099: Gabe McClintock – How To Be True to Yourself in Your Photography Business

Gabe McClintock is a wedding photography success story and is truly living the dream, working exactly the way he wants. In this interview, Gabe shares how to be true to yourself in your photography business and what you can expect as a result.

Although Gabe is based in Canada, he is shooting in some of the most remote and spectacular wedding destinations and continues to shoot exactly the way he wants to be shooting. Doing some research I kept reading similar descriptions about Gabe and they all went something like this:

He's a photographer. A dreamer. A traveler. A husband. And most importantly a Dad to two beautiful girls. You'll hear from the interview he's also quick to laugh, has a great sense of humour and a lot of fun to be around. It's no wonder he's the success he is and is able to share as much as he does.

Here’s some more of what we cover:

  • The mistakes Gabe made in his photography business
  • The difference between shooting for yourself or for popularity
  • Being a jack of all trades and a master of none with your photography
  • How to attract and book the clients you want for your business
  • Shooting 18-20 weddings leaves a lot of spare time
  • Gabe's wedding photography pricing structure
  • How to start shooting the things that you loved to photograph and get paid for it
  • Why you need to shoot what you show and show what you want to shoot
  • Why you need to get rid of any images on your website that don't really speak to you
  • How soon will changes you make in your business take effect
  • How to say no to the clients you don't want
  • Can money buy happiness for a wedding photographer
  • How to determine when to start saying no to certain photography jobs
  • How Gabe measures another photographer's success
  • Why outsource with so much spare time

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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 content from where we dive deeper into some of the earlier topics plus some new ones that I pushed hard for that include:

  • How one wedding changed to course of business and life for Gabe
  • How to sell wedding albums to clients who live miles away
  • Learn why Gabe chooses not to up-sell his wedding albums
  • When should you consider a brand makeover or change
  • The importance of choosing the right name for your business
  • What are connection sessions and should you be doing them
  • How to let couples act and be themselves during photo shoots
  • Allowing people to be awkward and embracing it during photo shoots can provide you the best images
  • The best thing that Gabe has done for the success of his business

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What is your big takeaway?

Following this interview, I’d love to know what your biggest takeaway is – what is the one thing that you’d like to implement or learnt from what was shared? Let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comments below.

I wanted clients to hire me for the work I was posting not for the work that I was posting because I felt I needed to

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

If you’d like an easy way to show Gabe your thanks, and support for the show at the same time, click the link to create a tweet and automatically show you’re listening: https://photobizx.com/tweet

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Newborn Photography Workshop with Luisa Dunn

In the last episode, I interviewed newborn photographer Luisa Dunn and I mentioned her upcoming Australian workshops that are happening in 2015 with photographer Elise Gow.

Here is the link to their workshop page: http://polishedshop.bigcartel.com/ where you'll find a break down of what they are teaching in the classes this year.

However in brief:

Newborn photographers Luisa Dunn and Elise Gow are holding newborn photography classes across Australia in 2015. Cities included are Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide and Perth (Melbourne has already sold out). It's a 2 day class and the cost is $1,800 per attendee.

The Resources Page

Remember the ever expanding resources page that has a listing of products, programs, hardware, books and directories mentioned in each episode of the show. If you’re looking for something that a guest has mentioned on a previous episode but just can’t remember who or what it was – you’ll find it listed in order on the resources page.

Are you a NEW listener?

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Simply shoot me an email at andrew@photobizx.com to say hi, I'd love to hear from you.

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

Gabe McClintock Photography

Gabe McClintock Blog

Gabe McClintock on Facebook

Gabe McClintock on Twitter

Gabe McClintock on Instagram

Beth Fernley

RAW Digital & Film Lab

Sarah Walk

Sarah and Josh Iceland Wedding

SmartAlbums

AlbumExposure

Fer Juaristi

Fer Juaristi Interview on Photo Biz X

Follow Andrew o Instagram – http://instagram.com/andrew_hellmich

Equipment

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS with 1080p Full-HD Video Mode Digital SLR Camera (Body)

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon 58mm f/1.4G AF-S NIKKOR Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon 35mm f/1.4G AF-S FX SWM Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

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Thank you!

Thank you again for listening to the show and thanks Gabe for being an awesome guest!

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

Andrew

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