To becoming a Freelance Food Photographer.
As with everything, I kind of stumbled upon doing this. Strange to say considering how it has really helped my family.
I first started my food blog back in April 2020. Just around the time that the pandemic hit. I had recently closed my business of 10 years and needed a creative outlet.
After a few weeks of learning about the business of blogging I realized it was actually something I could turn into a career if I was dedicated enough.
I decided to give it a go.
One of the major deficiencies of my work was my photography. I could tell that it was really bad and I wanted to learn how to take much better - viral photographs - that would give me the traffic I was hoping for.
I discovered an online photography course that sounded really good to me. I signed up and ordered a $100 used camera from eBay.
That was it, that was all it took to get started.
I was about 1 month into completing the course when I found out that people actually make money - make good money - doing this and after I was to have completed the course I would be good enough to sell my work too.
"No way", I thought.
It was then that it all started to make sense. I was seeing evidence of these bloggers actually paying for these recipes/photographs and it dawned on me.
Heck, I can do that too! In fact, it can help give us a little extra money while I work on growing my food blog.
Then came a big blow. My husband got laid off from his job due to the pandemic. I realized though, that if this all worked out, we were going to be ok.
I started working at it like a mad woman. Every spare moment I got I put into getting the course done and submitting my portfolio (like a test).
When you pass your portfolio review, you are entered into a group of successful bloggers who are willing to pay for your photography.
Guess what? Within 5 months I got it all done. My photography skills had been honed. I passed my portfolio review and the best part? I made all the money back that I had spent on the course within 3 days.
I would never have thought I could be making the money I'm making now doing this (an average of $8K per month!)
Of course, my family love it too - they get to eat the food, lol.
I still have aspirations to become a successful food blogger - to be paying for someone else to photograph my recipes - but until then I will be a Freelance Food Photographer too!
If you're also interested in signing up for this course, they usually have a waiting list but it shouldn't take you but a few weeks to get in.
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If you want to talk to me some more about what I do you can sign up here - I do offer coaching sessions where I can sit down with you over a zoom call and walk you through everything, if you're on the fence.
Sign up over to the left and I'll send you some more info about my coaching sessions.
....and just for a laugh, below take a look at my improvements. Before are pictures I took early on in the course. After are more recent pictures.