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7 Essentials to Start a Photography Business in 2020

January 17, 2020


  • Reply John Branch IV Photography January 3, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Who's starting their business in 2020? Good luck to you all make it amazing!

  • Reply Steven Taylor January 10, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    What about a tripod or some other type of stabilizer, and you didnt mention lenses good brother, for instance what type of lenses do you use to get most of your wedding shots? Beautiful pics btw. I just bought a decent amount of camera equipment a Canon 80D, with a 10-18mm lens (I dnt love it for photos) but I think I'm a ways off from your level of quality…is there any advice you could offer?

  • Reply alain soto January 10, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    cool man thanks.. although i think u couldve added lenses (at least a couple) and a computer ✌🏻

  • Reply Fighting Arts of England January 10, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    So, How would you start up a photography business up when you have little to nothing? When you cannot afford to buy a new camera and lenses or any of the peripherals. What would be your first step?

  • Reply Allen Latham January 10, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Good stuff my guy πŸ‘Œ

  • Reply Monica Carreon January 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you for making this video!! Lots of great info

  • Reply Anirudh Agarwal January 10, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Thank you for the tips. πŸ”₯
    Also, you have a new subscriber.

  • Reply Youtube User January 10, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    "Number 3… a website"
    Me: ah shit, here comes that Squarespace advertisement.

  • Reply Alex Booth January 10, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    This is dope, thanks man

  • Reply Margot Daley January 10, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Great video John. I launched last year as a side hustle. Nowhere busy enough for client management software but I did get an insurance policy.

  • Reply REDSKINS RECAP PRESSER January 10, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Great video! Thank you! Question: Do I need a business license?

  • Reply Phillip Tanks January 10, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Man this was good video. I’m inspired! Keep up the great workπŸ‘πŸΎ

  • Reply ALL SUKI January 10, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    I'm glad this came up in my recommendation. Useful information. Great video!!

  • Reply SaDarriel Clea January 10, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    I thought he has going to talk about lighting and equipment. How do I make a contract?

  • Reply Jeff2ey Gelaga January 11, 2020 at 1:43 am

    you mention a6000 sony, subs

  • Reply Mark Peter Tiongco January 11, 2020 at 2:03 am

    This was extremely helpful. Thank you!

  • Reply Ming Zimik January 11, 2020 at 2:31 am

    Thanks, man your tips to start a wedding photography business are amazing. I love wedding photography but due to my job, I am unable to give time. So far I have done 4 wedding photography and I really want to do more. Do you think quitting my job and getting into this photography business will be a good idea?

  • Reply kaloisa January 11, 2020 at 5:22 am

    12:00 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Reply Juan Palomar January 11, 2020 at 6:53 am

    Very helpful John πŸ‘ thanks!

  • Reply Ivaylo Valkov January 11, 2020 at 7:20 am

    Thanks you!

  • Reply Aidehn G January 11, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Bro… Lenses? Lenses are more important than the camera and are really pricey. How can you not mention them? No way would I start a business with a kit lens Lol

  • Reply Coplay January 11, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Although you sold us a lot of services and not gear (like speedlites, light stands, lenses, etc) it all made plenty of sense.
    Like u said, 1200$ is nothing compared to what you'll make out of it. You're anyway going to buy an iPhone for the same 1200$. Isn't that expensive ?

  • Reply James Lum January 11, 2020 at 8:45 am

    Maybe a video on how i should price my shoots and sessions would be great!!!

  • Reply anthem456 January 11, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Insurance most wedding venues won't let you shoot with out it.

  • Reply Steve Osemwenkhae January 11, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Just subscribed πŸ™ŒπŸΎ

  • Reply Hamza Jabbar January 11, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    I like this,, you are an inspiring person,, God bless you πŸ™

  • Reply Guardian of Justice January 11, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ great adviceπŸ‘ wish you more success in 2020πŸ‘

  • Reply Rahul Dev ETT January 11, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    A smooth commercial.

  • Reply -- January 11, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    guy talks like 1k is not a big deal πŸ˜€

  • Reply FashionMeFab January 11, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Awesome video! Very insightful! Thank you

  • Reply Kb January 11, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    this was incredibly valuable, thanks!

  • Reply Robert Watson January 11, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Only reason I subscribed was because the Ta-Ku vinyl In the back. You a real one! Lol great video!

