If you’re thinking about starting a photography business, which direction would be right for you? Will that approach work where you want to have your business? How can you find out more?

We’ve grouped the following resources together as a starting point for your research into what it would take to start your own photography business. You will find links for articles, guides and tools to help you move from the “where do I begin?” research step to the “how do I get started?” step — when you’re ready.

How to Start a Successful Photography Business: Our Complete Guide 

As camera gear has become more affordable and consumer-friendly, photography has become more competitive, and finding ways to make yourself stand out is highly important. Our in-depth guide featuring interviews with tips from successful photographers will get you started on the right path.

Photography Sample Business Plans

Looking for inspiration? Check out our photography sample business plans. See how others like you got started and turned their business idea into a reality. These plans can be read fully online and downloaded for free.

  • Photography Studio Sample Business Plan
    Phoebe’s Photo Studio will meet the needs of professionals and their families to capture the special moments in their lives and present them in the best light. PPS makes professional-quality photographs easily available in a digital format by using a pricing structure that makes their digital photographs a household staple and by making it fun for their clients to have their portraits done.
  • Pet Photography Sample Business Plan
    A small business aimed at bringing a smile to every pet owner’s face when they see their beautiful family member captured in a stunning portrait, Adorable Pet Photography will offer a wide variety of products, such as: formal studio portraits, location portrait sessions, holiday candid photographs, portrait finishes, and framing.

Articles on Starting a Photography Business

In addition to the resources above, the following articles address many of the common types of questions entrepreneurs have about starting a photography business. Should you use common online store platforms like Patreon or Etsy to make money from your photos, or create your own site? What about working from home? We’ve got the answers.

Starting a Business Checklist

Looking for more resources to help you start your photography business? This free business startup checklist includes over 80 tasks to help guide you through starting your own business. Download the checklist.

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