The Secrets of Successful Photography Blogging: How To Make It Worth Your Time

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You’ve heard that you should be blogging if you’re a photographer. You’ve seen more and more shooters with blogs. Heck, you’ve probably even started one yourself! But do you know why that blog is so critical, and the most important things you need to do to make sure it’s worth the time?

Well, let’s figure it out!

Before we dive in, a quick shout out to our awesome reader Erin, who suggested this topic. Thanks Erin, hope this is helpful!

So, you might already have a blog, or you might be considering one. Either way, let’s start off by talking about the reasons why blogging is so important for photographers.

The Reasons Why Blogging Is So Important For Photographers

Photography is a service, and a personal one at that. Your clients are letting you into their lives, and trusting you with some pretty big moments. The more you can give them reason to feel comfortable with hiring you, the better.

A blog is a perfect tool for doing just that. It gives you the opportunity to show who you are, why you are a photographer, and what value you can provide to a prospective client. It gives them a look into your motivations and how you treat your clients—info that will be important to their decision.

And, of course, it lets them see your latest and greatest work! When you are just getting started (as in, during you first 5 – 10 years as a shooter) you are probably going to be improving your work at a very rapid rate. Portfolio sites have a tendency to get stagnant, and many photographers neglect to update them regularly. A blog ensures that prospective clients are seeing your newest (and likely best) images. That ensures that they are familiar with your current shooting style, which also has a tendency to evolve!

Blogs are also better for SEO than portfolio sites, since they have frequent updates and lots of tasty content (Google loooooooves tasty content). A well-maintained and frequently updated blog can absolutely shoot up the search rankings!

Another benefit is that blogs are a really great way for your clients to share the images you took of them! People love seeing their own photos on their photographer’s blog, and will share the link with all their family and friends. Um….hello awesome word-of-mouth marketing!! Your clients might even ask you if they’ll make the blog, they’re so excited to be featured. Take the time to make great posts for your clients, share why you enjoyed working with them, and they’ll love the experience, and spread the word about you. Win-win!!

At the core, a blog is going to let you start establishing your personal brand. You can get your unique voice across thanks to the narrative style of a blog. This is different than a portfolio, photo-sharing sites like Flickr, or social networking sites like Facebook. Your personal brand is what will make you unique. It’s super valuable.

Best of all? A blog is easy to start, easy to maintain, often cheaper than a dedicated website, and more effective in getting sales!

Now, before you starting racing off, we’ll share a few mistakes we’ve made on our blogging journey.

A Few Mistakes We’ve Made On Our Blogging Journey

We met on blogs, and between the two of us have had about 10 in the past 5 years. We blog a LOT. And we’ve made some mistakes that we don’t want you to make.

One of those was having too many blogs. We’re always guilty of that, but are constantly trying to trim it down. See, when you have too many blogs, you don’t have enough energy to put into each one, and they all end up being so-so. It’s better to have one amazing blog, than three so-so blogs. Only take on as much as you can make awesome.

We’ve also been terrible about starting a blog, getting it going, and then neglecting to keep up with posting. That’s an easy way to disappoint readers, as they get all excited about what you are doing, and then you leave them. We feel really bad about this mistake.

We’ve created blogs without really knowing the reason for it. When we do that, we end up having only a murky idea of who we’re posting for, and wind up with incohesive content, and getting a totally different audience than we expected. This makes it confusing for the author, and the readers, and just difficult all around. Go into your blog with a clear purpose and outcome!

And finally, we’ve forgotten the importantance of creating value in our blogs. We’ve just posted to show off what we’re doing, instead of really trying to make it a valuable experience for our readers. It takes people time to read your blog, so you want to make sure that is time well spent for them. Try to give them value of some sort, whether it’s through entertainment, education, or inspiration. You don’t need to make all your posts like this, as likely a good portion of a photography blog is sharing your latest work, portfolio style, but make sure you’re still taking care of your readers with useful content!

So now that you know which mistakes to avoid, let’s discuss some super important things to keep in mind on your photography blogging journey.

