Being a photographer is a skill not a lot people have, so being behind the lens to capture special moments for people has landed itself as a money-making skill.
Many people have gone to school for photography as it is an art that requires rigorous training to the eye. I have two friends, both outstanding photographers but with different stories to tell. While we all studied Journalism and Media studies, I had specialised in Radio Broadcasting, my friend, Loni, in photography and my second friend, AT, in Digital Design. However, both Loni and AT had a passion for photography. AT picked the skill up as a hobby that soon turned into her side hustle while at varsity. Loni, on the other hand, had always known he wanted to be a photographer.
Post university, AT had relocated and had worked at a giant production corporation as a Digital Intern. Loni, on the other hand, invested in his photography agency. Today, Loni can count having photographed stars such as AKA, Bonang Matheba, Pearl Thusi and DJ Zinhle in his accolades. He also makes money by covering big music events such as Chase Fest, Heat Wave and Buyel’ekhaya.
AT has since moved back home and what was once her side hustle has now become her main source of income. She primarily makes her income through photoshoots and covering events such as Baby Showers, twenty-first birthday celebrations and graduation ceremonies.
She shared with me that wedding photography is particularly profitable because weddings usually start on Fridays and the festivities continue throughout the weekend. Her packages vary, depending on how many hours she’s covering an event and whether she’s also producing a video for the event. On average, she charges R400 for in-studio or location photoshoots that are an hour long, where the client received 20 edited images. Events pricing is slightly steeper, charging R900 an hour.
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