It’s almost here! Photo Week 2015 kicks off this Friday morning with the West Coast Bus Tour, and we’ll be streaming live with Sue Bryce, Jasmine Star, Victor Ha, and Matt Kloskowski from all of our stops along the way from San Francisco to Seattle.
Today, we’re here to chat with Sue Bryce. I recently had the opportunity to interview this CreativeLive hall of fame instructor, photographer, and business expert.
In this interview, Sue shares with us her first success in the photography business, how she developed her unique style, and the best advice she’s ever received.
Here’s our interview with Sue.
Q. When did you feel like you finally made it as a photographer?
Sue: “The first time I did a shoot and successfully sold it.”
“I was about 25, and I thought wow I’m a photographer. Of course it’s a whole different story of when I knew I’d made it as a true professional in the industry. THAT took considerably longer, but there is a moment when you’re sustaining an income you’re proud of and you realize, wow I REALLY am a professional now.”
“In the photography business, it never ends… its a constant cycle of show, shoot, sell, evolve, and refresh.”
Q. We really admire the way you capture the essence of feminine power and beauty in your work. How do you get your clients comfortable and confident in front of your lens?
Sue: “For me, comfort comes from control. When I take full control of my client with confidence, that’s when they relinquish their tension of being in front of the camera. Their vulnerabilities wash away and you see their true self, because they feel safe and they trust you. It’s beautiful.”
Q. What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received as a photographer?
Sue: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch. That goes both ways. Don’t expect people to help you for nothing. And don’t help people for nothing if you feel taken advantage of.”
“There is always something you can exchange. Names. Contacts. Time. When you just get started, it feels like a lot of people ask you for FREE everything. Don’t get defeated by that. Rather, challenge yourself to say yes, and figure out what you can ask for in return – whether or not that favor will be an investment that gets a return immediately or sometime in the future.”
“Work is an exchange. Business is an exchange. 50/50. Learn that balance it will serve you greatly.”
Sue has learned a thing or two over the years about what it takes to create a powerful brand, build communities, and grow a successful photography business. Check out her bootcamp 28 Days with Sue Bryce, and learn the intimate details how she runs her photography business.