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Working with Clients

Working with clients can be one of the most challenging aspects of being a professional photographer. Establishing and meeting expectations can sometimes be difficult, especially if you're new to the industry. Open communication, clear pricing and overall strong people skills are all essential elements for creating happy and returning clients.

How Can I Do In-Person Sales if I Don’t Have a Studio?

How Can I Do In-Person Sales if I Don’t Have a Studio?

If you’re struggling with in person sales because you don’t have a studio… here’s a new, short video you have to see! Our friend Sarah Petty goes over what you need to take with you to a clients’ home… or Starbucks! She’ll show you a few tips for making IPS without a studio and encourage you to try out the Joy of Marketing’s upcoming 7 Day Selling Challenge!

Preparing a Client for Their Senior Portrait Session

Preparing a Client for Their Senior Portrait Session

While it may seem to the outside world that a portrait session begins and ends with clicking the shutter, we, as professional photographers, know the session itself is the least time consuming portion of working with a client. In order to have a highly successful and profitable session, it is important to prepare the client both for the session and the sale before they ever step in front of your camera.

Shooting Promotional Photography for Musicians

Shooting Promotional Photography for Musicians

If you dream of having unbridled creative freedom, shooting musicians can be the best gig you’ll ever get. If a musical artist has poor publicity photos, it makes them look second-rate. Images that convey an artist’s style and personality have the ability to engage fans beyond their music.

Creating a Client Portrait Checklist

Creating a Client Portrait Checklist

Getting your self organized before a portrait shoot is essential. Start by putting together a checklist for you and your clients. The clearer the communication is up front, the more satisfied your clients will be. 

Funny Things Photographers Hear…

Funny Things Photographers Hear…

With millions of people shooting every day, it can be tempting to suggest that now everyone’s a photographer. Which means that professionals have to endure a peculiar set of beliefs and comments coming at them when they’re hired to do a shoot. 

Branding Your Photo Studio Effectively

Branding Your Photo Studio Effectively

It’s the biggest buzzword around – branding. But what does it really encompass and how can you translate building a brand image to your photo studio?

Trade Work: When Is It Good to Barter?

Trade Work: When Is It Good to Barter?

Trade work is one of the first circumstances that beginning photographers and other creatives experience when first starting out.  It can be extremely rewarding to meet and work with new people in the industry and also share resources and talent without the upfront cost.

How to Set Up & Prepare for a Family Portrait

How to Set Up & Prepare for a Family Portrait

Regardless of what type of photography we ply as professionals, we can all relate to the agonies and ecstasies of the family portrait session. Given the chaos that naturally comes with a family with kids you’ll need to have a game plan before the shooting starts. As with anything we shoot, preparation is the key to pulling off a successful family portrait.

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