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By 8.1 min readLast Updated: 5. April 2024

Your guide to how you can easily get started as a photographer.

Do you have a dream to capture life's moments with your camera, whether it concerns major events with deep emotions, a story in a single shot, or simply the individual moments of everyday life?

With Factofly we have prepared a guide for you who have a passion for photography and want to take the next step to become a professional photographer.

Regardless of whether you dream of becoming: 

  • A renowned fashion photographer
  • A sought after wedding photographer
  • A sharp photojournalist

Then this guide will take you through the necessary steps to realize your dream, regardless of your level of ambition.

We will explore everything from the basic techniques of photography to how to build a portfolio, find your first clients and navigate the freelance world as photographer.

Let's take the first step together on your journey to becoming a photographer.

But first…



What is a photographer?

A photographer is someone who masters the art of capturing images that tell stories, express emotions or document events.

As a photographer, you can specialize in different genres, but not necessarily limit yourself to one.

It applies to both:

  • Portrait photography
  • Product photography
  • Wedding photography
  • Fashion photography
  • Journalistic photography

Each genre requires your skills and creativity, as well as an understanding of the customer's needs and the project's goals. 

In order for you to become a skilled photographer, it is not only technically about being able to capture a beautiful image, but also that you can communicate and collaborate effectively with the customer to fulfill their wishes.

As a freelance photographer, no two days are the same. One day you could be shooting a grand wedding, the next day you could be working with a start-up brand to create content for their social media.

The difference in the individual photographers' tasks varies, of course, depending on whether you have specialized in a specific field.

Do you need a course before?

The path to becoming a skilled photographer is both personal and unique, and the question of whether you need a course before starting your journey depends on several factors.

For some, a photography course can be an obvious opportunity to learn the technical aspects of photography, everything from aperture and shutter speed to image composition and lighting control. 

While a course can give you a solid foundational understanding and hone your skills, hands-on experience is often just as valuable.

Many successful photographers have developed their talent through self-learning, experimentation and countless hours behind the camera.

Do you have to keep track of that as a photographer?

Below, we at Factofly will guide you through a number of important parameters that are worth keeping track of in connection with the consideration of becoming self employed photographer.

Skip the business account

You may be wondering whether, as an independent photographer, you can simply avoid having a business account, but the answer is: "You can easily".

As a freelance photographer, you can easily avoid creating a business account by registering as a user at Factofly. 

We at Factofly make it possible for you to invoice clients and receive payments directly, without the extra layers of financial administration.

This means you can focus more on your passion and your craft while we handle the tedious paperwork.

For freelance photographers looking to minimize their administrative tasks and maximize their creative output, you can create a profile with us, where we offer a simple but effective solution that avoids the need for a business account.

Your equipment

As a photographer, your equipment is not just a tool, but much more than that.

The choice of equipment is often reflected in your style, the genres you want to explore and the stories you want to tell through your photography. A DSLR camera may be the core of your photography kit, but lenses, tripods, external flashes, and even your choice of bag play a critical role in bringing your vision to life.

If you are a beginner, it can be tempting to invest in the most expensive equipment right away, but it is recommended that you start with the essentials, get to know your equipment, and then subsequently upgrade your equipment based on the limitations you have experienced in your creative process.

Post-processing programs

To give your images the final personal touch, you can use programs such as Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop to transform your images and bring them closer to your personal touch.

These tools allow you to adjust light, color and composition, giving your images the final touch.

Contracts - prepare the divorce while you are good friends

First of all, as a freelance photographer, it is important that you have control of your contracts with your clients.

This is the alpha and omega for having a well-functioning company and good customer relations! 

As a freelance photographer, it is crucial that you have clear agreements that cover the scope of the individual projects, terms of payment, copyright and much more. We at Factofly are ready to help you with this if you create a profile with us already today. 

To facilitate this process, we have just developed one contract template, which is tailored to the needs of a freelancer. This template is customizable and designed to ensure that all the essential elements of a photographic service agreement are covered, giving you peace of mind when taking on new projects.

Our template helps you navigate the creation of contracts so you can focus on what you do best – creating those unforgettable images! 

When you use our contract template, you ensure that your interests are protected and that your customers' expectations are made clear from the start.

To dive deeper into what your freelance contract should include and why these elements are important, explore our in-depth guide, which includes 5 things you should always have with you

Copyright of your photos

It is important that you, as a photographer, have control over the copyright of your images, precisely to ensure that your projects remain yours. We also call this a legal shield that protects against unauthorized use and copying of your images.

