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How To Be A Photography Business Owner

How To Be A Photography Business Owner

Class meets on March 1 and March 8, 2023. Students can choose to attend in-person or via Zoom. In-person is limited to just 4 people and is s based on first come, first served.

Join Laura Hatcher to learn how to lay a solid foundation and build an actionable plan towards legally making money with your camera.

This class is designed to provide experienced photographers, who aspire to earn money from photography, with accurate and relevant resources, lessons learned, and advice on establishing a legitimate photography business.

Laura will give you insight to questions you may be asking yourself such as;
- Where do I start and am I ready?
- What business structure is best for me?
- Do I need financing?
- Why do I need a business plan?
- Do I need a license?
- What kind of taxes should I expect?

From Laura’s own experience she’ll cover:
- Tools to run the business
- Marketing on Social Media Platforms
- Understanding your value
- Building a Brand
- Growing a client base
- Common mistakes to avoid as an entrepreneur
- Where to find support
- And more

When starting your own business, you don’t know what you don’t know and there many steps to complete before you can call yourself a legitimate business. This class will give you a sense of important questions to ask and how to prepare.

Covid Safety Practices: Masks are optional.

Questions can be directed to Marie Joabar at

What People Are Saying About Laura's 'How to Be a Photography Business Owner' Class...

"All of the material was pertinent and useful as a photographer who is starting a business. The step by step information on where to begin when starting a business through the info on licensing, insurance and taxes is invaluable."

"Laura Hatcher's course was well executed, phenomenally taught and thoroughly engaging--from start to finish. I would take any of her courses any day, as I know they'll be informative, interactive, and highly engaging. So happy to have been a part of this course and would be happy to recommend it to others!"

"Laura's presentation was well thought out and presented. I enjoyed her "stories" of what did and did not work for her as she started her business. They kept what could have been very dry material interesting and enjoyable."

Instructor: Laura Hatcher

Laura Hatcher

Laura Hatcher is an award winning and published event, headshot and portrait photographer based in Alexandria, Virginia. She started her photographic journey while on active duty with the United States Navy. Laura, now a retired Naval Officer, opened a small studio in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria and is enjoying her second career as a full time photographer.  She continues to serve the Veteran community with her headshot and military ceremony photography.

Laura’s work has been featured in the Washington Post, Architectural Digest, Forbes Magazine, VIP Alexandria Magazine, and several college Alumni magazines. Her clients have included: The City of Alexandria, Visit Alexandria, The United States Naval Academy Alumni Association (her Alma Mater), The US Capitol Historical Society, and Texas A&M The Bush School of Government and Public Service.  Laura's work can be seen at:

Laura teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

* How to be a Photography Business Owner
* Exploring Headshot Photography
* Getting Started With Studio Lighting

Date: March 01 2023

Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm




218 N. Lee St, Old Town, Alexandria, VA 22314

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Class Cancellation Policy

  • A refund or a credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class.
  • If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 5 business days or less, no refund or credit will be given.
  • Please check the name and date of the class carefully. Requests to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee provided notice is given more than 5 business days prior to the class. If request to reschedule is given less than business 5 days prior to the class, no refund or credit will be given.
  • If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.