How to Launch a Photography Business



Lesson Info

Mind Mapping

So we're gonna figure out what it is that we want to do. But first, this is the fun part. I'm gonna show you guys mind mapping. This is Gizmo. He's like my nephew. I'm like his godfather. Justin's dog, who I take care of a lot. Both their dogs. Puppies make every slide better, right? (audience laughing) Totally. Totally. I'm gonna put him on every slide. This is my mind mapping journal. I actually brought it just to show you guys. I want each of you. Oh I should have put up an affiliate link for a sketchpad. I want each of you guys to go out and to buy a sketchpad. It can be anything. Just a $5 sketchpad. Make sure it's large enough size. Like small ones don't really work that well. This is my mind mapping journal. I'm gonna show you guys how mind mapping works. Anybody here heard of mind mapping before? Perfect, perfect. So how many of you do it regularly? Slightly less hands. I want you guys to do it every time you have a new idea. It doesn't matter whether you want to write a bo...

ok, whether you want to start a business, when you're competing on you know, what product do I want to make? It doesn't matter. Do a mind map each time. So my journal is filled with all sorts of these things. And I give you guys, you'll see the next slide. Well, we'll get to it in a second. I give you an example slide that'll actually detail this out so you have an example of what it looks like. But let's go through what this process is. And I'm hoping that you guys use this frequently enough that you're filling out these journals. That's about a month worth of mind mapping. I'll go through a full journal, a full sketchpad every two months, okay. So do it a lot. It's a great activity. The reason why I encourage this on a sketchpad is the way that you're gonna think and map things out works better when you're not thinking about how a software interacts. Okay, when you're thinking about oh what was that shape on this software, it interrupts your flow. What your mind map is supposed to be is I want you guys to set a 10 minute timer. Whenever you're mind mapping it shouldn't be a long period of time. This isn't brain storming to think of like every single possible idea. What this is is you set a 10 minute timer and you start with a central idea. And that central idea can be something, anything. It could be, let's say choosing a focus for photography because that's kind of the subject that we're on, right. So you're gonna put focus in this little box right here. And then you're gonna map out well what if I did weddings. Okay, give it a circle and tie it. And then start putting down what you think shooting weddings would be like. Well I'd probably have some good brides. I'd have some bad brides. Long hours. Travel. And keep tying it back to the central idea. And then you're gonna go well what if I did newborns? Newborn. Now the way that I can flow through this process is very different on paper versus as you can imagine through an application. There's mind mapping software out there. I just don't find them to be useful. And they're also expensive. So this is, oh my goodness patience. Working with a newborn every single. That requires a lot of patience. Parents that are very protective. Careful, like I have to be like safety is such a big thing. Okay, my target is moms. And you can kind of without even doing any research on these subjects, you can put together a pretty clear picture on all of these different arenas and what to expect within them right. So from there you can say well I kind of like weddings or I kind of like newborn. Now I'm gonna go and do a little more research on it. But you can put all of your ideas down on a piece of paper. I'll do this with goals. I'll do this with business plans. I'll do this with books. I have like 15 mind maps just for this course, one for each chapter. So every single chapter starts the same way in this course. I think there are some examples in there for you guys. But every one of 'em is gonna start. So I have a chapter on strategy. Okay, and I sat there and went what do I want to include in strategy? Oh I want to do porters. I want to do branding. I want to do all these different things. And I would tie them all back to this and I would branch off on each one. So in 10 minutes, I have an entire chapter written down. And now all I have to do is organize my thoughts. Does that make sense? I'm hoping that you guys do this for literally anything you guys take on. It should work for, well for me it works for almost anything. So it's one of those like exercises that it's very simple. Some of us learned it but we don't quite understand the power of it. But our central idea goes to the branches. We use simple keywords. You can add colors and shapes if you want. I keep mine pretty simple. I used to put shapes and make it all doodlie. But again, I don't like thinking anymore. I like it to be free flowing. And to do that, it's just simply getting the ideas down. Cool? This one thing, if you start doing this now, all of you guys online. If you guys start doing mind mapping with everything that you do, spend 10 minutes and set your timer, it'll change the rest of your life. It's simple, but it works so incredibly well. So this is to give you ideas. So the 12 week business plan, this is what the mind map basically looked for that. Photography as a business, this is what the mind map looks for that. Expectations, aspirations. So this is every one of these chapters laid out for you so you can see. And this one I am kind of, I went through marketing. And then I went through and gave them numbers to see which one is like kind of a priority if I'm just starting a business. So I'm hoping you guys can see from this journal that basically, well and my phone number's right below that. I didn't want to you know. I love you all but I didn't want everybody calling me all the time. Okay. So mind map your strategy and plans. This is where I want you to pause and mind map what your strategy is, yes. Then do you take the mind map and convert that to an actual schedule? Is that what you do? We're gonna get there. Okay. And this is actually a little bit of a trick question. Because I'm hoping that if I said right now, all right mind map your strategy and plans, I'm hoping that you guys go, what? How? 'Cause we haven't gotten there yet. But you can't. So you can't yet. That will eventually become basically an analysis for the business. And then it's eventually gonna become a plan that is gonna get to it. But the mind map is like the beginnings of formulating the strategy which is your central topic. The plan is gonna go around it. And then you're gonna basically formulate that into an organized, cohesive series of information.