  • Reply Shutter Bug January 11, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Great information! I am also biased towards Fujifilm – I love my Finepix S1. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Joyce Adams January 11, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    New photography business here but How or what themes do I use throughout the year to book clients? for example: October, November, Decembers are all about Holiday cards, family sessions…what about the rest of the year? Ideas would be appreciated

  • Reply Jose Cantor January 11, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    I thought this would be about gear not promos

  • Reply Eddienom January 12, 2020 at 2:52 am

    Awesome video!

  • Reply Nepali music and news January 12, 2020 at 6:24 am

    And wt about computer or laptop?

  • Reply Ci Chris January 12, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Hello, can you make a video showing exactly how you do your photography? Like your day to day process in action? I always see YouTube videos of people speaking about how to start photography, but no one ever shows "how" to start it and the process. When you start your day, I'll like to see it in action. Also, when you upload photos, I'll like to see how you actually do it. Even if it's sample pictures of apples as a tester and just to show us how you do it. It will give ideas for people like me. I like your video. It's great for knowledge, but I will like to see it hands-on if you're willing to do a YouTube video of your day of you uploading and stuff. Please keep making videos.

  • Reply Pradip Bhosale January 12, 2020 at 8:03 am

    The only thing that made me subscribe is your lough…😁

  • Reply Riccardo DuΓ² January 12, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Education. On business (if we assume that we don't need ed on photography), marketing, how to deal with people, etc etc

  • Reply spanish. ink January 12, 2020 at 9:08 am

    Thanks mate, about pictimr prints …can people from Norway by prints ? Thanks

  • Reply Waynos Fotos January 12, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I am confused here, what are you trying to tell people???
    Buying apps and cameras, anyone can do this and this is the EASY part. All the cameras over 1000 bucks and up, are all good!

    What is hard is learning your camera, using techniques to capture the footage, knowing how to edit and use the apps. These apps are complicated.
    I personally came here, to find out about the networking, how do you advertise and build a network?? I can do all the nuts and bolts as it is my hobby. For me to turn it into a business, is to create the customer base and network of work to keep funds rolling in. This is the hardest and biggest thing you need to do!
    This video only tells you how to spend your money on stuff. Anyone can do this.

  • Reply Mirko VM Bertossi January 12, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Man! Great video, clear and simple!

  • Reply Prabij Shrestha January 12, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    You forget to mention PC or laptop to edit .

  • Reply Anish Kusumanchi January 12, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    11:42 Tesla

  • Reply Arguably January 12, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Also, thepiratebay has adobe for free.

  • Reply photom2 January 12, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Hi John. If you are going to be a professional Photographer and attend their big day, and I mean big day.
    You don't need a camera, you need two camera. If you use flash, you need two flash. In other words, anything
    that is important that could break down you need backup.

  • Reply michael d. young January 13, 2020 at 12:07 am

    Great great GREAT video. Thanks for the content!!! Tryna vibe off of this myself. Check out my photog page on iG too! @yesmikedanger

    Good luck in 2020!

  • Reply California Patty Cakes January 13, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Great info. New sub πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜Š

  • Reply Joesap January 13, 2020 at 1:43 am

    I want to start a film photography business, but I need a bigger following. I only have 69 followers on Instagram so starting a website isn’t ideal right now. I do like the video though, it’s very helpful and hope to use this info in the future

  • Reply Moneeca Perez January 13, 2020 at 4:20 am

    About to start saving πŸ™‚πŸ˜Š thanks!

  • Reply Marcus Williams January 13, 2020 at 4:23 am

    Thank you. This video was very helpful.

  • Reply Loud&Clear January 13, 2020 at 6:01 am

    Thanks for the tip on backblaze. I'll check it out.

  • Reply Fred Hall January 13, 2020 at 7:33 am

    This is one giant advertisement lol. I see what your doing.

  • Reply Phil Blanks January 13, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Thank you !!

