How to Start a Photography Business In Oregon

How to Start a Photography Business In Oregon

Here are some steps on how to start a photography business in the state of Oregon.
Getting started– The state of Oregon has a few links to help you start your business: and and

-Select your business structure 

Find out more about business structures (Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.) and registering a business name here:

-Register your photography business name.

Find out more here:

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

-Register your photography business.

Find out more about how register your new business with the state of Oregon here:

-Open a Business Checking Account.

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


You may want to file your own taxes if you are a small company. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. Be sure to research sales tax requirements.  More info about taxes here: and

 -Get Liability Insurance.

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

-City License.

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

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