The key with any successful photography career is to plan a photoshoot and use the images to build a portfolio. There is a lot more work that goes into the planning stages for a shoot, to make it successful. Consider working in stages to plan, execute, and complete the shoot.
With the planning stages consider the “look” you are trying to achieve, location ideas or studio, and the model you want to shoot with. Various forms of online inspiration are available at Pinterest or Art Department. As an artist, you will create a “mood board” a collection of various examples, textures, and colors for what to plan to create in the photoshoot.
During the actual shoot keeping the model engaged is a key factor for getting the images that you want. An assistant or make-up artist is always helpful to have around because they can also hold reflectors and other gear. Understanding your equipment is also another big aspect, the ISO, shutter, and aperture create the triangle of exposure. The goal is to get equal exposure, and then to manipulate in post-processing.
The fun begins when you make it to the editing part, import and backup the images to external hard drives for safe keeping. RAW image processor is the last step in creating the final images. It is important to keep your style, but try to get close to the “mood-board” inspiration images that you found. RAW images give a larger range of unprocessed images to correct and manipulate without casing loss. That is why it is important to capture images with a good equal exposure.
The rest of the work would be for social media, website, and self-promotion steps to expand your following. This is what will take a good amount of time unless you have an automated system. There are many different social media managers such as Hootsuite and a new tool launching on Monday called Pixrit. The social media managers help manage the posts on all the social accounts that create your following.