- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Lin & Jirsa Journey
Go behind the scenes of Lin & Jirsa Photography and learn the story for how Pye's business launched.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Create the Logo & Branding
Build a logo that represents your business. Learn the qualities of the ideal logo. Then, jump into additional branding materials.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pricing Q&A
Expand on your pricing know-how as students like you ask questions during the live class.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Measuring Link Value
Dispel misconceptions on link building and see how search engines value links differently.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Link Building: Shortcuts & One Simple Tool
Avoid shortcuts like buying links and unnatural link exchanges. Then, learn how to use the tool Backlinkwatch.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Sales Process
Walk through the process of selling your work in a simple four-step process. Learn tactics for selling your work.
- Your Second Massive Failure
Avoid pitfalls to the selling process by tackling the most common mistakes, like sharing the price too soon.
- 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.
- Step 0: Building Rapport & Trust
Sales start with a relationship. Establish that trust by starting a conversation with the client -- and not about photography.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Your Mindset, Vibrations & Frequency
Continue refining your sales skills by adjusting your mindset on sales.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.