While I’m aware that the portfolio is key, industry competition and marketing in Australia pushes the qualification factor. Is a qualification something I should pursue?
Secondly, grateful any recommendations for online courses/qualifications that could help overcome the qualification/perception barrier. [I do appreciate other PTON threads suggest books, online forums etc over online courses]. A face-to-face uni degree isn’t an option as I can’t fit it in with work.
For your background, I currently have a business degree which should assist with the ‘running the business aspect’. Appreciate I’ll have to upgrade my gear in the future… currently have a 60D, 17-55 2.8 IS USM, 10-22 3.5-4.5 USM, 580 EXII and 420 EX.
Professional qualifications and certs are not going to net any measurable amount of income from this type of work. Your referrals will. You portfolio can.
IMO online photo courses are not worth it. However, many local colleges and universities have quality on-ground classes.
And finally, it's not the gear -- it's the photographer.