This is also something we at Factofly make sure to help you with. And that is exactly one of the reasons why you should register with Factofly! 

Invoicing your customers

As a photographer, you often work as a freelancer, which means that you are typically responsible for the administrative tasks yourself, including invoicing.

In addition, it is important that you have control over the most common rules in connection with creating one invoice without CVR no, if you wish to be responsible for that yourself? 

But if you, like so many other self-employed people, are also most interested in keeping your focus on the photography part itself, then you can make use of our invoice service.

With a profile at Factofly, you avoid all the hassle and practicality of being independent, and you like that! Because then there is precisely more time for all the fun - taking the pictures. 

Your website

As a self-employed person, you are recommended to have one Homepage, both so that your existing customers and potentially new customers can see which previous projects you have photographed. That way they can get an insight into what type of photographer you are. 

In addition, it is important that you have your contact details, so that it is never a problem for potential new customers to contact you.

Social Media

It is important that you, as an independent freelance photographer, appear on various social media. Instagram will be an obvious medium for you as a photographer to be active on, and that way promote yourself in order to reach potential new clients and so they can see what you have done in the past.

You must be insured

When you, as a freelance photographer, choose to create a profile with us, you are automatically insured via Factofly. This is also one of the many advantages we as a freelance agency offer to our freelancers. 

As a user of Factofly, you are covered by the following insurances if something should go wrong: 

  • Professional liability insurance 
  • Professional injury insurance

You can learn much more about how and how our insurance covers when you are registered as a member with us, at Factofly. 

It's all a little easier with Factofly

Being a freelance photographer offers freedom, but also administrative challenges. This is where Factofly comes into the picture, to make life easier for you.

We have removed the need for your own CVR number, so that you as a Factofly user can focus on what really counts: your work, your customers and the growth of your business. And yes, you can even allow yourself to relax a little too!

As a member, you can just say goodbye to CVR numbers, complicated invoices, company registration and VAT reports. With Factofly, there is no upper earnings limit for invoicing as a private person - it's like "borrowing" our CVR number. We've taken care of all the hassle for you! You don't have to think about that at all. 

All you have to do to avoid the administrative hassle is to register as a user. We take care of the rest. Factofly was created for you who live off your time and expertise. 

how to become a photographer
By 8.1 min readLast Updated: 5. April 2024

Your guide to how you can easily get started as a photographer.

Do you have a dream to capture life's moments with your camera, whether it concerns major events with deep emotions, a story in a single shot, or simply the individual moments of everyday life?

With Factofly we have prepared a guide for you who have a passion for photography and want to take the next step to become a professional photographer.

Regardless of whether you dream of becoming: 

  • A renowned fashion photographer
  • A sought after wedding photographer
  • A sharp photojournalist

Then this guide will take you through the necessary steps to realize your dream, regardless of your level of ambition.

We will explore everything from the basic techniques of photography to how to build a portfolio, find your first clients and navigate the freelance world as photographer.

Let's take the first step together on your journey to becoming a photographer.

But first…



What is a photographer?

A photographer is someone who masters the art of capturing images that tell stories, express emotions or document events.

As a photographer, you can specialize in different genres, but not necessarily limit yourself to one.

It applies to both:

  • Portrait photography
  • Product photography
  • Wedding photography
  • Fashion photography
  • Journalistic photography

Each genre requires your skills and creativity, as well as an understanding of the customer's needs and the project's goals. 

In order for you to become a skilled photographer, it is not only technically about being able to capture a beautiful image, but also that you can communicate and collaborate effectively with the customer to fulfill their wishes.

As a freelance photographer, no two days are the same. One day you could be shooting a grand wedding, the next day you could be working with a start-up brand to create content for their social media.

The difference in the individual photographers' tasks varies, of course, depending on whether you have specialized in a specific field.

Do you need a course before?

The path to becoming a skilled photographer is both personal and unique, and the question of whether you need a course before starting your journey depends on several factors.

For some, a photography course can be an obvious opportunity to learn the technical aspects of photography, everything from aperture and shutter speed to image composition and lighting control. 

While a course can give you a solid foundational understanding and hone your skills, hands-on experience is often just as valuable.

Many successful photographers have developed their talent through self-learning, experimentation and countless hours behind the camera.

Do you have to keep track of that as a photographer?

Below, we at Factofly will guide you through a number of important parameters that are worth keeping track of in connection with the consideration of becoming self employed photographer.

Skip the business account

You may be wondering whether, as an independent photographer, you can simply avoid having a business account, but the answer is: "You can easily".

