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Kisumu photographer Larry Ong'anyi don't regret dropping civil engineering to pursue a photography business.

If you have an exceptional skill set, good creative ability, composition, and technical skills, photography is a wonderful career choice.

A photography career can be difficult, and if you are not passionate about it, you may struggle. Practice and hard effort are required for good photography abilities.

When One Door Closes Another Opens

He narrates his entrepreneurial journey from dropping out of college to running his established photography company.

My father passed away just as I was getting ready to take the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exams. He was our only source of income.

My mother had taken up my father's duty when I started studying civil engineering at Kisumu National Polytechnic in September.

I was quite enthusiastic about my education. I met my future wife in college, and what began as casual dating quickly turned into a committed relationship.

I did some soul searching six months into the pregnancy. I admired my mother's determination to see me through college, but I didn't want to burden her with the responsibility of raising a grandchild.

I also despised the idea of being a careless father; I promised I'd never be branded a 'deadbeat' father, so I had to do everything I could to correct the problem.

I had taken the unexpected decision to drop out of college and establish a company to support my young family after passing my exams in July when I began my industrial attachment.

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My choice was simple, but telling my mother took a month since I knew she would be unhappy. I was buying time to come up with a great business plan that would assist me to explain my situation to her.

I decided to pursue photography as a career. I saw how much students enjoyed photoshoots as a pleasure activity while in college, and I wanted to capitalize on it. My biggest issue was that I had no idea how to run a business.

My favourite hangout location back then was a local recreation park, where I met a commercial photographer and started a symbiotic connection with him.

I would find clients from my prior college, usually buddies, and he would teach me the ropes of the profession.

He taught me the game's dos and don'ts, as well as the art of photography and the business module. Our customers were largely students who didn't have much money at the time.

Destiny Helpers

Soon after, I came across a better-organized team with a well-known name: Alpha Photography. Their managers hailed me as a doer who stood out among a sea of aspiring photographers. I joined their ranks.

On the condition that I promote their brand, I was provided advanced photographic equipment that was hard to come by. Because I had nothing to my name at the time, it sounded like a rich offer. Another benefit is that they had a consistent customer with larger wallets, which would translate to higher earnings for me.

I transitioned from portraiture photography to more profitable event photography. I started during the peak season of photography in December and handled several tasks that paid well and gave me visibility.

Returns on Investment

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After six months of saving, I was able to purchase my equipment, and after another six months of experience, I decided to go out and start my own business, Salman Arts Photography.

Despite starting at the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic, I was able to obtain additional equipment and design unique commercial shots that allowed me to outperform established companies.

I haven't had many obstacles since I left out. I was able to support my family with the earnings of the business, and I was able to purchase additional equipment to help my brand grow. When I acquire huge jobs, I usually engage my two buddies to assist me as a means of creating employment.

To enhance my photography company, my ambition is to develop several side enterprises. Since then, I've expanded my product line to include photo mounts. Working with a variety of civic organizations, legal firms, and event organizers have further added to my portfolio.


A photographer in Kenya makes roughly 115,000 KES per month on average. Salaries vary from 76,500 KES (the lowest average) to 158,000 KES (the highest average) (highest average, the actual maximum salary is higher).

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