Just as there are many different kinds of photography, there are also many different ways to find photography work. One of the best places to find photography work is on the internet. There are numerous websites for creative professionals such as photographers that list open calls for work as well as project-based work. One of the most popular places to search for creative work is Craigslist, an online classified ads site. In addition to being able to search for work in your own town, you will also be able to search for work in towns and cities within a commutable distance. Furthermore, it is possible to use internet posting sites such as the Craigslist site to find work that you can complete via telecommunication.
One of the most important ways to prepare to find photography work is to build up a portfolio. If you do not have a portfolio for potential clients to look at, they have no idea what the style and quality of your work is like. Now that we are in the digital age, it has become just as important to have an online portfolio as it is to have a physical portfolio. It is now best to have both. You can take your physical portfolio with you to meetings with potential clients and use your digital portfolio when you are communicating with people via email and over the phone.
A good way to find photography work is to network with other photographers. Also, offer to help out other photographers with projects that are either unusual in scale or scope or are under a tight deadline. It is a wonderful thing if you can be on call to stand in on a job if one of your colleagues cannot, for one reason or another, make it to an appointment. This is especially true in event photography, when the work has to take place within a specific period of time at a specific location.
Surveillance professionals and private investigators are often looking for photographers to help them build cases that they are working on. While this might not be the most creative kind of photography work, it is possible to make a nice amount of money in this field. In so doing, you will have a bit of financial breathing room to do things like develop your professional website, fill out your portfolio, network with potential clients, and line up future jobs.