As a freelance photographer, you can easily avoid creating a business account by registering as a user at Factofly. 

We at Factofly make it possible for you to invoice clients and receive payments directly, without the extra layers of financial administration.

This means you can focus more on your passion and your craft while we handle the tedious paperwork.

For freelance photographers looking to minimize their administrative tasks and maximize their creative output, you can create a profile with us, where we offer a simple but effective solution that avoids the need for a business account.

Your equipment

As a photographer, your equipment is not just a tool, but much more than that.

The choice of equipment is often reflected in your style, the genres you want to explore and the stories you want to tell through your photography. A DSLR camera may be the core of your photography kit, but lenses, tripods, external flashes, and even your choice of bag play a critical role in bringing your vision to life.

If you are a beginner, it can be tempting to invest in the most expensive equipment right away, but it is recommended that you start with the essentials, get to know your equipment, and then subsequently upgrade your equipment based on the limitations you have experienced in your creative process.

Post-processing programs

To give your images the final personal touch, you can use programs such as Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop to transform your images and bring them closer to your personal touch.

These tools allow you to adjust light, color and composition, giving your images the final touch.

Contracts - prepare the divorce while you are good friends

First of all, as a freelance photographer, it is important that you have control of your contracts with your clients.

This is the alpha and omega for having a well-functioning company and good customer relations! 

As a freelance photographer, it is crucial that you have clear agreements that cover the scope of the individual projects, terms of payment, copyright and much more. We at Factofly are ready to help you with this if you create a profile with us already today. 

To facilitate this process, we have just developed one contract template, which is tailored to the needs of a freelancer. This template is customizable and designed to ensure that all the essential elements of a photographic service agreement are covered, giving you peace of mind when taking on new projects.

Our template helps you navigate the creation of contracts so you can focus on what you do best – creating those unforgettable images! 

When you use our contract template, you ensure that your interests are protected and that your customers' expectations are made clear from the start.

To dive deeper into what your freelance contract should include and why these elements are important, explore our in-depth guide, which includes 5 things you should always have with you

Copyright of your photos

It is important that you, as a photographer, have control over the copyright of your images, precisely to ensure that your projects remain yours. We also call this a legal shield that protects against unauthorized use and copying of your images.

This is also something we at Factofly make sure to help you with. And that is exactly one of the reasons why you should register with Factofly! 

Invoicing your customers

As a photographer, you often work as a freelancer, which means that you are typically responsible for the administrative tasks yourself, including invoicing.

In addition, it is important that you have control over the most common rules in connection with creating one invoice without CVR no, if you wish to be responsible for that yourself? 

But if you, like so many other self-employed people, are also most interested in keeping your focus on the photography part itself, then you can make use of our invoice service.

With a profile at Factofly, you avoid all the hassle and practicality of being independent, and you like that! Because then there is precisely more time for all the fun - taking the pictures. 

Your website

As a self-employed person, you are recommended to have one Homepage, both so that your existing customers and potentially new customers can see which previous projects you have photographed. That way they can get an insight into what type of photographer you are. 

In addition, it is important that you have your contact details, so that it is never a problem for potential new customers to contact you.

Social Media

It is important that you, as an independent freelance photographer, appear on various social media. Instagram will be an obvious medium for you as a photographer to be active on, and that way promote yourself in order to reach potential new clients and so they can see what you have done in the past.

You must be insured

When you, as a freelance photographer, choose to create a profile with us, you are automatically insured via Factofly. This is also one of the many advantages we as a freelance agency offer to our freelancers. 

As a user of Factofly, you are covered by the following insurances if something should go wrong: 

  • Professional liability insurance 
  • Professional injury insurance

You can learn much more about how and how our insurance covers when you are registered as a member with us, at Factofly. 

It's all a little easier with Factofly

Being a freelance photographer offers freedom, but also administrative challenges. This is where Factofly comes into the picture, to make life easier for you.

We have removed the need for your own CVR number, so that you as a Factofly user can focus on what really counts: your work, your customers and the growth of your business. And yes, you can even allow yourself to relax a little too!

As a member, you can just say goodbye to CVR numbers, complicated invoices, company registration and VAT reports. With Factofly, there is no upper earnings limit for invoicing as a private person - it's like "borrowing" our CVR number. We've taken care of all the hassle for you! You don't have to think about that at all. 

All you have to do to avoid the administrative hassle is to register as a user. We take care of the rest. Factofly was created for you who live off your time and expertise.