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How To Make Your Wildlife Photography Career Pay

If you had told me a few years back that I would have a successful wildlife photography career and be able to spend a significant amount of time on safari in game reserves and national parks in Africa photographing wildlife for a living, I would probably have laughed at your fine joke.

But today it's true and sometimes when I am looking at a lion pride or a leopard in a tree through my camera viewfinder I still can't believe my good fortune.

The point here isn't to pat myself on the back or brag about what I have achieved but to share that it's also possible for you to have a successful wildlife photography career (or any of the other branches of photography like sports, wedding, travel etc) because if I could do it then you can too. And all you need is passion and knowledge about photography to make it work.

No Qualifications Necessary

That's all I had when I started out a few years ago, just the passion and some hands on experience. I didn't and still don't have any formal photography qualifications but I have a passion for African wildlife photography and that's what drove me to teach myself all I could about it and to practise it whenever I had the opportunity.

Bruce in the Kruger National Park

But that still wasn't enough to enable me to pursue a wildlife photography career that would actually pay the bills. What enabled me to do that was building the website that you are on at the moment and a safari website where I also lean heavily on my wildlife photography knowledge and passion.

By applying my photography know how to websites, I eventually started earning enough money to pursue a wildlife photography job on a full time basis.

But it didn't happen overnight. I started the websites part time while I still had a 9 -5 job (I was a payroll administrator which I didn't enjoy at all) and it took about three years until I was able to wave formal employment goodbye so this is not a get rich quick method by any means. But it is a way of leveraging your passion so that you can practise it 24/7 in the long term.

You might be thinking at this point that you don't know anything about the internet and how to build a website.

Well, I didn't either when I started out but I was lucky enough to come across a company that helped me through every step of the process of building a successful website by using SiteBuildit.

I honestly couldn't have built these websites without using Sitebuildit because it breaks everything down into an understandable process that anybody (including you) can follow and provides all the tools that are necessary for online success. What you have to bring to the mix is your wildlife photography career passion and motivation.

SiteBuildit takes care of all the technical stuff in the background so that you can concentrate on what you know and love. You don't have to have any kind of web or internet knowledge (I sure didn't when I first started out) because Sitebuildit takes you from ground zero to a successful website at a slow and steady rate. Real success never happens overnight.

So if you are serious about getting into or advancing your wildlife photography career building your own website is a very viable way of doing it. In fact, any kind of photography career will benefit from using Sitebuildit whether it be sports, wedding, travel, fashion or whatever niche you are interested in. The principles remain the same. You bring your photography passion and know how, and Sitebuildit takes care of all the technical stuff.

I know it works because I've done it myself and when I sit around a crackling campfire listening to the sounds of the African night planning the wildlife shoot for the next day, I am very thankful that I can live my dream.

The First Step

If you want to become a wildlife photographer or make your existing wildlife photography career pay the first thing you need to do is take a look at this introductory video below which will help you begin the process just like I did.

Video Tour

Feel free to contact me If you want to ask questions about a successful wildlife photography career...

Bruce Whittaker

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