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Aug 22, 2023

11 Reasons to Work from Home with Food Photography

—Where do you see yourself in the future? 
—What career do you want? 
—How much do you want to earn? 
—What does your work/life balance look like? 

The answers to these questions and more are some of the most popular reasons to work from home with food photography by taking classes online with Pretty Focused.

For some students, it’s as simple as earning a side income from home. Other times, it’s the desire for a new career and self-made business. Everyone who joins Pretty Focused and enters the food photography industry has their own motivation. Ultimately what they are looking for is a career that will bring them freedom and financial stability.

If you’ve struggled to find a career that will provide you with the complete freedom and flexibility you need, keep reading below to find out why you should take food photography classes online today.

11 Reasons to Work from Home with Food Photography 

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We interviewed over 550 students to figure out exactly why they signed up for Pretty Focused and what they were hoping to get out of the course. As you can imagine, there were dozens of different answers, but we gathered the 11 most popular reasons to take online classes to learn how to work from home with food photography. We compiled them below. 

Here’s what they had to say.

And don’t forget to check out our Pretty Focused student success stories for more insight.

1.   Launch a Successful Food Photography Business: 217 People

The most popular reason to join Pretty Focused (by a wide margin) is to create a thriving food photography business. 

“I am hoping to improve my photography and start a business by the end of the year. My goal is to eventually leave my corporate job and turn photography into my full-time job!” —Karin F.

“Develop skill and knowledge to make career-pivot and create a successful business incorporating my love of cooking and baking.” —Pam O.

“The knowledge of what makes a great food photo and the confidence to start my own food photography business.” —Billy B.

“I would like to graduate knowing I'm good enough and I can make this into a career if I choose.” —Jennifer B.

It makes sense. Our founders are successful food blog photographers, and the Pretty Focused course is designed to teach you everything you need to know about taking incredible photos, landing clients, and launching a successful career.  In fact, just a few short weeks after completing the Pretty Focused course, almost all of our graduates earn back their investment and sell most (if not all) of their portfolio photos. 

So if you want to launch your career in food photography from home, there’s no doubt that Pretty Focused is for you.

2.   Improve My Photography Skills: 73 People

Even if you already have a successful food blog or a burgeoning hobby as a photographer, taking food photography classes online can still be a smart business move. That’s why the second-most-popular reason for joining Pretty Focused is to improve photography skills. 

“I want to improve my food photography skills for the blog I'm launching later this year, and to sell in the buyers club. Looking forward to learning more of the technical aspects of the craft.” —Karl M.

“Improve my photography skills.” —Stephanie B.

“I want to improve my photography and my styling technique.” —Melissa L.

“I want to learn how to use my camera and take better pictures.”—Elena W.

“Take better photos!” —Niki W.

We designed the Pretty Focused course to teach you how to use your camera to the best of your ability. And more than that, it teaches you specifically how to take photographs that food bloggers are looking to purchase and readers want to see.

Here’s our recommended camera gear to get you started!

3.  A career I am Passionate About and Love: 69 People

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Most of us are tired (exhausted!) of working jobs we hate and in utterly boring and uninspiring industries. It is not enough to earn money to survive; we want to be happy! And so, for many of our Pretty Focused students, they want to go back to school and take classes in food photography from home in order to jump into a career they enjoy.

“A career that combines my passions of cooking and art.” —Shannon P.

“Jump starting a food photography career! It has always been my passion, so I am glad that I am finally taking the leap.” — Jessica G.

“Make a full-time career doing what I love.” — Samantha M.

“To create a career I love!” —Carrie A.

“The structure to build a successful business to gain financial freedom, while doing what I love.” —Alyssa A.

Whether your passion is cooking, baking, art, photography, or just being creative, a career in food photography can satisfy your desire. And it’s not just about the type of work you do either. Our students also love that a successful career in food photography comes with a lot of flexibility to craft the day-to-day, week-to-week, and month-to-month schedule that works best for you (we’ll talk more about this in #5).

