Become a Professional Photographer

You will learn how to become a professional photographer, including: what a professional photographer does, how to develop your skills to succeed in a professional photographer career, how to start your own business as a professional photographer, how to market your photography business and get clients.

What Happens in the Professional Photographer Certificate Course

The Professional Photographer Certificate Course is an online learning program with suggested readings from the textbook (IAP Career College Guide to Become a Professional Photographer). Unlike other photography certification programs, this course is self directed – which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time online Professional Photographer Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Professional Photographer Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 6 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course and advice to help you succeed in the career.

Course Topics

The online Professional Photographer Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Professional Photographer Certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College.

How to Become a Professional Photographer

In this course, you will earn photography certification and learn how to become a professional photographer, including how to start a photography business. Topics covered in the Professional Photographer Certificate Course include the following:

What a Professional Photographer Does

  • Services You Can Offer
  • Portrait Photography
  • Wedding & Event Photography
  • Developing Your Skills
  • Preparing and Presenting Images

Starting a Photography Business

  • Develop Your Business Concept
  • Opting for a Franchise
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Financial and Legal Matters
  • Staying Organized
  • Working with Support Staff

Getting Clients

  • Marketing Tools
  • Marketing Techniques
  • Referrals and Word-of-Mouth
  • Tradeshows and Expos
  • Getting Paid

What Is Included in the Professional Photographer Certificate Course

This all-inclusive Professional Photographer Certificate Course package includes:

  • Registration for the Professional Photographer Certificate Course Online
  • Access to a Faculty Member to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice
  • (Optional) 2024 membership in the IAPO International Association of Professional Photographers for only $2 per month
  • Downloadable Professional Photographer Certificate personalized with your name and the seal of the International Association of Professions Career College which you may print
  • (Optional) Opportunity to order official certificates printed on fine linen paper and embossed with the gold seal of the college
  • Textbook: IAP Career College Guide to Become a Professional Photographer (e-book edition)

Register for the Professional Photographer Certificate Course

$149.00
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You can have all this for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other programs. (We found courses based on old editions of our guides with registration fees of up to $999 and more.) We are able to offer you online courses at a significantly lower cost to you because of our expertise from over 20 years of producing the leading online guides for non-traditional careers.

Our online certificate courses have previously been offered for a registration fee of $297 U.S. and include a textbook and professional membership – a total value of almost $377.

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Register today for the Professional Photographer Certificate Course. Enrollment is limited and registration is on a first come first served basis, so we recommend that you register early for the Professional Photographer Certificate Course online to avoid disappointment.

If the course is full, please email support@iapcollege.com to be notified when a new course date is scheduled.

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About a Career as a Professional Photographer

When you become a professional photographer and start your own photography business you will have freedom, flexibility, and independence.

As a professional photographer you can work in an indoor studio, or you can choose to shoot photographs at peoples’ homes, event locations, or outdoors. You might even have your own home-based studio.

When you think of portrait photography, you may be inspired by the work of celebrity portrait photographers like Annie Liebovitz, or the heartwarming sleepy infants of Anne Geddes. Or perhaps you admire the photojournalistic style of star photographer Denis Reggie, who has been called “America’s premier wedding photographer” by American Photo Magazine and “the best in the business” by Oprah Winfrey.

Your own unique style of portrait or wedding photography will be your greatest asset in the photography business.

As a professional photographer with your own portrait and wedding photography business you could offer all types of photography services, or you might choose to specialize in the types of photographs that you most enjoy taking. For example, you could choose to offer photography services such as:

  • family portraits
  • wedding photography
  • headshots for models and actors
  • portraits of business executives
  • high school graduation photos
  • photographs of pets
  • portraits of children
  • pregnancy photography
  • baby portraits
  • photos for real estate agents
  • glamour photography
  • special event photography (e.g. anniversary parties, birthdays, religious ceremonies, private parties, etc.)
  • home and business photography

Professional photography is a great business to get into right now. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the studio photography business will continue to grow over the next ten years. With more inexpensive and user-friendly digital cameras hitting the market every day, there’s never been a better time to become a professional photographer.