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

Build a business and get people to spend money on your photography. Award-winning photographer and co-founder of Lin and Jirsa Photography Pye Jirsa will walk you through the first 12 weeks of building your business. With his relatable and actionable teaching style, he’ll explain how to define your product as a photographer and determine where it fits into a consumer mindset. You’ll learn the steps to creating a brand, pricing yourself confidently, sales techniques, and basic marketing practices. This class covers everything you’ll need if you’re considering photography as a job, including:

  • Where to position yourself in the market
  • Branding your business to attract your ideal client
  • Pricing and basic financing
  • Creating a business plan
  • Setting up a portfolio
  • How to get your first customer in the door
  • Getting leads on new clients
  • Understanding sales
  • The psychology of a buyer

Pye has built multiple successful businesses from the ground up and this course includes your 12 week road map to launching your business.


1Class Introduction
2Common Myths & Unknown Truths
3The Road Ahead
4Find Your Passion
5The Lin & Jirsa Journey
6Part-time, Full-time, Employed, Partners?
7Stop Wasting Time & Money
8Your 12 Week Roadmap
9Great Plans Still Fail
10Strategy Vs. Planning
11Mind Mapping
12Select a Focus
13Competitor Research
14S.W.O.T. Analysis
15Strategy & Long Term Goals
16Values, Vision & Mission
17Effectively Managing Your Time
18Artistic Development
19Create Your Plan
20What's Your Product
21Luxury vs Consumer Products & Experiences
22Quick Break for Econ 101
23Your Target Market & Brand Message
24What's in a Name
25Your Client 'Why'
26Crafting the Why Experience
27Document the Client Experience
28Business Administration Basics
29Book Keeping Management
30Create the Logo & Branding
31Portfolio Design
32Design Your Services & Packages
33Pricing Fears & Myths
34Three Pricing Methods
35Package Pricing Psychology & Design
36Psychology of Numbers
37Pricing Q&A
38Grass Roots Marketing
39The Empty Party
40Friends & Family Test Shoots
41Join Groups
42Second Shooting Etiquette
43The Listing & Classified Hustle
44Make Instagram Simple
45Your Automated Pinterest Plan
46Facebook Because You Must
47Giveaway & Styled Shoots
48Content Marketing & SEO
49The Monster: SEO
50Selecting Your Keywords
51Testing Your Keywords
52Grouping Main & Niche Goals
53Your Content Road Map
54Content Marketing Q&A
55Inspiration to Keep Working
56How to Craft Your Content
57Internal Linking Basics
58Back Link Building Basics
59Link Value Factos
60Measuring Link Value
61Link Building Strategy & Plan
62Link Building Plan: Vendors & Guest Writing
63Link Building Plan: Features, Directories, Comments
64Link Building: Shortcuts & One Simple Tool
65What is Sales? Show Me!
66Your First Massive Failure
67The Sales Process
68Your Second Massive Failure
69Understand Buyer Psychology
70Step 0: Building Rapport & Trust
71Step 1: Identify Need or Want
72Cognitive Dissonance
73Steps 2 & 3: Value Proposition & The Solution
74Step 4 : Close, Make the Ask
75Step 5: Follow Up & Resolve Concerns
76Family Photography Hot Seat
77Business Example Hot Seat
78Boudoir Photography Hot Seat
79The Best Sales Person
80Your Mindset, Vibrations & Frequency
81Always Positive, Always Affirming
82The Second Money & Dual Process
83Chumming the Price Waters
84Creating Want or Scarcity
85Timeless Advice on Being Likable
86Selling Over The Phone
87Forbidden Words in Sales