Getting Started As A Travel Photographer

Building A Portfolio Of Quality Shots

Have you got what it takes to become a creative professional in the travel photography niche? Learn how to get started.

Do you dream of travelling the world, capturing the highlights on camera and getting paid to do so? There’s no set career path to becoming a travel photographer, but if you have a love of photography and insatiable wanderlust, then it could be a good move for you. The first step is to decide what your goals are when settling into this type of creative work.

Hobby or Profession

Like most creative roles, travel photography can easily begin as a hobby that you begin to get paid for. Decide whether you’re happy with doing this as a freelance side gig, or whether you’d prefer to be hired as an official travel photographer for Lonely Planet, jetting off from place to place for the perfect shoot.

Creating Your Portfolio

Either way, if you’re just getting started, then you’ll need to build up a portfolio to showcase your best work. Travelling to far-flung destinations isn’t necessarily important at this stage, rather it’s your ability to demonstrate that you have a talent for capturing beautiful moments, whether those be of a sunset, landscape view or a close-up shot of some wildlife. You might choose to create a diverse portfolio to show that your skills are versatile. But if you feel that you specialise in a particular area of travel photography, perhaps shooting volcanoes for example, then it’s best to put your efforts into producing a portfolio that echoes this talent.

Marketing Your Work

One of the best ways to make money as a travel photographer is to sell your images online. Marketing departments are desperate for visual content as consumers are increasingly engaged with the images they see on social media and websites. Unfortunately, the market for stock images is quite saturated, and there are many low-quality photos floating around online that are tagged misleadingly. If you want your work to stand out from the mountain of other images of the Taj Mahal for example, then you’ll need to ask yourself if your images are offering something different that corporate marketers will want to snap up. Your pics must also be sharp and of a high quality. Make sure your photo editing skills are top notch and that you know how to operate your camera to get the best out of it. Aside from stock image websites, another great way to get your name out there is to enter travel photography competitions which will be judged by industry professionals.

Investing In Your Equipment

Your photos will only ever be as good as your camera allows them to be, so investing in decent kit, from cameras to lenses and tripods is essential before you set off on your trip. Quality cameras usually come with a hefty price tag, so if you’re struggling to afford the latest model, it might be worth trading in your old kit to offset the price. For example, if you have an existing Canon camera, you can visit a reputable sell my Canon camera site and receive a quote for your kit. Once approved, you’ll receive a same-day bank transfer of cash for you to put towards a better model.

Travel photography is a competitive field, but it can be incredibly rewarding too. If you’re ready to get started but can’t quite afford a plane ticket anywhere, just head out this weekend whether into the countryside, or into your local city centre and be inspired your surroundings!

Our top tips for selling your holiday home

5 vital steps for a quick and easy sale

In a busy market, selling your holiday home can be difficult, but our top tips will increase your chances of finding a buyer.

No matter how much you love your holiday home, there is likely to come a time when you’re ready to move on. With a lot of competition on the market, selling your holiday home is not always straightforward, so we asked holiday homes specialists, Sarah Waddington Property, to share their top tips for a fast and simple sale.

Get your timing right

It may not be something you immediately think of, but getting the timing right is critical when it comes to selling your holiday home. You may think that peak season is the best time to put your property up for sale, as there will be plenty of tourists around. However, if you have bookings throughout the peak months it can be difficult to find time for viewings and, by the time the sale goes through, the buyer has to wait several months before peak season rolls around again and they can make full use of their new holiday home.

Ideally, you should put your property on the market several months before the peak season. This gives both sides plenty of time to exchange contracts and finalise arrangements in advance of the busy summer months.

Know your audience

Before you put your property on the market, think carefully about your target market. Look at your current rental customers and resort neighbours to help you identify which groups are most likely to be interested in your property – for example, is it perfect for young families, or is it more suitable for retired couples? This will help you to choose the key selling points that most appeal to your target market, as well as enabling you to select the most effective sales platform and techniques.