Super Important Things To Keep In Mind On Your Photography Blogging Journey

Know Your Why

Why are you starting a blog? What’s the purpose? What’s the outcome you’re hoping to achieve? Without knowing this, you will be directionless and all the time you spend blogging can really amount to nothing.

Deciding on your purpose right off the bat will give you an incredible sense of control. Any time you need to make a decision about your blog, you’ll simply think of your purpose and desired outcome, and you’ll know what to do.

Choose Your Audience

Once you’ve decided on your outcome, you need to determine who you are blogging for. This is a step that many photographers miss. It’s easy to forget who you are writing for, and start blogging for other shooters, your friends and family, or wedding blogs.

So who are you really blogging for? Is it for your friends and family, to keep them updated with how your photography is going? Or is it for your clients, to keep them in the know with your business?

This matters a LOT, so do it now, even if you already have started a blog. If you’re blogging for clients (which is generally the case if you are a professional business), then you will always need to keep that in mind, every single time you post anything on your blog.

Make It Easy To Convert

As a professional photographer, you’re essentially blogging to get new clients. That’s what will mean more money, and make the blog worth your precious time. So you have to make sure you have all the information on your blog that will convert readers into clients.

This is things like what city you are located in, details of what type of photography services you offer, prices or price ranges, clear contact information, testimonials of why you rock and a call to action (ie. Book Your Session) are super important to making this a worthwhile endeavour.

Be consistent

If you’re going to start a blog, make su
re you can commit to the time it will take.
It is critical that you are consistent with your posts, but also one of the hardest things to do (we definitely have our share of difficulty with this one!).

Consistency shows readers that you are an active business/shooter. The worst thing you could do is start a blog, and have your most recent post be from months (or years!) ago. But it happens allllllll the time. That sends a very bad message to any prospective client that finds your blog!

Decide how often each week you are going to post. If you are a full time shooter, twice a week is a good amount. If you are part-time or a hobbyist shooter wanting to blog, one a week is probably very doable.

You can even decide which days of the week you’ll post on, as that can really help keep you on track!

Tie in Social Media

A blog is different than a Twitter account or Facebook page. They all play different roles in your social media system for your business. But they can definitely support each other!

When you post a new blog post, make sure to Tweet about it. And on your Facebook page, set it up so your blog posts are automatically imported.

Show Your Best, Not Your All

Your blog is not a place to show every single photo you’ve ever taken. Instead, it’s a place to show your very best images from each session, or the very best of your portfolio.

If you just blast your blog with bazillions of images, your audience will get overwhelmed and bored. The exact number of images is completely up to you, and what type of photography you do.

Go for quality over quantity. Remember, this is basically like a constantly updated portfolio, so treat it that way! Clients will be scrutinizing each of those images when they are deciding to book you or not!

Be Personal, But Not Too Personal

It’s a fine line between what is personal, and what is too personal. It’s great to be yourself, and share who you are as a person, but if you start over-sharing it can make your readers uncomfortable.

If this is a business blog, you’ll have to think hard about how much of your personal life you want to share with your readers.

This is completely up to you, and definitely a grey area, but keep it in mind.

Be Positive

No one wants to hear someone complaining on a business blog. It’s a huge turn-off, and will straight up lose you clients.

Be positive, and you’ll attract people to you. That’s why you’re blogging after all!

This all sounds great, and I know you’re getting pumped, but you might be wondering, “Hey Rob & Lauren, can you share some things for photographers to blog about?”

Sure can, friend!

Things For Photographers To Blog About

There are so many things you can blog about, once you start getting in to it, you’ll find yourself always coming up with new topics!

These are just a few ideas that we came up with, but the sky is the limit:

  • Recent work: weddings, portrait sessions, travel images, landscape images, whatever you’re shooting at the time
  • Your most interesting work: you can pull images from your archives to share
  • Personal experiences: check out The Pioneer Woman or Tara Whitney for great examples of personal blogging
  • Answers to FAQs: help your readers get the information they need with some great FAQ posts! Create valuable content for them!
  • Adventures: people love to live vicariously through their favourite bloggers, so take them on your adventures!
  • Why you love photography: let them see your motivations, and they’ll feel more connected to you
  • Promotions at your studio: give you blog readers special discounts, and make sure they know about any promotions, so they feel like following your blog is valuable!
  • How you got started in photography: your story can really help them understand who you are as a shooter
  • Behind the scenes: everyone loves to see how the magic happens!

