How to Launch a Photography Business


Lesson Info

Step 5: Follow Up & Resolve Concerns

If they have a concern, they're gonna bring it up, and guess what, that's our final step. We're gonna resolve concerns after that, and then we're gonna follow up, okay? That's step number five. If they have a concern with your price, they're gonna say it. If they have a concern with not getting enough hours, they're gonna say it. If they have a concern with wanting more product, they're gonna say it. Just let them speak, let them talk. Bottom line is people get busy. A lot of times, your leads, they didn't disappear. They didn't go somewhere else. They simply got busy. Follow up, remind them. There's studies on how many impressions a brand has to make before a sale is usually made. It always changes, but I remember reading one, it was like seven to nine times. Seven to nine impressions before you're willing to act. I read another one that was like 60 times. I don't know whose numbers are right, but I do know it takes a lot of reminding and a lot of impressions before we actually act an...

d move to do something, okay? So understand that people get busy. You need to follow up, and we're gonna keep it simple. I want three phone calls. That's obviously if they say don't call me back, you're gonna call them once. If they say, we haven't really decided, no problem. Do you guys need anything? No, we're good. Okay, would you mind if I called you back in a week? And then right after that, you send them a quick follow up email and just say, it was great chatting with you guys today. Obviously these should be a little longer calls. When you're following up, you should be engaging, you should be doing the same things, and when you close it out, you send a quick email. It was so great talking with you today. Hey, remember those resources that we created back on the website? Here are three tips, when you guys are thinking of this, and you show a link right there. Three tips too. Let me know if you guys have questions. And then you follow up again, and after three and three, you're done. Move on. Erin. I was just wondering whether to use your follow up phone call as an invitation to bring up things or try to negotiate price again. So, give me an example of this because price is obviously the number one thing that people are gonna have questions about, right? But then the question that I would have for you is if they're still hung up on price, there might be some disconnect between them not valuing the service that you're presenting. Does that make sense? Yeah. So, I wanna first go back to that. Is your product good? Is your service good, is it well thought-out? Is all the things there? If so, did we present it and show them that value? Did we have them go through the steps of cognitive dissonance and agree to what we're presenting them? Did we do all those things before that place? Because we find sometimes we do get that concern on the phone. And you know what I do? I go, you know, our clients spend this much for a reason. Did anybody ever walk you through our wave? And I'll ask them the question. And they'll say, no, they didn't. Let me do that with you now. Because sometimes, our salesperson might have had touch points. It might have gotten handed off a few times, and we never had a chance to actually take them through the process of what we wanna create for them, correct? And then you do that then. And then see where it takes you. If you've planted that seed and they still have a problem with price, they're not valuing what it is that you're offering. Jill. With that, so when you're charging a certain rate for your services and you've done the presentation, how would you deal with a client that is, you know, very frugal, but you laid it out all there for them, and they're still not happy. Has that ever happened? They're very frugal. That would, I would say, go back to qualifying the right people. There's certain people that you can't, you shouldn't be spending 90% of your effort on the 10% that can't really afford you. And that may very well happen early on, but what happens is this. Early on in your business, most of the clients that you're gonna get, they're gonna be the ones that want the $500 and $1000 stuff. We talk to you guys about bringing those early people just to get this thing going, right? Along the way, you end up snagging a $3000 gig, a $2000 gig, the client, along the way, a lead of a lead, like a referral's referral leads to this one person that's willing to spend more. So what we say is 10% of your clients early on are gonna be the kind of clients that you want to get later, put 90% of your effort into the 10%, and getting those people, work those networks, work those people so you can kind of continuously move up. Because you're right, if somebody just wants to spend $100, that's not the right kind of person to be trying to market to over and over. I guess my concern or question is, am I gonna mesh well with each one of my clients that walks through the door? No. You're not gonna mesh well with a lot of your clients that walk through the door. That goes back to your, that's why we had you to the vision, the mission, everything early on and identify who you mesh well with with your target market basically. Who you're going for because I think if I handed over one of my traditional Indian or Jewish brides over to Mike Allebach, my friend, he'd probably do something crazy. Like, he would not want to handle that situation. And likewise, I don't know if I relate and can understand the type of clients that he's going for either. Does that make sense? Yes. But that goes back to those people shouldn't be really walking in your door.

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.


Class Introduction
Common Myths & Unknown Truths
The Road Ahead
Find Your Passion
The Lin & Jirsa Journey
Part-time, Full-time, Employed, Partners?
Stop Wasting Time & Money
Your 12 Week Roadmap
Great Plans Still Fail
Strategy Vs. Planning
Mind Mapping
Select a Focus
Competitor Research
S.W.O.T. Analysis
Strategy & Long Term Goals
Values, Vision & Mission
Effectively Managing Your Time
Artistic Development
Create Your Plan
What's Your Product
Luxury vs Consumer Products & Experiences
Quick Break for Econ 101
Your Target Market & Brand Message
What's in a Name
Your Client 'Why'
Crafting the Why Experience
Document the Client Experience
Business Administration Basics
Book Keeping Management
Create the Logo & Branding
Portfolio Design
Design Your Services & Packages
Pricing Fears & Myths
Three Pricing Methods
Package Pricing Psychology & Design
Psychology of Numbers
Pricing Q&A
Grass Roots Marketing
The Empty Party
Friends & Family Test Shoots
Join Groups
Second Shooting Etiquette
The Listing & Classified Hustle
Make Instagram Simple
Your Automated Pinterest Plan
Facebook Because You Must
Giveaway & Styled Shoots
Content Marketing & SEO
The Monster: SEO
Selecting Your Keywords
Testing Your Keywords
Grouping Main & Niche Goals
Your Content Road Map
Content Marketing Q&A
Inspiration to Keep Working
How to Craft Your Content
Internal Linking Basics
Back Link Building Basics
Link Value Factos
Measuring Link Value
Link Building Strategy & Plan
Link Building Plan: Vendors & Guest Writing
Link Building Plan: Features, Directories, Comments
Link Building: Shortcuts & One Simple Tool
What is Sales? Show Me!
Your First Massive Failure
The Sales Process
Your Second Massive Failure
Understand Buyer Psychology
Step 0: Building Rapport & Trust
Step 1: Identify Need or Want
Cognitive Dissonance
Steps 2 & 3: Value Proposition & The Solution
Step 4 : Close, Make the Ask
Step 5: Follow Up & Resolve Concerns
Family Photography Hot Seat
Business Example Hot Seat
Boudoir Photography Hot Seat
The Best Sales Person
Your Mindset, Vibrations & Frequency
Always Positive, Always Affirming
The Second Money & Dual Process
Chumming the Price Waters
Creating Want or Scarcity
Timeless Advice on Being Likable
Selling Over The Phone
Forbidden Words in Sales


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