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How to Start a Photography Business

Lesson 56 of 87

How to Craft Your Content


How to Start a Photography Business

Lesson 56 of 87

How to Craft Your Content


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How to Craft Your Content

So how do we craft our content? This is the first step. So we have our focus, it's nailed. We know who we're targeting, we know where we're going, we know what we're trying to sell, we know the services we're giving, we have our keyword strategy even. We even know the keywords that are most used based on the services that we are offering, now we need to do some writing. Here's your keyword placement. Every one of these slides and each of the segments and each of the videos as we go through this is going to be broken out and you have a reference point with each of the slides. It'll give you an example and it'll give you a place to reference, I would say, for any ideas just go back to Lin and Jirsa. It's a great guide in terms of what to do. But keyword placement, website locations to place your keywords, are gonna be in the TUTI. The titles, the URLs, the text, and the images. TUTI's a great word, say it out loud for me. TUTI. TUTI, feels good doesn't it? TUTI, titles. Titles should...

contain keywords first. They should balance creativity and SEO. And you should understand that the link value is gonna decrease when it's further away from the homepage of a site. We will discuss this, don't worry too much about that. But here's an example of a good SEO based title. Fairmont San Francisco Wedding that's the SEO keyword, right? What type of keyword is it, is it a main keyword or is that a niche keyword? Niche. Niche. Okay, then you have your creativity. This is when you write whatever you'd like to write there. Put in your fancy flair, put in you know, more flair bell, less flair bell, this is up to you. Matt and Kim's opulent winter affair. The next thing is your URL. Keywords need to go into the URL. Now I'm not talking about the URL of your website right now, cause you're probably thinking bout my dot com is the name of my business. I'm talking about what comes after that, okay? So most CMS's, which is a content management system, that's generally what you're buying when you go to Squarespace, like these pieces of website software, they are content management systems. That's what WordPress is, okay? Most of them should allow you to have control to have unique URLs. What that means is you wanna turn this function on, okay, so permalinks, that's what it says on WordPress. The option for URLs that are spelled out is called a permalink. On Squarespace, they're called URL slugs. They might call them something differently. The important thing to remember is that you don't want a URL where it's your studio name dot com, forward slash one five seven eight nine two six is the name of the page that you're referring to and that's what they default to on a lot of them. What you want is the keywords to mirror the title inside of the URL for each page that you create. So Orange County engagement Katie Jeff. That should be the URL of Katie and Jeff's blog entry. Make sense? The next piece, text and copy. This is where we find excuses to use keywords in the copy, the text, the body of your site. Do you think it is a competitive advantage for any of you who are good writer or who want to become good writers? Oh yeah, raise your hands, that's a huge competitive advantage over any other studio. Because nobody can copy you and your personality in your words without plagiarizing you. And if they did, Google's gonna hand em a big, I can't say that word, slap. Google's gonna slap em. For stealing your content. So that's a huge competitive advantage. We want exact keyword phrases three to four times within a page. A page is what's visible on a screen, okay? Avoid keyword stuffing, test to ensure that it sounds natural by reading it out loud. Let me give you an example, this is keyword stuffing. Welcome to our Los Angeles wedding photography blog. We started our Los Angeles wedding photography studio in 2008. We specialize in capturing emotional, beautiful moments at weddings at Los Angeles weddings. While we are a Los Angeles wedding photography studio, we are also an Orange County wedding photographers, what? Stop by, like that's, you've gone way far over the top and Google will penalize you for it. A good text copy, welcome to Lin and Jirsa. Doesn't it sound better when I read it in a normal voice too? (class laughing) You know what I mean, it's a little exaggeration, it's fine, you're good, you understand. Welcome to Lin and Jirsa, Los Angeles wedding photographers. We started our wedding photography studio in and we specialize in capturing emotional, beautiful wedding moments. While we're based in Los Angeles, we also photograph weddings in Orange County and all over the world. Stop by our studio today for a consultation. We would love to be a part of your special day. Who's this written for? It's written for our audience. Right, it just happens to also include our keywords, that's your goal. You write for your audience, you include your keywords. Hey, is this a main keyword page, or is this a niche keyword page? That's a main, right? That goes on the homepage of the site. You guys are, you guys got it. You guys came in here thinking, oh my gosh this is too much, but I'm asking the questions, you guys know what I'm talking about. Next is image names, name using keywords dashes to separate each name should vary. We want the alt plus title, that's inside the link. We'll demonstrate that in just a second. It should be short keyworded descriptions. And alt plus title can be five descriptive keywords, descriptive words following the name. So this what I'm talking about. This is bad file naming, this is lazy. What Google sees, or what an SEO, what a search engine's gonna see when they see this is that every image on this page must be identical. Because they all have a very similar name. So I only need to index a couple of these. Do you understand that we get a lot of our organic SEO results, our leads are not coming from Google web search. What do you think they're coming from? Google image search. You want Google to index your images just as much if not more so than the actual text copy, and it'll index more pictures the more unique the file names and the alt title tags are. Yes, Haldis? Does Google pick up the metadata in the photo? I'm sure it probably picks up a lot of it. The primary ones we're gonna think about is just the alt and the title tags. Okay. Yeah, and I think there are Squarespace and these other sites might have settings when they pull in a photograph that it will actually make your description or your title equal to one piece of your metadata. You can look it up, so that way if you're in Lightroom you could actually type it in into Lightroom and a certain description tag, when it goes up online it'll keep that tag. Does that make sense? Yeah, so my camera has the ability to include a copyright as a part of every picture, so if you go into the settings, you do the copyright thing, so every single picture I take has the metadata of my company's name, so am I getting penalized then if my metadata has my company's name in every single picture? No not for that Okay. cause that's not what it's looking at to determine whether it's a unique image. It is there, it's available, so if someone wants to look up who has the copyright, it's there. Okay. But what Google's gonna look at is the name, and then it's gonna look at that alt and title to see the uniqueness of the, it's gonna find a, it needs to find a description of this image that's not pixel based, right? Pixel based is like, you're gonna see it visually. That's what the image actually is. What Google's looking at is let me get information on what this image is without trying to interpret the pixels of the shot. Makes sense, thanks. So good file names would follow this format. Fairmont San Francisco wedding photography with a dash between there. Bride Fairmont SF wedding. Fairmont bay area wedding photographer. Wedding ceremony at Fairmont San Francisco. So this is for the same shoot, right? This should be for the same blog entry, for the same everything, you're just alternating. And ideally I'm hoping that you're actually gonna spend a little bit of time and when these images are going up, you'll use keywords that actually describe what's in the photograph because somebody might look up bridal portraits at Fairmont, yes, Julie? So do you, because right now you use Lightroom, and when I export images from a session, they basically all have the same name and then a number. So do you recommend to then, I use WordPress, so when I upload them in WordPress, change the name there or should I change it before? Good question, this is a work flow issue, right? Cause what's gonna happen is, if you change them in Lightroom it gives you all sorts of wonky names. And when a client wants something and it's difficult to trace back. So what I would say is when you export from Lightroom, keep everything uniform, so it's a number system that goes bottom to top, right, in order. But you're gonna select out certain images and prep those for the blog. That's a different process so when you do that, you save those images and you put them in another folder whatever's gonna go to the blog in another folder, because you also have to resize them. You have to resample them to make them ready for web. You have to do all that kinda stuff. Those and only those are you gonna rename and change. Make sense? Great question. So this is a sample title and alt text. Okay, so the title, this is a URL. We'll discuss the kind of components of what makes up a URL in a minute. It's very simple, I think most of you are very familiar with it. But the title goes into the URL slug, and it's gonna be, or sorry, into the URL brackets, it's gonna be title equals bride at the Fairmont San Francisco. The alternate text is gonna be bride at the Fairmont San Francisco. It's okay that they are similar. Haldis, and anybody that wants to source out, you can post your job online, if you wanna source out writing and source out all these kinda things if that's what we wanna do. Here are agencies, you can obviously post it online, everybody knows how to post stuff online, contact your local copyrighter, hire a part-time intern but here are specific sites that do copyrighting. And I have that line in there, the in my opinion, you're still better off doing it yourself. Make it your forte, make that one of your competitive advantages. Because if your competitor is not posting full blog entries and experiences and all these kind of things, that's something that you can be doing and it's very visually differentiating for those clients. They feel like they're getting a different service. Okay, any questions on crafting of content? Yes? Google look at how old the content is? Yes. Does it rate you higher if you have newer content with a keyword versus old? Yes, so Google actually does look and any engine is gonna look at the newness of your content, so basically if you're frequently updating a page, which is why blogs are so great, because your blog gets constantly updated with new posts, right? And if you go back and you create a venue post, a venue post like a niche based keyword post, that's gonna have a long life, so you're better off in three months or six months going and popping in something new in that page, refreshing it. But newness is definitely a factor. Do you just, do you change the name of the photos for the blogs and, or also in galleries that you are delivering to clients? Just the blog-- Okay. Don't make it confusing for yourself. That's what Julie was asking. Don't make it confusing, keep the galleries your images on your computer that have the full res, all that stuff should be the same, you should save out those files that you want, down sample them and put them in another folder. The ones that are gonna go onto the blog. Save that folder too, that's part of your project file for that client, right? Save that folder, renamed there. Otherwise you're gonna run into nightmares trying to sync up and line up images. Sharon, you had one? How often should you upload new content, and is there such a thing as putting too much content on your blog? Is it good content? Of course. If it's good content I would say there's never such thing as too much. But on your road map, I have you posting something new each week. This is why I have you also doing test shoots each week. Now, those posts, they don't have to be full blog entries. Why do you think I've also had you make sure that during your test shoots you're doing befores and afters. You're doing behind the scene shots. You're doing all these different things because your blog posts, I love this question Sharon. Your blog posts, they don't have to be just a series of images. It can be five things I learned while shooting. Here's three simple tips on this. And you show a behind the scenes image with a before and after. Or you simply say, it could just be a personal realization for you. It could be a personalized blog, it doesn't have to be educational. It could be just you, and something that you experienced you learned. That's why we're going out on these test shoots and we're not only shooting the couple. But we're creating media, we're creating content to be used however we see fit, make sense? But I have you blogging once a month. I'm sorry, once a week, and if you can go more, as soon as you get the time or you can get more content you should be going more. Okay, so we're gonna complete our weekly content goals, which you guys will see inside of the workbook. Week by week we need to make sure that we have a tier two page going up. We also want to make sure we have a new piece of blog content going in.

Class Description

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  • 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!