Now, take a moment to brainstorm (my favourite word, btw) some of your own topic ideas. Simply think of your audience, and what kind of content they would find interesting, relevant, and valuable, and go for it!

Let’s finish this post off with a few more tips for successful photography blogging!

A Few More Tips For Successful Photography Blogging

  • Learn how to write for the web: People skim, and you need to be conscious of that when you write! Check out Copyblogger for the best info on this topic
  • Link to relevant information: Links are great ways to improve both the value of your content, and your SEO rank, so when you can, provide links for your readers
  • Don’t blog other people’s photos: A very odd trend. If you’re a photographer creating your own photography blog, focus on showing off your work to your clients!
  • Use descriptive, meaningful titles: Trying to trick the Google robots never works, and the popular trend of using post titles like “London Wedding Photography – Kate and William’s Wedding” won’t help your SEO. All it will do is make your blog post titles look messy
  • Install Google Analytics: Knowing where your visitors come from, and how they interact with your site is super valuable. And Google Analytics is super powerful and super free
  • Have an RSS feed: An RSS feed lets your readers subscribe to your blog. Most blogs have one built in, but make sure your readers know to subscribe so they can stay on top of your content

So Should You Have A Blog?

Hopefully by now it’s pretty clear that the answer is a resounding yes, but I’ll sum it up here.

If you’re a professional photographer, you should absolutely definitely have a blog. Business is getting personal again, and a blog lets you leverage that shift. It’s also great for SEO, marketing, encouraging word of mouth, engaging your past, present and future clients, and sharing your work. No-brainer.

Even if you’re just getting started on your way to becoming a professional photographer, creating a blog early will constantly improve your personal brand. You’ll get into the habit of blogging consistently, and you’ll be really awesome at it by the time you’re a full-fledged pro!

And if you’re a hobbyist? Well, there’s nothing better than a blog to share your passion with your friends and family! They’ll be your biggest source of support as you’re learning. And who knows? Someone might come across your work, and want to hire you for your unique vision! Your hobbyist blog could be your ticket into the pros.

Blog Services

Don’t have a blog, and need one? You have a bazillion options! Here are a few services to consider:

FotoJournal: Photography Concentrate and all our other blogs are powered by FotoJournal. It’s a service that we’re a small part of, and have been active in providing ideas and feedback on from the beginning. It’s the first blog platform built specifically for photographers, and makes blogging lots of images mega quick and easy!

Tumblr: A multi-media blogging service, Tumblr is a bit more of a casual option, but if you just want to try out blogging, it has a ton of fun features.

WordPress: The grandfather of blogging platforms, WordPress is an open-source option with a ton of customizability, plugins, and themes. A great option if you really like to tinker.

Do you have any tips on how to create a successful photography blog? Share them in the comments!

Lauren Lim

Hey friend, I’m Lauren! I’m a photographer and head ninja here at Photography Concentrate. I’m downright obsessed with photography, and love sharing it with super cool folks like yourself. When I’m not shooting, or writing, you can find me cooking (and eating!), traveling, and hanging out with wonderful people.

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  1. Great post guys! I recently switched from having a portfolio site and a blog to just a blog and it has worked great and really reduced my overhead and change of stagnate content.

  2. Lisa Henderson says:

    i really love all you helpful hints! I enjoy reading your posts… Keep em coming :)

  3. Wow! Shoutout love! This is INCREDIBLY helpful, thank you guys!

  4. *@Dennis:* Thanks Dennis! Yeah, going to just a blog can be fantastic! Do you still have something to show a portfolio of sorts? Or just a blog?

    *@Lisa:* Thanks so much! You bet your buttons we will keep 'em coming!

    *@Erin:* So glad this was helpful!! Yes!!

  5. Very interesting article. Thanks for sharing!

    Des

  6. How does a pro who has a full schedule manage to blog enough to make it work? I can't seem to get past once a month, if that.

    • Hi David, that’s a great question. Depending on your devices your using. I tend to use my iPhone 6s Plus as it has a great size screen to edit.
      So you can blog on the move.

