Checklist: Starting A Travel Photography Business

1. Set Goals – Identify your goals and objectives for launching your travel photography business. What type of destinations, locations, or images do you want to specialize in?

2. Create a Portfolio – Showcase your talents by creating an online portfolio showcasing the best of your work.

3. Establish Your Brand – Create a website that reflects the style of your travel photography business and gives potential customers an idea of what to expect when working with you.

4. Find Clients – Reach out to potential clients and market yourself as a professional travel photographer.

5. Invest in Equipment – Invest in professional-level equipment that will help you capture the perfect shot.

6. Plan Your Trips – Develop a detailed plan of action to maximize your time and resources when shooting on location.

7. Promote Your Business – Use social media and other digital marketing tools to promote your travel photography business.

8. Set Rates – Establish competitive rates that reflect the value of your services.

9. Manage Finances – Create a budget and bookkeeping system to manage your personal and business finances.

10. Build Connections – Develop relationships with other professionals in the travel photography industry who can provide advice, support, and potential job opportunities.

11. Network – Showcase your work at trade shows and other events to network with potential clients and colleagues.

12. Stay Informed – Keep up with the latest trends in travel photography by reading industry magazines, attending workshops and classes, and networking with others in the field.

13. Develop a Workflow – Create a workflow that makes it easier and more efficient to capture, edit, store and share pictures with clients.

14. Price Your Services – Properly value your services by setting competitive prices that reflect the quality of your work and cover your expenses.

15. Protect Your Work – Protect your work by securing copyright and trademark registrations, or using a watermark on your images.

16. Make Backup Plans – Have a backup plan in case something goes wrong while you’re on the job.

17. Use Contracts – Avoid legal disputes with clients by creating contracts outlining expectations for payment, timelines, and deliverables.

18. Stay Organized – Make sure to stay organized in terms of files, itineraries, and invoices to ensure smooth operations for your business.

19. Prepare for Tax Season – Set aside the necessary funds for taxes each year so that you are prepared when tax season arrives.

20. Enjoy the Journey – Enjoy your journey as a travel photographer and savor all of the experiences that come with it.