Shireen Hammond of www.fieldofvision.com.au has been on my radar for an interview for years! The reason… she's an incredibly talented photographer who charges what a skilled wedding and portrait photographer deserves to be paid and has been doing it for many years!
Although we've never met in person and only spoken once – to reschedule this interview, I've been hearing the name Shireen Hammond most of my photography life. I was introduced to Shireen via email by Tony Knight of This Is My Life Photography who featured in episode 242 of the podcast.
He said in that intro…
Hi Andrew – here is the intro email to Shireen Hammond, who is literally the nicest photographer you will ever meet.
She is also the best Wedding Photographer, Portrait Photographer, Dog Photographer, and Breast cancer survivor.
Did I say she is the nicest?
Since that email, I've been chasing Shireen for this interview and have finally cornered her.
Together with her Husband Rob they are Field of Vision Photography.
She has countless awards for her incredible photography and is still collecting them. Shireen was named Australian Family Photographer of the Year in 2016. She is an AIPP recognized Quadruple Master of Photography! She's the mother of 6!
And she LOVES to spoil her clients!
In this interview, she shares how she's become and remained the successful photography business owner she is.
Here’s some more of what we cover in the interview:
- The struggles of life and business with cancer
- What Shireen did while not able to shoot because of cancer
- A snapshot of Shireen's current photography business
- What Shireen is shooting most of the time for profit
- What is the most important aspect of building a successful photography business
- Making your client the most important person in the world is indispensable for your business
- How to treat your client as the most important person in the world
- How Shireen carries out her pre-consultation sessions
- The importance of being present personally for your client when doing the pre-consultation session
- How to learn the people skills to make the biggest difference in your business
- What to do when a client comes into your house for the pre-consultation session
- How Shireen creatively discusses her pricing in person and over the phone
- A tricky strategy to attract newborn photography clients
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You know when you get something for nothing sometimes people don't appreciate it but when you pay for something and you've got no money to pay for it with, boy do you make sure you actually utilise that knowledge and put it to actual use. – Shireen Hammond
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What is your big takeaway?
Following this interview, I’d love to know if you're taking anything away from what Shireen 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.
Life can turn in a heartbeat. You don't know what is around the corner. – Shireen Hammond
If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Shireen 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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If you are going to shoot a wedding, do not practice on somebody's wedding day. – Shireen Hammond
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★★★★★ In Apple Podcasts by Sussex Family Photographer, Alan Wright Photo from the United Kingdom on August 10, 2019
Have been a listener for almost a year and recently became a premium member. If you're on the fence about becoming a premium member, just do it!
Andrew's weekly dose of motivation and enthusiasm has been essential in helping me drive my photography business forward.
His guests have shared some incredibly helpful advice, and I've taken away numerous ideas to implement for my own business.
Links to people, places and things mentioned in this episode:
Thanks again for listening and big thanks to Shireen for coming on and sharing her thoughts on building and running a high-end successful portrait and wedding photography studio today – and how to keep it going for the long run.
It's about connections and relationships made that is how I've been had a longevity of success in the industry. – Shireen Hammond
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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