285: Nick and Tom – I wish I knew this when starting my photography business

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Something different for this episode of the podcast with an in-person conversation with two photographers in the early stages of their careers where I share the things I wish I'd known when starting my business – over 20 years ago. From generating leads, making sales, offering discounts to friends and family plus some gear and equipment talk and more.
Here's how the interview came about…
Nicholas Varady-Szabo or Nick V contacted me after hearing on a podcast episode I live on the Central Coast, not far from Sydney, where he's based and kicking off his wedding (and possibly portrait) photography business.

I'm considering starting a photography business, and want to be smart and do it right from the beginning. Would you be willing to let me buy you a coffee and spare half an hour to point me in the right direction? – Nick V

Following the above message, we scheduled a date to meet up. Nick asked to bring his friend Tom Fewchuk, also with an emerging photography business and the guys agreed to let me record our conversation.

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

  • A brief background about Nick and Tom and how they started their photography businesses
  • The importance of setting your expectations with your clients, friends and families when pricing for them
  • The key things you need to focus on when just starting your photography business
  • Sales sessions and proving you can deliver
  • Advice for pricing and discounts when starting out
  • The best practice when someone offers you money for your photography work
  • Your next approach when someone asks you to photograph their special event
  • Does explaining to clients about the back end jobs help a photographer to charge more?
  • Back up equipment and types of cameras to start with
  • How important is having your own studio when starting out
  • The three factors that lead to a successful photography business
  • The easiest ways to create connections and get referrals from your clients
  • The best place to look for clients with portraits and headshots
  • How to deal with digital files
  • The importance of having a website and why it should be SEO optimized
  • Why relying only on social media for bookings is not a good idea
  • What is third-party marketing and how it works when starting out?
Tom Fewchuk Photography Podcast

Tom Fewchuk Photography

What’s on Offer for Premium Members

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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.

Nick V Photography Podcast

Nick V Photography

What is your big takeaway?

Following this interview, I’d love to know if you're taking anything away from what Nick and Tom 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.

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

The Beginner Photography Podcast

It was cool to be asked to be interviewed on Raymond Hatfield's Beginner Photography Podcast which went live last week.

In the episode, I answered questions n relation to:

  • Booking 20 weddings at my first bridal fair
  • How I used to advertise my photography business
  • How I dealt with photography burn out
  • A lesson learnt from my first paid shoot
  • Some of the hardest aspects of running my photography business
  • Some of the best perks of being a photographer
  • If we should focus on one genre of photography or shoot a variety of genres
  • The biggest lessons I've learnt in close to 300 podcast interviews
  • Some bad info that I hear being taught to new photographers

You can hear the interview here: https://www.beginnerphotographypodcast.com/podcast/116

I mentioned the 2018 PhotoBizX survey in two recent emails.

If you've completed it, thanks so much!

If you missed that email and can spare a few minutes, I'd love and appreciate your input here: https://photobizx.com/listenersurvey

The survey is the easiest way for me to give you the best guests, questions, podcast and help with your business.

Plus, it'll be fun!

Ok, not really fun but it'll be a break from what you're doing. LOL

Here's one of the best / funniest quotes I've seen in response to asking how you found the podcast (modified slightly to hide the photographer's identity in case they don't want this shared):

I'm based in [insert country] and our weddings are not interesting at all. I found it on my computer and took it with me to the shore of the lake to sunbathe a little. It was 11 AM, listened thru the whole episode, got badly sunburnt, but hooked to the podcast. Purchased the Premium Version shortly afterwards. – PBX Member

Tom Fewchuk Photography Podcast

Tom Fewchuk Photography

iTunes Reviews and Shout-outs

Each week I check for any new iTunes reviews and it's always a buzz to receive these… for a couple of reasons.

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 https://photobizx.com/itunes 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.

Alternatively, if you've left a review for PhotoBizX and are looking for more backlinks to help your SEO, leave a review for the new Photography Xperiment Podcast and email me your keywords or keyword phrase and where you'd like me to link to.

Nick V Photography Podcast

Nick V Photography

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

NickV Photography Website

Nick V Photography on Facebook

NickV Photography on Instagram

Tom Fewchuk Photography on Facebook

Tom Fewchuk on Instagram

Andrew on the Beginner Photography Podcast

Photobizx 2018 Survey

Screenflow  – screen recording software for Mac

Jing – screen recording software

Camtasia – screen recording software for Windows

Tom, me and Nick following our chat about photography business over a coffee at Terrigal.

Thank you!

Thanks again for listening and big thanks to Nick and Tom for allowing me to record our chat over a coffee.

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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