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Podcast title Wedding Photography Podcast | How To Become A Successful, Full-Time Wedding Photographer | Wedding Photography Tips
Website URL http://www.successinweddingpho...
Description Wedding Photography Podcast is a weekly podcast (every Thursday) providing business tips, inspiration, and lessons learned to help wedding photographers book more weddings, go full-time, and become successful. It's hosted by Henry Chen of Aevitas Weddings, a wedding photographer based out of Los Angeles with a decade of experience photographing weddings and over 400 reviews on WeddingWire, Yelp, and Google.
Updated Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:06:54 +0000
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Episodes

1. Addressing Wedding Photography Questions From A Podcast Listener
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One of the most amazing emails I’ve ever received from a listener (and watcher of my YouTube channel) turned up in my inbox in the middle of June (2018), sharing with me a lot of the professional and personal struggles that he’s going through.

Many were things I had gone through early on in my career as a wedding photographer, so I thought rather than answer Thinh directly, I would (with his permission) create a podcast episode that might also benefit others.

First and foremost, I want to thank Thinh for reaching out and really appreciate his kind words regarding the work I’m doing to help other wedding photographers build successful businesses.

I was particularly thrilled to hear that despite watching many other photography-related videos, his passion for the craft was re-ignited after he started watching mine.

Thinh asked a whole variety of different questions about not only marketing and building a successful wedding photography business but also issues he was experiencing from a more technical standpoint.

How can you capture quality images inside a low-lit church setting or shoot couple portraits at sunset and how should you use a flash for the most effective results?

In this podcast episode, I’ll share with you how I approach each of these photographic situations and hopefully answer all of Thinh’s questions.



2. 10 Things I’ll Never Be As A Wedding Photographer
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It’s easy to always be comparing yourself to other people and measure your success by theirs. So in this podcast episode, I wanted to get personal and share some of the things I’ll never be as a wedding photographer and why I’m okay with that.

After 11 years in the industry, I’ve come to the realization that there are some things I will never achieve or be, whether it be due to my personal situation or lifestyle choices.

I’ve come to a point where I don’t associate those things with failing but rather that I’ve found my niche and what I’m good at while being able to make an enjoyable living at the same time.

Some of the things I’ll never be as a wedding photographer include being a high profile or celebrity wedding photographer, as well as a destination wedding photographer, as I don’t want to be away from my family all the time.

I’ve also realized that I’ll probably never have a close network of colleagues working as part of my studio due to my social lifestyle and preference of just doing my own thing.

Despite building my number of followers on Instagram and through my podcast, I also know that I’ll never have the tens of thousands of followers required to be an industry leader.

But I’m okay with that and am content with sticking in my lane and doing what I’m capable of while knowing what success means to me.

By getting personal and sharing some of the things I’ll never be as a wedding photographer, I hope to inspire others to understand their strengths and what’s most important to them in building a successful wedding photography business.



3. Wedding Photography Progress Update Through June 2018
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As the first half of 2018 comes to a close, I thought it would be a great time to reflect on the past six months and how it has been as a wedding photographer, educator, and father of a newborn.

So in this podcast episode, I want to share with you my wedding photography progress and how well I’ve done in achieving the goals I set myself at the end of last year.

I’ll share with you exactly what those goals were and how they related to my wedding photography business and the commitment I wanted to make to the SIWP community.

In some instances, I met the goals I set myself (such as creating a new podcast each week) while for others I fell short (in the case of my weekly live sessions on YouTube).

Some of my goals at the end of 2017 were on a more personal level and related to the changes taking place as my wife and I celebrated our five-year anniversary, moved into our new home and brought our baby girl into the world.

So I’ll also chat about how I’m balancing fatherhood on top of my wedding photography business and education commitments, while also finding some time to do other things I enjoy in life.

The financial obligations of buying a home and the mortgage repayments come as a reality check, particularly if your wedding photography business is your sole income

While we all hope that our career as a wedding photographer will be fun, there are times when you really have to buckle down and be serious about what you’re doing.

By sharing my experiences and how I dealt with this realization, it will hopefully prepare others for the road ahead and what it means to create a successful wedding photography business.



4. Importance Of Having A Profitable Wedding Photography Business
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When you’re first starting out in wedding photography, it’s easy to just see the fun side of it and the opportunity to transform your passion into a money-earning activity.

Being your own boss, capturing beautiful details and moments are all part of the allure, but there will probably come a time when it suddenly hits home that you have to make this work!

In this podcast episode, I want to share with you two times that the importance of having a profitable wedding photography business suddenly hit me, which (not surprisingly) both occurred around the time I purchased a home.

The financial obligations of buying a home and the mortgage repayments come as a reality check, particularly if your wedding photography business is your sole income.

While we all hope that our career as a wedding photographer will be fun, there are times when you really have to buckle down and be serious about what you’re doing.

By sharing my experiences and how I dealt with this realization, it will hopefully prepare others for the road ahead and what it means to create a successful wedding photography business.



5. Importance Of Having A Plan For Your Wedding Photography Business
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It’s easy to talk about the dreams and aspirations you have for your wedding photography business. But without a solid plan in place, these goals are often just wishes that are never achieved.

In this podcast episode, I’ll chat about the importance of creating realistic goals and a plan for your wedding photography business if you want to succeed in today’s highly competitive market.

Whether it’s booking more weddings, seeing more visitors to your website or making more money, we’ll discuss why you need to have clear and identifiable goals.

Establish a game plan and something tangible such as a “to do” list or detail certain goals that you want to achieve in the next month and how you’re going to go about achieving them.

Having a plan for your wedding photography business means researching and clearly outlining what it is you want to achieve and exactly how you’re going to go about doing it.

In this day and age, with so many distractions and other things competing for your time, if you don’t have a game plan, your chances of succeeding as a wedding photographer are limited.



6. Is it too competitive to become a wedding photographer in 2018?
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All too often I hear that wedding photographers are struggling to get their business up and running because there are so many wedding photographers out there.

The market they’re working in is completely saturated and just too competitive, with lots of talented wedding photographers that have many years of experience at their advantage.

But it doesn’t mean you can’t become a wedding photographer (and a successful one). So in this podcast episode, I wanted to offer some hope to photographers out there who might be feeling disheartened by their situation.

Getting a foothold in competitive markets is all about knowing the right marketing strategies to get your name out there. It might require a lot of hard work and effort but the rewards will be worth in.

And what successful career doesn’t require time, energy, and patience? Whether it’s years of study (and the expenses that go along with that) or doing internships at a reduced salary, we all have to pay our dues before we reap the rewards.

It’s the same case when you decide to become a wedding photographer and it’s important not to use the competition or a saturated market as an excuse not to stay committed to trying to build your business for the long-term future.



7. The Times I Wanted To Quit Wedding Photography...But Didn't
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No matter how long you’ve been working as a wedding photographer, there are going to be times when you wonder whether you can keep doing it and might be thinking you want to quit wedding photography.

To offer some hope and inspiration to photographers in this situation, I’m going to share with you five times I had doubts and questioned whether I still wanted to be in this industry.

We’ll go all the way back to 2007 in the lead up to shooting my first wedding. I was both excited but also incredibly nervous and seriously questioned whether I wanted to actually be a wedding photographer at all.

Many years down the track, I again considered quitting wedding photography due to a number of personal things I was dealing with. In the end, it was starting this wedding photography podcast that really saved my business and I like to think that 137 episodes later, it was definitely worth it.

But I understand there can often be doubts or difficult situations that make you consider quitting. Maybe it was a bad experience with a couple or not getting the kind of clientele you want.

Or it might be as simple as not getting any leads and bookings at all! By sharing my personal experiences, I want to offer hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel and ways to overcome these challenges to build a successful wedding photography business.



8. Need To Practice Photography Before Becoming A Wedding Photographer
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It might sound obvious, but the need to practice photography before becoming a wedding photographer is not something that we all do. Many decide that they want to take the plunge and will directly start second shooting or photographing budget weddings for friends, then wonder why they’re not getting follow-up leads and bookings.

Rather than getting discouraged (or even giving up), you might want to take a step back and spend some time practicing your skills, both with and away from the camera.

Most wedding photographers who go on to become successful have taken the time to learn their craft and practiced for months (if not years) before deciding to become a professional in the field.

In this podcast episode, I’ll share with you my own journey to becoming a wedding photographer, which included two years photographing NBA basketball games and doing model portraiture shoots.

Practicing photography before you become a wedding photographer gives you time to learn about shooting in manual mode, how to use the flash and develop your people skills.

It’s also important in learning the basics of a sound photography workflow, including downloading images, photo editing skills, and organization.

If you don’t practice photography before becoming a wedding photographer, your chances of getting second shooting opportunities are limited.

This, in turn, will prevent you from building your portfolio, which is what’s ultimately going to attract prospective clients wanting to hire you in the future.



9. 15 Questions Prospective Clients Want To Ask You But Probably Won’t
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Have you ever been in a meeting with prospective clients and felt that they want to ask you something but don’t want to appear rude or offend you?

