Starting a photography business is exciting but has many pitfalls if you don't set strategic foundations early on. Common newbie mistakes include lacking client contracts, underestimating startup expenses, no specialty niche focus, poor marketing, disorganized systems and improper pricing strategies initially. However by leveraging best practices around specialization, efficient workflows, packaging profitable products/services, gaining photography business education, tracking detailed budgets, and sticking to industry pricing standards, new photographers can establish operational processes primed for growth, profitability and lasting success.