Alishba Kzar of www.dreamboudoirphotography.com has built the most successful boudoir photography business I know of. In part one of this two-part interview, Alishba shares how she came to settle on the boudoir photography genre and why following photography business coaches was a total waste of time. It wasn't until she started forging her own way, did she discover real success.
Alishba has been a PhotoBizX Premium member since 2017… in October 2018 I received this PM from her…
Anita Watkins' post [inside the members Facebook Group] prompted me to thank you as well — for being such a REAL guide.
I made some changes in my business model in September and I’m super happy to report that by December, I will have made $40k, at the bare minimum. And it keeps multiplying.
I’m finally able to love my work and not feel like crying because I can’t monetise with something I love to create.
So, again, thank you! 🌹
I immediately wrote back, congratulated her and suggested an interview for the podcast – I wanted to learn more and share Alishba's success with you.
I want to give it a few more months in order to report consistently making $10k-$20k/month. haha
Then in January 2019, I received another PM…
Hey Andrew! Happy new year!
I am in happy tears as I write this. My business is 100% sustainable! It has crossed the threshold I had set to measure success!
My projected gross revenue for this year is $250K CAD.
Following that message, we scheduled and recorded this interview which turned into a two-part recording. The first focussed on how Alishba got to where she is now and the second, focused on the actual marketing tactics, strategies and sales approach she is using.
Here’s some more of what we cover in the interview:
- The first thing Alishba did that made her business successful
- Getting back to basics and what you love to do
- The first few photography niches that didn't work for Alishba and why
- What made her decide to settle on the Boudoir photography niche?
- How Alishba started her Boudoir photography business once she decided on that niche
- Beautiful client experiences and business revelations
- Creating genuine connections and why Alishba is getting higher average sales than ever
- How to creates buzz around your own photography blog and the benefits
- Why Alishba stoped following photography business mentors
- Alishba's advice when it comes to copying coaches and their style of shooting or business
- How Alishba is generating so many boudoir inquiries today
- The hardest part of her boudoir business and why
- Why Alishba's clients are so comfortable talking to her even when connecting on the phone for the first time
- Treating every single client with the utmost importance
- How and when does Alishba discuss pricing to her clients
- Having a strong stand with women's rights and how Alishba's views have helped shape her business
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 interview – the full length and more revealing version where you hear the absolute best tips and advice from every guest.
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I am going to tell old women that even if you do take your clothes off, you are still going to look ridiculously hot. – Alishba Kzar
Plus special member-only interviews.
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You will not find more friendly, more motivated, caring and sharing photographers online.
Joining a Mastermind Group (encouraged by Andrew) has been incredibly valuable and fun, I look forward to connecting with my group members every week. Jina Zheng, Premium Member and Melbourne Children photographer.
And that's not all… you get a set of steak knives… I'm kidding!
Seriously though, that's not all. In addition to everything above, you'll get access to and instructions on forming or joining a MasterMind Group with other premium members. These groups are super motivating, make you accountable and build friendships with other pro photographers with similar motives to you – to build a more successful photography business.
What is your big takeaway?
Following this interview, I’d love to know if you're taking anything away from what Alishba shared. Is there something you heard that excited or motivated you to the point where you thought, yeah, I'm going to do that! If so, let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comments below, let me know what your takeaways were, what you plan to implement in your business as a result of what you heard in today's episode.
I don't know how many photographers can connect with clients to the level that they are telling me things they would their therapist. – Alishba Kzar
If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Alishba or if you just want to say thanks for coming on the show, feel free to add them in the comments area below.
iTunes Reviews and Shout-outs
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Firstly, it's confirmation that I'm on the right track with the interviews and that they really are helping you improve your photography business. That's awesome!
Secondly, iTunes is the biggest search engine when it comes to podcasts and it's your reviews and ratings that help other photographers find PhotoBizX. More listeners mean more interviews and ultimately a better show.
If you have left a review in the past, thank you!
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Here are the latest reviews:
Genuinely the Best Photography Business Podcast Out There!
In iTunes by Irish wedding and elopement photographer, Iain Irwin in the UK on April 9, 2019
This is the most informative photography business podcast I have ever found.
I stumbled across this Podcast around four months ago and it changed everything in my business for me.
Andrew and his guests have inspired & challenged me to be a better photographer and business owner. Week after week he covers topic after topic that's relevant and incredibly practical.
Being frank, I have made money in ways I didn't even think I could thanks to Andrew's straight to the point questioning and clear desire to help his listeners.
The small investment to become a premium listener is more than worth it when I look at the money I have made in return recently.
Personally, I love how he can tell if a guest speaker isn't being real or honest, and often he'll keep asking them the questions we all want to know and push them to the truth – whilst still being the nicest host ever. Aside from the podcast, I have never really felt safe to input and comment in a Facebook Group before I joined the Photobizx Premium members group. Honestly, there's so much gold in there from the Photobizx community – it on its own is worth it due to the things you'll learn from one another.
Thank you for all you do Andrew. Genuinely the best & most professional Photography business podcast out there. Hope this encourages you to keep going. Big thanks!
I treat my products no less than a Louis Vuitton bag. – Alishba Kzar
A powerful resource for all photographers
In iTunes by Savannah newborn photographer, Katerina & Damien of Truly, Madly, Deeply in the USA on April 20, 2019
We enter into photography businesses full of hope, excitement and passion for our art. Then, inevitably, we get bogged down by the daily challenges of running a small business and a relentless to-do list. It can be frustrating. It can be overwhelming. And, at times it can be a little demoralizing.
The PhotoBizX podcast is the antidote.
Andrew's guests are fountains of knowledge, which Andrew draws out of them to help the listener understand how proven business techniques can be applied to your photography business.
I am inspired and invigorated by every episode. I cannot recommend this podcast highly enough for any photographer and/or photography business owner.
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Thanks again for listening and big thanks to Alishba for sharing her thoughts on attracting and connecting with her perfect photography clients by sharing her strong views on women and the world without fear of retribution.
It's great to try and copy other artist to learn the skill set but what you do with that skill set is something that has to become your own unique formula. – Alishba Kzar
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That’s it for me this week, hope everything is going well for you in life and business!
Thanks and speak soon