Couples are investing a lot of money and trust in you as a wedding photographer and there are undoubtedly tons of questions they want to ask but may not always feel is appropriate.

In this podcast episode, I’m going to chat about some of the questions prospective clients want to ask you but probably won’t and why I like to put these things on the table and dispel any concerns they might have.

In addition to sharing with you questions from my personal experience, I’ll also let you know how I go about answering them to ease the minds of prospective clients.

From questions regarding why I don’t have a studio as a professional photographer to a lack of experience in shooting weddings of a particular style, cultural or faith, we’ll discuss the importance of addressing them head-on.

Perhaps the couple has done some online research and discovered you don’t work as a wedding photographer full-time and want reassurance that you have the experience and time available to deliver what you say you will.

In some cases, couples may feel that they haven’t seen enough images on your website and will ask to see more, just to be sure that you have enough experience to capture their wedding day in the way they hope.

In other instances, they may be worried that you won’t actually show up on the day after they’ve paid the money or that between now and their wedding day, you may decide you don’t want a career as a wedding photographer after all.

While you might not have any doubt in your mind that you can capture a couple’s wedding day beautifully and deliver the images on time, it’s important to put yourself in their shoes.

Consider some of the concerns that might be going through their mind and be upfront in putting them at ease, giving them the confidence that you’re the right wedding photographer for the job.



10. 6 Critical Cs Of Success In Wedding Photography
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When it comes to achieving success in wedding photography, there’s a certain mindset you need to have and a way of approaching your business that takes into consideration a number of different elements.

I like to refer to these as the “6 Critical Cs” and it’s essential that these things come together if you want to achieve your overall vision.

In this podcast episode, I’ll break down what each of these “6 Critical Cs” is and how they relate to achieving success in wedding photography.

We’ll begin with the commitment that’s required from you for the long-term future to make your business a priority, as well as the clarity you need to have to stay focused on the tasks at hand that will help you meet your goals.

We’ll also chat about the importance of being consistent with the quality of photographs you produce and the customer service you provide, as well as eventually establishing consistency in your brand as a whole.

I’ll also share with you my thoughts on collaboration with other photographers and vendors and how this can assist in mutually benefitting both of your businesses.

The final two “Cs” are creativity and confidence, with creativity an essential ingredient if you want your work and business to stand out, while confidence is vital for instilling trust in your clients. If you don’t have confidence and certainty in what you’re doing, then others around you won’t either.



11. My Biggest Pet Peeves As A Wedding Photographer
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After a decade in the industry and shooting more than 400 weddings, I’ve had my fair share of good and bad experiences. So in this podcast episode, I wanted to share with you 11 of my pet peeves as a wedding photographer, many of which I’m sure you’ll identify with if you’re in the industry yourself.

Not only will I chat about things that happen on the wedding day itself, such as guests with cameras getting in my way and not being fed, but also my pet peeves in the behind-the-scenes of running a wedding photography business.

Having your contact information available to everyone on the internet puts you at the mercy of countless telemarketers and those soliciting through email spam and social media comments, which are invariably just a big waste of my time.

I like to work efficiently, so wedding day schedules running behind due to delays in hair and makeup is another of my pet peeves as a wedding photographer, as it usually results in photography time getting cut or rushed.

Prospective clients not having the courtesy to email or let me know that they’ve decided to go another way is also frustrating, particularly if I’ve made the time to meet them in person.

By sharing my pet peeves as a wedding photographer, I hope it gives you an opportunity to relate and maybe get some of your own off your chest.



12. Anyone Can Be A Wedding Photographer But How About A Successful One
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Sometimes it can seem like everywhere you turn there’s someone calling themselves a “wedding photographer” and when all it really takes to get started is a decent camera, some shooting experience, and a website…why not!?

But there’s a big difference between dabbling in wedding photography and maybe shooting a few weddings a year and being a full-time wedding photographer who makes a living solely off their craft.

In this day and age, competition in the wedding photography industry is at an all-time high and the market is completely saturated. So it takes much more than just labeling yourself as a wedding photographer to secure the bookings that you need to not only make a living but establish a successful career for the long-term future.

In this podcast episode, I’ll chat about what it really takes to forge a successful career as a wedding photographer and the knowledge required to be able to market your business and treat it like a full-time profession.

How can you make your wedding photography stand out from the thousands of other “wedding photographers” out there and convey to potential couples that this is not a part-time hobby but your full-time profession?

While anyone can claim the title of “wedding photographer”, there is a huge spectrum when it comes to experience, customer service and the quality of images, which is what’s going to set you apart from the pack.



13. How To Get Opportunities To Assist And Second Shoot At Weddings
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If you’re just starting out as a wedding photographer, the challenge might not be in getting your own inquiries and bookings but having the opportunity to assist and second shoot at weddings at all.

Before you can start attracting your own clients, you need to build a solid portfolio and reputation, which can only come from experience in photographing weddings and learning on the job.

But it can be tricky to get these opportunities, with many established wedding photographers already having a network of go-to second shooters and assistants or maybe being wary about trusting new photographers.

So what’s the best way of approaching an established wedding photographer to secure these opportunities to assist and second shoot at their weddings?

In this podcast episode, I’ll share with you some of my tips and advice on how to get opportunities to assist and second shoot at weddings, as well as how NOT to go about it.

We’ll chat about the importance of getting to know the main photographer and their style of photography, together with having a solid portfolio to share with them to ensure you’re putting your best foot forward.

I’ll also discuss the need for new photographers to “pay their dues” as assistants, rather than just assuming they’ll automatically be given the opportunity to second shoot and capture their own images.

If you’re willing to be flexible and take the time to assist and learn from established wedding photographers, you’re more likely to get be offered second shooting positions in the long run.

Never just think about what the photographer can do for you but consider what you can bring to their business. It’s this approach and attitude that will make you stand out from other wedding photographers who are just starting out and open many more doors in the industry.



14. You're Worth Exactly What You Charge As A Wedding Photographer
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As wedding photographers, we often struggle with questions surrounding how much we should be charging. Is our pricing too high for the market we’re in (and therefore preventing prospective clients from booking us) or maybe we could be charging a little more than we are?

In this podcast episode, I’ll share with you my idea that you’re worth exactly what you charge as a wedding photographer. Whether a couple decides to hire you doesn’t just come down to pricing, buy your work as a wedding photographer, your reputation, and your overall brand.

The market helps to dictate the supply of wedding photographers and the demand from prospective clients and over time, you’re going to find out if what you are charging fits within that model.

If you start charging more, perhaps you’ll end up with fewer bookings and earnings over the course of a year. While at the same time, if you dropped your prices, maybe you would end up attracting more clients.

So as a wedding photographer, you have to determine whether the work and services you provide justifies the price you charge and if it’s in line with your standing as a professional.

Maybe you see other wedding photographers around you with a similar quality of work who are charging a lot more. But at the same time, there may be photographers that have a great reputation and have featured on wedding websites whose rates are actually lower than yours.

Some may see this as holding back the market and limiting what we could all be charging (and earning) as wedding photographers. But over time, it will find its equilibrium and you’ll discover the pricing profile that enables you to secure the bookings and earnings you want in your wedding photography business.



15. Providing Value And Being A High-Demand Wedding Photographer To Others
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Following on from last week’s podcast episode about what makes you stand out and different from other wedding photographers, I wanted to chat about how you can use that to be a marketable and high-demand wedding photographer, providing a lot of value, that clients, venues and vendors want to work with.

Creating a successful wedding photography business is all about “leverage” and establishing yourself so that you have the upper hand in your negotiations and relationships with clients, venues, and vendors.

You want to establish a reputation that makes clients want to hire you and are willing to pay the prices you charge while other wedding vendors want to refer you because of your work ethic and ability to promote their services.

In this episode, we’ll chat about the different levels of the food chain when it comes to wedding vendors. Coordinators and planners are generally the first to be hired so they have the most leverage and influence when it comes to referring other vendors.

But as wedding photographers, we also have a lot of leverage as we’re the ones with the images that have the shareability potential to build the reputation of other wedding vendors.

So how do you use your position of influence to create leverage so that wedding vendors, venues, and clients want to work with you? What value are you providing and thus making yourself a high-demand wedding photographer?

Firstly, it’s important to understand what makes you different from other wedding photographers. Then identify reasons why each of these three groups of stakeholders (clients, venues, and vendors) should want to collaborate with you.  

Why should clients hire you and trust you as their wedding photographer? What is it about your work ethic that makes other vendors want to collaborate with you? And how are the images you capture going to show their venue at its most stunning to attract future clients?



16. What Makes You Stand Out From Other Wedding Photographers
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It’s a simple question but an important one - what makes you different and better than other wedding photographers? In today’s world, the wedding photography market is completely saturated and we’re up against so much competition.

So what is it about you that makes you stand out from other wedding photographers and not only make prospective clients want to hire you but also be willing to pay the prices you charge?

Chances are we’re quite biased about our own photography. We see our work all the time and probably love the style and quality of images.

Additionally, we probably think the prices we are charging are justified (or that we should be charging even more). But that doesn’t mean others see our wedding photography or brand in the same light.

