Exploring the World of Commercial Animal Photography

Author Recent Posts Nicole BegleyNicole Begley, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, is a zoological animal trainer turned pet photographer and educator. She created Hair of the Dog in 2012 to empower pet photographers to turn their dreams into reality by helping them improve their craft and grow their pet photography business.Nicole has authored a book “Pet and Equine […]

Written By Nicole Begley

On November 9, 2018

In this post, you'll learn all about the world of commercial animal photography.

In the video, I share the screen with Jamie Piper of Cowbelly as we hold a Q & A session for pet photographers interested in commercial animal photography.

Commercial animal photography is quite literally an “entirely different animal” from portrait photography.

To understand this world of higher client expectations, starting local and building a solid portfolio of stellar images is recommended.  It is a genre with an immediate timetable that you can begin to tackle with proper pricing tools, member organizations, and outsourcing.   

The length of the video is 56:27.  Listed below are the time stamps for the individual questions and answers.

  • 01:30 – Introduction
  • 02:55 – What is considered commercial photography?
  • 04:00 – What is the best way to approach or find that first commercial client?
  • 10:07 – How to charge licensing for an image you already own?
  • 16:06 – Is there a platform or a place for commercial pet photographers to join a list that commercial clients can shop from?
  • 20:14 – Should a photographer keep private and commercial portfolios separate?
  • 22:45 – How to juggle the transition from private pet photography into commercial photography?
  • 29:56 – What is the best stock photography website for pet photographers?
  • 40:33 – What is a method for finding local pet product manufacturers?
  • 42:35 – Which camera settings to use for this type of photo, project, or scene?
  • 49:00 – Why are you offering all this valuable information for sale?

Get a ton more info on commercial photography from Jamie's educational website for new and aspiring commercial photographers.

Go check it out.

Nicole Begley

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