  7. *@Des:* Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading!

    *@David:* Excellent question, David! I absolutely understand that blogging takes up a lot of time. Right now we're working on two blogs full time, which means trying to make time to post every day, and it's difficult.

    But, we definitely think that at this point in the evolution of photography, you have to make time to blog. Clients will be looking to find that connection with their shooters, and eventually they will click on the blog before the portfolio.

    Having a really solid blogging workflow can make it pretty quick to create a post. Perhaps half an hour, once you have it all figured out? Even if you manage that just once a week, it's still a great start!

    Hope that helps! We'll be writing soon on how to really streamline the process so it's quick and easy, so stay tuned!

  8. Great post really enjoyed reading it!

  9. For me I'm much better at focusing on my blog for a few hours vs. 10 mins a day twice a week. So I will sit down for an afternoon and plug in several weeks worth of content.

    This works especially well if I am just promoting recent work.I will distribute the new posts over a month and then am able to sit back and let er go. If something time sensitive comes along I will either delay a post or just have a bit of extra content in a week.

    Works good for me as seen on my active blog bisbing.com

  10. Hey Derek! That is a REALLY great suggestion! Helps you focus, and then you can spend the rest of the month with it off your mind! Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. shelley says:

    I dont know i came by your website, I just kinda fell in lol, but boy am I glad I did. I think I really need a blog as all I am using right now is a seperate Facebook page
    for my photography, so i am gonna give this a blog thing a try. Thanks I am looking forward to being here on your fantastic site very often

  12. Hi Rob and Lauren,

    I found myself reading more and more of your posts/blog and I really enjoyed this one as I am in process myself kick-starting blog soon. I found loads of good tips and advice here, very helpful. I have even bookmarked this page as it will be useful to comeback and reread if I have covered most important areas. Thanks guys!

  13. Thanks Shelley! Let us know how the blogging goes!

    And that's awesome Sondra! It's so great that you're prepping before jumping into the blogging world. You're going to totally rock it right off the bat.

  14. Thanks Guys very useful, I will be starting a blog asap!

  15. Hi Rob and Lauren:

    I'm a regular reader of this site for last 1 month. All your articles are superb and I like to thank you for your effort to help other photographers….

  16. Hi there,
    I’m just starting out on getting a phtography blog going.
    Just a question about copyrighting images, is this necessary? How does this work? Just curious about how one protects your pictures from being taken/used without permission.
    Please let me know.
    I’m super excited about starting my photo blog, but need some answers before I go ahead with it.

    Thanks
    Blanche :)

  17. Regina Budiardjo says:

    Thank you for making this comprehensive guide for blogging! My brain got stuck whenever I have to write something on my blog. I’ll re-read again and have to kick myself to start doing it.

    Cheers,
    Regina
    xx

  18. This was a really great post! I have repeatedly been told I need to start a blog but it seems like such a daunting task! I have scoured the web for useful tips on the issue and this post was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!!

  19. Thanks so much for taking the time to create some great tips about blogging. I have just created a blog about having fun with photography, and it takes a lot of work, even though I think my blog is ok, you can always pick something up that is going to help.

  20. Great information in this article. Thanks for sharing.

  21. What a wonderfulm read.
    Took a few pointers from this great article.

  22. Thanks a lot for this inspiring and very useful tips!

  23. Great article. I’ve been having photography blog for a while and not realizing many of the important things you wrote! What an inspiration.
    Thanks a lot!

  24. is easy to start but is really hard to follow a blog project expecially because the result comes after a few months

  25. great tips! really usefull for the beginners

  26. Very helpful….

    Just one question.. How to start? what’s the first thing i should start writing with?
    How i started or something like that …?

  27. I’ve started several photo blogs in the past but they’ve all failed due to lack of motivation to update. I’ve finally found inspiration! I bought a cameraequipped quadcopter and now have an aerial photo and video blog: http://quadcopterphotography.wordpress.com/

    Thank you Lauren for a great article which further inspired me to not just spam photos but also write more valuable posts.