In this episode, I’ll chat about the four main aspects that prospective clients consider when booking a wedding photographer and how we can stand out (in their eyes) in all of them.

Firstly, does our pricing fit within their budget and justify the quality of photography we are offering? Secondly, does our style of photography appeal to them and stand out from other wedding photographers they might be considering?

Thirdly, what is our online reputation like or how glowing are our word-of-mouth referrals. Lastly, what is your customer service like? What do couples think (of you) when they meet you?

How do you go from being a complete stranger to them having the trust and confidence that you will capture their special day the way they envision and sign the contract?

It’s important to put yourself in their shoes to get a different perspective on what makes you stand out from other wedding photographers to ensure you’ll get the bookings you want.



17. How My Wife Impacted My Wedding Photography Business
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When this podcast episode airs, it’s going to be exactly five years to the day since I married my wife, Charlene. So I wanted to take some time out to share with my listeners just how much she means to me and has impacted my life, both personally and as a small business owner.

As wedding photographers, our families’ lives often revolve around our businesses, so it’s important to reflect on the role our significant others play in helping us do what we do and show them some appreciation.

I’ll chat about some of the incredible experiences we’ve had together over the last five years, from traveling around the world to backpacking in the great outdoors and starting a family together.

But I’ll also talk about the role she’s played in helping to build my wedding photography business, including second shooting more than 100 weddings with me, both locally and out of town.

Whenever I’ve had creative inspiration or business propositions, my wife has been there to bounce ideas off and has always provided an ear to listen. She’s offered me unwavering support in pursuing my career as a full-time wedding photographer and (more recently) in my educational efforts.

I know that I’m lucky to have someone who’s so flexible and understanding of my professional goals, as well as letting me be myself and have my own identity.



18. How To Do Wedding Photography Part-Time While Working A Full-Time Job
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While the focus of my wedding photography educational material has largely been on helping you go full-time, in this podcast episode I’m going to talk about how to successfully balance a conventional job while trying to do wedding photography part-time.

A large percentage of my listeners are working full-time jobs while trying to get their part-time wedding photography business up and running.

Perhaps you want the security of a conventional job to pay the bills and save for the future but like the idea of being able to shoot 5, 10 or 15 weddings throughout the year with the bonus of that added income.

I’ll share with you some of my tips for balancing a conventional job and a wedding photography business, including being efficient in the way you work to ensure you’re as productive as possible.

With so much on your plate, you might have to adjust your expectations and be extra conscientious of how you are spending your time outside of work or make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

Some marketing strategies just aren’t going to work if you’re limited on time, so we’ll talk about how you can get your name out there without having to invest all your waking hours in marketing your wedding photography business.

Outsourcing work that is time-intensive or paying for advertising is both useful ways to maintain a work-life balance when juggling two careers.

While working a full-time conventional job and trying to build a part-time wedding photography business isn’t easy, it can be done. It just requires dedication, efficiency, and realistic expectations about what you can handle.



19. Being Competitive As A Wedding Photographer In 2018 Vs. 10 Years Ago
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Times are changing and what used to work being competitive as a wedding photographer ten years ago won’t necessarily cut it today. Not only has the market become completely saturated in many places, with a lot more wedding photographers to compete with, but developments in technology and the way we market our businesses have also changed.

In this podcast episode, I’ll chat about some of the things that I’ve been doing in the last decade that are still relevant now, including collecting reviews from your clients, building relationships with other vendors and ensuring your website is SEO optimized. But we’ll also talk about some of the marketing strategies and mindsets that just won’t work in 2018 versus 10 years ago.

If you’re thinking you just want to take your time and go with the flow when it comes to building your business, then get ready to be left behind. There are so many ambitious and committed photographers out there who are willing to really take their business by the horns and will easily pass you by.

When it comes to advertising and finding prospective couples, relying on word-of-mouth or referrals from family and friends is also not going to cut it. Being active on social media, having your website fully optimized for SEO and actively networking with other wedding professionals is what’s going to get your name out there and get you bookings.

With so much competition, it’s also getting much more difficult to raise your prices as there’s probably another photographer that’s just as good whose willing to shoot for less. So I’ll share with you some of my tips on being competitive as a wedding photographer and how to market your business while staying relevant in today’s world.



20. How To Be Efficient And Productive As A Wedding Photographer
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If you've ever wondered what goes on in a typical working week for me, then this is the episode for you. I'm going to share with you the day-to-day events that take place as I juggle trying to be efficient and productive as a wedding photographer, online educator, and father to a new-born baby girl.

I'll break down what I do in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings throughout the week to ensure I get as much done as possible on the business side of being a wedding photographer, as well as shooting weddings on weekends and engagement sessions.

Add to that finding time to work out a few times a week, running errands and spending time with my family. We'll talk about how that changes between the peak wedding season (from April to October) and the off-season (November to March) and why it's important to establish a consistent schedule if you want to be efficient and productive

I'll also share with you some of my productivity tips and the apps I use to help me keep track of what I need to get done and when. From using iCal to manage my calendar to Evernote synched between my desktop and iPhone, as well as the Productive app for iOS, which helps me to be as efficient as possible.

By sharing with you a typical week in my life and the tools I use to work efficiently, I hope it will help you to be just as productive as a wedding photographer, if not more.



21. Where I Wasted The Most Money In My Business
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After being a full-time wedding photographer for around a decade now, I’ve made my fair share of bad decisions. Not only have I wasted time doing things that are not profitable for my career but I’ve also wasted money in my wedding photography business without seeing any rewards.

In this podcast episode, I want to share with you where I’ve wasted the most money in my business and hopefully, through my lessons learned, you won’t make the same mistakes.

I’ll chat about some of the photography equipment and gear I bought that wasn’t necessary and ended up never getting used (or just thrown away), as well as some of the places I tried advertising that didn’t lead to a return on my investment.

I’ll share with you the financial mistakes I made during a period where I was still trying to establish my individual brand, from leasing an expensive BMW to buying superficial brand-name clothes and advertising in high-end magazines to attract a certain kind of clientele.

In addition, I’ll also chat about spending money to attend workshops, which can be really expensive and not always a wise investment in your business at that specific point in time.

I hope that through sharing my experiences of where I wasted money in my wedding photography business, you’ll be inspired to spend your money wisely on things that will benefit your business for the long-term future.



22. Why I Have To Make Six Figures Per year In Wedding Photography
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Part of being a successful wedding photographer is being able to make a full-time living and for me, that means meeting three financial criteria: being able to pay your bills and monthly expenses.

Having enough to save and invest in your future, and having something left over to do the other things you enjoy in life.

Keeping those financial criteria in mind, in this episode I want to talk about why I have to gross at least $150,000 each year in my wedding photography business.

I’m going to break down my expenses on a month-to-month basis (not just business expenses but also personal ones) so you can see how the numbers add up.

Living in Southern California is not cheap, so when it comes to paying off our mortgage, taking into account property tax and utilities, there’s a certain amount we need to make every given month to cover ourselves.

Add to that car repayments and student loans and our monthly expenses and savings come in at around $15,000 per month.

When it comes to business expenses, I’m paying around $3,000 a month and that includes things like advertising, camera maintenance, and paying my second shooters.

So you can see that once you combine everything together, it’s important that I set this benchmark of $150,000 to ensure I can support my family and that together with my wife’s income, we still have something left to enjoy doing other things we love.

By being transparent in my earnings and expenses, I hope it will help you to determine what you need to make to meet each of these financial criteria of being a successful wedding photographer.

After that, you can figure out how much you would need to be charging and whether that’s realistically possible in your market and with your experience.



23. The Truth Of Being A Wedding Photographer That Nobody Will Talk About
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One thing I’ve noticed over my decade-long career as a wedding photographer is that there are some things we just don’t talk about. Whether it’s in online forums, Facebook groups or at networking events, the conversation usually centers around gear and presets.

There’s a misconception that becoming a successful wedding photographer is just about investing in a great camera, setting up a website and the bookings will roll in.

In this wedding photography podcast episode, I want to expose the truth of being a wedding photographer that nobody really talks about and some of the harsh realities that we face.

We’ll chat about the amount of work you really have to do to get established as a wedding photographer in today’s competitive markets and the need to be able to sustain that throughout your career.

It’s not just a matter of believing in yourself or following in the footsteps of other wedding photographers who’ve already “made it”. Each one of us has a unique situation, whether it be our lifestyle, brand or style and success is not going to come by just replicating someone else’s.

We’ll also chat about the harsh realization that perhaps we just don’t have what it takes to make it as a full-time wedding photographer, maybe due to our lack of photography skills, creative eye or our personalities.

Rather than looking at wedding photography through rose-colored glasses, I want to reveal the truth of what it takes to make it in the industry and equip you with the right skills and foundation to become a successful wedding photographer.



24. Do you really want to become a full-time wedding photographer?
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Becoming a full-time wedding photographer is not as easy as it seems and even once you achieve financial success, there’s no guarantee that it’s going to continue year after year.

