Freelance photography is the production of photographs as a contracted or self-employed photographer.
Generally, a freelance photographer works under contracts specifically designed to suit the needs of each client. As a freelance photographer, one would market themselves through the proper and effective use of online portfolios, websites and social media to connect with potential clients.
Freelance photographers are often hired for weddings, sporting events, and fundraisers but can also be hired for individual and family photo shoots. However, many freelance photographers choose to focus on a specific type or style of photography such as wedding, fashion, portrait or corporate photography. Generally, a freelance photographer will ask a specific set of questions (depending on the type of client) to evaluate whether or not their needs align with the type and style of the work that the freelance photographer is able to both produce and willing to associate themselves with.
The average freelance photographer’s salary in the United States is $57,218 a year.
Although ZipRecruiter sees annual salaries as high as $79,000, they also see salaries as low as $35,000. The majority of freelance photographer salaries currently range between $45,500 (25th percentile) to $72,000 (75th percentile) in the United States alone.
The average pay range for a freelance photographer varies modestly (up to $26,500), which suggests there may be fewer opportunities for advancement based on skill level, but increased pay based on location and years of experience is still possible.