  28. Fantastic post! Full of useful and important hints and tips. Certainly will use these in my blogging journey.

  29. This is an awesome information about places.Thanks for this info.

  30. This is a great article. This is so useful especially for beginners. Thank you for the tip! :)

  31. What a great article! thanks heaps for putting all these reminders together :)

  32. Thank you! This is super helpful and well written!

  33. Yes I do think that blogging is a great way for photographers to share their portfolio – and that’s key to success, not necessarily blogging.

  34. Great Article.Its very useful

  35. “Be personal but not too personal” ha! good info! thanks

  36. Great, I really find this very useful. Cheers!

  37. I must run with this advice that you have kindly shared with us !
    So thank you for the kick up the bum ! 😜

  38. Lauren, your posted article charged more to my experience as a photographer. As a photographer it needs not just experience but it is also very important to be happy of what you are doing.

  39. Good inspiration, thanks!

    Kind regards from Switzerland

    Beat

  40. Laura Toomer says:

    I’m a new photographer and I’ve been looking at a blog. I photograph a lot of slings and I wanted to be able to review slings through the medium of photography….. This article has been invaluable and I can’t wait to sit and brainstorm all the questions you have left for me.

  41. Fantastic information and thank you for the great read , I have just launched a brand new shiny website , my web-designer suggested to start writing a blog, http://www.daleywilsonphotography.co.uk/blog , reluctantly I got my head around the idea and Published my first blog – “Is It Really Worth Hiring A Pro?” . and believe it or not….I ENJOYED IT! so as part of researching for blog advice I have stumbled across this one……Im keen to get on and start putting together my next . Great tips and advice Lauren thank you for sharing…definitely following .

  42. this is awesome stuf!! great way to summarise the main points.

  43. Thanks for this awesome post. There are some great points that I’ll definitely use. Sometimes I rush posts just because i feel I need to post, I think this year i’ll definitely take more time to come up with content that makes people want to work with me!

    Thanks again! xx

  44. Incredibly helpful. Thank you for sharing this.

  45. This is such a well written article! Thank you for compiling so much information at a single place. This definitely makes things a lot more clear and explains a lot of things, people like me wouldn’t even be aware of. Thank you.

  46. Thanks for the easy tips and trick for image gallery blogging.

  47. Thank you for some very helpful and practical tips on how to take better travel photos and photography blogging.

  48. Thanks for the timely reminders. It’s so easy to neglect one of the most important ways of reaching out to our audience. I’m guilty of it at the moment. Off to update the blog!

  49. Blogging has done wonders for bringing visibility to my beauty brand and I’m beginning to implement it in my photography brand as well. Here’s praying that it will bring in lots of quality clients for me.

  50. Such a great article. Yeah, I’ve had a blog before and I hated it. I didn’t know how this thing worked. Recently I decided to give it another try and I say it’s not as bas as it seems. It can be fun. Thanks for the tips!

  51. Such a helpful article. I read a lot of photography articles and this one was full of so much information. Thank you for not holding back with content.

  52. Most of the photographer use facebook rather than a blog to post their work, cause this has two advantages: 1 – helps you reach a lot of people in a relatively short time, 2 – doesnt require a lot of writing (most facebook posts of photographers are image-only).

    • I think the problem with this is that with Facebook you aren’t in control of the content. Facebook controls who does and doesn’t see your posts through the use of timeline algorithms.

  53. Luke Belmonte says:

    This is absolutely great article! I was undecided whether to keep all my blogs or to just discard them all as I got bored recently and this article made me decide to keep 1 blog only. Now, I’m excited to go back to blogging and have it re-created. Thanks for the tips!

  54. Very good information. I have just published my blog on my website and will write more in the future. This information will help me to get motivated. Thanks for publishing.

  55. Just like the posting before me – I too had a blog. It was a very time consuming “project.” But, all your points mentioned makes sense – especially the SEO part!
    I guess, I will have to start blogging again, not only am I learning about taking nice photos, but, now have to learn how to write accordingly for my blog.