In this podcast episode, I’ll share with you my criteria of what it means to become a full-time wedding photographer and why I strove to achieve that.

We’ll chat about some of the perks of being your own boss and making a living as a wedding photographer, as well as some of the challenges and realities of doing this full-time.

Yes, it offers a flexible schedule and time to enjoy other things in life but it can also be high pressure due to the income uncertainty we often face.

Do you have a roadmap set out of how you are going to go full-time and have you set attainable goals to help you achieve that? Are you willing to make sacrifices for the time spent with family and friends to build your business and how do you envision your life once you go full-time?

I’ll be asking you a number of important questions to help you reflect on this and determine whether you REALLY want to become a full-time wedding photographer.



25. What It’s Like Being Married To A Full-Time Wedding Photographer
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What’s it really like to not only be married to a wedding photographer but also work with them on a regular basis? For this episode, I invite my wife into the studio to talk about life over the last five years being married to me and the challenges of adapting to my unconventional lifestyle.

We’ll talk about how she first started shooting weddings with me and her own interest in weddings and photography, as well as how our relationship has changed over the years both inside and outside of the business. She’ll share some of the frustrations of living with a wedding photographer and their unconventional schedule and how she has adapted to it.

She’ll also offer some tips for other partners of wedding photographers out there who might be considering assisting or second shooting and how you can be as supportive as possible during the busy peak season.



26. Work-Life Balance And Not Living Inside A Wedding Photography Bubble
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While we often talk about how to build our wedding photography business, take better photos, and where to invest our time and money when it comes to advertising, nobody ever talks about how to balance a career in wedding photography with our personal lives.

We don’t live inside a wedding photography bubble and we can’t just brush off our loved ones, conventional jobs or health to pursue a dream of establishing a successful wedding photography business.

In this podcast episode, I’ll chat about my experience early on in struggling to find a balance between working on my wedding photography business, a career in engineering, and other things going on in my life...and how that has evolved today with a newborn in the family. We’ll also talk about the negative effects of living in a wedding photography bubble when it comes to your relationships and health.

The struggle is different for each individual and no two lifestyles are the same but there are ways we can address the issue by first acknowledging it and then looking for solutions. I’ll explain how I try and use both the business and personal sides of my life to motivate the other, creating a more balanced lifestyle that works for me and my family.



27. The Biggest Wedding Photography Risks I’ve Taken In My Business
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Being your own boss means you’re constantly faced with decisions about how to successfully manage your business and the direction you want to take it.

Join me on a trip down memory lane as I talk about some of the biggest wedding photography risks I’ve taken in my business and how they have affected it to this day.

I’ll chat about the decision to become a full-time wedding photographer and the risk of leaving my stable engineering career, as well as more personal risks like buying my first home.

I’ll share with you some of the risks I’ve taken that may not have been in my best interest, as well as those that have led me to create the wedding photography business I have today.



28. How To Consume And Use Wedding Photography Educational Information
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In this day and age, the amount of wedding photography educational information available to us can be overwhelming. From online articles to in-person workshops, videos and podcasts, it can be difficult to know where to start and what is of value.

In this episode, I’ll chat about finding a balance between the amount of content you consume and how to know what is worth investing your time and resources into.

We’ll also talk about the importance of not only consuming wedding photography educational information but also taking action and applying it to your own business.

How can you translate the information you find into actionable strategies to create a successful wedding photography business?



29. Changing Wedding Photography Podcast To Success In Wedding Photography
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Recently, I did a whole rebranding of my wedding photography educational material from Wedding Photography Podcast to Success In Wedding Photography. In this episode, I want to share with you the process of rebranding, how I went about it and the lessons I learned along the way, which will hopefully help others who are considering rebranding their business.

I’ll chat about how I got started in podcasting and how my wedding photography educational efforts have evolved into webinars, YouTube live sessions and one-on-one coaching. I’ll also share with you why I thought it was important to rebrand and what you can expect going forward in the coming year under the Success In Wedding Photography (SIWP) umbrella.



30. Recap Of 2017 Goals And Resolutions For 2018
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Every year I set myself a number of goals and resolutions, both personal and professional in relation to my wedding photography business. In this episode, I want to share with you the resolutions I set myself for 2017 (and whether or not I achieved them), as well as those I’m hoping to achieve in 2018.

From spending more time with my wife to saving a certain amount of money and growing my wedding photography educational efforts, I’ll break down why I set myself each of these goals. I’ll also share with you how I achieved them (or why I think I didn’t) and how I’m going to realize my goals and resolutions for 2018.



31. What If You Woke Up Tomorrow With 40+ Wedding Bookings
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It sounds great. Waking up to realize that all of sudden you’ve got a significantly higher number of wedding bookings than you’ve had in any previous year and with that, a significantly higher income.

But in this episode, we’ll take a reality check about what that actually means and how it can affect your life, for the better and the worse. I’ll explain how I handled a significant jump in the number of wedding bookings when I was just starting out as a wedding photographer and how that led to me eventually leaving my engineering career.

We’ll also chat about whether your current schedule and lifestyle allow for the increase in time you would need to spend on your business and how that might affect your loved ones.

While reaching for the stars is admirable, it’s important that goals are attainable and practical, ensuring you can still lead a balanced life. Having 40+ weddings suddenly booked in your diary may not be the blessing you thought it was.



32. Booking Wedding Photography Clients By Actually Showing Them Your Work
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As wedding photographers, we have a huge arsenal of evidence at our disposal when it comes to showing clients our style, experience in the industry and what they can expect when hiring us.

So rather than sending lengthy correspondence emails telling them how great we are, why not just show them? In this episode, we’ll chat about the secret to booking wedding photography clients by showcasing your work and it all starts with your website.

From a solid portfolio and online galleries to blog posts, slideshows, and album designs, I’ll chat about what I do to “show” prospective clients my experience and what they can expect before any emails are sent or meetings scheduled.

It’s a great way of building trust and confidence in prospective clients that you can capture their special day the way they envision. At the same time, it will free up the time you might otherwise spend in meetings to build your business in other, more constructive ways.



33. My First Non-5 Star ITunes Review And New YouTube Wedding Photography Videos
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Receiving negative reviews is never easy but it can also be the catalyst for positive change in your business and life. So following on from my first non-5 star review in iTunes, I’ve decided to shake things up and take some of the feedback on board.

In this Wedding Photography Podcast episode, I want to share with you what the review said and how I responded by making a commitment to myself and my listeners to continue striving for improvement.

It’s also helped me to bite the bullet and go live with Youtube wedding photography videos, offering a new and exciting format to connect with my listeners and viewers.

We’ll chat about the content that I’ll be sharing on this new platform and the ways we will be able to engage with one another to help you go full-time in your wedding photography business or achieve your goals.

The video format is a more accessible way of sharing stats and information, while the live component will enable us to connect through Q&A sessions, comments, and feedback.



34. 400+ Wedding Photography Reviews On WeddingWire, Yelp, And Google
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One of the biggest contributors to my business success has been my ability to get hundreds of wedding photography reviews from previous clients on WeddingWire, Yelp, and Google.

In my opinion, the best way to sell yourself is through the honest words of others. Having positive feedback and reviews from past clients is just as important as an impressive portfolio if you want to secure the bookings of future clients.

In this podcast episode, I wanted to chat about how I’ve managed to get these wedding photography reviews over the 10 years I’ve been in business and why it’s the quality of reviews (not just the quantity) that matters.

Recent reviews that offer specific details about your customer service or the client experience are a powerful means of giving prospective couples peace of mind and may directly address some of the concerns they have.

Prospective clients will probably be drawn to you by the images they see online. But to take the next step and have them hire you, they want to know that your customer service is second-to-none and that they can have full trust in you.



35. Why I Focus On The Business Of Wedding Photography On This Podcast
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Something I’ve been asked many times over the last few years is why I don’t use this podcast series to talk about the photography side of being a wedding photographer. So I wanted to take a moment to explain the reasoning behind my decision to focus on the business side of wedding photography instead.

A lot of emphases is put on technical aspects and stylistic ideas for wedding photography, as well as post-processing, to create a specific look. But if you’re not getting inquiries from potential clients, then you’re not going to be able to make a successful business out of it, no matter how great your photography skills are!

Many of my ideas about how to capture great wedding photos are also subjective - from the gear I choose to shoot with to my individual style. There are many different ways of doing things and no “right” or “wrong” way, so I don’t want to push my preferences onto others. It’s also tricky to describe technical aspects of photography in an audio podcast, without including lots of screenshots along the way.

In this podcast series, I really want to help other wedding photographers make a living from their passion and have the business skills to reach potential clients and secure bookings.



36. Relying On Luck To Have A Successful Wedding Photography Business
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Being passionate and believing in yourself are important elements in building a successful wedding photography business. But you shouldn’t rely on the off-chance that prospective clients are going to inquire or even book on that alone.

We all hope that our business is going to be a success, particularly when we’re just starting out, but it takes a more objective approach to build a solid foundation and achieve your goals.

