– So I’m actually in Scotland right now.
I’m on a small island called Cara,
and it’s a short ferry rideaway from a town called Oban.
We’re hanging out withtwo guys that we met,
two Scottish guys that are really cool,
named Connor and Jamie.
They’re two beginner photographers,
and I was talking to them a little bit,
and it got me thinking about
when I was a beginner photographer.
And when I really wantedto make that transition
from being a beginner and learning,
into making a little bit of money.
Or even making money asa beginner photographer.
The most important thingwhen you’re learning
is experience, you haveto try to find ways
to do as much work as you can,
take every opportunitythat you possibly can,
so that you can get better.
But that can be reallyhard when you’re managing
a part-time job, or goingto school at the same time.
There are a few things that I did
when I was balancing my university career
and working at a restaurant,and trying to learn
photography and videography,all at the same time,
to make me a little bitof money on the side.
So I wanted to share some ofthose tips with you today.
Because there is a marketfor your skill set,
even as a beginner.
I also want to let you guysknow to please stick around
until the end of thevideo, because I partner
with the guys at Shuttout, and together,
we’re actually putting together a little
photography contest, where youguys can actually win cash.
And it doesn’t matterwhat skill set you’re in,
you can participate in this contest,
so stick around, and I’m gonna talk
about that a little later on.
And without further ado,here are some of the ways
that you guys can makemoney even as a beginner.
Okay, so I’m actuallyinside the castle right now,
which is super cool actually.
Let’s get to my first point,
which is tell people what you do.
Now this is super important for beginners,
because you need to get comfortable
telling people what youdo, and I first-hand know
how awkward it is to talk about yourself.
I’m actually really bad atit, and it still kind of
makes me uncomfortable,but you need to know
what to say, and you needto know the language to use.
And for someone who’s abeginner, this is great practice
for when you become a pro later on,
and then you’ll have that pitch down
like the back of your hand.
You’ll know it so well, andit won’t be awkward anymore.
People need to know what youdo, and they need to know
that either you’restarting out photography,
or that you are a photographer,
because otherwise, theywon’t know to hire you.
And a lot of times, getting jobs
is just through word of mouth.
To give you guys an idea of what to say,
I’ve jotted down a littlepitch or one sentence,
or two sentences, just to give you an idea
what this can sound like for you guys.
I’ve been taking photos for some time now,
and I’m eager to pursue this as a career.
And I’m really excited abouttaking on some more projects
that’ll help me learn even more.
So through that sentence,you’re being honest
about your skill level,you’re new, you are learning,
but you do have some gear,and you have some skills
that are valuable to somebody else.
So tell people what youdo, whether it’s someone
you met at a coffee shop, toyour mom’s best friend Susan,
tell absolutely everyone,because this is how
you’ll get your first few jobs.
So I did a ton of differentprojects at the beginning
that were super weird, andwere all through word of mouth.
So one of which, whichis actually pretty funny,
was my mom’s dance teacher,she taught belly dancing,
and I made a littlepromotional video for her.
And it was one of my first projects ever,
and I thought it was pretty good,
and it was great practice for me.
So it doesn’t matter what it is,
just get the experience,and the way you’re gonna
get the experience is bytelling people what you do.
Okay, so now we’re in Glasgow,
and I know we literally went from Cara,
which is an island like close to Oban,
to Glasgow really quickly for you guys,
but basically, we got reallyclose to missing our ferry,
and had to book it there, and I didn’t
have time to shoot anything else.
So we took a train into Glasgow today,
and we’re just exploring the city.
So right after you tellsomeone what you do,
tell them what kind of contentwould work best for them,
and what you can do with your skill level.
So for that real estate agent,you could say something like,
hey, well, have you thoughtof getting new head shots?
And for the dance teacher,you could say something like,
well, have you thought ofmaking a promotional video?
Because that’s something that I could do,
and it’s a great idea to havethat promotional video online,
because people like to see what,
for the real estate agent,who they’re working with,
and for the dance teacher,they’d like to see
what your dance classes look like,
and that might make them more likely
to actually show up to one of the classes.
So it can actually get themmore work because of this.
So it’s important to explainwhat the type of content is,
but it’s also equallyas important to explain
why they would need that type of content.
Just explain what youdo, be nice about it,
be honest, but just remembernot to be too pushy.
And I promise, these twothings will really help you
get some of your first jobs.
– Okay, straight uphijacking Lizzie’s video
for a second here, ’cause I’m gonna
tell you one of the points.
So, one of the big onesthat I’ve been focusing on
the last little whileis, stock videography
and photography, and thisis a great way to actually
make a little bit ofincome at the beginning,
because you can basically shoot anything,
and you can make money off of it.
Now obviously, certainclips are gonna sell
better than others, so Iwould focus on industry,
medical, travel, drone, whatever you can
get your hands on, that’s actually good.
Most likely that will sell better.
