Combining Writing and Photography

Selling Photographs

Combining writing and photography makes you pictures more saleable and more interesting. The first photograph I ever sold was of a craftsman who produced decorative leather goods. It was accompanied by a short single page article on the craftsman and his work. I never got the £5 fee (about £50 in todays money) and the magazine is long since defunct.

As a professional photographer I have sold hundreds of images without words (If you want to see hundreds of my images visit my catalogue site*) but magazine and website editors are much more likely to accept articles that consist of pictures and words.

Combining Writing and Photography

Writing complete magazine articles involves research into both the publications and the subject of the article.

The statue of Musa Cälil, Tartar poet and resistance fighter, stands outside the Kremlin in Kazan. There is an honor guard standing in front of the statue in the run up to Victory day (9th May). Click on the picture to read the full article

Sometimes just adding a caption helps (see below) or you can write a complete article (click on picture on left).

The Qolşärif mosque was opened in 2005 It is built on the site of a previous mosque that was established in the 16th century and destroyed when Ivan the Terrible conquered Kazan in 1552

Black Prince


Weighing nearly 140 tons this clanking, steaming, smoking heavy goods locomotive spent its short working life hauling 1500 ton iron ore trains on Merseyside. Continue reading




If you are a writer wanting to improve their photography look under  Techniques to download some handouts I used my photography courses, re-written and brought up to date.

Writing & Photography



Try some of these links to help:

How To Get Paid To Write For Magazines

*Warning my catalogue site contains some fine art nude, fetish and erotic photography