  • Reply Miguel Jacinto January 13, 2020 at 11:34 am

    I see that Ta-ku album though haha

  • Reply John Smith January 13, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Shooting a wedding with 18-55 lens ALONE is a nono from me– add to that atleast a a grand for one macro lens and one fast prime (used) and yes, consider buying used gear if you will do it like a freelancer–

  • Reply Alex Navarrete January 13, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Is the canon kit from costco not a good starter camera? The Canon 80D

  • Reply Jim Matthews January 13, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Nice thoughts and video…but you will need a flash or two and perhaps a beauty dish and perhaps a business license…and someway to track expenses and mileage…

  • Reply Ali Saleh January 13, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks John this is a good advice. Keep up the good work peace

  • Reply BM2Rambus Brandon-Mykal January 13, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Can you do a walk through of Pic time?

  • Reply BM2Rambus Brandon-Mykal January 13, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    This was actually a pretty good video. I’ve been shooting for 4-5 hrs and I learned something… after the 4th tip

  • Reply Michael Aldridge January 13, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Great video…

  • Reply Mickey Zixn January 14, 2020 at 12:15 am

    What about the legal stuff, like should I register for LLC? Sole proprietor? State tax and sales tax, idk, basically all the boring office work no one thinks about.

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  • Reply Scarlet Wilson January 14, 2020 at 1:14 am

    This is great John! Simple and to the point. Thanks for this! In the next videos can you talk about how how to price your sessions, how to make a contract, taxes, also LLC or sole prioritor?

  • Reply Christian Nambayan January 14, 2020 at 1:38 am

    I prefer using the word 'inexpensive' over 'cheap.' Cheap devalues the quality of the product.

  • Reply Jonathan Gutierrez January 14, 2020 at 2:05 am

    Yo this video was perfect timing, super helpful! I was completely lost but this was a mega boost! πŸ‘Œ
    Everything makes sense now πŸ™

  • Reply Robert Varner January 14, 2020 at 2:09 am

    Very good outline for starting a photography business. You are very articulate and I will return to see more if your videos. Other youtube channels, such as the Northrups, have indicated that the photography business is on the down swing. Interesting to get another point of view.

  • Reply Axley 865 January 14, 2020 at 3:27 am

    Hey man loved this video had to move to another account to sub. Your information is amazing. I'm half way through all your information although my body is old I have a t3i. Do yoy think I can do youtube and sell prints of urban/street photography with that?

  • Reply Sean Stewart January 14, 2020 at 4:28 am

    Love to see this, I’ve been lazing around and this is the inspiration I needed.

  • Reply Queen Fatima January 14, 2020 at 6:00 am

    This is great! I've been wanting to be a photographer and want to put a business. Your video helps a lot!

  • Reply kachaporn gateprayoon January 14, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Thx bro !! You really fire me up. I have plan to start a photography bussiness this year. So wish me a good luck.

  • Reply Sheldon Ang January 14, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Mate that's how much it cost to get started in the first month. And you'll need at least 2 cameras for convenience and most importantly redundancy. And multiple lenses. I'm not a professional yet and my camera and single zoom lens cost almost 4K.

  • Reply o0 JUiCYLUCY 0o January 14, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Film…??? Most use Digital now

  • Reply PiXELANIMAL January 14, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Don't buy a camera, buy a system. Camera body won't break your bank, but lenses will. It will be expensive to build a Fuji system. No 3rd party lenses like Tamron and Sigma. So Nikon, Canon or Sony, both full frame or APS-C will do great. If you do mostly photography, go with Nikon, you will get better camera bodies for your money. If you want to go with more video, take Canon, you will love that auto focus in video. Sony seems somewhere in between, leaning towards the video, but with worse video AF than Canon. Just don't buy the latest model, don't be afraid to look into secondhand market and remember: there people shooting with micro four thirds professionally, APS-C camera won't limit your results as much as you think.

  • Reply Joey Jordan January 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    So we’re starting a pro business with a kit lens? And no lighting?

  • Reply Sebastian Kvasnak January 14, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    John i love your videos

  • Reply Edward Arandia January 14, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    This video reminds me of those old infomercials about β€œDown on your luck? Not anymore, because with these easy steps you can be rich like me”.
    I know who’s guy is just trying to advertise these companies along with offering tips but he just comes off as a cocky mofo to me.

  • Reply Making Skidmarks January 14, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Aw, I pretty much have everything you talked about. Now I just need some clients…

  • Reply Reece Hill January 14, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Yesssss! I've been waiting for a video like this!

  • Reply Jay Wes January 14, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    No lenses or lighting?