I was happily surprised to see how easy it was to apply the IAP Guide to Become a Professional Photographer to ANY type of photography! This is my best educational investment yet.
Natalie Pool, Germany

Why Get a Certificate?

How can you benefit with a certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College)?

A certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College may give you:

  • Respect as a professional
  • A competitive advantage when marketing your services
  • A sense of achievement and confidence
  • A credential for your resume when applying for jobs
  • Assurance to clients of your professionalism
  • Evidence of your expertise
  • Higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Certificates: A fast track to careers)

With the International Association of Professions Career College, you can earn a certificate online more quickly and affordably than many other educational options.

Why Choose IAP Career College?

The International Association of Professions Career College (also known as IAP Career College) aims to offer the finest in affordable online certificate programs for dream careers.

The textbooks for most of our courses were developed by our parent company, the leading online publisher of career guide books on how to get started in a dream career, with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Our guides have been used as textbooks for more than a decade, and you can find them in the career centers and library collections of many famed colleges and universities – from the University of Texas to the Fashion Institute of Technology – as well as in numerous public libraries in cities from Vancouver to New York.

It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other certificate programs. When we discovered online courses based on old editions of our career guides costing over $1,000.00, we knew it was time to offer our own online certificate programs.

Now, the leader in online career guides for dream careers, along with a team of respected academics, have created online certificate programs through IAP Career College, allowing you to study and earn a certificate from the comfort of your own home.

Established online in 1999, the parent company of IAP Career College (known as FabJob) is an award-winning organization named “the #1 place to get published online” by Writer’s Digest. Our company and career guides have been featured in media ranging from ABC to Oprah’s newsletter and respected news sites ranging from CNN to the Wall Street Journal online.

We continue this tradition of excellence in online career education with the International Association of Professions Career College. Each of our career certificate programs has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College.

We invite you to learn more about the online certificate courses we offer you by visiting our Certificate Courses page. We are also happy to answer any of your questions to help you decide whether an online certificate course from the International Association of Professions Career College is right for you.

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  • How Much Money Does a Professional Photographer Make?
    As a professional photographer, your income is determined by a number of factors, including: your experience, location, business model and how much revenue your photography business generates. According to data from PayScale, the average income for a small business owner in the United States is $73,000 - however this can range up to $182,000 or more. If you don’t have the funds to equip a studio, you can shoot outside or on location to start. You can buy a professional-quality camera with a basic lens for about $1,500.
  • What Does a Professional Photographer Do?
    As a professional photographer you can work in an indoor studio, or you can choose to shoot photographs at peoples’ homes, event locations, or outdoors. You might even have your own home-based studio. As a professional photographer with your own portrait and wedding photography business you could offer all types of photography services, or you might choose to specialize in the types of photographs that you most enjoy taking. For example, you could choose to offer photography services such as: family portraits, wedding photography, headshots for models and actors, portraits of business executives, high school graduation photos, photographs of pets, portraits of children, pregnancy photography, baby portraits, photos for real estate agents, glamour photography, special event photography (e.g. anniversary parties, birthdays, religious ceremonies, private parties, etc.), or home and business photography.
  • How Do I Become a Professional Photographer?
    Earning a certificate as a professional photographer will equip you with the principles and techniques for starting and running your own photography business and becoming a professional photographer. A certificate also provides evidence of your expertise, assurance of your professionalism, an important credential for your resume, a competitive advantage when marketing your services and higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • What is the Professional Photographer Certificate Course?
    In IAP Career College’s part-time online Professional Photographer Certificate Course you will learn important principles and practical step-by-step techniques for getting started in a career as a professional photographer. This online course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks, however it may be completed in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks. The course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance, however as a student you have access to Faculty Members to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice.
  • What is IAP Career College?
    The International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College) is a leading online career college offering affordable online certificate courses and professional certifications for non-traditional and "dream" careers. When you take a part-time online certificate course with IAP Career College, you can schedule your learning around your life - you can work at your own pace, at the best times for you and from the comfort of your own home. IAP Career College and affiliated company FabJob Inc (the leading online publisher of guide books on how to get started in a dream career) have served over half a million career changers on six continents since 1999.