  56. Thanks for very helpful article, This information will help me to get motivated.

  57. This is a great article! Very nice … And the part with “Be personal, but not to personal” was the best! Good work!

  58. Thank you for all these good Tips. i wil try it for sure.

  59. Great blog nice n useful information , it is very helpful for me.

  60. The post is awesome. Liked the information on blog services the most.

  61. Great post, certainly inspiring for me developing my new blog. Thanks so much. Now off to put things into practice.

  62. Good article! However, my reason for blogging is actually to help budding photographers, not to get new clients. I remember when I first began shooting. :)

  63. Lauren, Thanks for sharing this awesome post!
    Trust me, I used to have a photography business that ranked so well in the search and i never did any optimisation, all I did was regularly blog with awesome tips, recent work and similar stuff (like gear i just bought etc.) and it was killing it, the rankings were so awesome but within a year i became quite inactive online, I lost the traffic. I think it is super important to keep your blog active and pumping always , especially in a dynamic industry like photography!

  64. hi there! I’m running my own blog somewhat a photoblog type since posts come with lots of pictures (if you’re in Madrid it’s a given that your blog will have lots of beautiful pictures LOL). I’d like to ask if you have knowledge of relevant directories where I can submit my blog? Thanks and more power.

  65. Hi I loved reading you article, but I still have more questions.
    I’m an experimental photographer that has just completed a honours degree in the same field. Could I put my development and process as a start of my blog( don’t have one yet)?
    I’m interested in the sciences and developing photos that bring art and science closer in a philosophical way.
    I have done studio and outside work, but I mainly do darkroom and low light, I have more of a focused field.
    I have more questions but I don’t want to fill up the comments area. Could anyone point me in the right direction?

  66. Loved reading your article. All the facts have been explained clearly. Thanks for sharing.

  67. I have spent ages researching blogging and whats best for our photographic business.
    Some questions please:
    If I use a WordPress free theme, do I use the same name as our business
    Will I have to have it hosted
    Is it better to have a blog on our existing website

    It’s all spinning around in my head and I’ve read so much I still don’t know what to do for the best

  68. Great suggestions. I will share this with my students. -CL
    http://christianlange.com

  69. This is a great post. Very insightful. I love wordpress and run all of our blogs on it. Probably one of the best platforms from an SEO perspective.

  70. As a photographer if you get to improve your service,you must written your blog. Clients follow your blog and your motivations have been change. You get new clients by your blog. You can discuss your update work with your client.

  71. Hello,
    I am starting a Vlog Site and I have a friend who will be doing all of the photography for the site. I am trying to figure out who he/she will get paid from this. They also will be helping me blog a little as well. I’m not sure but would like your take on this if possible.

  72. Great blog post! Photography is my passion because so much of it reflects your own personal tastes and style, everything from the subject to the lighting, to editing says something about you. It is truly an inspiring piece of art of when one stops to think about it. Thanks for the great advice, never underestimate the value of keeping positive.

  73. Great article! I’m in the process of building my own blog, so this info will help lead my decisions. Thanks, and keep up with the good work!

  74. hi there! :-) , your article really helped me , i was soo scared to start blogging because i usually mess things up and get a little carried away
    well i gathered enough courage and finally made my first blog post
    please check it out because i need some expert advice, and please lemme know what should i do to improve
    :-)

  75. Great blog! I needed to read this! Been a photographer for 7 years, and the blogging part and consistency seems to be rough for me. These are great tips, I took a bunch of notes and will be brainstorming tomorrow! Thanks for this!

  76. Really enjoyed the article. I appreciate how thorough and in depth it was. I’m trying to think of new content to blog besides just my recent photography jobs. Found this helpful

  77. Brilliant blog, just what I was looking for and more when I searched (I actually blogged – what titles to use when blogging about photo sessions btw). Keep up the good work.

  78. Howdy Rob and Lauren,

    I wound up perusing increasingly of your posts/site and I truly delighted in this one as I am in the process myself kick-beginning web journal soon. I discovered heaps of good tips and counsel here, extremely supportive. I have even bookmarked this page as it will be valuable to return and rehash on the off chance that I have secured most essential regions. Much appreciated, folks!

  79. This is a fantastic suggestion, we are going to building our own blog, so this info will help lead my decisions. It makes perfect sense – so practical & useful. keep up with the good work!

    Thanks!

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