Looking to make the leap into the world of professional photography? Industry insiders Amanda Sosa Stone and Suzanne Sease take you by the hand and literally tell you the who, what, when, and where. Practical and no-nonsense, The Photographer's Survival Guide: How to Build and Grow a Successful Business, from Amphoto, makes it clear that professional photography is more than just a creative endeavor. Topics include finding and marketing your style, to estimating, bidding, and negotiating your fee. Advice for "What do I do?" moments fills the book as well.
In addition to telling you what to do and when to do it, the guide includes a resource list for all manner of professional services that you'll need as a photographer, including portfolio makers, website builders, and database services, among others. A CD is included with the book that contains 21 essential forms and templates, all downloadable. You'll find this disk to be a lifesaver with its files for annual budgets, estimate and invoice forms, releases, terms and conditions, and then some.