How to Start a Photography Business In New York

How to Start a Photography Business In New York

Here are some steps you may have to take in order to start a photography business in the state of New York.  These links will help you start just about any type of photography business including a portrait or wedding photography business, a stock photography business, a freelance photography business, and more.

Getting started– The state of New York has a website about starting a business  here: New York Business Express

1. Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.

2. Register your photography business name with New York.

You need to register your business name with the New York Department of State: Certificate of Assumed Name

If you need help choosing a business name: How To Choose A Photography Business Name

3.  Register your photography business with New York.

You can register your business with the state of New York here: Start a Business in New York

4. Open a Separate Business Checking Account.

You will need to open a bank account for your photography business with your new business name.

5. Find out about taxes and hire an accountant.

You may want to file your own taxes if you are a small company.  Be sure to research sales tax requirements.  More info about taxes here: and

6. Liability Insurance.

You may want liability insurance to help in case of a photography-related accident.

7. City License.

You may be required to obtain a license operate your photography business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.

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