How to Become a Children's Photographer
Becoming a children's photographer is a challenging process because of heavy competition in the field. If you do not have a photography degree, then you need to be able to prove that you have experience. To become a children's photographer, you also need to have a portfolio and you need to market yourself.
Degree and Experience
Having a degree is very important in the photography field. If you can obtain a degree in photography from a college that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, it will be much easier for you to break into the field of children's photography. If you do not have a degree, then you need to be able to prove to potential clients that you have past experience in both portrait and children's photography.
No client is going to hire you without having a portfolio. When you are first trying to become a children's photographer, you should ask your friends and family if you can take photos of their children for your portfolio. You will want to have a portfolio that contains at least 50 different children's portraits before you attempt to take on clients.
It is not a wise decision to open a studio right off the bat. It costs big money to open and maintain a studio, so you should develop a client base before going that route. You should advertise your services in your local newspaper, on Craigslist and on photography websites, such as Go Freelance and iFreelance. You can set up a small studio in your home or you can offer to go to client's homes to photography their children. Once you have built up your portfolio and client base, you can consider opening an actual children's photography studio.