4.   Earn a Full-Time Income with Food Photography from Home: 55 People

Money makes the world go around, so it should be no surprise that it is also one of the most popular reasons to take food photography classes online. A career you love is great, but it is not worth much if it doesn’t earn you enough income to live. Thankfully that’s not the case when it comes to a career working from home in food photography, and our students know it.

“Earn a full-time income from food photography.” —Jasmine B.

“I want to move from an unstable portrait photography business to a more stable food and product photography line that can bring in steady and reliable income.” Heather T.

“I hope to replace my income.” —Christine S.

“I am looking to replace my full-time income and do a job I love doing!” —Colleen L.

“I need to make positive cash flow. I'm hoping to make a six-figure income this year by selling photography and videography services.” —Sachiko G.

“I would love to make this a full-time job to help support my family.” —Kaitlyn C.

Many of Pretty Focused’s students are ready to earn a full-time income with their new career in food photography. Whether replacing a full-time job or looking to get back into the workforce after some time to take care of their family, most of our students want to turn food blog photography into a full-time career, not just a side hustle.

Erin earned back her investment in the Pretty Focused course the day she graduated. Read her story now.

5.   Flexible Career from Home —39 People

And yet, food blog photographers aren’t willing to return to the grind of the 9-to-5. If you want to have to go into an office every day and put in the hours, a career in food photography isn’t for you. Our students are looking for flexible work hours that can be adjusted to fit their schedules and needs—not the other way around.

“I am hoping to be able to have a career that allows me the freedom to be around for my daughter and to not have to go into the 9-5 world.” —Elizabeth L.

“A fun and creative career – flexibility is key!” —Stephanie M.

“Freedom! Being able to have a stream of income that allows me to decide when I want to work. Having RA, limits me a little when it comes to set work hours.”—Vernita M.

“I am hoping to find a way that will allow me to be home with my babies. I am looking for more freedom and flexibility.” —Jade F.

With a career in food photography, there is as much or as little work as you want. And the work can be completed when and where you need it. Have two hours on a Saturday morning? Schedule that time for your photography shoot, and then take off Friday for your kids' field trip. Need every afternoon off for school pick-up? Plan your days as needed and work when you want. It’s that simple. You can work from home with food photography.

6.   Improved Understanding of my Camera & Editing: 33 people

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We touched on this in #2, but this goes further. You might already take great photos. Maybe you have an eye for design and layout already leagues ahead, but you struggle to use all of the incredible features that your fancy camera offers. Many students come to Pretty Focused and take food photography classes online to gain a more in-depth understanding of their camera and editing software. They understand that there is always more to learn.

“If there is one thing I hope Pretty Focused can teach me, it is to better understand and be able to control my camera without stressing over it.”—Laura M.

“Master my camera and improve my food photography.” —Chichi U.

“Better camera skills.” —Heather S.

“A good solid foundation on my camera and Lightroom.” —Kelly K.

“Learning from the beginning how the camera actually works! Ha! I'm self-taught, and there's so much I don't know about the fundamentals of photography!” —Beth L.

7.   Exposure to High-Quality Clients: 24 People

Even if you already have a food photography business or a food blog you’re taking pictures for, there are still reasons to join Pretty Focused? Three words: access to clients.

All graduates, and only graduates, of Pretty Focused gain access to the Buyer’s Club. This exclusive club is home to hundreds of high-quality clients who are ready and waiting to hire Pretty Focused graduates. And best yet, you’ll graduate with a beautiful ready-to-sell portfolio of your work. So it’s just a simple matter of matching your photographs to the right client, and you’re off to a great start.

“Improved photography and exposure to high-quality clients.” —Jack S.

“Develop a portfolio to attract better clients.”—Julie L.

“To attract premiere clients with my top-notch “yummy” food photographs and make at least $70,000 after taxes in my first year.” —Furhana A.

