Identify Pricing Strategies


Creating Your Ideal Photography Business


Lesson Info

Identify Pricing Strategies

Okay, so let's look back. What are the five pricing strategies that we talked about? Let's quickly review them so that as we look at these pricing structures that you submitted, we can search for those strategies and try to identify them in use in the field. So, to review we have session fees. The session fee has two purposes. It is the gateway to your business. A high session fee leads to fewer clients contacting you or booking you. A lower session fee is a lower barrier of entry to your business, okay? It's the gateway that filters who's coming into your business. The second thing a session fee does is it helps offset the final sale. It allow you to collect some of the money upfront. That money's forgotten and then you have to have a lower final sale amount. So that's how the session fee works. Minimum purchase is a way to set an expectation for your client and say, "You should expect to invest at least this much with me." And, it also offsets the burden of that final sale because it...

happens in advance. That money is spent and forgotten. Incentives are rewards that you give your clients for doing what you want them to do. It's the treat, and so incentives can only, or should only be used whenever your client does what you want them to do. You never start these below your target sales average. And usually they build as your client invests more with you. These are inexpensive things that are really desirable and in demand for your clients. Bundling, this is the value meal, this is the package. So, it's putting products together in a way that allows you to sell what you want to create and combine it with something that the client wants anyway, and give your client a better price in the process. This is really great for clients that are really stretching their budget to invest with you. This is maybe a lower-end client but it doesn't mean they're not going to invest a lot, it's just the way they're used to buying, okay? Your high-end clients don't care about a bundle or a value meal. And then pre-design is the idea that it's hard for our clients to understand or conceive what it is that we can create until you actually show them what it is. So it works really well with products that require a lot of design like an album or a custom design piece for the wall, something like that. You've gotta shown them the possibilities before they're willing to invest in.

Class Description

"If you're struggling to figure out the business process of photography, this class is one of the clearest and most concise I've ever seen. If you're experienced but the business side and pricing are eluding you, you will find clarity here. I own at least twenty CreativeLive courses and hands down, this one explains pricing and strategy better than any others I've purchased or watched live." - Julie, CreativeLive Student 
Join Kathy Holcombe as she shares techniques and strategies to develop the photography business you desire. Whether you’re making the leap from part-time to full-time or starting your very first business, the amount of work can be overwhelming. From what products to offer, how much to charge, how to pay yourself or the legal considerations - start ups often sink before clients are even booked. Kathy will show you the ways to grow your business from the start. This class will cover: 

  • Defining what product you are selling and how much you should charge to make a living 
  • Photography business basics and how to track your income compared to other businesses 
  • How to write and create your business plan 
Kathy Holcombe and her husband Peter built one of the top wedding portrait studios in Colorado, then jumped in an RV with the entire family and began traveling the country full-time, and added a successful commercial division. Together they have built multiple successful businesses and have honed in on the important factors that every photographer should consider when building a business. 


1Class Introduction
2How To Price Your Products
3Which Products Will You Offer
4Methods For Pricing
5Mark Up Factors On Products
6What Is Your Per Hour Figure
7What Is The Feasibility Of A Product
8Target Sales Average
9Session Fees Pricing Strategy
10Minimum Purchase And Incentives Pricing Strategy
11Bundling Pricing Strategy
12Pre-Design Pricing Strategy
13Album Pricing Strategies
14Example Pricing List
15Business Basics Overview
16Tracking Product Lines In Your Business
17Track Your Session Counts
18Know Your Sales Average
19Importance Of Data Analysis
20Overview Of Costs
21Professional Photographers Of America Benchmark Survey
22Creating A Vision For Your Business
23What Do You Want To Accomplish
24Take A Leap Of Faith
25Refine Your Vision
26Products That Sell
27Identify Pricing Strategies
28Portrait Pricing Strategy Example
29Album Pricing Strategy Example
30Online Pricing Strategy Example
31Fine Art Prints Pricing Strategy Example
32Packages Pricing Strategy Example
33Sales Strategies Overview
34Portrait Sales Session Overview
35Sales Strategy for Portrait Sales
36How to Present Images to Client
37Sales Strategy for Wedding Sales
38Album Pre-Design
39Marketing: Define Yourself
40Who is Your Ideal Client?
41Who is Your Ideal Partner?
42How to Start a Partner Business Relationship
43Marketing Strategies that Work
44Product Lines: Business Plan Part One
45Workload: Business Plan Part Two
46Sessions: Business Plan Part Three
47Expenses: Business Plan Part Four
48Clients: Business Plan Part Five