Jenn Bruno Smith of www.boudoirbyjennifersmith.com is a full-time boudoir photographer located in Middletown, Delaware. Before photography, she was working in healthcare, paying off student loan debts as a speech pathologist.
Since then, she's been shooting boudoir exclusively for five years and teaching marketing and business to the photography industry for the last two as part of the High Rollers Club – which covers in-person sales, Business and Marketing for Boudoir photographers.
To give you a snapshot of how successful she is, she grossed $35,000 in her first year as a photographer. The next year, she brought in $80,000. In 2017, she made $280,000 and quit her day job.
Jenn was shooting boudoir at 39 weeks into her pregnancy in 2019 and closed out at $525,000.
2020 is trending toward $600,000.
She also has three kids, a husband and sounds like an energised wonder woman!
In this detailed interview, Jenn shares her tactics and strategies to attract boudoir photography clients, build trust, book sessions and make incredible sales.
Here's some more of what we cover in the interview:
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I'm not pushy. I'm not selling to them. The images sell themselves. I don't have to sell, but I guide them. – Jenn Bruno Smith
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One of the best predictors of customer satisfaction is the communication, the amount of communication that you have with your client or that you have with the business. – Jenn Bruno Smith
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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 Jenn 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.
You can't be good at everything. Instead, you focus on what you're really good at and you hire other people to do the things you're not so good at. – Jenn Bruno Smith
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Here's what Elle Goss of Always Belle Photography says…
Hey guys, just thought I would update you on how I'm going in case you need some motivation to get started.
Last Monday I posted my copy ad to 7 audiences to test as per the course. On Friday I narrowed down to three audiences.
Results were: $120 spend, 16 enquiries, 4 bookings, $855 in booking fees collected.
5 enquiries I turned away as they were looking for June sessions, and I'm still following up with 7 more enquiries
The course is easy to follow and pretty safe to say it's working well so far! With my average sale of just under $2k, the return on my investment is looking good!
Thank you Andrew!!!
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Links to people, places and things mentioned in this episode:
Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
Thanks again for listening and thanks to Jenn for coming on and sharing her thoughts on how to build a super successful boudoir photography business by attracting her ideal clients with flash sales and going on to over-deliver on every aspect from that point – with communication, a fantastic shooting experience, beautiful products and a simple sales process.
It is very important that you have variety in your shoots, and that will increase your sales average right there. – Jenn Bruno Smith
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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