Lifestylechoice wrote in post #18477926
There is some advice that you talked about such as reaching out to magazines, agencies and newspapers that I have reached out to in my local area, and found some success in that.
I was going to post a similar question in here, but you beat me to it! Good answers from other Canadians in here as well.
Similar situation. Been photographing vehicles (my own and friends) for 4-5 years now. The past 2 years have been very involved in the local (Calgary) car community with emphasis on instagram, branded shirts, car shows, photoshoot giveaways, cold calls (walk ups with business cards), etc.
Haven't landed a client yet, but have stooped low enough to offering 1 free shoot for exposure (a kick in the crotch and it didn't lead to more shoots, lol). Here, it's a very tough market, as guys are shooting for $100-$150 and my C.O.D.B. is way too high for the average car owner. (I use lighting and extensive composites, no one else here does. They just shoot a roller or two and 3-4 static natural light shots).
End goal is the same as yours - Photograph for magazines - Webb Bland, Dale Martin, Jeremy Cliff, Andrew Link.
Best advice I can give (as I am in the process of doing the same):
- Submit as much completed stuff as you can to automotive websites and magazines that accept submissions. Yeah, it devalues you and they get pictures for free, but once you are "published" on speedhunters or in a magazine, that's something you can add to your website, instagram or whatever to seem "higher end"
- Build an amazing portfolio book of your top images (a strong variety of different styles to show your skills are rounded) and ship it, with return postage, to different editors. Seeing your work in print, vs on screen may help? I just finished the Mike Kelley Architecture series, so that's where my mind is at, lol.
- Network. Ask questions. Send an email to Easton Chang if need be. He might respond. I really wish his photo video tutorial included more business information.
That's all I can give for advice, because I am in the same situation, kinda. Definitely going to gravitate away from trying to get clients for private shoots (it's just not working for me), and focus on the friends that I have with nice vehicles, to allow me to shoot theirs for free. Build a better portfolio, try to get individual photo shoots and vehicle writeups in local Canadian magazines and send the completed portfolio out to editors in the U.S.