Photography 101: Can You Make a Living as a Travel Photographer

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

Photographers often ask me if you can make a living as a travel photographer. The simple answer is: yes you can. Are you going to get rich? Probably not. But is getting rich the important thing, or is it the experience of a lifetime that’s important? That’s for YOU to figure out. As is true with any business model there are two aspects of the equation that never change: revenue and cost. It’s the balancing act between the two that determines success or failure.

I am a wildlife, landscape and travel photographer who travels the world full-time. Before this career change I was a young U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant and a thirty-year veteran of the corporate wars in the United States (I was a Branch Vice President with JPMorgan Chase Bank and I hated it). In 2011, at the ripe old age of 64, I quit the bank…

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