Sell your photos at local art shows
One of the best ways you can make money from your photos is to sell your prints at local street fairs and art shows. You can turn your best photos into small postcards, framed prints, or canvas art pieces and set up a stall to display your work. Look online for art shows and fairs in your local area, and set aside a budget to have your photos printed in a number of different formats in professional quality. You never know who might see your work, and selling your prints could lead to a number of different work opportunities.
Take on some paid jobs
Although it might not be the type of photography you want to specialize in, you can make money from taking photos at weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and engagement parties. Create a blog or website that lists your fees for these services and post examples of your work online. When taking a job, always discuss with the client about the particulars of the project. You can even take photos that you are particularly proud of and add these to your portfolio. Leave business cards with local businesses, such as hair salons and florists, or take out an advertisement in the classifieds section of your local newspaper. You might even want to offer to take free photos at a charity event in order to network and meet potential new clients. Talk to friends and family members about whether they know anyone who requires a good photographer for a social function or event, and start planning how you can make money from offering this service.