Take great photographs

A picture tells a thousand words – and they can be a key marketing tool when it comes to selling your holiday home.With this mind, a few dark, shaky images taken on your smart phone simply won’t cut it. Your sales images should be good quality, well-lit and showcase your property and its features in the best possible light. Ideally, you should hire a professional photographer to take these photos. It may cost you more in the short term but it will help to generate more interest in your holiday property.

Create an information pack

Prospective buyers will want to know as much about the property as possible – especially if you’re selling it as a going concern – so make it easy for them to lay their hands on the details by creating an information pack. As well as the property specifics, include information on key areas such as rental income, peak seasons, how you market the property to holidaymakers, any existing relationships with agents, where the majority of bookings come from, and nearby facilities and amenities.

Prepare your property

First impressions count, so when you’re arranging viewings for potential buyers it’s important to ensure that your property is looking its best. Take a good look around your holiday home with objective eyes and identify any areas that are looking a bit shabby or that need further attention. Giving walls a new lick of paint, replacing any items that are past their best and carrying out any outstanding repairs can make a big difference to your sales efforts – so be sure to do this before you put your property on the market.

There are lots of things to consider when it comes to selling your vacation property, so it’s always worth seeking advice from an expert. With good planning, a bit of effort and some expert advice, you should soon find a buyer for your holiday home.

A Guide To Living In Shenfield

The Perfect Place For Your Next Home Move In 2020

Shenfield has exploded in interest since plans were announced to bring Crossrail here. Find out more about this attractive Essex area.

If you’re looking for a rural, villagey area of Essex to live in with close ties to London, then Shenfield has to be on your shortlist. As a former village, it now appears more suburban and is incredibly popular with commuters, particularly with the introduction of Crossrail’s the Elizabeth line stopping here. House prices are looking strong in Shenfield, with an average current value of £742,452 and 38 sales completed in the last twelve months. If Shenfield sounds like the area you might be looking for in your next move, read on to learn more!
Increased Investment

Ever since the announcement that Shenfield would be on the Crossrail line, commuters and buy-to-let investors from in and outside of the capital have flocked here to snap up properties within walking distance of the station. 12 trains an hour will be delivered to the capital in peak periods, with quick journey times from as little as 41 minutes to Liverpool Street, 49 minutes to Bond Street and 78 minutes to Heathrow Airport. Slightly rundown areas outside of the station are due a facelift thanks to the arrival of Crossrail, and there are plans to create a piazza space next to the pedestrian entrance.

Other Transport Links

Aside from the railway, Shenfield is well placed just off the A12, connecting you easily with East London or out through the north east of Essex through Chelmsford, Colchester, Ipswich and on to the beautiful Suffolk coastline. You can also get to the M25 at Junction 28.

Outstanding Schools

Families considering a move here will be tempted by the calibre of schools in the area. Shenfield offers an outstanding primary school, namely Shenfield St. Marys Church of England Primary, and an Ofsted-rated ‘good’ secondary at St Martins, Brentwood. Additionally, there are two popular private schools, Herington House and Brentwood School in the area.

Local Amenities

Although once a village, Shenfield offers far more than just a post office and a village shop. The main street is located on Hutton Road which is filled with independent shops such as the butchers and delicatessen, alongside pretty cafes, restaurants, beauty salons and amenities such as banks and Tesco Express. There’s plenty to occupy you on a Saturday morning stroll, but if you want to go further afield, then Chelmsford or Romford are both just a short journey away.

Property Stock

Shenfield estate agents explain that many of the area’s homes were built from the 1920s at the earliest, although there are some period properties available in the site of the old village near St Mary’s Church. Semis and detached properties make up most of the housing stock in the area, which makes it an ideal place for families to live in, although be aware that homes are particularly sought-after within school catchment areas.

If you’re interested in viewing properties, then register with some local estate agents and take a drive around the area so you get to know it a little better. Shenfield could be the perfect place for your next move in 2020!