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How to make a living as a photographer in your region

Personal coaching to set you up as a professional photographer in your community...(without doing weddings and portraits).

Since 1981, I have worked as a freelance photographer and writer in rural Qu├ębec and small town Ontario as well as several years in Montreal and Toronto. My career has evolved from print sales as a photographic artist, through newspaper, magazine and corporate work, to teaching, speaking at camera clubs, and guiding photographic tours to all corners of North America. Being my own boss, doing what I love with flexible hours allowing for family, fitness and travel, has been my ideal lifestyle.

To make ends meet with a camera and pen I have tried a lot of things including editing a community weekly newspaper, selling photo greeting cards at art fairs and through a network of retail stores, shooting assignments and writing articles for Canadian Geographic, Harrowsmith, and other magazines, selling stock photos to hundreds of print and online media, and managed the "Photo Resales" department at The Montreal Gazette.

In 2012, with the traditional photo job market drying up due to digital cameras and smart phones in everyone's hands, and a growing interest in photography by serious amateurs, I launched "Photography & Fitness". These twice-weekly group outings and weekend retreats to wilderness lodges built a loyal following of local photographers. In 2015, I expanded the program to longer trips, leading a two-week mini-van tour from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and back. The success of that journey led to more small group trips to Newfoundland, the Canadian Prairies, Arizona, California, the Appalachian Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, the Yukon and Alaska as well as ongoing weekend excursions throughout Quebec and Ontario in all seasons.

Phil Norton in California Sierra Nevada

I now offer themed workshops and tours close to home in Ontario's newest tourism hotspot / wine country / Great Lakes shores, Prince Edward County. Well-placed mid-way between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, I am gradually attracting serious photographers on half-day tours of "Parts Unknown" which explore the backcountry, authentic farms, and great eating places away from the tourist rush.

Contact me if you are interested in opening a similar business, living an adventurous lifestyle, meeting people who like to talk photography, and producing your own amazing photographic portfolio. One intense day can get you inspired and kickstarted, or sign up for several days of personal tutoring. The day rate is $555 (Canadian) if you come to "The County," or Toronto. Or we can meet in your own home region, add travel expenses. We identify the opportunities and competition in your area, put together a business plan and market survey, prioritize your abilities and interests, and sharpen your skills of print and card-making, web design and social media marketing, ad exchanges with media, insurance and permits, group travel planning, and equipment needs.

Avoid the pitfalls of doing it yourself; learn from my successes and failures.

Phil Norton



Photo at left by Chris Pinkerton

Slide presentations for your camera club or community group

Phil Norton offers a speaking series, story-telling through photography, on various themes including international travel documentary, environmental issues like the Energy Documentary, learning French in Quebec, Nordic Winters life in the snowy north country, the borders of Mexico, USA and Canada (published in Canadian Geographic), bicycle-camping across North America and Central Europe (his book), a career in photography and journalism, and The Photographic Evolution looking back at the revolution of digital photography, from film cameras to flying drones, and how each photographer evolves in their style through their lifetime.

For more information:

The Photographic Evolution