How My Hobby Funds My European Travels

With relatively little effort, I've earned hundreds of dollars a month, selling photos from my European vacations at art festivals...private school fundraising events...and art gallery shows. I've sold my photos through corporate art consultants...and even at a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania. These are simply photos that people want to hang on the wall. I began taking photos during vacations while I was still in a job...sometimes I even took photos when I was commuting. I always carry my camera with me and these days I make a living from it.

Explore the Charm of Italy…with a Camera to Make it Pay

In the summertime, socialites, celebrities, and tourists like to drop anchor in Portofino, Italy, to enjoy the picturesque coast of the Italian Riviera. One summer night, several years ago, I dropped half a month's salary to stay at a posh resort, overlooking the harbor there...but ultimately got reimbursed for it. At home, I had a job working for a museum that didn't pay well.

Discover New Ways to Sell Your Photos

I travel with a camera all the time. These days I make a living from photography—selling to publishers, stock agencies, and fine art clients—but even when I was in a job, I never missed the opportunity to indulge in what used to be my hobby. During early morning commutes, I captured scenic landscapes and nature close-ups throughout the four seasons. Images of ice crystals on frozen ponds and kids sledding caught my eye in winter.