Bookkeeping and Accounting for Photographers

Looking for a bookkeeper and accountant for your photography business? We handle your books, so you can have more time to focus on capturing the perfect shots. Give us a try for free.

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How Bench works with photographers

Capture your passion without worrying about the numbers. Get your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing done by experts—backed by one powerful platform. Bench works seamlessly with photographers.

We get you set up

Our team dedicates time to thoroughly comprehend your photography business, respond to your queries, assist you with linking your accounts, and demonstrate how Bench can work for you.

We do your bookkeeping

Each month, your bookkeeper sifts through your photography business transactions and compiles financial reports. If they need further details from you, they'll promptly communicate.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of experts is familiar with photography industry tax regulations and will tailor their approach to your photography business’s distinct requirements.

Here’s why photographers like you trust Bench with their bookkeeping and accounting

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

We'll proactively communicate with you about your bookkeeping updates. If you're a photographer with urgent queries, you won’t have to wait long for an answer. Our team will respond to you within one business day or less.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Here at Bench Accounting, we understand the importance of precise bookkeeping in your photography business. Our platform is designed to streamline data entries from the majority of major providers, thus helping you sidestep frequent errors. We've partnered with industry giants such as Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square. This ensures that your financial data, like client invoices and equipment expenses, is always spot on. Our dedication to accuracy lets you focus more on capturing perfect moments, and less on numbers.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Say goodbye to mounds of receipts and tedious manual tracking - we automate inputs directly from your linked accounts. Get insights from one central dashboard designed for photographers, making it a breeze to understand the financial health of your photography business and make informed strategic decisions.

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Bench integrates with your favorite small business tools

We sync seamlessly with your financial accounts and tools to keep your books up-to-date and save you the time and effort of manually uploading documents.

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We know bookkeeping for photographers

Photographers are artists first; they are passionate about capturing memorable moments and stunning scenery. However, the business-side of this creative profession, with its unique tax obligations, complicated laws and bookkeeping challenges, often distract photographers from doing what they do best. Bench Accounting is here to help with our leading online bookkeeping services. We understand the industry-specific details, such as the nuances of deducting expenses for equipment, home studios, licenses, and travel, or navigating the intricacies of self-employment taxes.

We take care of bookkeeping and tax for you, enabling you to focus on refining your photography skills and growing your business. Here at Bench, we combine user-friendly software with a team of bookkeeping professionals to streamline your finances in a way that has never been done before. Our experts are knowledgeable about the strict copyright laws photographers must adhere to and understand just how demanding tax season can be for this profession. With Bench, you don't just get a bookkeeping service, you get an ally who understands the finances of your photography business down to the last shutter click.

Simple, straightforward pricing for everything your business needs.

Get bookkeeping, tax prep, advisory, and filing with Bench's powerful, easy-to-use platform.

Choose Plan

Essential

Best for those looking for peace of mind and accurate financials done by professional bookkeepers.
$249/mo

billed annually

Dedicated bookkeeping experts
Accurate monthly books and year-end tax-ready financial packages
P&L, balance sheet and 1099 reporting
Unlimited communication with your bookkeeping team

Premium

Best for those looking for an all-in-one bookkeeping, tax advisory and income tax filing service.
$399/mo

billed annually

Everything in Essential plan
Dedicated team of licensed tax professionals to file your income tax return on time
Annual income tax filing for businesses (partnerships, S corps, C corps)
Annual income tax filing for individuals (sole proprietors, contractors)

Essential

Best for those looking for peace of mind and accurate financials done by professional bookkeepers.
$299/mo

billed monthly

Dedicated bookkeeping experts
Accurate monthly books and year-end tax-ready financial packages
P&L, balance sheet and 1099 reporting
Unlimited communication with your bookkeeping team

Premium

Best for those looking for an all-in-one bookkeeping, tax advisory and income tax filing service.
$499/mo

billed monthly

Everything in Essential plan
Dedicated team of licensed tax professionals to file your income tax return on time
Annual income tax filing for businesses (partnerships, S corps, C corps)
Annual income tax filing for individuals (sole proprietors, contractors)

Frequently Asked Questions

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As a freelance photographer, what kinds of expenses should I be tracking for tax purposes?

As a freelance photographer, you should be tracking a wide variety of expenses for tax purposes. These can include:

  • Equipment expenses: Cameras, lenses, tripods, lighting equipment, computer hardware, software, and any other photography-specific equipment.
  • Travel expenses: If you travel for your shoots, you can deduct transportation, meals, and lodging expenses.
  • Home office expenses: If you have a dedicated workspace in your home, you may be able to deduct a portion of your housing expenses, such as rent or mortgage, utilities, and internet service.
  • Marketing and advertising: Expenses related to website maintenance, business cards, portfolio prints, and any costs associated with marketing your photography business.
  • Insurance, licenses, and fees: If you pay for liability insurance, licensing fees, or professional association memberships related to your photography business, these are also deductible.

It's important to keep detailed records of all these expenses as they can significantly lower your taxable income.

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How should I be accounting for income from different sources like print sales, commissioned works or photography classes?

Managing income from different sources can be tricky, but with a proper system, you can easily track and account for your earnings. Start by setting up separate accounts for each income source such as print sales, commissioned works, or photography classes. With each income you get, record it in the respective account. This will not only simplify your income tracking, but also make it easy to analyze your revenue streams. For more detailed guidance, consider hiring a professional bookkeeping service like Bench Accounting to ensure accuracy and compliance.

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What specific deductions or tax benefits are available to me as a professional photographer?

As a professional photographer, there are many specific deductions and tax benefits available to you. These may include expenses for professional equipment, costs for photo editing software, office or studio rent, insurance, marketing costs, travel expenses, and even photography-oriented education or workshops. However, tax regulations can vary by location and individual circumstances, so it's wise to consult with a professional bookkeeper to make sure you're maximizing your tax advantages. At Bench, our dedicated bookkeepers can assist with this and make sure your financials are in order.

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Does Bench outsource bookkeeping?

Nope! All bookkeeping is completed in-house.

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Will I have one point of contact?

Your bookkeeper will be your main point of contact, but at times you might hear from another member of your team. This is usually when your bookkeeper goes on vacation, is sick, or otherwise unavailable.

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How much time each month will I have to spend managing my Bench account?

We handle the bookkeeping for you but sometimes we’ll need your input, especially at year-end. On average, expect to spend 15 minutes each month answering questions for your bookkeeper, or uploading supporting docs.

Bookkeeping Services for Photographers

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