In this episode, we’ll chat about the importance of not getting too comfortable in just being hopeful that your wedding photography business will take off. There is no blueprint for success, but being able to critically analyze what is working (and what isn’t) is more important than just counting on pure luck that clients will find you and trust you enough to book.

Building a successful wedding photography business requires a methodical plan of attack that takes into account facts and data while addressing your failures and being transparent about what you are capable of.

Rather than just hoping you will achieve greatness, you need to continually develop your wedding photography and business skills, striving to be better each and every day.



37. How To Book Wedding Photography Clients Without Meetings
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A huge game changer for me in recent years has been my ability to book wedding photography clients online, without requiring any face-to-face meetings. By this, I mean just a few emails back and forth before the contract is secured and the deposit paid.

As a wedding photographer that doesn’t have a retail space, this significantly reduces the amount of time I’m on the road traveling to meet prospective clients in the hopes that they’ll book me.

I put this down to three things - two of which are my own doing and one that applies to all wedding photographers. Couples these days are much more tech-savvy and are happy browsing through websites and reviews in order to build enough trust to comfortably book a wedding photographer online.

What does this mean? You need to have a strong (and trustworthy) online presence to take advantage of this. It’s taken years for me to build the online reputation that I have, with a high number of positive reviews on reputable sites like Yelp and WeddingWire.

Prospective clients can hear first-hand from other couples about my work, customer service, and reliability, meaning they don’t need to be convinced by meeting me first. I’ve also created a website that puts everything at the fingertips of prospective clients.

From information about me and FAQs to blog articles and an extensive portfolio, they can do all of their research online and I can book wedding photography clients without having to leave the house.



38. My Biggest Regret As A Wedding Photographer
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They say you should live with no regrets but there are things we all wish we could have done better or achieved in our lives. So in this episode, I wanted to be completely honest with my listeners and chat about my biggest regret as a wedding photographer - not being able to grow my wedding photography studio!

A few years ago, I rebranded Henry Chen Photography into Aevitas Weddings, with the intention of expanding the studio with a few more full-time photographers. I wanted to be able to say “yes” to inquiries from couples on days when I was already booked and be able to grow the business while helping other wedding photographers make a living.

But due to a number of factors, such as not finding the right people and me being too tough on the photographers I do find, this hasn’t eventuated. But it’s still my intention and something I’m working towards, creating a collective group of artists with a common vision that clients can trust to deliver a consistent style and high level of customer service.



39. Juggling A Family And Career As A Full-Time Wedding Photographer
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After my first week as a new father, I wanted to take some time out to reflect on the huge changes that have just taken place in my life and the rewards of this new role. Many wedding photographers out there are juggling a family and career, so how exactly do you prepare for the life-altering changes that having a baby brings and maintain the success of your business

In this episode, I’ll chat about some of the things I did in the weeks leading up to the birth of our baby girl and how I handled the delivery itself with the weddings I had booked. I’ll also share some of my ideas about how I plan to maintain my wedding schedule (and the success of my business) while being the best dad possible.

As much as you might be passionate about wedding photography and growing your business, once you become a parent, you can’t live in a bubble. But with a bit of foresight and careful planning, you can still be a success at both.



40. Just Following Your Passion Isn’t Enough For A Successful Wedding Photography Business
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Passion is an essential ingredient for any successful wedding photography business and probably the main reason you decided to pursue this path in the first place. If your heart’s not in it, potential clients will quickly pick up on it and probably go elsewhere.

But passion alone is not enough. There are a lot of other elements that need to be taken into account if you want to build a thriving business for the long-term future.

In this episode, we’ll chat about some of the areas you need to work on to create a successful wedding photography business. Taking high-quality photographs that stand out from the rest is essential, which may require a significant investment of time and money when it comes to purchasing professional photographic gear and practicing your craft.

You also need to have good time management skills and be able to juggle the photography and administration sides of your business. Do you have the customer service skills to engage clients, listen to their needs, and deliver the results they want?

And can you photograph the number of weddings you need to make a living, while still leading the lifestyle you want? These are just some of the things you need to consider, aside from your passion for wedding photography, if you want to create a successful business.



41. How To Be An Outstanding Wedding Photographer By Listening To Your Clients
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One of the most important characteristics of an outstanding wedding photographer is communication - listening to what your clients want and applying this in the way you capture their special day.

A couple has probably selected you because they love your work, but it takes more than just showing up on their wedding day to leave a lasting impression that will see them referring you to all their family and friends.

From the very first moment they send you an inquiry, are you really listening to what they envision for their dream wedding and the individual elements that are important to them? Are there particular concerns they have about photography? Did one of their friends have a bad experience that has left doubts in their mind?

In this episode, we'll chat about why you should be listening to your clients and how this information can be applied to capture gorgeous photos. Perhaps there’s a family heirloom they are incorporating into their wedding that is particularly sentimental or they have a special relationship with one of their family members that they want to be documented.

By delving a little deeper to know what is meaningful to them, you’ll be able to craft stunning photos that will exceed their expectations.



42. Strategies To Boost Your Wedding Photography Inquiries For Next Year
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Keeping in mind that most couples will start looking for and book a wedding photographer months before their special day, now is the time to start reevaluating your marketing strategies to ensure you’re getting inquiries for next year (and even 2019). It might seem like ages away, but it’s the steps you take now that will reap benefits down the track and ensure your business thrives in 2018.

In this episode, we’ll chat about four main strategies you can utilize to ensure you’re getting inquiries for the coming year. First and foremost you should make sure your website is SEO optimized. From blog posts to images and page metadata, this is what will ensure your website is found on search engines like Google.

If your budget allows, you can also do some advertising on sites like WeddingWire and Yelp. In my experience, the money I have invested in this type of advertising has more than paid off in bookings.

Networking and helping out other vendors can also lead to inquiries, particularly when it comes to sharing your blog posts or slide shows in which their work appears. It might be the floral centerpieces from a wedding, the DJ in action or the overall setting that resulted from the coordinator's hard work, all of which can be shared on their website or social media channels as free advertising for you.

Speaking of social media, this is the fourth way you can help to boost your inquiries for next year. I post to Instagram almost every day and (to a lesser extent) Facebook, which is a great way for couples who are searching for wedding inspiration to find your work through particular phrases or hashtags.



43. Understanding The Website Traffic Of Your Wedding Photography Business
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When chatting with other wedding photographers, I often hear that they don’t know anything about their website analytics and what they mean or that they can’t really be bothered trying to understand it all. But before you spend money on marketing or expensive gear trying to boost your wedding photography business, understanding your website traffic is an inexpensive but essential step in the right direction.

Your wedding photography website traffic can tell you so much about who is visiting your site, which pages they are visiting and where they are from. You’ll get information about how long they stay, if they are viewing it on a mobile or desktop platform and which pages lead to inquiries. This can tell you a lot about whether what you are posting is attracting the clientele you want and if it’s making them take the next step to get in touch with you.

Understanding your website traffic is actually much simpler than it first appears with easy-to-use tools like Google Analytics and Google Search Console. In this episode, we’ll chat about how you can use these tools and what kind of insight they will give you on your website. I’ll also explain a little about what I do to understand my website traffic and the kind of data I look for.



44. The Most Popular Wedding Photography Podcast Episodes From Aevitas Weddings
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EPISODE #100: THE MOST POPULAR TOPICS IN THE FIRST 100 EPISODES OF THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST

Summary:

It’s with much gratitude that I’ve recorded my 100th episode in this Wedding Photography Podcast series and I want to send a huge “thank you” to all of my listeners who have made it happen. To celebrate this milestone, I thought we’d look back at some of the most popular wedding photography podcast episodes in the series and highlight those that had the most downloads and discussions.

We’ll touch on my thoughts about being a successful wedding photographer and how to find your own style, as well as how to efficiently manage post-production of images. The episode about how to get clients with low budgets to increase them was a community favorite, as was the discussion about how to rebrand your business.

I think many listeners also benefited from hearing about my own challenges and mistakes after ten years as a wedding photographer. So we’ll reflect on the episodes about my top mistakes and some of the lowest points in my career, as well as some of the most common challenges facing new wedding photographers. 

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45. Setting Realistic Goals In Your Wedding Photography Business
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EPISODE #99: ARE WE SETTING REALISTIC GOALS FOR OURSELVES IN OUR BUSINESS?

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Throughout my experience mentoring other wedding photographers and chatting with people in the community, I’ve found that sometimes we create unrealistic goals that are just setting us up for disappointment. Goal setting is a really important aspect of growing your business and finding personal satisfaction in your career, but it’s vital that you focus on attainable goals within a realistic time frame.

In this episode, I want to talk about the importance of setting realistic goals and taking into consideration your own experience levels, photographic skills and the network around you. Thriving as a wedding photographer can takes years of marketing your brand and honing your craft both during weddings and outside of hours, so it’s important to set incremental goals that reflect this.

You should also consider what your current lifestyle can support when it comes to available time to spend shooting and marketing and the funds you have available to invest in gear and advertising. There’s no point saying you want to book X many weddings if it’s within an open-ended time frame or by a date that doesn’t take into account your previous shooting record.

