In this solo episode, Luci takes on the topic of how to handle the challenge of artists who want to have a profitable photography business.
Here are some tips on how to just say NO to being a starving artist.
See your photography as a product, learn to separate yourself from what you create emotionally. When you do this, your next step is to be skilled at sales and marketing and running a consistent business.
Don’t take rejection personally. It is about them and not you and your photographs
You are selling love, or success, or memories, not your soul. Focus on them. Serve them.
You are selling your time. To make a living you MUST charge enough and learn how to sell to compensate you for the time you could spend at a different job.
Good enough is all you need to be. They don’t need to be award-winning images. Awards don’t pay bills
You do need to be proficient and results need to be repeatable. Learn the basics of photography. Study lighting, learn how to pose people in a way that makes them look their best AND evoke natural expression. And have the right equipment and skill to make it happen.
Style. You don’t need to figure this out to make a great living. You need to know how to take photographs people want to pay for that also make you happy to create.
Of course, it is vital to have the passion to produce the best work we possibly can every time. As your work is continually better, success does become easier.
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I think it’s safe to say that at some point we’ve all felt a little bit stuck…in our comfort zones, in our photography businesses, and in our lives. I know that I have. The person that helped me get over that “stuck” feeling? This week’s The Profitable Photographer Podcast guest and my long-time coach and friend, Ursula Mentjes. I couldn’t be more excited for you to meet her!
Ursula is a leading expert on success and business growth and a USA Today, bestselling author of UpLevel NOW. She is a business strategist and coach who works with entrepreneurs ( like me!) to double their monthly revenue in as little as 30 days while working less. Ursula is also a keynote speaker and certified as an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Coach through the NLP Institute of California. She specializes in helping her clients release the limiting beliefs and blocks that hold them back from their greatest success.
As self-employed business owners, it’s easy to stay stuck in our comfort zone. But staying where we are will never allow us to reach the goals we truly desire. Today, Ursula is here to teach us how to break through to the next level and get unstuck!
Listen in as the life-changing, entertaining Ursula shares with us
This is an encore of my most listened-to episode. Woo hoo!
So why is this episode so popular? Well, to put it mildly, Erin’s photography business is off-the-charts successful. She has achieved that 7 figure dream and now has the freedom to work as much or as little as she wants.
And I’m beyond proud of her. She’s special to me because I was her coach early in her journey (5 years ago) and helped her choose pet photography as her niche.
Erin’s following her passion and it is working!
Bonilla Pet Studio employs a team of photographers, salespeople, plus other support staff. Their entire team is made up of 16 amazing pet-loving people. As someone that is always growing and visioning, one of her big goals is to franchise her unique pet photography business.
You won’t want to miss:
The reason Erin isn’t afraid to take risks.
The many ways that Erin puts her clients first.
Why Erin is a big fan of direct response marketing.
Her method for making important business decisions.
Her take on having a coach and whether it was worth it.
Erin’s business has grown quickly. She has had to hit the ground running and make some big decisions. She shares what has worked for her.
Chances are you’ve heard of my guest on this week’s episode of The Profitable Photographer Podcast at least once or twice. After all, as he says, he’s the only one with his name. Who is it? Why, the one and only Booray Perry!
Booray Perry is a professional photographer in Tampa Florida, specializing in weddings, headshots, Bar Mitzvahs, and portraits. Before he picked up a camera, he was a professional radio announcer and comedian.
Booray uses his photography knowledge and his ability to talk non-stop to teach people worldwide about photography in a down-to-earth way. He has a reputation for taking complex ideas and explaining them in a way that doesn’t make your head explode. He is also the co-host of the Photobomb Podcast and has his own YouTube channel.
It was such a joy to have time with Booray to talk about all things photography, podcasts, Bar Mitzvahs, and life in general. As I assumed, Booray has always liked to learn (and he claims to be too smart for his own good), which is part of what makes him such a good photography teacher.
Get excited about a candid conversation as Booray shares with me:
why he’ll talk about the business of photography, but only how to build a business that you love
why it’s important for people to learn the nuts and bolts of photography
why he enjoys teaching others about photography (and how he picks what to teach)
the best-kept secret in the photography industry (hint: Bar and Bat Mitzvahs)
Of everything that Booray and I had the pleasure of talking about, I think my favorite takeaway from our conversation was this: You’re a photographer for life; it never goes away.
Interested in learning more about photography from Booray? You can find him in all of these places:
It’s hard to believe this is the 200th episode of The Profitable Photographer Podcast. But you know what they say… time flies when you’re having fun!
And believe me, when I say, this episode was so much fun to record! To celebrate our 200th episode, the interview tables were turned and I was interviewed by a good friend, coaching client, and fellow podcast colleague, Kathleen Kent of Kathleen Kent Photography and The Household Six Podcast.
Honestly, it was a little nerve-wracking turning the interviewer’s microphone over to Kathleen. After all, what do you ask a podcast host that’s hosted 200 photography business episodes?
Well, as I’m sure you can guess, I shouldn’t have worried at all. Kathleen was an amazing host and brought some very insightful questions to our time together. Not only did we take a trip down memory lane to chat about how I got started as a photographer, but she also asked me about the choices I made in my early days of business, and if any of those still stand the test of time. (Spoiler alert, they most definitely did!)
Listen in as we talk about:
How being involved in the photography community has impacted my business
The moment I knew that I wanted to be a photography coach
The pieces of advice I give to my photography coaching clients over and over again
My strategy for building a personal brand
Why you should just go for it when it comes to hiring a photography business coach
And finally, why I started The Profitable Photography podcast.
I might be biased, but this episode is jam-packed with so much goodness, and Kathleen and I had such a fun time chatting together!
Also, don’t forget, you can watch my interview with Kathleen on The Profitable Photographer Podcast Youtube channel. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!
Interested in connecting with Kathleen? You can find her here: