How to Launch a Photography Business


How to Launch a Photography Business


Lesson Info

Understand Buyer Psychology

Because this is, oh this is so much fun. Let's go over buyer psychology. This is what you guys are trying to wrap your heads around, what to get through to the person that's buying your stuff. Okay, no matter who you are here, these are all the different sales situations that we have on a daily basis. The seller equals the speaker and the buyer is the listener. Generally, formal sales situations we have, well that's obvious, but we also have husbands and wives, friends, family, colleagues, mentors, investors, all of these different situations where you're trying to convince somebody. It could be going to a restaurant. Hey, Angela, what restaurant would you like to go to tonight? Let's assume that you're my girlfriend. Hey honey. (laughter) Mon Suey. Mon Suey, I really feel like burgers though. Can we go to a burger joint? No? (laughter) These are all informal sale situations, right? We're good at those, we're okay there. But I'm gonna teach you a very easy way to not even get to ...

that place through psychology. Because I wouldn't even ask her where she wants to go if I wanted to place certain thoughts in her head. Baby. I'm just gonna say baby. (laughter) Lets go with that. I want to go to two places. You've gotta pick one. Red Robin or In and Out. Which sounds amazing to you? Do I have to answer? No, you're good. I'm gonna refrain and not even make that other thing one of the choices. And what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna do it by taking her away from the thought process. The psychology of having to think about the answer. I'm gonna give her two simple solutions and all she's gotta do it point at one. This is psychology that we're about to go over. You are either convincing somebody or you're being convinced at any particular moment of your life. That's just how life works. Heres the psychology behind the mind when we're hearing the pitch, any pitch. Oren Klaff, Pitch Anything has this fantastic frame work. Now, this is basically the stem. So when we think about ourselves biologically, the stem which he calls the croc brain but lets just call it the stem cause that's what it is. Your brain stem. This is where all of your instinctual responses resign. This is where your survival is. This is where your fear is. This is where your conservation of energy lies. All the things that are meant to keep you alive. Fight or flight. What are you when you are scared? Do you shake, do you run, do fight back? What do you do? When something is presented to you, do you spend your time, your energy on it? This is that first step that we have to get through. Because when you go and you talk to somebody the first part of their mind that you have to get past is the croc brain. It's convincing that person that you're worth the time. That this thing is worth the time. Is that not the first like, an advertisement. So many advertisements can't even get past your croc brain. You just ignore them completely. Which is why advertisers use tricky ways of trying to get in there. They show you something disruptive, Or they give you a piece of comedy. Or they give you something to go okay I'll actually pay attention for just a few seconds. But that's the first mental block. And what the croc brain wants is simplicity. It wants a summary, it wants speed, it wants intuition, it wants all those things because its main goal is to keep you alive and to avoid consuming your resources, your calories. This is big. Because when you knock on a door, you all don't have to make that kind of a sale. But when you knock on a door that's the first instinct that people have. Why, what the heck do I need? And that's the first one you've gotta break through. Why is this worth my time and energy? Then step number two is to avoid the neocortex. This is your thought center. This is where you reason. This is where you analyze, where you problem solve. And when I said to Angela, where would you like to go tonight, that took her straight to the neocortex. Where she is gonna sit there and think and process, and analyze and do all those things. If she's already in a relationship with me. If Julie, I said would you like to go out to dinner tonight. I might just hit your croc brain and you'll be like nope, I don't. So step two, avoid the neocortex. Don't ask them questions that make them analyze. Don't ask them things like what kind of service are you looking for? Holy sheit, okay let me just sit here and process. What's your wedding timeline like? This is a big no no in our studio. You do not ask what their wedding timeline is like. That sends you down the neocortex path faster than anything you can possibly imagine. Why, because Oh I haven't really thought about that. Lets see, I think I wanna do this. Girls, can you think of, like, just tell me this. Do you get stressed out if I say put together a wedding timeline? Are you starting to get a little bit bothered? Oh man, I have to start thinking through all these things. What about questions like have you thought about an album, have you thought about this, have you thought about, these are all questions that send people to this place. A thought center. A reasoning neocortex. You never want them to stay. The neocortex wants this, it wants to conserve your energy. It wants time for research. It wants the comparison of data points. It wants to think and process, reason and rationalize. Which means that if you present prices the neocortex says give me some time. I need to go and do some research. I need to figure this out. No bueno, we don't wanna be there. Tell me about your wedding day timeline. What's your style? Of any photo, what's your style? What are you looking for? These are no-no's by the way. These are neocortex questions. Just try and answer them yourselves. Try and think through them. What senior portrait package do you like? Holy sheit, what? Tell me what you're looking for in your photography. How much were you planning to spend? Okay, now lets be honest, raise your hand if you've asked these questions. Good. I'm gonna raise both my hands because I've asked every single one of these questions at some point. So step three, the goal is to remain in the limbic which is the midbrain. This is actually where purchase decisions are made. This is the emotional center. This is where your memories are. There is where your social relationships are. This is the love center. This is all of those different components. This is your positive memories. That's the limbic. You know what's funny? How many purchase decisions you think are made, even if its a commodity or a luxury, based on emotion? Raise your hands if you think the majority of decisions are based on emotion regardless of what you're buying. Wow, all of us knew that intuitively, right? Because when it came back to the paper example of the corporate person who's getting a phone call from a supplier, he or she will have different price points of all these different suppliers and you know what they're gonna say? These two price points are pretty similar but that guy was such a, ugh, I just don't like that guy that sold to me. She was amazing. She really, I really felt like, and I know her price is just a little bit more but they're awesome. That has nothing to do with ration, rationality. It is a completely irrational decision and it's one that every one of us make on a daily basis. We make all of our purchase decisions, or at least 90% of them based on emotion. And now you're talking about selling a luxury, an emotional product. Even more so we stay in the limbic center. We ask questions such as how did you fall in love? By the way I want you to picture this guy. (laughter) How did you fall in love? Paige, Paige how did you fall in love? When you come home, now it just sounds creepy when you think of that guy asking that question. (heavy laughter) Lets stop thinking about that guy. He only worked for the first question. When you come home, what are your children doing? This is a great newborn, family, maternity question. Like for families when they come through. I ask, when you come home what are your kids doing? What do you love seeing when you get home? And a parent will go I love when my kids wait by the door. I can picture myself, my son Ethan and Eli will both wait by the door excitedly with the door open. And they'll be "Daddy", I love that moment. I'm in the limbic system right now. As I'm thinking through this entire process. How did you feel holding his or her hand for the first time? We're gonna go through the wave. The wave is our process for holding somebody in the limbic process, in the limbic system while getting through to figure out what it is that they most value and what it is that they need or want.

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