Starting Your Own Senior Photography Business

Starting a senior photography business will take some time and money. If you do not have a degree in photography, then you need to be able to prove to people that you are an experienced photographer. You also need to come up with a pricing plan and you will need to market yourself.


Photography is a very competitive field these days. To make yourself stand out from others as a photographer, you should have a degree in photography from a school that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Seniors, like any other client, are interested in hiring competent photographers, so if you don't have a degree, then you should have a large portfolio that showcases your experience in senior photography.

Pricing Plan

You need to decide what photography services you are going to offer. Are you only going to offer portrait photography, or are you interested in outdoor senior photography, too? Once you have settled on which senior photography services you will offer, you need to develop a pricing plan. You should check out other senior photography businesses that are located within 25 to 50 miles of where you are so that you can base your prices off of their prices.

Market Yourself

You are your own boss, so you have to take responsibility for marketing your senior photography business. Until you develop a solid client base, you shouldn't even think about opening an actual photography studio. You should have a senior photography studio in your home, and you should offer to take pictures in a clients home. To market yourself, you can take out an ad in your local newspaper, post fliers on any bulletin boards in your community, and market your services online via websites such as Craigslist and iFreelance.