045: Bryan Caporicci – Mirrorless Cameras for Professional Wedding and Portrait Photographers

As the first returning guest, in this episode, Bryan Capricci shares why mirrorless cameras for professional wedding and portrait photographers are the perfect fit. Bryan was interviewed for episode 28 of the Photography Business Exposed podcast which was one of the most enthusiastically received interviews following the marketing ideas and practices he shared. The mere thought of a wedding album on the night of the wedding simply blew listeners away!

Brian is now using the mirrorless system for both wedding and portrait clients alongside his DSLR kit. He can, however, see a not too distant future shooting the mirrorless system solely, for all of its growing advantages.

In the interview, learn how to integrate both systems seamlessly, how to handle client and guests questions at a paid gig and whether or not these cameras will see an influx of new professionals to the industry. You'll also hear about some of the downsides of shooting with these cameras too.

Here's some more of what we cover:

  • How mirrorless camera systems help recapture the passion for photography you used to have when starting your business
  • Shooting with mirrorless cameras and professional photography, are they really a good match?
  • The benefits and downsides of going mirrorless as a pro photographer
  • Should you be including mirrorless into your workflow today or is it better to wait?
  • Will a low barrier to entry see a flood of new professional photographers enter the professional photography space?
  • Learn how to introduce a new camera system into your workflow seamlessly
  • RAW or JPG – it's an old argument now but do we need to reinvestigate it with the new cameras available?
  • What will clients and guest think of your “small” camera and will it affect bookings?
  • Are you fooling yourself or will other photographers be able to see the difference in quality?
  • What are the best lenses for the new systems?
  • Will your photography suffer or improve with the change?
  • Which camera systems and models are worth considering if you wanted to take this further?
  • If you're planning to introduce a mirrorless system to use for paid work, you need to have a reason why… can you answer that?
  • Do you need to accept and adapt to these new systems like from film to digital for fear getting left behind?

As a bit of self confessed “groupie” of the mirrorless system, in particular the Fuji X100s, I'm a little concerned following this interview. Do you feel this episode of the podcast was too lopsided? Are there questions I should have asked but didn't?

After hearing Bryan describe his workflow and seeing his wonderful images, I thinks it's only a matter of time before I introduce the camera to my paying clients… what about you?

A little extra in todays episode

Following the planned recorded interview, Bryan and I kept chatting about work and life when the conversation turned to a recent boudoir shoot featured on his blog. I was curious about the room/setting for the shoot and whether it was the clients house or a studio setting.

Bryan then revealed  what I thought was a fantastic tip that I had to share with you. Bryan has an agreement and day rate with a local and exclusive hotel to use their rooms for his boudoir shoots. The room rates are built into his prices and he now has at his disposal, beautifully decorated, well lit spaces just perfect for his boudoir shoots.

I love this idea not only for boudoir shoots but any style of shoot – portraits, wedding location shoots in bad weather are two that come straight to mind. Can you see a way to use this approach in your business?

Professional portrait photography with a mirror less camera system

What's on Offer

Premium Members, you're in for a real treat this week with two separate items available to you.

First up, Bryan delivers yet again with a great idea (one that he's actually implemented and using) that will set you apart from your competition. I won't give away his ideas here, but you'll learn:

  • Developing a product from scratch – how you can do it too
  • Over delivering again and again
  • Simplifying album design by creating emotional attachment to the photos you like

Secondly, as mentioned in the podcast, William Bay from Flaunt Your Site is running one of his “Get Noticed in Four Weeks” SEO courses in January 2014.

The courses are 4 weeks in total and are each 90 minute sessions, one night a week. The course is online via Google Hangouts and once signed up, you log into each session where you can see and hear William and see his computer screen in real time. You can interact and ask questions as you go – it is the next best thing to actually being there in the room as you look over his shoulder while he works and teaches SEO for your photography website.

As a Premium Member, William has kindly offered a $30.00 saving to Premium Members of Photo Biz Xposed – get over to the Members area for your promo code.

You can hear the interview with William in episode 3 of the podcast to get a better idea of what he does and teaches.

Professional portrait photography with a mirror less camera system

What is your big takeaway?

If you're excited about learning to recapture the passion for photography you felt when first discovering photography, I'd be curious to know if you'll be considering either trying or actually incorporating the mirrorless camera system into your paid shooting and workflow?

I'd love to know what your biggest takeaway is – what is the one thing that you'd like to implement or remember from what Bryan had to share? Let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comments below.

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

iTunes ratings, reviews and Shout-Outs

Each week before recording the podcast, I check iTunes for any reviews and each week I'm blown away by the comments and reviews from you. This week was no exception, thank you to:

Neil Dallimore of Photography by Neil Dallimore in Australia

And Egypety… sorry mate, I'd love to add a link to your site but couldn't track down who you are – thanks though for the review and rating, I really appreciate it.

PhotoBizX iTunes Reviews

The iTunes reviews make a big difference to the podcast being ranked well and found in the iTunes store. If you have the time and are happy to leave an honest rating and review, head over to iTunes. Don't feel your comments have to be long, involved or gushy, an honest opinion is all I ask.

Don't be shy about leaving your business name in the review either – that way I can add a link in the show-notes and show my appreciation with a proper thanks and a Google loving back-link to your website.

This week on social media and email, I've had the pleasure of chatting to a bunch of great people and want to give shout outs to:

Jonathan Arlia

Alan Moyle of Alan Moyle Wedding Photography

Brad Barlow of B2X Photo at Idaho Falls

Andrew Szopory of Andrew Szopory Photography

Grant Kennedy of We Shoot Buildings

This week I also received two great voicemail messages from:

Terry Richards of Terry Richards Photography

Paul Pennell of Paul Pennell Photography

Thanks guys, I appreciate the effort and as you know, it's great to have you listening!

If you'd like to get in touch, ask a question or make a suggestion for the show, you can email me andrew@photobizx.com, find me on Twitter https://twitter.com/andrewhellmich or on Facebook at https://photobizx.com/facebook – I'd love to hear from you!

Professional wedding photography with a mirror less camera system

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

Bryan Caporicci

Bryan on Facebook

Cassie boudoir session – all photographed with the Fuji

Fuxi XE2 Camera – official site

cicada

Cicadas are making a real pest of themselves at this time of year when it comes to recording audio – they are so noisy!

Pricing for Profit: Solid Business Techniques for a Profitable Photography Studio

SpiderHolster Black Widow Spider Camera Holster for Lightweight DSLRs and Point-and-shoot Cameras

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Compact System Camera with 16MP and 3-Inch LCD – Body Only

Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen and 12-50mm Lens (Black)

Fujifilm X100S 16 MP Digital Camera with 2.8-Inch LCD (Silver)

Fujifilm X-E2 16.3 MP Compact System Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm Lens (Black)

Sony a7K Full-Frame 24.3 MP Interchangeable Digital Lens Camera with 28-70mm Lens

Sony a7R Full-Frame 36.3 MP Interchangeable Digital Lens Camera – Body Only

Leica M9 18MP Digital Range Finder Camera (Black, Body Only)

Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R Wide-Angle Lens

Fujifilm XF 60mm F2.4 Macro Lens

Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 Lens

Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 Zoom Lens

Nikon 1528 Df 16.2 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera with AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition Lens SLR Camera with 3.2-Inch LCD (Silver)

Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Aussie Version of Jingle Bells

The Resources Page

Don't forget about 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.

Professional portrait photography with a mirror less camera system

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That's it for me this week, hope everything is going well for you in life and business and you have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas.

Thanks and speak soon

Andrew

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