If you’re just starting out in wedding photography, it’s great to have energy and belief in yourself that you will create a thriving business. But if you set unrealistic goals, you may only be destined for disappointment.

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46. The Ups And Downs Of Owning A Wedding Photography Business
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EPISODE #98: NEVER GET TOO HIGH OR TWO LOW IN YOUR BUSINESS - STAY THE COURSE

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Having ups and downs is all part of running your own business. There are times when you’ll be thriving, booking lots of clients and earning a lot, then you might go through a few slow months, have equipment breakdown or receive some negative feedback from a client. These are all things I’ve experienced in my ten years as a wedding photographer and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s that no matter the situation, you need to stay the course and maintain a level of equilibrium.

In this episode, we’ll chat about how you can stay positive when things aren’t going as you had planned. It might be that you shot a really stressful wedding or had an altercation that has left you feeling emotional and wanting to hide away. We’ll also talk about the importance of staying humble when you’re on “Cloud 9” and turning this energy into planning and investing for the future.

Running your own wedding photography business can be a roller coaster and sometimes you just never know what is around the corner. Having strategies in place to stop you from getting too low or too high when either circumstance arises will help you maintain perspective and create a successful business for the long-term future.

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47. Improving Wedding Photography Standards Through A Podcast For Brides And Grooms
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EPISODE #97: WHY I CREATED A WEDDING PLANNING PODCAST FOR BRIDES AND GROOMS

Summary:

A short while back I started a wedding planning podcast for brides and grooms to help them execute their dream wedding. It features interviews with some of the vendors that I’ve worked with throughout the years and have a great respect for, as well as tips and inspiration for getting the most out of photography on your special day. While it might sound like this is solely for the benefit of couples, it was also inspired by a desire to raise the level of wedding photography and help the wider community value what we do.

In this episode, we’ll chat about some of the reasons why I started this wedding planning podcast and how it offers an alternative means for engaged couples to start thinking about their wedding. There are so many great resources out there, from magazine articles to blogs and video tutorials. But I wanted to offer a more passive means of information consumption that couples could listen to while working out or driving to and from work.

In the industry, you hear a lot about photographers dropping their prices to get couples in and sometimes this comes at the expense of quality photography. So through this wedding planning podcast, I also wanted to educate engaged couples about what it takes to have a really great photographer capture your special day and exactly what they are getting for their money. It’s not only a platform for my colleagues to shine, but also a means for sharing some of the messages and ideas that I want my potential couples to know to create a win-win situation. 

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48. Working Behind-The-Scenes To Build A Wedding Photography Business
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EPISODE #96: TOO BUSY TO WORK ON YOUR BUSINESS BUT NOT BUSINESS ENOUGH TO SHOOT WEDDINGS

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It’s too often I hear wedding photographers complaining that they’re not shooting enough weddings or getting enough inquiries. But when you ask those same photographers how much time they spend working behind-the-scenes on their businesses, they answer is more often than not that they’re “too busy”.

One of the keys to a successful wedding photography business is working diligently on days you’re not shooting weddings to practice your craft, hone your post-processing skills, and market your business. So in this episode we’re going to chat about some of the things you should be doing, ESPECIALLY if you're not busy shooting weddings.

Have you updated your portfolio recently or been regularly posting on social media? When was the last time you reached out to other wedding vendors to connect and see how you can be of help to them? Do you actually go out and practice different shooting techniques and skills when you’re not being paid to do it? Photographing at weddings is just the tip of the iceberg, but there are so many other areas that you need to give attention to if you want to build a successful business.

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49. Experience Gain From Weddings To Improve Your Wedding Photography
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EPISODE #95: GETTING THE MOST EXPERIENCE OUT OF EVERY WEDDING YOU PHOTOGRAPH

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While you can use the images you capture at each and every wedding to help market your business, you can also use the experiences to improve your wedding photography in the long term. Many of us are just keen to share the photos with our clients and on our social media channels and move on, but it’s important to reflect on what you did well (and what you could have improved on) after every wedding you shoot.

Perhaps you could have managed your time better or communicated more effectively with family members during the family formals. Maybe you had issues using flash in the reception venue or balancing the ambient light. As photographers, there’s usually some technical aspect or issues that we can work on. While as humans, there are always opportunities to improve on our communication with others.

But make sure you also reflect on what you did well. Perhaps there was something you did during the day that you feel really proud of or an image you captured and particularly love. Acknowledging these things will help you apply them in other wedding situations, while addressing your faults will only make you a better wedding photographer in the future.

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50. Using Your Images To Market Your Wedding Photography Business
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EPISODE #94: ARE YOU TRULY GETTING THE ABSOLUTE MOST OUT OF EVERY WEDDING YOU PHOTOGRAPH?

Summary:

The main focus of being a wedding photographer is capturing beautiful images for your clients, but that’s not where their exposure should end. In this wedding photography podcast episode, we’re going to chat about how to get the most mileage out of your images from each and every wedding you shoot.

First and foremost, you should be sharing photos from your weddings for your clients, their family and friends through online galleries and print albums. But you should also be using these photos to showcase your business and market your wedding photography to potential clients for the long-term future.

Are you uploading photos regularly to Facebook and Instagram or other social media sites? Or do you create blog articles to help tell the story of the wedding and highlight your favorite images? Perhaps you create wedding albums for the vendors you worked with to help market your business through their channels.

All of these are simple ways you can make the photographs you capture during each and every wedding work for your business in the long-term.

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51. Finding Your Wedding Photography Niche
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EPISODE #93: WHAT IS YOUR UNFAIR ADVANTAGE AS A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?

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In many ways, wedding photographers share a lot in common. We are all dedicated to capturing the love and emotion of a couple’s special day and probably have a website that showcases our images and style. We might use similar equipment and run our businesses according to a standard model, and we might even charge very similar prices.

But what sets you apart from others and is crucial to finding your wedding photography niche is what is referred to as your “unfair advantage”. It might be your personality that draws couples in or the services you offer that are exceptional when compared to other wedding photographers. Finding your “unfair advantage” is important in helping you stand out form the crowd and establishing your unique brand.

In this episode, we'll talk about what I feel is my “unfair advantage” and how I’ve used it to create a successful niche wedding photography business. We’ll also talk about how you can find yours and showcase it to potential clients while marketing your business and branding your website.

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52. Why Comparing Other Wedding Photographers To Yourself Can Be Damaging For Your Business
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EPISODE #92: THERE'S ONLY ONE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER YOU SHOULD COMPARE YOURSELF TO

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No matter what industry you work in, chances are at one point or another you’ve compared yourself with your colleagues and the work they do. While this can be healthy and a great way to find inspiration and guidance for setting your own goals, it can also lead to unhappiness and feelings that “I’m not good enough” if you take it too far.

As a wedding photographer, you’ve probably scrawled through the websites of other photographers in your area to see their images and undoubtedly you’ve probably made comparisons to yours. If you’ve met them at networking functions or heard about them through friends or clients, you’ve probably tried to find out what they are charging and if they are booking more or less weddings than yourself.

In this episode, we’ll chat about why comparing other wedding photographers to yourself can be useful when you’re just starting out to see what you should be striving for. But it’s really important that the only wedding photographer you compare yourself to on a daily basis is you.

Look back at your past work to see how you have improved and make goals for where you want to be in one or five years time. Tracking the improvements that you have made as a photographer will have far more profound effects on your business in the long-run (as well as your happiness) than constantly comparing yourself to others.

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53. The Lowest Points Of My Wedding Photography Career
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EPISODE #91: SOME OF THE LOWEST POINTS OF MY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS 

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July 15 this year marks exactly ten years since I shot my first wedding, so I thought I’d record an episode to celebrate! But rather than focus on my successes and what I’ve done well to get to where I am today, I thought I’d share some of the lowest points of my wedding photography career. I truly believe we can learn a lot from our mistakes, failures and most challenging moments in life, and sharing them can go a long way to helping others.

We’ll chat about how I dealt with having my camera equipment stolen and anxiety about not booking enough weddings or being able to find people to work with. There were times I felt like my wedding photography brand wasn’t attracting the right clientele and doubted whether future clients would get in contact if I raised my fees. I’ll also speak about perhaps what was the lowest point of my career when I had what I can only describe as an identity crisis and considered throwing wedding photography in all together.

I’m honored to be in the profession I am today and here to share my experiences with you, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing. In this episode I hope to reach out to other wedding photographers who are experiencing low points in their careers and help them overcome the challenges being faced.

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54. How To Start Planning Your Savings And Retirement As A Self-Employed Wedding Photographer
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EPISODE #90: IT'S NOT TOO EARLY TO START THINKING ABOUT SAVINGS AND RETIREMENT

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We can’t work forever and like most professions, it’s important as wedding photographers that we plan for our financial security in retirement. If you’re in your later years, then this might be something you’re thinking about already. While for those of us who are still quite young, retirement savings can often seem like a distant priority and something we can deal with at a later date.

