Travel Photography Jobs – Get Paid To Travel Abroad
Do you love to travel and take pictures of everything while you do it?
And I’m not talking selfies in famous landmarks…
I mean the kind of pictures that take you back to that place when you see them, those images that explain stories and when you show them to other people, they feel the same sensations you experienced when you were there.
Would you be happy doing that for a living?
Then, you may want to consider applying for Travel Photography jobs and discover the ton of different options you have to get paid to travel abroad.
Let’s check them out right now! 😉
What Do You Need To Become a Travel Photographer?
Usually, when you want to travel, you need to pay for it, right?
Plane tickets, accomodation, car rental, and all those expenses a trip involves. But you do it anyway, since you love to visit new places, meet foreign and interesting people and learn new cultures.
If you’re a travel junkie and you’re tired of having to stay in just one place day after day, checking travel bloggers’ Instagram accounts and waiting for the holidays to finally have the chance to escape and really enjoy it, you might consider becoming a travel photographer and turn travel into your lifestyle.
Souds good, huh? But this is no easy task.
It’s not just go around and take pictures like you do when you’re on vacation. You really need to stop and think first if you meet the basic requirements for this kind of job:
Nobody is going to hire you just because you want to travel the world for free and you like photography. You’re going to get paid to travel around the world, but you really need to prove the company you want to work for that you can deliver a certain quality work that they can use in their websites or marketing campaigns.
It’s important to have your own photographer website or blog as a portfolio showing your best work so that they can see if it meets their standars and style.
It’s also very positive if you have some of your pictures on image libraries, microstock websites or other platforms where companies search for quality images to buy.
When posting your work online (Instagram, EyeEm, Stock Photo websites,…), make sure you upload your best photos and stories, do not just put every image you shoot out there. Create a nice and clean vision of what your work represents and the quality you bet for.
The higher your online awareness and presence, the better the chances to get the job.
You’re trying to make yourself a name in a market where you have to deliver quality and creativity.
You don’t need to have the best and more expensive equipment in the market, but you will need a basic gear and a perfect knowledge of it so you don’t have to lose time on testing.
Basically you’re going to need a DSLR camera with a couple of high-quality lenses, which will vary depending on the type of photography you want to take.
You say you want to travel? OK, then it’s important that when a company chooses you for an assignment, you’re ready to go whenever they need you.
Sometimes the job will require immediate and quick response, so if you hesitate, they will find another one to do it and won’t call you again.
Be always ready. If you want to be a professional travel photographer, you have to be it full-time.
When you’re on assignment, you’re not on vacation.
You’ll be missing out on the travel experience you’re used to enjoy, you’ll be subject to deadlines, you’ll be on tight schedules and sometimes having to rush to catch the next plane or train to the following destination, and all this while you need to be creating decent quality material.
You will need to be patient, since the perfect photo may not (99% of the times it will not) be the first one, and ready to wake up early and go to bed late so that you can make the most of the location.
BE ORIGINAL AND CREATIVE
There are thousands of photographers out there trying to make it on travel photography.
What will make you stand out from all of them? Which are your strenghts? What are you good at? Just leverage that and put it out there, be original, be creative, do something nobody else does or do it in a new different and way.
Photography is all about angles, points of view and how you are able to tell the story.
Reverse-engineer the process, think outside of the box, use lateral thinking, do what it takes so that your image is different from the rest (anybody can take a nice picture of the Amsterdam canals, make yours exceptional).
What Do You Think? Do You Have What It Takes?
Now you know how the whole travel-photography-for-a-living experience is all about.
If you think you can take it, if you think you can deliver the quality and the awseome work that will make you shine and be picked above the rest, what are you waiting for?
Let’s check out some of the ways in which you can access to this amazing world and be a travel photographer:
APPLY FOR A TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY JOB
There are many companies that are always searching for this kind of photographers: advertising, media, magazines, real state, design, travel agencies, resorts…
You can search online for what these industries usually look for and submit your work with a letter of presentation and a link to your online portfolio to them offering your services.
You’ll find that some of these offers may be freelance travel photography jobs to work on specific assignments and others can be to fill long-term job positions inside the company itself.
It’s up to you which kind of contract you’re looking for.
CREATE YOUR OWN TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY WEBSITE
If you don’t want to depend on others and want to do it your own way, you can create your own brand around yourself and your work.
Today, you don’t need to be employed by others to work remotely if you don’t want to. You can have your own online wesbite, including
a travel blog and an online shop where you can showcase your work and sell photographies to whoever may be interested.
There are marketing communities online who help you create your online brand, teach you how to attract visitors to sell pictures and monetize your travel blog to make money while you’re traveling.
If this is the way you want to go for, don’t miss this article on how you can make money online doing what you love, and you’ll be able to travel the world while making money.
ENTER TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITIONS
Every year there are a lot of competitions all over the world, where you can submit your travel photos and get a chance to win money, photo equipment, holiday packages or even paid workshops with travel photography experts in awesome locations.
Anybody can win, so don’t think your pictures aren’t good enough to participate, go for it! Just pick the best travel photos you have and take the chance.
These are just some examples of Travel Photography Contests:
- Wanderlust Photo of the Year Competition
- The Guardian’s Readers Travel Photography Competition
- Travel Photographer of the Year
- National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year
But you can find a lot of them on the Internet. You never know when somebody is going to find one of your photos worth a recognition.
Get Paid! Travel Abroad!
Now you know some of the ways you can get paid to travel around the world if you’re a travel photographer.
It’s not that you have to choose just one of them. Actually you shouldn’t just rely on one option until you are well stablished and can count on it as a stable source of income. And even the, it’s highly advisable to have several income streams working at the same time (you know, one could fail, but you got the others…)
So my advice if you want to become a travel photographer is that you figure out which is the way that fits you better. Is it working for a big company? Creating your own brand online and putting yourself out there on art galleries to looks for partnerships? Maybe your thing is selling your pictures online and traveling your own way? Or are you looking for a chance on National Geographic Photography Jobs…
I don’t know, the options are endless…
Travel photography is for the braves, the adventurous and restless. If your passion is traveling and capturing stories wherever you go, that’s your thing, so go for it! 😉
What are you waiting for?
You move, my friend.
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