“Access to the Buyers Club, consistent clients and work!” —Heather F.

Yes, there is demand for food photographers and the market isn’t oversaturated. Learn more!

8.   Earn Extra Income with Food Photography: 23 People

Now, not every Pretty Focused student is interested in making food photography a full-time career. Some just want to earn extra income from a bustling side hustle. And the good news is that food photography works just as well as a small stream of income as it does a raging river. It’s all about how much work and time you are willing to put into your business.

“To get better at photography for my blog and to find a way to earn some income.” —Jill M.

“Another stream of income/business.” —Tommie C.

“Looking incorporate what I learn from Pretty Focus with my current job as a flight attendant, I would like half of my income to come from something creative I think we all need creative outlets and what better way.” —Angela B.

“A consistent stream of additional income on my own time.” —Ashley T.

9.   Better Photos for My Blog: 11 People

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Is your food blog not receiving as many clicks or earning enough advertising income as you want? It could be your pictures. That’s why food bloggers make up a decent number of Pretty Focused students. By taking food photography classes online, bloggers gain insight into what type of photos work best for driving awareness, improving SEO, increasing click-through rates, and so much more.

“The structure to build a successful business to gain financial freedom, while doing what I love.” —Kristen G.

“Better photos for my blog.” — Jenn

“Creating quality photos for my blog and for others. Business knowledge.” —Angela R.

“Some sick photos for my blog! And a creative outlet, I’ve always loved photography.” —Liz G.

10. Join a Supportive Community: 8 People

While few of our students considered the community aspect of Pretty Focused before signing up, we can tell you that all of them rave about it after they graduate. One of the best parts of joining Pretty Focused is gaining access to the incredible community of coaches, graduates, fellow students, and potential clients. 

So, the students who mentioned the Pretty Focused community as a reason to take food photography classes online definitely hit the ball out of the park!

“Being a part of a supportive community is so important and I have seen that this is one of those!” —Amy S.

“A solid community and network for hiring.” —Nic J.

“I want to learn more about food photography and be part of a community.” —Sara S.

11. Gain a Better Understanding of the Business Side of Food Photography: 7 People

Even if you are already a successful food photographer with an ever-expanding network of clients and work, there is still a reason to join Pretty Focused. Because it’s not enough to take great pictures and cook fabulous recipes. To truly be as successful as you want, you need to understand the business side of food blog photography. 

“Systems systems systems! I work full time and have two small children, looking forward to these systems and processes.” —Melissa P.

“I am very excited to learn more about post-processing and the business side of food photography.” — Jessica K.

“Clear overview of processes to learn food photography and create recipe content.” — Debra D.

“Everything from proper camera settings to business aspects.” —Marilyn T.

It’s not as simple as taking a photo, selling it, and going to the bank. There’s also scheduling, invoicing, contract development, and so much more. The more in-depth understanding you  have of all the ins and outs of the work-from-home food photography business, the more likely you are to achieve success and remain successful.

Read how single mom Melanie launched her career in food photography and never looked back.

What is Your Reason to Try Food Photography from Home?

So what is your reason for becoming a food photographer from home? How can food photography classes help you achieve your dreams and reach your potential? 

With Pretty Focused, you’ll gain incredible insight into how to become a food photographer, develop your passion and creativity, and you’ll get help landing your first jobs. Now those are some great reasons to join!

What if you could turn your passion for cooking and photography into a dream career?

Pretty Focused – Food Blog Photography helps aspiring food photographers get hired. Whether you’re looking to make a full-time income or just supplemental income, there is something for everyone inside our course. Plus, with the support of a community and top-notch coaches, as well as our Buyers Club that connects you with clients, you’ll have everything you need to succeed.

So if you’re looking for a new career or just want to explore the possibilities of working from home as a food photographer for bloggers, join the Pretty Focused Roadmap and learn if this is right for you.

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