Your 12 Week Roadmap


How to Launch a Photography Business


Lesson Info

Your 12 Week Roadmap

So, your 12 week roadmap. (laughs) You either respect your time or be prepared to take 1,000 plus screenshots for the next three days. There's a lot of screenshots that they need. So, what I wanna do is cover the roadmap. Don't let this workbook freak you out. I know it's a little bit freaky. But, check this out. I'm just gonna scroll down to the right and what you see here is a full roadmap for all 12 of your next weeks, okay. So, don't freak out with it. What you're gonna do is you're gonna follow it week by week. So, if we go, look right at this first column, we're gonna see that we have a few choices to make. Areas of focus. We wanna do some mind mapping. We're gonna teach you guys about that in our next segment. We wanna do some analysis, competitor research. For artistic development, I've given you guys some kind of roadmaps here for what you can do, but you can pick your own, but have something each week for artistic development. Product development, we're not yet there. We need...

to figure out some things first. So, you just scroll down and you look at kind of all the different things that are needed and here's how the workbook works. So, look how it says, "use 04 FORECAST "for revenue forecasting." Right here. So, you simply go to 04 FORECAST. There are 15 workbooks in this document that will guide you through everything from what to purchase with all the different brands. This is your basic foundation kit with different brand representations of each one. Pick your poison. Lighting and creative kits and then full on wedding ready kit. We have your IT Guide, Software Guide, Legal Guide. Every piece of this is mapped out for you. Your competitor analysis that we're gonna piece together followed by a SWOT analysis, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats. Forecasting, we're gonna build client personas. So, that you guys can actually know who it is that you're marketing to. So, we have a template built in for you. A pricing template for cost method pricing. We're gonna show you cost and demand based pricing which is gonna be where we wanna put your guys. Finding mentors, vendors to work with for grassroots marketing, templates for, this is a email for a link request which we're gonna talk about when we get to SEO and content building. Also, we started on Craigslist. It's still completely viable. We did this eight years ago, nine years ago, finding 500 dollar brides and that's how we built the entire business. So, we're gonna show you that. If Craigslist doesn't work, you can find any other local classified to post in. The content pages that you need to build on your site. We have guest publishing for, again, SEO. All of these things are built out, all the way up to tab 14. There we go. Okay. But, let's focus on the roadmap for just right now. So, you'll see that month one is really heavy on planning and strategy. What I want is, this roadmap is designed to be used in conjunction with the class, okay. So, as you're watching the class, it's gonna define out section by section. So, the first thing we'll be covering is strategy and planning. So, all those things are covered. Then, you simply look at the roadmap and see, "okay, week by week, this is my plan. "This is what I'm gonna do." Then, we'll go into the next topic, product development. And the next topic, marketing, pricing, everything, sales. So, at the beginning, it's really figuring out our focus. Once we get towards month five, we're really kind of finalizing the product. So, if you look at product development, it becomes pretty heavy. We're developing what we actually wanna sell. Then, when we get down here to the bottom right, this is where sales comes in place because you really have nothing to sell until you've gotten out and started marketing. So, we're gonna cover sales strategies and psychology and how to actually make the sale. This is the 12 week roadmap and you guys can take this and adapt it to literally anything. Switching it out to any client serving business is as simple, so if you're client serving maternity, newborn, family, all of that, that's as simple as changing a couple of keywords in your copy. Okay. But, if you are doing commercial or something else, you can adapt it and kind of do a little bit of research on your own, but use the same formulas, the same plan to kind of create your own 12 week roadmap.

Class Description

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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


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!

Tai Hsin

I saw the live broadcast and it was amazing. Pye is one of the best instructors and inspirational photographers.. there are two type of ppl.. one who has the knowledge and doesn’t know to teach another who has the knowledge and knows how to get it through.... I still didn’t purchase this as I am saving for my daughters entrance fee for collage... :) Anyways he’s one of the best instructors and a good friend.... very humble and always cracks jokes.... Keep inspiring and keep teaching.... my blessings are always with you pye.