But it’s never too early to start thinking about your savings and retirement so that you can live comfortably and be able to do the things you want to do. In this episode, we’ll chat about how to approach this as wedding photographers and small business owners, and how much of our monthly earnings we should be putting away.

From having a dedicated retirement savings account to investing money intelligently, I’ll share with you some of my personal experiences and lessons learned in the last few years. Even if you’re not financially savvy, there are steps you can take in the right direction for a secure future.

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55. Why Not Treating All Weddings The Same Is Key To A Successful Wedding Photography Business
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EPISODE #89: NOT ALL WEDDINGS ARE THE SAME; STOP TREATING THEM AS IF THEY WERE.

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Most weddings follow a certain flow - a getting ready session followed by the ceremony, then portraits and a reception. But that’s where the similarities end. No two weddings are the same and we shouldn’t treat them as such for our own convenience or the simplicity of photographing them. It’s really important that we acknowledge this to create a successful wedding photography business and our own career satisfaction.

From the location/setting of the wedding (and its different components) to the preferred style of the couple and the cultural/spiritual elements they have incorporated into their special day, each and every piece of the puzzle creates a unique event. If we don’t recognize these as wedding photographers and fail to distinguish what is important to our clients, we’re limiting our own potential and our appeal to a diversity of couples in the future.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of just turning up and treating it like another wedding. But not only will this reflect in the images you come away with, but it won’t lead to career satisfaction. Being curious and pushing your creative boundaries will help you to capture the unique elements and personalities of your couples which make each wedding so special.

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56. How To Reset Your Wedding Photography Business For The New Financial Year
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EPISODE #88: WE ALL HAVE TO START WITH ZERO WEDDINGS FOR THE NEXT YEAR

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No matter how your wedding photography business has performed in the past 12 months (lots of inquiries and bookings or less than you had hoped), it’s important to remember that we are all starting out on a level playing field in the coming year. This episode is a reminder not to get disheartened if you haven’t achieved the success you had hoped for, but also to not get complacent or too confident if you had a great year.

We are all hitting reset on our wedding photography business as we head into the new financial year and there are no guarantees about what lies ahead. It’s really important to continue striving to improve your photographic, social and management skills to ensure your future success and not let past mistakes or disappointments define you.

So however you rank your success during the past twelve months, it’s time to get into the mindset for the coming year as you hit reset on your wedding photography business.

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57. Why Getting Inquiries In Your Wedding Photography Business Is Fundamental To Its Success
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EPISODE #87: DOES ANYTHING ELSE REALLY MATTER IF YOU AREN'T GETTING THE INQUIRIES?

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As wedding photographers we’re wearing a lot of different hats - we’re business owners, marketers, branders, accountants, and social media managers (sometimes all at the same time). But it’s critical to maintain perspective on what is most important and if what you’re doing in one area is having a positive impact elsewhere. Getting inquiries in your wedding photography business is fundamental to its success. So even if you’re working tirelessly in other areas, if prospective clients aren’t calling or emailing, then your business is going to have a short-term future. This episode is a wake up call for wedding photographers to ensure that the time and energy you are putting into the marketing and branding of your wedding photography business (as well as networking with other vendors) is paying off at the end of the day. Are you getting enough inquiries to make your business sustainable or do you need to reassess your strategy to meet the bottom line?  

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58. Why Being Uncomfortable In Your Wedding Photography Business Is A Positive Thing
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EPISODE #86: BEING UNCOMFORTABLE IN YOUR BUSINESS IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS EVER

It may sound counter-intuitive, but being uncomfortable in your wedding photography business can be one of the best things for its success. Being uncomfortable means you are putting yourself in challenging situations - either artistically or personally - and this is what we’re talking about in today’s wedding photography podcast episode.

It may mean capturing a wedding in a style you have never photographed before or in a cultural setting you have never encountered. Or it may be challenging your social skills, forcing you to get out of your comfort zone and communicate better with clients. It may also mean facing up to criticism you’ve received and looking at it constructively to improve your work.

Being uncomfortable in your wedding photography business is about pushing the boundaries and venturing into new and unknown areas. It will test your limits, enabling you to discover skills or capabilities you never knew you had. If you are always shooting the same style of weddings or unwilling to take on constructive criticism (whether it be personal or artistic), you’ll never know your full potential as a wedding photographer and find that career satisfaction we all crave.

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59. A career in wedding photography - what does it mean to you?
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EPISODE #85: WHAT DOES A CAREER IN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY MEAN TO YOU?

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May of this year marks ten years since I started my career in wedding photography and it got me thinking about exactly what it all means to me. I thought I’d share some of the reasons I was drawn to the profession in the first place...and not just as a hobby or part-time endeavor, but as a full-time career as my own boss.

First and foremost, we’ll chat about the passion I have for wedding photography (and I hope you do too), with the drive and motivation to wake up each day and excel at what we do. I love the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of my clients, as well as their family and friends, creating beautiful memories of their special day to last a lifetime.

But we’ll also talk about the financial incentives of a career in wedding photography and the desire to not only be able to make ends meet in the industry, but have disposable income to travel and save for a rainy day. This wedding photography podcast is an opportunity to take a step back and appreciate what this career has meant to me (and hopefully what it means to you), with a little surprise announcement at the end!

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60. Challenges For New Wedding Photographers And How To Overcome Them
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EPISODE #84: MOST COMMON CHALLENGES FOR NEW WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Starting out in any industry can be challenging and wedding photography is no different. Establishing a reputation and generating leads is far easier said than done and some will make it in the game, while others won’t. In this podcast, we’re going to chat about some of the most common challenges for new wedding photographers and how we can overcome them.

It might be that you don’t have a professional-looking website or your portfolio is lacking, or perhaps you’re not getting nough experience as a second-shooter to improve your skills. A lot of the time it comes down to money - maybe you don’t have the funds available to invest in high-quality equipment or spend money advertising your business. Or maybe it’s that you’re trying to juggle a full-time career in another field while getting your foot in the door with wedding photography.

In some cases, the challenge may be where you live, with not enough demand for wedding photographers in some regions, while in others the industry is absolutely saturated, making it next to impossible for newcomers. By addressing exactly what the challenges for new wedding photographers are, we can take steps in the right direction to find solutions or help minimize them.

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61. The Importance Of Being Transparent With Wedding Photography Clients
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EPISODE #83: IMPORTANCE OF BEING TRANSPARENT TO YOUR CLIENTS AND ACTUALLY MEETING DEADLINES

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One of the great things about running a wedding photography business is being your own boss. But that also means that when it comes to meeting deadlines and client expectations, you need to have the dedication, organization, honesty, and drive to make it happen…as nobody else is going to! We all want to market our wedding photography businesses in a manner which attracts clients, but it’s also really important that you are honest about what you can deliver and when, as well as the quality of service you are offering.

In this episode, we’ll talk about the importance of being transparent with your wedding photography clients. It might be the timeframe you lay down for getting images back to them after the wedding or the experience level of your second shooter. Or perhaps it’s being honest about exactly what time you are going to turn up to capture their getting ready session.

As a wedding photographer, you need to honor the commitment you make to your clients, even after the contract has been signed. Not only does it affect their perception of your professionalism, but it can also have a significant impact on your reputation and chances of booking other clients in the future.

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62. Ideas And Inspiration From The 2017 WeddingWire World Conference
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EPISODE #82: WHAT I LEARNED AT WEDDINGWIRE WORLD LA 2017

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Having just returned from the WeddingWire World conference in Orange County, I wanted to share a little of my experience over these two inspiring days. For those that don’t know, WeddingWire is one of the world’s leading online resources for all things wedding planning for engaged couples.

I’ve been a member of WeddingWire since I started out in wedding photography almost a decade ago and was privileged to be a guest speaker on one of their panels this year. It was a means for me to get more involved in the organization and give something back after they’ve contributed so much to making my business what it is today.

In this episode, I’ll give you a recap of some of the events which took place over the two days I spent at the WeddingWire World conference, including discussions on current trends and technological innovations taking place in the industry. I’ll also let you know some of the take home messages from my personal experience and practical tips that I learned to apply to my wedding photography business.

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63. Best Tips To Have An Efficient Workflow And A Successful Wedding Photography Business
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EPISODE #81: TOP 10 TIPS ON AN EFFICIENT WORKFLOW - PART 2

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This is the second episode in a two-part series about creating an efficient workflow for a successful wedding photography business. While Part 1 looked at more general tips and how I’ve personally applied them to my business, Part 2 focuses on the lead up to a wedding day and how you can reduce the amount of work you have to do.

We’ll look at things like having informative content on your website, such as FAQs, wedding day tips, and reviews which will answer many of the queries prospective clients may have (without you having to write long email responses). This can also be addressed by having email templates which you can send again and again, as well as signature templates for contracts so this can all be done on the laptop (without printing and scanning).

We’ll also chat about creating workflow spreadsheets to track enquiries, bookings, sales and expenses and the wedding photography questionnaire which I send to each and every couple to help me plan wedding day shoots. The great news is that most of these are free and/or cheap methods of streamlining your workflow and will go a long way to helping you create a successful wedding photography business.

