Q&A: GETTING STARTED WITH BRAND PHOTOS

Hello friends, on a quick personal note I have been working a ton and I'm really tired, haha! But I'm so excited for Thanksgiving and I can't wait for Gilmore Girls, not even kidding! I've been counting down. 

Alright, now on to today... I have been having lots of photography questions come in lately and I also hopped over on insta to see if anyone had any burning photography questions. Today begins our Q&A series and I can't wait to share it all with you.

Q: I've started to fall in love with brand photography...but I don't really know how to go about getting my name out there for brands. I'm not really sure where to start with brand photography. What would be the best way?
A: My love for brand photography was a slow development. It started specifically when working with online brands for blog campaigns and I slowly learned that it was something I loved and really worked to my strengths. 
I'm still in the process of building my own client base, but what I have learned works best for me is simply reaching out. Pick out a few brands that you would really love to work with and send them an email. Let them know you are a brand photographer and that you would love to work with them. In the past when I've reached out I offered special pricing based on the client. If I know they are a start up I offer something really affordable. It's a benefit to both parties because it allows you to build your portfolio and also provides them great photos. 
Something else that you could consider is starting a stock photo library.  I'm in the process of creating my own and I can't wait to share! 

One thing I would suggest when getting started is to make photos customizable like the one above. Provide space where you client can add text to customize it sales or specials. Something else to consider is to gauge different markets that you may think need premium stock photos and see if you can fill that markets needs. 

Getting started doesn't have to be perfect, it doesn't have to be pretty, and you are sure to stumble along your way. Getting started is simply that, getting started. Putting one foot right out in front of the other and moving forward. 

What are some of your photography questions? I would love to include them in our Q&A series! xoxo. Samantha