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Legal Photography & Passport Photos

Q. How would I go about getting busy for legal photography, which is taking photos of accident, burn victims and I would like to get involve in the passport/ID field. Please advise. Bennie 

Advice by Tammy Harrison

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A. Dear Bennie,

As a former legal assistant, I can tell you that I keep a camera in my glove box at ALL times - always prepared to take photos of any and all accidents I came upon while driving! They are so very important, especially to the victims!

If you live anywhere near a metropolis, you may have a great idea for steady work. You basically have two options as far as who to market to. One would be the insurance companies and the other would be the lawyers. Mind you, the people who are involved in accidents are the ones who really need the service, but who would think of that at such a devastating time? Then again, you must think of who would be willing and able to pay you for your services....and I can tell you that most victims wouldn't.

If you do not have experience in this field, take some time to gain it. Get a police scanner and when you hear of an accident, go to the scene and take shots. After developing them, send a single copy to the victim (you can get a copy of the accident reports from the Police, Sheriff or Highway Patrol agencies for a nominal fee) and let them know that they should forward your name and contact information to their insurance company or legal representative.

After you have experience and a few references, as for testimonials that you can use to market with. Then, send out letters and brochures and a sample of your work to your local community insurance and/or legal firms.

As for the passport/ID photos, I am not sure you want to go this route. Most people do not plan for such and usually run into a local photo shop or copy center to do this. I'm not sure I would even try to do this. You have a great idea with the accident photos and were it me, I would work pretty hard trying to get that opportunity up and running!

 

About the PowerHomeBiz.com Guide: 

Tammy Harrison is a successful home-based working mom for over five years. She holds a degree from Mizzou in Consumer Economics. Her business focuses on Marketing and Creativity for Small Businesses as well as numerous other small businesses.

 

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