For many people, photography is a relaxing hobby that's often done while on vacation. But some people actually make a living taking pictures. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 54,550 Americans worked in the field in 2010, either as portrait photographers, commercial and industrial photographers, scientific photographers, news photographers, fine arts photographers or freelance photographers.
Photographers make an average of $35,980 per year, but that figure is skewed upward by salaried workers, many of whom work full time [source: BLS]. Self-employed freelance photographers tend to have lower and more unpredictable annual earnings, in part because they have to cover their own expenses, including travel and the purchase and maintenance of equipment. So if money is no object, snap away!