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Tanya Goodall Smith of is a US-based brand photographer who only works with business clients.

Businesses hire her to create storytelling content to sell their products and services.

On her website homepage, it's obvious who her clients are and what she offers; corporate branding, personal branding, headshots, video production, content creation and social media management.

Tanya was originally a Graphic Designer, and after ten years, she walked away from it all to pursue her love of photography.

Her photography sessions are on location where she captures candid moments throughout the day for her clients.

Tanya is also a writer and educator at SLR Lounge and Layers Magazine the official magazine for Adobe software.

In this interview, Tanya shares how to build a branding photography business from scratch.

Here's some more of what we cover in the interview:

  • Who are Tanya's target clients
  • How Tanya transitioned from her corporate job into her brand photography business
  • Tanya's reason for moving into photography as a business
  • How Tanya attracted her first clients
  • How clients are finding Tanya today
  • The importance of joining local networking groups to kickstart your business
  • The volume of clients Tanya is servicing in her area
  • Building a business to suit your lifestyle
  • Pricing & packages for brand based photography
  • Tanya's business goals
  • The benefits of hiring a branding photographer
  • What happens during the initial consults
  • Tanya's shooting workflow
  • Tanya's shooting kit for personal branding photography
  • Tanya's shot list
  • How to deal with bad weather during scheduled shoots
  • Tanya's turnaround time
  • Tanya's culling process
  • The average number of images Tanya retouches
  • Handling royalty-free usage licenses
  • How payment works for branding photography
  • Networking tips and tricks as a branding photographer
  • The benefits of joining networking groups in your area
  • Which networking association was the most beneficial to Tanya's business
  • How to cope with introversion during client meetings
  • Why elevator pitches don't always work at trade shows
  • What networking is really all about
  • Why clients are booking Tanya for their businesses
  • Tanya's follow-up strategy with potential clients from networking events
  • Being persistent will generate success for your brand photography business
  • Dealing with negative pushback from being persistent
  • Tanya's referral strategy
  • How Tanya utilises gift cards
  • Headshot Days to build leads

Tanya Goodall Smith Podcast Interview

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Having to constantly make a sale is so time-consuming. So I'd rather have a few clients that use me all the time and then I am spending more of my time creating for them rather than going out and getting another client. – Tanya Goodall Smith

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Tanya Goodall Smith Podcast Interview

What is your big takeaway?

Following this interview, I’d love to know if you're taking anything away from what Tanya 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 will always try to keep in mind, you know, the reason I'm doing this is so that I can be there for my kids. – Tanya Goodall Smith

If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Tanya or if you just want to say thanks for coming on the show, feel free to add them in the comments area below.

Tanya Goodall Smith Podcast Interview

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! If you haven't and you'd like to, head to and you can leave some honest feedback and a rating which will help both me and the show and I'll be sure to thank you on the show and add a link to your website or blog if you let me know the URL of your website and your name.

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You can do this with video on your website, email replies with video plus advertising and retargeting with video. 

There is no faster way to make a connection than you talking to your clients via video. 

If you generally book most of the clients you meet with face to face, imagine building that bond earlier in your process and before other local photographers. It'll mean more bookings for you. Fantastic right? As long as you can be yourself and make the same kind of connection you do in person. And you can! 

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Tanya Goodall Smith Podcast Interview

Links to people, places and things mentioned in this episode:

Tanya Goodall Smith Website

Tanya Goodall Smith on Instagram

Tanya Goodall Smith on Facebook

Rock Your Branding Photography Biz Facebook Group

Workstory Education Courses

Tanya Goodall Smith on SLR Lounge

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

American Advertising Federation


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Tanya Goodall Smith Podcast Interview

Thank you!

Thanks again for listening and thanks to Tanya for coming on and sharing her thoughts and ideas on building a branding photography business to fit the kind of lifestyle you want to be living.

As an introvert, I really am effective at making one one one connection. – Tanya Goodall Smith

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions about this episode, please be sure to leave them below in the comment section of this post, and if you liked the episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post!

That’s it for me this week, hope everything is going well for you in life and business!

Thanks and speak soon