Michael Teo of www.professionalheadshotphotography.com.au is getting out of glamour photography and starting a headshot photography business. The strange thing to me when I heard this, was his glamour photography business was doing fantastically well. Why leave a thriving, successful and profitable business behind to start from scratch… again?
Although Michael wasn't jumping at the idea of recording an interview focussed on a business was yet to get going, I thought it was THE PERFECT time to hear how a successful photography business operator intends to tackle a new startup, a new genre, knowing what he has learned from an existing business.
Following some gentle arm-twisting, Michael agreed to record something, jumped on his cargo bike and met me at a cafe in the centre of Melbourne for one of the most fun interviews I've had the pleasure of recording – noisy traffic, interesting passers-by, cold weather and all!
Although the interview focus is on how Michael intends to kick off his new business venture, this conversation is so much more than that and includes lessons from his last business, photography as art, sick family, setting realistic expectations and leaving a true legacy in our limited time here.
Here’s some more of what we cover in the interview:
- Changes in Michael's life and business over the past year and his reason for seeking change
- The pressures Michael and his family faced during his mum's illness
- What led Michael to take a different direction with his Photography business?
- Why personal work has to be part of the photography business model
- Michael's perspective on glamour photography
- The advantage of speaking with and booking your clients personally
- The need to be organised and have a workflow to maximise your time
- Michael's current focus when it comes to his photography style
- The difference between domestic and commercial photography workflow
- Michael's marketing strategies for his new headshot photography business
- How Michael envisions his new business growth over the next few months
- Coding and WordPress – is it really necessary for photographers?
- Why Michael selected a totally corporate theme for his new website
- Questions you need to ask when creating your website
- How Michael creatively manage bookings and schedules through his new website
- Michael's transition from networking with portrait to headshot and commercial photographers
- Michael's business goal within the next six months
- Where Michael sees himself in contributing to the art world of photography
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Doing glamour portraits and doing corporate portraits is essentially portraiture. The main difference is the workflow. – Michael Teo
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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 Michael 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 I'm going to make my life mean something, then I would definitely want to explore the things that I can contribute on a bigger scale rather than just building a business. – Michael Teo
If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Michael or if you just want to say thanks for coming on the show, feel free to add them in the comments area below.
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Although the following review wasn't left on iTunes, it was super appreciated by me and I'm rapt to share it here.
This video testimonial was recorded by Beaumaris lifestyle family photographer, Sarah Churcher in New Zealand. Thank you Sarah!
Links to people, places and things mentioned in this episode:
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Thanks again for listening and big thanks to Michael for sharing his thoughts on business, attracting more clients, advertising and generally being better at what we do by avoiding implementation paralysis.
I see creativity not as a flash of inspiration but as a channel. – Michael Teo
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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