So go out there, get some different
stock videography assets,whether it’s shooting
on your cell phone, orshooting on an HD camera
because a 1080p clip, or a basic HD clip,
will make you money,whether it’s a dollar, $2,
$50, $100, you’re gonnastart making money,
just by shooting whatyou might already have,
or going out and just shooting stuff
with your friends or on your next trip.
– So talk about friendlypeople, our friend Sinead,
her uncle lives here, and he drives
the coolest black taxi cab ever.
Look how cool this car is.
Pat’s being super generous, he’s giving us
our own private tour of the city.
– Cheers, everybody!(Lizzie laughs)
– My next tip for you guys is to join
different Facebookgroups in your community
that are related to events,
or just photography and videography.
You guys ask me all thetime how you can get jobs
while you’re in school,this is a great way.
There are tons ofFacebook groups organized
to find you guys not only jobs,
but there are event groupsthat you can join in on,
and they’ll post often,looking for photographers
or videographers for certain events.
And the best part is,you don’t actually need
a ton of experience toget some of these jobs.
A personal story of mineis when I was in school,
I’d only had my camerafor a couple months,
it was a Canon T3i, by the way.
In one of those Facebook Ryerson groups,
they posted, hey, need aphotographer for a talent show,
and there’s a small honorarium of $100.
So I submitted my very small portfolio
at the time, and they accepted me.
So not only was that greatevent experience for me,
I got more photos for my portfolio,
and I got a little bit of money too.
And for those of you who aren’tgoing to school right now,
there are still other Facebook groups
that would be perfect to join,
so you can look upanything from photography,
or videography, or producing,or film production,
and you can find tons of these groups
right within your community,
and they’re posting all the time,
looking for volunteers, looking for PAs,
looking for any small jobsand little help on set.
So that’s great for experience,
and you might get a little money.
So just reach out in the Facebookgroups in your community,
and I promise, that will helpyou get work in the future.
Okay, so fun fact.
I’m actually in one of the locations
that they used to shoot Harry Potter,
which is pretty awesome.
I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd.
Anyways, the next thing I wanna
talk to you guys about is honorariums.
So if you don’t knowwhat an honorarium is,
it’s basically a small sum of money
awarded to someone who’sproviding a particular service.
So an honorarium issomething you can ask for
when you’re doing oneof your first jobs ever,
because it’s always a small amount.
Usually it’s like $50 to $100,but honestly they can range.
It’s really looked at as kindof a flat fee gifted to you.
Clients are usually happyto provide honorariums,
because they know they’re already
getting a discount with you.
No one would charge $50 or $100to do that particular work,
but you can, because you’re a beginner,
and your time is still valuable.
So all that honorarium shows you is that
your client now valuesyour time, and the effort
that you’re putting intothis particular project.
So it never hurts to askfor a small honorarium.
And that way, you can make a little money,
which is better than makingno money at all, right?
Okay, so we’re back in the hotel room,
because classic Scotland,it started raining.
So anyways, the lastpoint I wanted to mention
is to sign up for a website like Shuttout.
I’d never actually heard ofa site like Shuttout before,
but I immediately recognized the potential
for not just beginners, but also
for experienced photographers as well.
Essentially, Shuttout isa website where you can
upload your photos and enterthem into different contests.
And there’s tons ofdifferent ones to enter.
And the great partabout this for beginners
is because not only can you gauge how well
your photos perform against others,
but you can make some money just by
uploading photos you already have.
There are two ways youcan enter these contests.
The first way is forfree, but you can’t win
the monetary prize thatway, and the second way
is only a $2 entry, and youcan win the grand prize.
And the best part is thatfor every person that enters,
the prize gets bigger and bigger.
Because I partnered withShuttout on this video,
I’m actually holding my owncontest for travel photography.
And Shuttout is givingyou guys a free $2 entry,
so that’s $2 USD, that you can enter
in my contest or any othercontest on the website
that you’d like, and I really don’t know
why you wouldn’t, because it’s a free $2,
and you can win money.
So if you’re interested,check out the link
in the description, and sendme your best travel photo.
Whether it’s a landscape,or a busker in New Orleans,
it really doesn’t matter,it’s any travel photo
that makes you feelsomething from a new place.
So go ahead and submit, it’sfree $2, I hope you win.
So the contest is startingat a $50 prize right now,
but like I said, it goes up
every time one of you guys enters.
So honestly guys, whetheryou sign up for my contest
or another contest in thefuture, Shuttout is a great way
to gauge how your photosperform against others,
to get ideas from otherphotos that perform well,
and finally, just to makesome money on the side.
I honestly wish this wasaround when I was starting out.
Those are my tips on how to make money
as a beginner photographer,and don’t forget to enter
the travel photography contest.
Again, it can be anystyle of travel photo,
landscape, portrait,it just has to be from
somewhere else where you don’t live,
and whatever makes you feel something.
So to enter that, linkis in the description,
and I will see you guys next time.
So right after you tell, bleh bleh bleh
– [Camera Man] And from the top.
– Way to gauge how yourper photos perform against,
how your per photos?
Uh, I’m sorry future Lizzie.
– So I’m actually in Scotland right now.