There’s a lot of different
elements to this, but here’s
my advice: First, thoroughly
research your destination and
identify possible end-users of
your images (brands, magazines,
publications, local boards of tourism,
hotels, resorts or any business within the tourism
or hospitality industry, just to name a few). Check
what type of imagery they’ve been buying and
showing on Instagram and think about how your
work could add value to their efforts in promoting
either their brand or the destination itself.
Once you’ve done your research, put together
a short proposal for each pitch and get in touch
with editors or marketing teams that you’ll want
to share your work/ideas with. Be as specific as
possible in your description of what and how
you will shoot. Make sure you explain how your
project will benefit them. Once you find a partner,
get a contractual agreement and plan your trip
around this assignment. Take extra images or
outtakes—you can always submit those additional
photographs to stock agencies for supplemental
sources of income that can support future travel.
My short answer would be: Don’t just avoid travel simply because
you have to pay for it yourself.
My long(er) answer is this: The value you can add to a company
won’t ever be your desire to travel. That is not a unique trait you
have. Everybody would love to get paid to travel. My advice would be to
find companies that you can partner with on your trip where you add value to them.
If you’re asking how to get your travel funded, you’re probably looking for a company
to spot you the $1,000 airfare, the $300 you’ll spend on food, the $400 for the car
rental and gas, etc. If you can’t explain to them using numbers how you will provide
at least that much value back, just save up your money and go on your own bill. Travel
because it’s a great thing to do as a human being and create something powerful and
provocative that will add value to your portfolio.
Just remember that any client that would pay you to travel has to answer to a room
full of people asking, “Why that person?” Give them an ans wer.
My advice would
be to seek out a
that is intriguing
For example, look closely at travel or
human interest magazines, get a feel
for their articles and imagery, and
then generate some ideas and pitch
a project to them. This may require
having a good relationship with the
photo editor, so start forming that
relationship as early as you can.