Becoming a part-time photographer or photo model is a very lucrative side hustle for anyone. It is a little investment business idea because all you need is a good camera or even your smartphone, yourself and the platform to sell those pictures, such as Shutterstock or Deposit Photos.
In this post I will show you how to make money selling photos of yourself online so that you can start your photography side hustle today. You can also check out the similar posts below.
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HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING PHOTOS OF YOURSELF IN 7 PLATFORMS
#1 SELFIE APPS
Pay your selfie
One of the qualification requirements of this app is that you must be at least 18 years to legally use it. If you are under 18, you can check out these ways to make money online as 13-year-old.
A picture of your tattoo, a picture sipping your favorite drink, an image of your face makeup are some of the selfie ideas you can get paid for on this app.
The CEO’s Michelle Smyth and Kristen Holman are digital marketing strategists, which means she has built a company with a successful marketing model to help your selfies reach many target customers.
You can get this app from Apple App Store, Google Play Store or you can visit this website www.payyourselfie.com and get it from there.
Apart from getting paid to sell selfies, you can also take photo surveys and earn up to $1 per survey. Taking online surveys is another simple way to make money online on the side. Survey Junkie is my favorite survey site which I use to earn extra cash on the side with my opinions.
Statistics about the usage of this app show that they have more than 600,000 downloads which means it’s a very popular selfie selling app.
It is free to download which means anyone with a smartphone that can take beautiful photos will easily get started with selling selfies on this app without paying any start up fees.
You can get this app from Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
In Pay Your Selfie, the company buys the photos from you while in ScoopShot you post your selfies on their platform then interested clients reach out to you to negotiate the buying prices and terms.
Merchants on this app are always hosting photo contests where winners get cash prices. For example, recently McDonald did a content of choosing 50 pics out of 800. The winners were paid $15 for their selfies promoting the company’s products.
If you are someone who loves fashion, this is an app for you.
All you have to do is take selfies of your favorite styles and fashion trends then post them on this app. When people shop anything, you are wearing on your style, you earn a commission.
This app has a rating of 3.5 out of 5, which is a proof that this app is legit and you can actually make money with it.
You can follow this link to get this app so that you get started on selling your best fashion looks.
#2 A PERSONAL WEBSITE
A website or blog will be your personal platform which will eliminate the process of selling your photos through third parties.
On the website you can have a home page where you showcase your photo portfolio in a collage or bundle packages.
You must also have a “contact me” page to allow interested buyer reach out for more deals.
Apart from giving you a platform to sell your photos, a website will help you to make passive income in other ways, such as affiliate marketing, advertising and selling digital products as explain on this post on how to monetize a website.
You can start a website on Bluehost with as low as $3 as explained on this step by step guide. You can also start the website on a fully-optimized e-commerce platform like Shopify for as low as $29 per month.
Another amazing way to start a website is through the use of Shopify, an e-commerce platform which will help you to build e-commerce or drop shipping stores where you can sell photos or products used in photography.
#3 YOUTUBE CHANNEL OR PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG
As a photographer you have many skills and tips you can teach people on how to take the perfect photograph. You can also share the tools you use and make reviews on them to help beginners buy the right equipment.
A blog and a YouTube channel are the two best platforms you can start such a journey. You shall be able to make money through affiliate marketing, sponsored content and ads among other ways explained in this post.
Read my step by step guide on how to start a blog without any coding expertise on prior experience on blogging. You can also check out my blogging journey here to get more tips on how to build a successful photography blog.
#4 STOCK LIBRARIES
Stock photography is very popular on the web because content creators and digital marketer are always looking for high quality photos to use on their digital products such as books and ad campaigns or social media pages.
Most of them buy such image from stock photography websites offering subscription-based models. For example, all the paid images I use on my blogs I get them from Deposit Photos at $100 for every 100 images. This means that the photographer I buy from is paid $1 for every single image.
Shutterstock is also another popular stock photography website I use from time to time when I cannot find what I am looking for at Deposit Photos.
Other popular stock photography website includes:
#5 PHOTO CONTESTS
Websites like Photocrowd.com and ExpertPhotography.com often host photo contents where they offer cash rewards.
You can also check out adverts from your local television stations. Marketers will always promote such photo contests on such platforms.
You can also reach out to magazines and offer your images for free so that you can build a name and a portfolio you can use to proof your credibility on such contents.
#6 PHOTO WEBSITES
Below are some of the most popular photo websites which will allow you to sell photos of yourself online.
SmugMugPro.Com: A platform where you sell photographs and prints. It is not free to join, you must pay a monthly subscription fee. You get paid 85% of the total amount you make.
500px.Com: Another platform to sell photos free online
Etsy: The largest marketplace for selling handmade goods including painted photos.
Below are other websites where you can sell photos;
#7 PHOTO APPS
There are so many photo apps which are specifically created for selling of photos.
The good news is that most of these apps are free which means you can sign up to use them for free without paying anything.
There are so many other money making apps which will pay you to complete several tasks such as walk, drive your car and take surveys among other actions.
Below are the best examples of photo apps you can use: