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Forbidden Words in Sales


How to Start a Photography Business

Lesson 87 of 87

Forbidden Words in Sales


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Forbidden Words in Sales

Forbidden words, this one's gonna be simple. I want you guys just to delete these words. I love that baby's face. Delete these, there's a lot of babies in the last section. I just like babies. Delete these words from your vocabulary. These are our forbidden words on the left side. This is the impression that those words have. These are more appropriate words. So a photo shot doesn't sound, anybody can do a photo shoot. I want to give you an experience. I want to give you a photographic experience. I want to do something that's unique. Call it whatever you want, just don't call it a photo shoot. Hey, do you have time for an initial phone call? No, I'd like to set up a consultation. I can do a consultation with you next week. Hype call is internally. We use internally for hype calls because we want our people to buy into what they should be, which is a call to get your clients excited. We don't call it a hype call to the clients, though. That would be weird. (laughs) Kenna, you got time ...

for a hype call? I'll get you all excited! Woo! (laughs) An initial meeting has no value, but a consultation does. An IPS or viewing has no value, but a design consultation does. These are all words on the left side that have no value. Free has no value, and guess what, nobody respects free. That's the crappy side about it, that you could be given something that costs a hundred dollars, as a gift, for free, and you wouldn't really care. And I know the ones here that are nodding have been given nice gifts, things that they don't really care about. You're at a conference and you win something, a piece of software, you get something, it's expensive, but you just don't value it. You value what you pay for. There's no value in free. If there's a discount, then can I get one for everything? A voucher, well that sounds like a discount for me. So all these are like, your collection includes. Credits, I would still say, man, be careful with credits because people want to apply them to different things. Okay, just understand that. If you give a credit for something, they'll want to apply it to something else. A gift certificate instead of a voucher, so much better. Picture, images, instead of artwork, prints. Those are all the things that I want you guys to kind of just slowly delete from your vocabulary. But again, we've gotta get comfortable with just that sales process first. Get comfortable with the basic scripts first, and then start deleting these words from your vocabulary. All right, guys, so here we go. Objections and questions and answers. Can I get that for free? We all know our way around this right now. Are we good? I hope so. Haldis, you gave ... why? That's how we get around it. I'm just kidding, I'm kidding. She just really liked me and she's like, it's cool, I'll do it for free. Can you do it for less? Do we know our way around that? It's simple. For what you're getting, Joe, for what you're getting, it's gonna be worth it. Simple. Shell, I know it's expensive. You're gonna love it. Simple. Sharon, are you good with this? Are you good with ... Because I know, I know when you come to me, I'm gonna give you everything that you love. I know it's expensive. It'll be worth it. Easy. Just, we've got to get a buy into it ourselves, right? We need to buy into that ourselves. Can I get my pictures early, I hate that one. Oh my goodness. You take the pictures, and then they're like, hey, when can we see these photos? Man, we just finished, like I haven't even gotten back in the car yet. Doesn't that happen all the time? Like you're on the way back, so when can we see these? You know what, they're excited. They love, they loved the experience that you gave them. They're stoked. Here's the beauty of it. We're struggling with this right now. Our studio is struggling with this, like, you get these different pain points and these different kind of growing pains in your studio. One of ours is, with the volume and with the quality we want to deliver, is getting the post production, getting everything timely. Okay? But if you can get this process quicker, well, that's better. Because, Angela, if you came away from one of our shoots right now, and you had that kind of emotional high, and within two days I got you your images, you would still be riding that emotional high. Whereas, a month down the road, not so much. But the line that you say, when they say, can I get my pictures early? You say, I'm gonna do my best, but what I want to do is make sure your images have our quality. I don't want to let anything out of the studio that doesn't, that isn't a representation of my work. And that's why it's gonna take a little bit of time. I didn't say no. I never said no. We're here. We're at the end. This is our Q and A, what else do you guys got? This is all the places that you guys can join us. Yes, Tori? Just a quick question about the phone call situation. A lot of times you call even if someone, like, reached out to you, and then you call them back, people don't necessarily answer their phones if they don't recognize the number. So do you leave a message in that case, or do you try to reach them again, or, you know, how do you get them back, if you weren't able to reach them, even if they are, you know, a qualified lead? Great question, Tori. So I would go back to that same thing of, hey, this is Tori with ... Tori Awesome Photography? (laughter) So, and what you do is, I just had a few minutes to give you a call, I saw your inquiry. Hey, I'm gonna be here for the next ten minutes if you have a moment. If not, I'll be in the office from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. tomorrow. I'd love to chat. Okay, so you give them those windows, you do the same thing, we did the same thing with scarcity. But if maybe they don't answer, you give them a little window like calling back right away. Hopefully they hear it soon and they're like, oh, yeah, I need to jump on that right now. But still create that, don't leave the message of like, hey, this is Tori, call me back anytime. Okay, I will call you back anytime, in a year. Okay? Now I have one last slide which my producer happened to switch up. (laughter) So thanks, Sarah. She popped that in there, without me knowing. This is a ... This is what happens when photographers get, and hang around each other and they want to test lights. And you take pictures of each other and then you get this stuff. Okay, no, what I wanted to get across was this. I wanted to tie this back to what you saw on the walls of our studios, and to why maybe you think that I truly believe what we do, because I do. A couple years back, I read something in a book, it's actually called The Untethered Soul, okay. Actually I read that book recently. I read something else a couple years back. Anyway, the point of that was, I read this piece that talked about basically the kind of impermanence of life, right? And our whole concept of just breathe, it came from the fact that I read something that said, at any moment, your breath in right now, Shell, could be your last. You could breathe in, and then everything stops, and you're done. And it sounds morbid, but it's not supposed to. What the education is supposed to teach us, what this piece is supposed to teach, is that, death is kind of the ultimate teacher. The only problem is most of us don't learn from it until it touches us in some way. Okay, most of us kind of live our lives in a way of like, we just don't realize the impermanence of everything until someone close to us or until we have our own set of issues. And then suddenly it kick our butts and it wakes us up and it makes us realize the impermanence of everything around us. So just breathe. The words friends, family, love, experiences, memories, those things written up on our walls, it's not just our client why. This is what we believe. This is who we are, this is where it ties back to, that any one of these moments can be the end. So our responsibility in documenting those things is great. Our responsibility in living our own lives in a way where we would be okay that this moment was our last, that's an even greater responsibility. And for all of us that are out there that are looking to basically, this class or something to give us kind of that motivation of starting up a business or doing something that we love or fighting against whatever it is that we are going against, I want to remind you, breathe. This breath, this moment, could be your last. It is kind of that defining phrase that hit us a couple years back, that has shifted every single thing that we have done, including why we're in business and we came to this realization and we said to ourselves, I said to myself, personally, that I am gonna spend my time with my family. I'm gonna document my children. I'm gonna do all the things that I've taken for granted for a very long time. And I'm gonna work and struggle against all those things that are very difficult because, how much time do each of us get? It's all borrowed time, is it not? Every one of us is living on that borrowed time and these things are all cliches, until you tear your achilles, and then a month afterwards, you almost die because you had an emergency gallbladder surgery. And then your mom has a heart attack. These are all things that have happened to me in the past three years. That make you go, wow, if all of this were taken away right now, would I be okay with the things that I have done? And I want you to leave with that because you've learned so much. You've learned a lot in this class. We've covered so much material, and it's daunting. And at this point, I want you to run with it, and just keep running. It's a blessing to be able to fight, to do something that's outside of your comfort zone. If this is outside of your comfort zone and it's something that you want, push against it and go for it because that's the way that you're gonna grow the most. That's where just breathe, friends, family, love, experiences, memories, that's where our entire process changed, and that's where it came from. I wanted to share that with you guys and I want to say thank you guys for being here. You guys have been an amazing class here and you guys have been amazing online. The team here at CreativeLive has been incredible. Our team back home with Lynn and Jirsa, they're all doing things to support everything right now, so thank you to everybody. This has been an amazing trip and journey.

Class Description

The content and opinions expressed in this course are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem

Short on time? This class is available HERE as a Fast Class, exclusively for Creator Pass subscribers.


  • Start a photography business
  • Develop the ideal business structure and business plan
  • Research competitors and the market in your area
  • Build a short-term and long-term strategy
  • Create a marketing plan and marketing materials on a budget
  • Confidently conduct an in-person or phone sales session
  • Manage small business tasks from accounting to strategy


Professional photographers aren't just people with a knack for photography and a good camera -- because launching a small business on nothing but passion is a sure-fire way to fail spectacularly. Layer business savvy, marketing know-how, professional grit and more onto your existing passion and learn how to start a photography business. Take your hobby, vision, and creativity and build a career -- whether you are looking to run a full-time business or just a side gig.

Led by a photographer that's also a certified public accountant, Pye Jirsa, the class teaches the ins and outs of launching a photography business from the ground up. Along with three full days of instruction, Pye shares a 12-week plan to get your business up and running, a business expense calculator and more inside the class workbook. Understand what gear and skills you need before you launch and how to build a portfolio by photographing family members or organizing a stylized shoot.

Stop feeling overwhelmed by the monumental task and tackle one task a day in a 12-week plan. Brainstorm names for your business and learn the different types of business licenses available. Secure a domain name and build a website that's easily searchable. Develop a marketing plan with little investment. Master in-person sales and book your first session.

Whether you want to venture out in portrait photography, commercial work or any other client-based type of photography, learn the "business" in photography business with Pye Jirsa.


  • Photographers ready to launch a business
  • New professional photographers looking to grow a young business
  • Photographers interested in working in weddings, portraits, newborns, maternity, families, seniors, engagements or commercial photography


Pye Jirsa is a wedding photographer with Lin & Jirsa photography -- but besides running a successful photography business, he also has a background in accounting, creating the perfect blend for teaching the ins and outs of running a photography business. Along with working as a photographer and educator, Pye is also one of the founders of SLR Lounge, an online resource for photographers.

Learn from a founder of a photography business that photographs more than 300 weddings a year. Pye's Los Angeles and Orange County wedding photography business has been named among the top 100 wedding photographers by Brandsmash.


  1. Class Introduction

    Go from nothing to a booked client or grow a young photography business -- that's what students should expect from this course. Learn what's ahead in the course in this introductory lesson.

  2. Common Myths & Unknown Truths

    Bust the myths and set appropriate expectations for running a photography business. In this lesson, Pye shatters some myths, then lets photographers know what to expect before launching a business.

  3. The Road Ahead

    There are easier ways to make a living, Pye says, and the expectation that photography is easy money is setting yourself up for failure. Find out what the average studio spends on costs and start calculating rough numbers using an easy spreadsheet included in the class workbook.

  4. Find Your Passion

    The reality of working as a photographer, Pye says, is that 10 percent of your time will be spent taking pictures -- and 90 percent will be running the business. Pye redefines the passion that you need for business.

  5. The Lin & Jirsa Journey

    Go behind the scenes of Lin & Jirsa Photography and learn the story for how Pye's business launched.

  6. Part-time, Full-time, Employed, Partners?

    Walk through the different options for running a photography business. Learn the pros and cons of working as a photographer part-time or full time. Dive into options for working with a partner.

  7. Stop Wasting Time & Money

    Can your clients really tell the difference between an f/1.2 and an f/2.8 lens? Between a good camera and a high-end camera? No -- which means you shouldn't be wasting money on gear that you think that you need. Instead, re-focus on what clients easily notice.

  8. Your 12 Week Roadmap

    Getting a photography business off the ground can be done in as little as 12 weeks. In this lesson, Pye shares the roadmap for a 12-week launch, using the included class workbook to build your plan of attack.

  9. Great Plans Still Fail

    Strategies won't protect you from failing, but those failures can still take you somewhere. And you're not alone -- in this lesson, Pye shares some of his past failures.

  10. Strategy Vs. Planning

    Don't make the mistake of jumping right into business without first planning. Slow down, Pye suggests, and develop both a strategy and a plan.

  11. Mind Mapping

    Jump into step one for strategy and planning with mind mapping. Use this technique to brainstorm and build ideas using nothing but a sketchpad and a few minutes of time.

  12. Select a Focus

    Develop a focus to make the task of launching a business less monumental -- and launch a business that's better poised to compete. In this lesson, learn the importance of developing a focus then narrow down the focus of your business.

  13. Competitor Research

    What are your competitors doing? Professional photographers shouldn't burn up all their time comparing businesses, but researching competitors is an important part of the process. Learn who's really your competitor, develop a research strategy, and understand what to look for.

  14. S.W.O.T. Analysis

    Analyze your business environment by looking at your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats -- or S.W.O.T. Adapt this common business practice to photography and learn how to apply the analysis to your own business launch.

  15. Strategy & Long Term Goals

    Where do you see yourself in three years? Build a long term strategy by looking at your ideal work-life balance and lifestyle.

  16. Values, Vision & Mission

    Developing your business values, vision, and mission creates a foundation that helps your strategy and goals fall into place. Whether you work alone or with a team, pinpoint your values, vision, and mission.

  17. Effectively Managing Your Time

    Business owners that work from home often fall into the trap of neglecting to set a schedule. Learn how to effectively manage your time as a business owner when you don't have a time clock to punch, from setting hours and goals to tools to help you track your time.

  18. Artistic Development

    Part of the 12-week business launch is education and developing your skills as an artist. Learn tricks to catching up and developing skills as an artist.

  19. Create Your Plan

    In this lesson, develop a plan to ensure the fundamentals of photography are in place before your first shoot. Craft a plan for improving your technique, no matter what genre you plan to shoot in.

  20. What's Your Product

    In this lesson, define what your product is as a photographer. As a photographer, your product is a combination of you, your photographs, your experience, your website, and more.

  21. Luxury vs Consumer Products & Experiences

    What's the difference between luxury and consumer, besides just price? In this lesson, Pye walks through the different qualities that tend to be associated with luxury brands compared to consumer goods -- and how that relates to photography.

  22. Quick Break for Econ 101

    Economics play a big role in business. Dig into a few economics basics and how those concepts apply to the photography business.

  23. Your Target Market & Brand Message

    Identifying your target market and brand message is essential to building your business. Dive into the topic with an example using Pye's own photography business.

  24. What's in a Name

    Choosing the name of the business is a tough decision. Weigh the pros and cons of using your name for your business or coming up with a unique business name.

  25. Your Client 'Why'

    Craft a simple statement that builds the experience, or the why that you want for your clients. Learn what that "why" is in this lesson.

  26. Crafting the Why Experience

    Clients choose photographers for the experience. Identifying that why experience, then building that experience is an essential part of growing your photography business. Learn how in this lesson.

  27. Document the Client Experience

    Writing down the client experience helps ensure every client gets the same careful attention to that client experience. Work to document your client experience in this lesson.

  28. Business Administration Basics

    Work through the basic business tasks you'll need to tackle, from gear to business management software. Tackle registering your business name (including checking for an available domain name) and opening a business bank account. Learn why an LLC is often best for protecting personal assets, and the different types, such as a sole proprietor.

  29. Book Keeping Management

    How often should you look at financial statements? How should you keep track of what you are making? Tackle the bookkeeping best practices for your business.

  30. Create the Logo & Branding

    Build a logo that represents your business. Learn the qualities of the ideal logo. Then, jump into additional branding materials.

  31. Portfolio Design

    Learn how to show off your work in a portfolio. In this lesson, Pye shares why less is more, how to choose the images in your portfolio, and more.

  32. Design Your Services & Packages

    Design a pricing structure that suits your business and your goals. Learn what to do -- and what not to do -- when building your photography packages. Stop upselling and create a package that you -- and your clients -- will love from the start.

  33. Pricing Fears & Myths

    Continue building that pricing structure by dispelling the fears and myths surrounding pricing your work. Stomp out pricing fears in this lesson.

  34. Three Pricing Methods

    There's no right way to price -- in this lesson, Pye shares three different methods for pricing your work. Adapt these pricing frameworks for your own business.

  35. Package Pricing Psychology & Design

    Setting a "price anchor" helps your mid-way price point feel less expensive. Learn similar pricing psychology tips in this lesson, along with all how to name and develop your package prices.

  36. Psychology of Numbers

    Presentation matters -- even the font of your price can play a role in how potential clients view your prices. Learn best practices for presenting your prices.

  37. Pricing Q&A

    Expand on your pricing know-how as students like you ask questions during the live class.

  38. Grass Roots Marketing

    How do you create a marketing plan when you have no marketing budget? Build a plan to market your business on a budget, including network marketing and social media. Then, adapt your marketing plan as your business grows.

  39. The Empty Party

    Continue developing your grassroots marketing strategy and learn how to get people talking about your business. Use SEO, social media and word of mouth networking to grow your business.

  40. Friends & Family Test Shoots

    Taking test shots with a purpose both helps you practice your skills and expand your marketing efforts. Learn about brand ambassadors and organizing test shoots.

  41. Join Groups

    Joining online groups helps build a team of support, a resource for critiques and more. Learn how to make the most of online groups in this lesson.

  42. Second Shooting Etiquette

    Working as a second shooter is a great way to get your feet wet. Create more opportunities from second shooting by treating the task with proper etiquette.

  43. The Listing & Classified Hustle

    Directory listings and online classifieds are a simple, inexpensive way to get your name out there when you are getting started. Master some best practices for using online classifieds and similar options.

  44. Make Instagram Simple

    Continue working on social media marketing with tactics for using Instagram for your photography business. In this lesson, Pye shares the basics of using Instagram to find potential new clients.

  45. Your Automated Pinterest Plan

    Most brides use Pinterest more than any other platform to engage with vendors -- and the platform is important to other genres like family photography and newborn portraits too. Tackle Pinterest and learn to make your clients work for you by adding a simple plug-in to your site.

  46. Facebook Because You Must

    Pye cautions against relying on Facebook -- or any single source -- to build your business. But, Facebook is still an important part of your social media marketing. Learn Facebook marketing best practices.

  47. Giveaway & Styled Shoots

    Once you've built a quality portfolio, giveaways and stylized shoots can help boost your business. Learn why giveaways and stylized shoots are so important and how to make the most of them.

  48. Content Marketing & SEO

    Longterm, content marketing and search engine optimization is an important part of sustaining your business. Learn what content marketing and SEO is and how it plays a role in photography companies.

  49. The Monster: SEO

    SEO feels like a daunting task for photographers -- but in reality, it's just something that's simple once you learn how to do it. Master the keyword by understanding what keywords are.

  50. Selecting Your Keywords

    Now that you understand what a keyword is, how do you use them? Which one do you choose? Learn how to choose the keywords that will work best for your business in this lesson.

  51. Testing Your Keywords

    Just how viable is that keyword idea? In this lesson, learn how to determine if a keyword is good or not --and gain new ideas -- using the free Google Keyword Planner tool as well as options like Moz and SEM Rush.

  52. Grouping Main & Niche Goals

    Armed with your keyword ideas, determine what options should be your main focus and what should be a niche. Determine the main search goal, then build smaller niche goals for creating a searchable website.

  53. Your Content Road Map

    Build a strategy from those keywords and start building website content to bring potential clients in through search. Learn where to plug in those search terms and how to organize your web content using keywords.

  54. Content Marketing Q&A

    Gain additional insight into building your website content through questions from students during the live session, from how long web content should be to blogging tips.

  55. Inspiration to Keep Working

    Website content isn't a one and done thing -- but you shouldn't feel overwhelmed. In this lesson, find the inspiration to keep building your business when the tasks seem monumental.

  56. How to Craft Your Content

    Once you have your focus and keywords, it's time to start building your website content. Learn how to write better website content, where to place those keywords, and best practices for building content that will get noticed by Google.

  57. Internal Linking Basics

    Links play a role in how Google sees your website -- so how should you structure your website? In this lesson, learn tricks to building the links on your page.

  58. Back Link Building Basics

    What about links that originate off your website? Backlink building helps boost your website in the search results by building authority. Learn the basics for building authority by getting links on other websites.

  59. Link Value Factos

    All backlinks are not created equal -- so what determines a good link value? Master the basics of determining how to use backlinks to build the most value.

  60. Measuring Link Value

    Dispel misconceptions on link building and see how search engines value links differently.

  61. Link Building Strategy & Plan

    Develop backlinks to your website by building a strategy. Learn tricks like writing guest blogs as well as how often to work on backlinking.

  62. Link Building Plan: Vendors & Guest Writing

    Vendor websites are great places to build links -- and it's as simple as sharing photos with the vendors used on your shoots.

  63. Link Building Plan: Features, Directories, Comments

    Expand link building opportunities with features inside publications, as well as directories and comments. Learn how to target a specific publication.

  64. Link Building: Shortcuts & One Simple Tool

    Avoid shortcuts like buying links and unnatural link exchanges. Then, learn how to use the tool Backlinkwatch.

  65. What is Sales? Show Me!

    Sales is a life skill, no matter what industry you are in. Gain insight into the sales process as Pye roleplays sales sessions with students.

  66. Your First Massive Failure

    As Pye says, you can't sell to people that aren't in your target market. In this lesson, Pye discusses failure and how to qualify and differentiate your work.

  67. The Sales Process

    Walk through the process of selling your work in a simple four-step process. Learn tactics for selling your work.

  68. Your Second Massive Failure

    Avoid pitfalls to the selling process by tackling the most common mistakes, like sharing the price too soon.

  69. Understand Buyer Psychology

    What's going through that potential client's mind when considering your work? Build your sales process by understanding the psychology of sales.

  70. Step 0: Building Rapport & Trust

    Sales start with a relationship. Establish that trust by starting a conversation with the client -- and not about photography.

  71. Step 1: Identify Need or Want

    By identifying the client's wishes early in the process, you can create the best pitch tailored to that individual. In this lesson, Pye shares the system he uses to get to know what a client is looking for.

  72. Cognitive Dissonance

    Cognitive dissonance in sales comes in when weighing the price against the quality of the product. Walkthrough how cognitive dissonance plays a role in the sales process.

  73. Steps 2 & 3: Value Proposition & The Solution

    Based on the conversation leading up to this moment in the sales process, it's time to present your package that best fits their needs. Learn how to create a value proposition and present a solution.

  74. Step 4 : Close, Make the Ask

    Most new photographers find the task of presenting the price and getting the actual booking daunting. Learn how to be bold and get that client in step four of the sales process.

  75. Step 5: Follow Up & Resolve Concerns

    Build your follow-up process to avoid losing those leads. Here, Pye shares his process for following up after a client conversation.

  76. Family Photography Hot Seat

    While sales is similar across genres, the process can vary slightly based on the type of photography. In the series of hot seat sessions, watch students improvise client meetings.

  77. Business Example Hot Seat

    Next on the hot seat, sit in on a business sales session. Build a list of dos and don'ts with a sales simulation focused on commercial photography.

  78. Boudoir Photography Hot Seat

    Sit in on a simulated sales session with a boudoir photographer. Learn ways to improve when meeting with a client and build your people skills.

  79. The Best Sales Person

    Fine-tune what you've learned about sales so far with tips to become a better salesperson and improve your charisma as you meet with clients.

  80. Your Mindset, Vibrations & Frequency

    Continue refining your sales skills by adjusting your mindset on sales.

  81. Always Positive, Always Affirming

    As you meet with clients, Pye suggests always staying positive and affirming. Learn how to integrate positivity through body language and more.

  82. The Second Money & Dual Process

    Booking a client a second time is easier than the first. In this lesson, Pye walks through how to book the first sale or the minimum package while allowing the client to upgrade later.

  83. Chumming the Price Waters

    What happens when a client pushes for the price first? Pye walks through "chumming the price waters" and getting potential clients to see your value first.

  84. Creating Want or Scarcity

    Looking at both right now and in the first five years of your business, Pye digs into techniques for creating a want for your work.

  85. Timeless Advice on Being Likable

    How do photographers get clients to like not just their work, but themselves as a person? In this lesson, Pye shares tips on building charisma and starting a relationship with clients.

  86. Selling Over The Phone

    Many sales start with a phone call. Learn how to start a relationship on the phone and other tricks for working with sales when you're not in an in-person meeting.

  87. Forbidden Words in Sales

    Word choice matters in sales. In the final lesson of the course, learn what words to avoid and what to use instead.


Armstrong Su

This class and materials are to the point and eye-opening on the business side of photography. Pye Jirsa is an amazing and fun teacher as well! Most photographers need more business classes offered to bring us who love to create art back to reality for a more successful business that makes a living on it's own. This course will definately get you started in the right direction and so cheap too! Great investment! armstrong outdoor tv case outdoortvcase Pye Jirsa is one of the best instructors that I have the pleasure to learn from. He and his team have given me so much more than they'll ever realize. Knowledge, wisdom, training, friendship, mentoring, inspiration, joy... I cannot thank Pye enough for changing my life for the better. I owe them more than they'll ever realize. Thank you, Pye Jirsa!!!

Angela Sanchez

This class has been an eye opener for me; a point of change in my vision as photographer. Pye is and AMAZING, INSPIRING, GENEROUS instructor, with an, authentic desire to help people and to share with them the best of his knowledge. I will not have enough words to say thanks to Pye Jirsa, as a teacher and as a human being, and thanks to Creative Live who allows us to benefit from the experience of such a knowledgeable, educated, well-versed photographer and instructor. 1000% recommended!

Yenith LianTy

Been following this guy forever. Pye Jirsa may be well known in the wedding & portrait photography world and if there is something that this guy knows it is how to create a business, a sustainable one. The workbook he provided is comprehensive, and I honestly wish I had this when I first started out as a photographer! I love that he talks about his failures, keeping it real and honest for anyone starting out. He is definitely one of the best instructors around, super humble, down to earth and with a sense of humor to boot. The course is worth it! THE WORKBOOK is AMAZING! SUPER DETAILED!