How to Launch a Photography Business

Lesson 68 of 87

Your Second Massive Failure


How to Launch a Photography Business

Lesson 68 of 87

Your Second Massive Failure


Lesson Info

Your Second Massive Failure

So now let's talk about your second massive failure. And I have, you remember he was, like, the dude that was all contemplative looking into the camera? He was my original sales dude. And I got him here again, "Yeah!" This is, like, my thought of the guys on the first dates. I'll show you. Let me show you. She may not want the whole truth but she wants the real you. Will Smith, Hitch. I love that line. This is the part where you peel back too many layers of your onion before they actually have a chance to kind of get settled in, right? Guys, we do it on dates all the time. You start, you know, your first date is probably not the place to talk about psychological problems, and the ex, and all those kind of things. Let's give it a break. She wants the real you, she just doesn't need it all in the first 15 minutes of meeting you. And that's the way that our sale needs to be as well. They want the real you, but this is what happens, is presenting a price here is peeling back too many layer...

s of your onion before they even have a chance to know the real you. Presenting your price here, not ready for the whole truth prior to knowing the actual service. So that's what, okay, presentation and price. Look at this. Even if we present the price here, you haven't developed the value. You haven't helped them to understand what it is that you need. What are you showing them a price for? You don't even know what they need, to be honest, okay? So any point that you're presenting that price prior to actually developing the value proposition and showing them why they need this thing, you have failed the sales process. There. That is where the presentation of price comes in. Yes, Julie. I find it kind of hard to see the difference between develop the value proposition and present the solution. Mm-hmm. We're gonna, we actually lump these two things together because when you present it, you're developing the value proposition in your head of what they would want, what they would need. The presentation of that solution comes almost at the same time. You think about what it is that you want for them, what fits, and then you present it to them. That's the two differences. Haldiss. So I think one of the hardest things I have with this whole thing is really to articulate my value. I don't know what my value is and I don't know what it is that I'm selling. I know that I'm selling artwork, but how do I articulate, like, that you need that and you need what it is that I'm selling versus the guy that's selling it for three seventy-five? This is the beautiful part about this, is that you don't need to articulate it. I'm gonna teach you a process where you make them say what they value. Then you simply play into it. Sweet. Cool? Okay. So what the heck do you say when people just want the price? Haldiss, when I said I just want the price, you give me my bone. Remember that dog reference? I got that bone stuck in my mouth, right? Give me my bone. Let me have something basic. Well, clients typically spend around this. I'd like to tell you though, and ask you what it is that you're looking for so I can talk to you about the value included in that and I wanna tell you about what we do. I have a question for you. And then you spin it back. Simple answer and then spin it back, okay? Take control back. You need, that's the place when ... Okay, so there's a really great book talking about the framing of power and conversations and I forget what that book name is. But he talks about reframing the power of a situation, right? He uses this analogy of a waiter in Italy. The waiter comes to the table. Now the waiter knows that in order to choose a correct wine, in order to get the right pairing, you have to actually know what it is you're eating first, right? It's a very simple thing, the waiter knows that. But everybody thinks they're a wine connoisseur. Anybody going to this restaurant thinks they know a lot about wine. So what he does is take his frame of power. He steps to the table and he says, "Have y'all thought of what you'd like to drink tonight?" And the person that thinks they know a lot about wine chimes up and they say something. It always happens. And then he says, "Well, sir, let's actually stop. "Let me say first, let's figure out "what you'd like to eat, "then I can select a wine pairing "that will go perfectly." And what he does is he identifies the person that thinks they have the power and he takes it away from them. It's a beautiful thing. Like, watching that is a beautiful thing. And the way that it's illustrated in this book is so fantastic. When that price is presented, you give 'em a bone, and you take that power away from them. Let's talk about that later. I want you to first understand what we do and I wanna know what we can do for you.

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.