re an “instant” society with regards to our photos due to digital cameras). A good system for organizing photos, media, and your equipment. Photo editing software and the ability to use it efficiently. Any additional props or equipment required to take your photographs.
Time Required: 5-20 hours/week; can work full-time 30-40+ hrs/week
Training: Knowledge and skill to handle your camera effectively, efficiently, and with creativity. Consider classes at local recreation centers, community colleges, or photography stores to practice your skills. Inventory management/tracking skills, ability to sell products, time management skills, organization skills.
Market: Pet owners, Pet Businesses
Home Based: Yes
Location: Local, Regional
Start-Up Costs: $500 - $2,500
Minimizing Start-Up Costs: When starting your pet photography business, use your current camera equipment. Attend pet shows to get word-of-mouth referrals and talk to pet stores owners and/or volunteer for the humane society to find new clients. Cover all of your upfront costs by getting down payments from your clients prior to your photo shoot. As always, consider “freeware” inventory programs and calendar systems to keep you on track with your work load, appointments, and inventory.