How to Launch a Photography Business

Lesson 25 of 87

Your Client 'Why'


How to Launch a Photography Business

Lesson 25 of 87

Your Client 'Why'


Lesson Info

Your Client 'Why'

This is that meaning and the experiential part. Isn't it funny that we define all these things before we even do the packages? Crafting the experience. I want you guys to think of this. I want it to be short and simple. I want it to have a meaningful message to your clients. I want it convey and be something that your company and team can rally behind which means that before you can do this you probably do need to have your vision and mission and core values established. Correct? Here's ours. So, our client why. When they walk through the door, we have these messages up on the wall. I'm gonna play a video for you guys so you can see it. On the left side it says, "Stop. "Breath." On the right side it says, "Family. "Friends, family, love, experiences, memories." When you go around the corner it says, "Lost in the digital world," on this side and when you step into the main gallery it says, "life belongs in print." This is part of the brand experience that we create when you come to us. ...

On the right side here, these are all client praise and love. So as they walk through this tunnel they go, "what are these? "Oh, these are all of our clients "and the thank yous that we've received." So, it's this process. Now, what I'm gonna tell you is I want you guys to define your experience the exact same way with one, a disrupter. What the shit is going on? (audience laughs) I bet all of you are paying a little more attention than you were just a second ago. (audience laughs) Okay. That's a disrupter. It's something that, it's so odd and unusual, it makes you stop and call yourself back to presence. It's an interesting thing. If you ever watch Tony Robbins, he does it all the time. He drops the F bomb constantly. He comes on stage and like the first thing he says is like an F bomb. Snap. I'm here. What'd you say? You don't need to do that. (laughs) Like when your clients come in there, "what the shit's going on guys? "So happy to", no don't do that. Sorry audio guys. (laughs) That was loud. I should have given them a warning. But, it had to be done, Kenna. (audience laughs) Had to be done. Ours is stop, breath. How unusual is it to walk into a studio and for the studio manager to say, "stop. "Breathe." I want you to look at the words on this wall. Right then you're probably going, like as a client that walks in like, "whoa, whoa, this is different. "What, what, what's happening?" And now, that busy work schedule, the traffic that was just bugging you all the way over here, the planning and all the stuff that's gone into wedding, and all the stresses, they kind of fall into the background for a second as you are called to presence and that's what a disrupter does. For you all, you're not gonna have a studio yet. We're gonna talk about that 'cause you can create the exact same experience in a coffee shop. Let's go through what this means though. Let's take a tour. Okay, so when you open our studio there's our lovely reception team, Corinne and Leanne. This is our front foyer where our clients will take a seat. Right here, the first things that you see, boom, stop, breathe, friends, family, love, experiences, memories and they stop. We're gonna give you the presentation in a second that our person will do. They see the lost in the digital world and the wall and they walk into the main gallery where they see life belongs in print. Kind of all these different moments that we've captured. Next to each card is a description of that moment and what it meant to those people and a description of that piece of art. Yup, that's an elephant. (audience laughs) This is client reception. We project everything onto the wall in the back. And over here on that far side is design consultation. And you're about to see Bekah open up and go, "what the heck are you doing?" Here's design consultation right here. This is a full 'nother room. And, there she is. (audience laughs) Okay. Okay, great, so, I don't have a studio yet. Fantastic. What the freak do I do? Remember, this was my studio for three years. This message and, by the way, my other studio wasn't that much better. I only had one little space to meet clients that was nice and then all of us would just, when they went to the bathroom, oh man, we better have established value before they need to go to the bathroom because when they had to go to the bathroom they went all the way through the warehouse and through everything and we're like, "oh no, it doesn't look good anymore." So, it's all about building the experience and you can do this anywhere you want. Let's talk about what the experience is.

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.


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