Earn an extra £26K a year from your photos – easy way to boost your income

More and more people are turning to side hustles and side businesses to sustain their lifestyle, and it’s a sad truth of the modern economy made clear by lockdown and the most recent tax rises. Anyone can be a photographer with nothing more than a smartphone, regardless of their experience, and this growth has coincided with people’s desire to have almost every aspect of their lives and the world around them photographed, creating unlimited income potential.

Essentially, an on-demand photographer receives a brief of sorts telling them what the client requires a photo of, and sometimes they are able to put their own creative spin on a brief as well.

There are an array of websites and apps that will either sell the photos or commission on-demand photographers to complete tasks.

Selling only two photos per day can see people pocketing more than £500 by the end of the week – and that’s estimated from the low-end of the photography market.

Selling photos online can see a range of profits from £1 to £90 for a single image, and on-demand photographs generally come with a higher profit margin – although it can require more out-the-box thinking to comply as much as possible with the brief.

Apps like Snapwire allow potential photographers both on-demand tasks and a marketplace to sell images already in their portfolio, making it possible to sell a single image multiple times, compounding potential income.  

Snapwire has one of the highest paying on-demand platforms, with requests ranging from £36 to £54 per image.

Some other apps of interest to budding on-demand photographers:


Dreamstime expands the photography skillset to illustrators, videographers and audio-fanatics, accepting all format of creative artistry including traced illustrations which can sell for up to £4 per download.



Scoopshot works as ‘the middle man’ to connect businesses and individuals all over the world with photographers that have the right skillset, interest and experience to match their project requirements.


Twenty20 provides a platform for photographers to showcase their portfolio in a digital gallery, selling their images online and finding potential clients for future photography gigs.

Most on-demand photographers have the basic necessities, with videographers and audio technicians requiring a bit more equipment.

Generally, having a decent camera, with that be on a smartphone or not, some equipment to provide light and a good understanding of photography principles can see almost anyone getting thousands of pounds every month by selling images.

Having a portfolio of one’s best images is a good way to start, especially as most of these websites require ‘tester’ images to ensure they are compatible both on a technical level and with what their clients are looking for.

A few websites will require a ‘listing’ fee to keep a portfolio online, but if a photographer sells just one image a day this fee won’t even dent their monthly earnings.

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