Couple photography, as its name suggests is simply taking portrait photos of two individuals together, and it can be very lucrative and a nice little earner. Think of all the situations where and why two individuals have their photograph taken and it is easy to see the couple photography market is there to exploit.
“What couple photography scenarios and situations are there?”
There are more couple photography situations than just about anything else. There are the standard weddings, pre-wedding shoots, engagement parties, high school proms, dinner dances and the like but then there are other situations that are a bit more obscure, and there is the opportunity to make a buck from all of them.
My favourite locations for couple photography are famous landmarks and places where couples (typically young, but not always) visit when they are on vacation together. Everyone wants a vacation shot of themselves, with their partner against a famous landmark and I use this to my advantage.
Offering to take a professional portrait of the couple and then selling a print for them to instantly take away and frame when they get back home has generated quite a bit of income for me over the years.
“So you can make good money from couple photography?”
There definitely is money to be made from couple photography and there are plenty of opportunities to go around. The most lucrative couple photography is weddings however the wedding photography market is fierce and with a lot of wedding photographers out there it is not uncommon to only win one or two wedding gigs a month, which is good but it’s not going to keep you going all year is it?
If you want to make money from couple photography you need to take on a market that is not as saturated as the wedding market but where there are plenty of opportunities, and tourism is one of these.
“Couple photography in the tourist industry”
Don’t waste your time targeting families in these situations. Sure, if a family approaches you and requests a few photos I suggest taking a few and selling the prints but I wouldn’t actively seek out families to photograph since the market is small.
Think about it, when you’re on vacation do you stop and think about how much things cost before getting your wallet out? I know I don’t and for those two weeks I am on vacation I think “blow the cost” and buy what I want when I want, and I know there are many people out there just like me.
The tourists I tend to focus on are young couples on their first holiday together or who have only been together for a few short years. Many young couples in this honeymoon period want photos of themselves, together, enjoying their vacation and this is what you should do.
I don’t limit my couple photography solely to landscapes and buildings in the area. Oh no, I visit water parks, theme parks, zoos and wildlife parks, beachside bars and cafes. In fact, wherever there is a tourist attraction I will go with my camera.
“To make money with couple photography you have to be quick”
The important thing with this type of couple photography is to strike while the iron is hot. There is no point taking a photograph and then offer to email it to them, once they have paid you of course, for them to print out at home. You have to live in the moment and make sure you can take the photo and give it to the couple within a few minutes, which means you have to have a printer to hand at all times.
As you can see there is a lot of money to be made with couple photography and with so any different ways there is plenty of work for all.
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