April 2021 // The Travel Edition

5 Ways to Add Destination Shoots to Your Portfolio | Sal Cincotta

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If you are just getting started with this, you must remember, this is just the beginning. I have had an amazing career in shooting all over the world. Literally, all over the world. Here is what I can tell you about the journey. I started locally just like I advised you above. Our first trip was to Chicago from St.Louis. Clients freaked out! Suddenly everyone wanted to travel and we had seniors contacting us for our travel schedule. The next thing you know, we are shooting in LA, NYC, Chicago, and then internationally. It was amazing. Here is what I will tell you. If you want to book more business year after year, then you have to shoot for your portfolio. You need to show people iconic images from around the country or the world. A tree in a park does not scream "I TRAVEL." A tree is a tree. A brick wall is a brick wall. So, you need to ensure that you are shooting for your portfolio when you travel with clients. Ask yourself, what iconic image can I capture here that will book me more business next year? That is the golden tip here.

So, in the end, if you want to travel and get paid, there is a way to make that happen.

Dream big. Expand your travel radius over time. Look for international opportunities. And most importantly, have fun!

Sal Cincotta is an international award-winning photographer, educator, author, Canon Explorer Of Light and the publisher of Shutter Magazine. Sal’s success is directly tied to the education he received in business school. He graduated from Binghamton University, a Top 20 business school, and has worked for Fortune 500 companies like Procter & Gamble and Microsoft. After spending 10 years in corporate America, Sal left to pursue a career in photography and has never looked back. website: salcincotta.com instagram: @salcincotta

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