How to Start a Photography Business In Pennsylvania

How to Start a Photography Business In Pennsylvania

You will want to properly plan before going through the registration process to make sure owning and running a photography business is for you.  These steps 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.

How To Register A Photography Business In Pennsylvania

Getting started- The state of Pennsylvania has a website about starting a business in Pennsylvania here: Start a Business In Pennsylvania Guide (PDF Download)

How to start a photography business in Pennsylvania

1. Register your photography business name.

Find out more about registering a fictitious name here:  Pennsylvania Fictitious Names

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

Make sure the name you choose is not trademarked, and is not being used by any other photographer in your area.

2. Select a business structure for your photography business.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here:

3.  Register your photography business.

You can register your new business with the state of Pennsylvania here:

4. Business Checking Account.start a photography business in Pennsylvania

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

5. Taxes.

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

6.  Liability Insurance.

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

7.  City License.

You may need to get a license from your local government in order to legally operate your photography business in a particular area.

8.  Permits

You will possibly need to get a permit in order to take photographs in certain public locations.

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