In this video, I am sharing the screen with Jamie Piper of Cowbelly Photography as we hold a Q & A session for pet photographers interested in commercial animal photography.

Commercial animal photography is quite literally an “entirely different animal” from portrait photography.

To understand this world of higher client expectations, starting local and building a solid portfolio of stellar images is recommended.  It is a genre with an immediate timetable that you can begin to tackle with proper pricing tools, member organizations, and outsourcing.  

The arsenal of information that Jamie provides can be found at   

The length of the video is 56:27.  Listed below are the time stamps for the individual questions and answers.

  • 01:30 – Introduction
  • 02:55 – What is considered commercial photography?
  • 04:00 – What is the best way to approach or find that first commercial client?
  • 10:07 – How to charge licensing for an image you already own?
  • 16:06 – Is there a platform or a place for commercial pet photographers to join a list that commercial clients can shop from?
  • 20:14 – Should a photographer keep private and commercial portfolios separate?
  • 22:45 – How to juggle the transition from private pet photography into commercial photography?
  • 29:56 – What is the best stock photography website for pet photographers?
  • 40:33 – What is a method for finding local pet product manufacturers?
  • 42:35 – Which camera settings to use for this type of photo, project, or scene?
  • 49:00 – Why are you offering all this valuable information for sale?