Photography As a Business Through The Lens of Phillip Van Nostrand

Photography As a Business Through The Lens of Phillip Van Nostrand

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 Getting to live out of your hobby and what truly passionate you is a  blessing and totally possible. Not convinced? Well, this is exactly what happened to Phillip Van Nostrand, today’s guest, who used to be a math teacher in Santa Barbara and now is a well-recognized event and wedding photographer living in New York City. Some of Philip’s photographs have even been featured in The New York Times, Vogue and even on Forbes.com!


  • Phillip explains how photography was always a side hobby that he really liked doing while being a teacher in Santa Barbara and how his friends helped him get inspired to start shooting more professionally.
  • How Phillip has a unique way of traveling all around the world: he tends to find the cheapest flight tickets online and then he simply crashes in his friends’ apartments…and that’s how he got to visit more than 17 places last year!
  • Phillip has found the way to keep working during quarantine, although most events have been canceled, because of his strong creativity skills: he has even done photoshoots on Facetime!
  • The importance of networking and perceiving it as relationship building, instead of making it about transactions, as it could bring you new contacts and job opportunities in the future.
  • Phillip gives advice to those who want to become photographers during quarantine: he believes making a photoshoot with what you have and  posting everything on social media is key.

If you want to learn more about Phillip, you can visit his website or follow him on Instagram

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