In addition to the interview “takeaways” I'd like to think you'll feel the atmosphere of the awards and share in some of the ups and downs of the entrants, the excitement, the friendships and the obvious sense of community that the award and belonging to an association like the AIPP bring out in photographers from around the country.
If ever you wanted to chat to another photographer, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better time than the awards.
Below is a list of todays guests, topics we covered and links to their sites and social media profiles.
Paul Pennell – Wollongong Wedding Photographer
- From photobooths to wedding photography
- PhotoBizX has changed the way Paul does business
- Setting up an email optin form on your website
- Starting the Humans of Woolongong project
- Approaching people on the street to take their photo
- Promoting your photography business through a personal project
- If you like your work, and your clients book you because they like your work, you have a lot to be happy for
Kelly Brown, Stephanie Bowers, Alicia Adamopoulos, Jacinta Dal Ben and Luisa Dunn – Baby Photographers
- Find your niche, find your one thing
- Shoot, shoot, shoot
- Be unique
- Offer amazing customer service
- Over deliver
- Provide something that they can't create themselves
Kelly Brown – Little Pieces Photography
Stephanie Bowers – Stephanie Bowers Photography
Alicia Adamopoulos – Alicia Adamopoulos Photography
Jacinta Dal Ben – Jacinta Dal Ben Photography
Luisa Dunn – Luisa Dunn Photography
Damien Bowerman – Victoria Portrait Photographer
- Subcontracting for a large photography company
- Shooting personally on the weekend – weddings, portraits and conceptual things for the awards
- Variety in photography is the door to improvement
- Shooting 80% for the studio, 20% total creative freedom
- A Facebook post every day
- Working 4 x 10 hour days per week
Jeff Moorfoot – Photography Director
- Commercial advertising photographer to photography director
- Earn more than two days as a commercial photographer than a lifetime of fine art photography sales
- Not driven by money but personal satisfaction
- Is it still photography if you're not using a camera?
- Photography is about friendships more than money
- Is today's photography, photography or graphic design
- The gear should never be a factor, it should be about what you're attempting to say
Tony Hewitt – Fine Art Photographer
- Stopped shooting wedding to move into other areas of photography and speaking
- Weddings can be limiting in regard to long term commitments
- Weddings are the perfect genre to become a great photographer – you need to shoot and cope with anything and everything
- If you're watching what others are doing, you're already behind
- Specializing won't always work these days
- Use your strengths and focus those on your target market
- Be in a part of the photography industry that will be thriving before leaving your day job
- You need to build a reputation and following if you want to succeed in a saturated and competitive photography market
- Y0u can be the best photographer in the world but if you lack business and marketing skills… you will only ever be a poor artist
Rocco Ancora – Melbourne Wedding Photographer
- Business was more profitable 20 years ago but I still love what I'm doing
- The perception of professional photography has changed
- When any market becomes flooded, the price natuarally drops
- Luckily, our market is flooded with really bad photographers
- The after sales orders have disappeared, today, there's a need to make your money up front with wedding photography
- Your money and profit is now in the wedding album and selling big albums or books
- By not offering wedding albums in your collections, you are missing out
- If your work and coverage is good enough, you will get good sales without a hard sell
- Evolve as the industry does or get left behind
- A great website is the number one way to kick start your photography business
- It's less than ever about your photography as it is about being noticed and ranking well in the search engines
Sami Gale – Love Letters Photography
- From Samantha Gale Photography to a total re-brand and name change
- The new brand had to have meaning and a connection to me and for my clients
- I'm a big digital girl – I like files so that's what I offer my clients
- I sell prints to 60% of my clients even though
- Dealing with depression as a photography business owner
- Reach out and talk to someone if you feel there is something wrong
- Entering the awards for the first time
What's on Offer for Premium Members
If you're a premium member, you should have received an email with links to your version of this episode where you can hear lots more implementable content from part 2 of Steve Saporito and Kelly Vanyai as they put my studio, Impact Images, under the microscope to help with our portrait bookings and sales processes.
Some of the things covered in part 2 this week include:
- Connect with your clients before your shoots and you will never have to “sell” at another sales session again.
- Your clients want something special and unique to them but they just don’t know what it is. You can offer that something.
- If you don’t plant the seed, you can’t build the connection that will lead you to amazing portrait sales.
- You have to make it so delicious that they feel they are missing out by not having their husband at the shoot.
- The power of language and how you can use it to get engagement and improved sales.
- How the actual sales process should run for maximum input
- Be the archaeologist of your clients emotions
- They don’t have to buy it if they see it but they can’t buy it if they don’t see it.
- It’s amazing how clients that say they have no money will pay $5000 upfront on the credit card if they love something
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Voicemail message from Raymond Hatfield – Indianapolis Wedding Photographer
- Could having a studio name be costing you business
- Hiring staff photographers – good or bad for business
- Will competition boxes de-value your services as a wedding photographer
- Think of the long-term plans you have for your business
- Capitalising on your name as your brand
- Social media is a huge catalyst in running a successful business today
- Why you need to be the face of your business
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