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"Say Cheese!" Pet Photography
For people who treat pets like children, having nice photos of their four-legged family members is a no-brainer. Such photographs are often prominently displayed. But it's NOT easy (or accepted) to bring a dog or cat to a typical photography studio, which is where YOU come in.
What a Pet Photography Business Involves:
Knowledge or Skills Required:
And yes, you'll need patience and a love of animals. Having photos taken, especially in unfamiliar surroundings, can make pets very nervous. If you get upset or impatient it will only make matters worse.
Can be started quickly if you have suitable equipment on hand, especially if you don't take photos in a studio
May not be much local competition
If you don't set up a studio in your home, you don't need to maintain a home office or worry about the hassle and liability of having pets in your house.
While many pet owners will want photos taken on a weekend, you do have the flexibility of working when/where you want.
It's fairly simple to create additional income sources based on your pet photography business. You can take stock photographs that you sell to advertising agencies or clip art outfits. You can add photos of pets to all sorts of merchandise - mugs, t-shirts, mouse pads, for example - for additional profit.
You'll go through a LOT more film to get a decent photo of a pet, so you have to charge with that in mind. And processing and printing can get expensive.
If you don't set up a permanent studio, you have the hassle and expense of moving and setting up equipment for every shoot
Resources for More Information on Starting a Pet Photography Business
Still searching for specific information on PET photography, but here's a great book on photography as a business in general.