4. Team up with young athletes – Richard Walch
"It's helpful if you can work with athletes who are about the same age as you, so you can grow with them. They might have a small sponsor at the beginning, but in a couple of years, they get bigger sponsors and you can build your career with them. When they're young, they also need photos and will be willing to spend time with you. If they want to use your images for their autograph card or website, then you're helping each other for free. If their sponsors want to use the images, it becomes business. If you're friends with the athletes, they let you get close, so it's not a problem if you don't have the fanciest equipment. I recently photographed the 13-year-old daughter of the first snowboarder I ever worked with. It's a really cool story. She's a concrete pool skateboarder, which is like the hardest skating you can do. He has two daughters, and they both surf, skate and snowboard."