  • Reply Bobb Photography January 14, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Now that I have my gear how to price so I can keep up with all the monthly subscriptions

  • Reply Jason Saylor January 14, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    I don't think this sounded like a commercial, but I feel like you skipped over one essential that goes hand in hand with #1. Lenses. If you're shooting weddings, stock lenses don't really do the trick. I learned the hard way. Lenses are a must

  • Reply Daquan Owens January 15, 2020 at 12:47 am

    How do you recommend building your client list?

  • Reply Phil Indeblanc January 15, 2020 at 6:38 am

    This is more of a plug for a bunch of stuff….Dont listen to this guy….This is a way to get his relations money, not help you make any. How do chumps like this stay active on YT? Maybe he can be honest and say…Well, you might need a LOT of time to even make a port. You DONT need subscription software, and CERTAINLY NOT Square space..BIGGESST RIP OFF, even Tony Nothrup and a bunch of other chumps push it. Many 1 time pay options with simple site registration providers. And ANOTHER online subscription, lol…Buy Quickbooks one time and thats it! I wouldn't share details and clients with another company. Why would anyone? For delivery, just use WeTransfer, its free! Backup using a large backup drive. Not the cloud. If you want off site, just do it with a trusted person. Business cards ARE important. 50 Cards for $1 for the raised gloss, LOL…I can get a run of 1000 for that price. Moo is a rip off.

  • Reply Brian A. Krueger January 15, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    There is Pentax also, don't forget about the innovators

  • Reply ICARUS AGYEI January 15, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    No lens mentioned

  • Reply Scott Wright January 15, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    I had to stop watching as the product placement is insane… You're not going to get many clients shooting one kit lens, also memory cards would help??

  • Reply Noy Jedd January 15, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Amazing! First time watching your channel and I must say I’m now a fan

  • Reply Geri Henry January 16, 2020 at 12:49 am

    Thank you for your words of wisdom, super excited to look into honeybook, pic-time, and back blaze. Moved to a new state a year and a half ago but finally got my business license renewed for the new location and looking forward to restructuring my business to fit new clients in the area. Thanks for the tips!

  • Reply Riaz Oozeer January 16, 2020 at 4:28 am

    MAN I learnt so much shit i did not know for a while now. I could not find these information anywhere. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I subbed too) about to go eat yo content ma man!

  • Reply Dominick January 16, 2020 at 5:36 am

    wait… a real photographer on youtube??

  • Reply Monroeville Β· January 16, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Goodness your laugh is going to float in my dreams… It's so wholesome

  • Reply Edward Randolph January 16, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    This was good and right on time, i have been wanting to get started for some time; however didn't really know where to start. Photography is what i think about all the time however the lenses are really expensive, i'm going to get started and check in later thank you for this.

  • Reply Mauricio Moreno January 16, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    14:00 One thing we need to add to the list is a computer! Laptop, Desktop, PC, Mac whatever, choose your poison… You need a computer system to manage all your files, store, edit & process all your pictures. You are mentioning Lighroom, Photoshop, like 10 times. Well, photo files are not going to process themselves aren't they? A decent computer with a reliable processor (at least Intel i5 8th gen or better…) to handle large RAW files in any photo processing software, you need to factor in something in the $500 – $1000 USD range… A fast & reliable computer is A MUST HAVE. There is no way you can have a successful photo business without a reliable computer…

  • Reply lunatunakitty January 16, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    I have been doing photography on and off for over 10 years. I shoot mainly with natural and ambient light. The past year I've been going at it more full time. Over the past year I have seen some people do amazing things with lesser expensive cameras. It's more about technique/creativity and putting the work into networking and advertising. You can start with a lot less. And it is a lot of work. I feel like this is more about product placement rather than really teaching people the basics about the photography business.

  • Reply Jack of Blades January 16, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    I'm saving this video for sure.

  • Reply Kabori Shema Daniel January 16, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Hey! thanks man for this Video! I want to start my photography business and i am based in Rwanda πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ό … how about if i have the amount of money in the range of 3000$ -4000$ what will be your advice

  • Reply Justin Edwards January 17, 2020 at 4:22 am

    Thank you for sharing this! You’ve gained a new sub! I am really looking into getting into photography. So this only adds to my research. Can’t wait to watch the rest of your content πŸ™‚

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