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64. Top Tips To Create An Efficient Workflow And A Successful Wedding Photography Business
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EPISODE #80: TOP 10 TIPS ON AN EFFICIENT WORKFLOW - PART 1

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As wedding photographers we wear multiple hats and there’s far more to running a successful wedding photography business than just taking photos. It includes meeting with clients, managing our finances, updating social media sites, and ongoing education to keep up to date with the latest technology and trends. With so much going on, it’s important that we work in an efficient and effective manner and have a workflow that reflects that.

In part one of this two-part episode I talk about some of my top tips for creating an efficient workflow and how I’ve applied them to my wedding photography business. From having a quiet workspace free of distractions to being able to multitask when required and prioritize the jobs that need to get done, we’ll discuss some of the ways you can make your business more efficient and productive. This in turn will leave you more personal time to enjoy with family and friends.

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65. Are you ready to sacrifice your time, energy, and money to create a successful wedding photography business?
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EPISODE #79: WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO SACRIFICE FOR THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BUSINESS?

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There’s not many wedding photographers out there who don’t want their business to be a success. But there is a difference between those who are ready to sacrifice other aspects of their life to make it happen and those who aren’t willing to invest the time, energy and money that is sometimes necessary. So this episode is all about being honest with yourself and addressing whether you’re ready and willing to make the necessary sacrifices to create a successful wedding photography business.

It’s an opportunity to sit down and ask yourself a number of questions to evaluate just how much you really want this and what you will do to make it happen. Firstly, what is your definition of success and what are your reasons for becoming a wedding photographer? What are the goals you have set for yourself, how realistic are they, and what is your deadline for achieving them? And how much are you really willing to sacrifice in terms of time, money and energy to make this a successful wedding photography business?

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66. The Importance Of Building Relationships With Wedding Vendors To Enhance Your Photography Business
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EPISODE #78: TREAT OTHER VENDORS LIKE YOUR BEST FRIEND. WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR THEM?

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Photographing a wedding is never a solitary job. Not only are you surrounded by the couple and their family and friends, but there are a whole host of vendors working behind the scenes to make the day special. Wedding coordinators, florists, DJs/MCs and venue staff - these are your trusted colleagues and without them you wouldn’t be able to capture the photos you do.

This episode is all about the importance of building relationships with wedding vendors and treating them like close friends and acquaintances. Why? Because not only is part of being a good person, but it also assists you in capturing beautiful photographs and increases your chances of being referred by them for future weddings. It’s a great way to build your reputation amongst people whose opinions are valued by prospective clients and it doesn’t cost you a cent in marketing or advertising.

Before, during, and after the wedding you should be thinking “What can I do for other vendors?” As photographers, perhaps the most influential way we can help out other vendors and their businesses is by tagging them in photos on social media or sending them the link to online galleries featuring them or their products. But we’ll chat about other ways of building relationships with fellow wedding vendors for the benefit of all.

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67. How To Book Prospective Clients Who Might Be Considering Other Wedding Photographers
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EPISODE #77: TOP 12 REASONS WHY PROSPECTIVE COUPLES DON'T BOOK ME - PART 2

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In the second part of this two-part series about reasons why clients decide NOT to book my services, I’ll discuss some of the ways to address this in your wedding photography business. Whether you’re charging above the budget of prospective clients, don’t have experience shooting at their venue or aren’t offering both photography and videography services, how can you book prospective clients and minimize the number who may go elsewhere?

There are some reasons why prospective clients don’t book that you really can’t do anything about or doing so would compromise your business. While you can address other reasons by improving your reputation as a wedding photography or your people skills. I’ll discuss some of the strategies I use to handle these situations and how effective they have been to help me book prospective clients in the future.

The important thing is not to be offended by rejections, but analyze “why” and how you can improve things for the long-term.

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68. Why Prospective Wedding Photography Clients Decide To Not Book Your Services
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EPISODE #76: TOP 12 REASONS WHY PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS DON'T BOOK ME - PART 1

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As wedding photographers looking to grow our businesses and book more clients, we’re always looking for success stories of how others have achieved the goals we set for ourselves. But when it comes down to it, there’s a lot we can learn from why prospective wedding photography clients don’t decide to book our services and end up going elsewhere.

This episode looks into some of the reasons why prospective wedding photography clients have decided not to book me in the past. From liking someone else’s style over mine to getting another referral from family and friends and simply that my price was too high, we’ll look into some of these reasons.

In the early years, sometimes it came down to a lack of authority in the wedding photography world, with few online reviews and no experience shooting at their venue or their type of wedding. While in other instances it was because I didn’t offer both photography and videography services, or that they simply didn’t click with me as a person.

Being rejected by a prospective client is not the end of the world, but recognizing why and addressing the issue if you can is an important part of developing your wedding photography business and booking more clients in the future.

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69. Balancing Wedding Photography Education With Actionable Tasks
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EPISODE #75: YOU NEED TO PRODUCE MORE CONTENT THAN YOU CONSUME

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Have you ever spent days on end immersed in wedding photography education - listening to podcasts, watching online tutorials or even chatting with other wedding photographers - and realize at the end of the week that you haven’t actually done anything practical to help book more weddings? While learning is an essential part of improving your skills and business management as a wedding photographer, it’s so important that we aren’t consuming more than we are producing.

It’s easy to get carried away on the wedding photography education side of things, particularly if you’re just starting out and are struggling to book clients. You might think that if you are constantly learning, then your time is being put to good use. But learning is only useful if you transform it into actionable tasks which will ultimately help grow your business.

You can compare it to something as simple as eating and exercise. We need to eat to keep going as humans, but we can’t just keep consuming food without exercise. Exercise is essential to ensure we live productive lives, just as producing content as wedding photographs is vital if we want to succeed in our business. So while this podcast is an important ingredient in your wedding photography education, it will only help to feed your business if you put it to practical use.

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70. How To Book More Weddings As A Wedding Photographer
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EPISODE #74: HOW IS THAT GOING TO HELP ME BOOK MORE WEDDINGS?

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As wedding photographers, we’ve got a lot on our plates. Most people don’t realize that aside from actually shooting weddings, we’re marketing and branding our businesses, networking with other vendors, and constantly developing our people skills. Clients don’t appear just like that and it’s an ongoing process to ensure we are booking enough weddings to make our businesses financially viable.

With so many things to deal with behind the scenes, it can be really easy to become overwhelmed and lose focus. Which is why it’s important to step back and ask yourself, “How is that going to help me book more weddings?” At the end of the day, we need to be making a profit and investing our time, energy, and money in the right area is crucial to ensure that happens.

In this episode, we’ll chat about different ways you can use your time and money efficiently to ensure you book more weddings (as well as discuss a few areas that might not be so useful). From purchasing new gear to spending time marketing through social media and attending photography workshops and conferences.

Each decision you make should start with weighing up pros and cons and whether at the end of the day it is going to help you book more weddings and achieve your wedding photography business goals.

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71. How To Give Your Prospective Clients The Best Wedding Photography Customer Service
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EPISODE #73: THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR AMAZING CUSTOMER SERVICE TO YOUR CLIENTS

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It never ceases to amaze me just how many of my clients have had bad customer service from other prospective wedding photographers before they found me. From not responding to their emails to totally changing their tune once the booking has been secured, it’s so important to not underestimate how valuable amazing customer service is and how it can be vital in the success of your business.

In this episode, we’re chatting all about what you can do to give your clients the best wedding photography customer service possible and make their experience one they'll never forget. This is particularly important if you are just starting out and don’t have an extensive portfolio to showcase your work. It’s exactly how I laid the foundations for my wedding photography business and still at the core of how I run things today. Answer their emails in a timely manner, know their questions and concerns before they do, and most of all, treat them the way you would want to be treated.

A successful wedding photography business is all about what I call it the “3Ps” - photography, pricing, and personality. You need to be taking high-quality and beautiful images. You should have competitive pricing to draw prospective clients in. And you need to have a personality and customer service that is authentic and caring. Even if you’ve got hundreds of weddings under your belt, there is no substitute for amazing customer service and it’s what your clients will remember you by.

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72. Similarities Between Being A Homeowner Client And Looking For A Wedding Photographer
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EPISODE #72: WHAT I LEARNED FROM SHOPPING FOR A HOME THE PAST  FEW WEEKS

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Purchasing a home is perhaps the biggest financial commitment we make in our lives and as my wife and I venture into the world of real estate looking for our first home, I’ve started to draw some parallels with my wedding photography clients. As we search online using Zillow and attend open homes, I’ve found that being a potential home-owner customer has some similarities with the brides and grooms who are in the market for a wedding photographer.

From ideas about customer service to the thought processes you go through and even the step-by-step procedures you need to take, we’ll discuss how choosing a home can be similar to selecting a wedding photographer to document your special day. It’s a decision you don’t want to get wrong, not only because of the financial expense but the emotional stress that goes along with it.

Using my insight as a potential homeowner, I’ll chat about the lessons I learned from being a customer in the real estate industry and how they relate to my wedding photography clients. We’ll discuss tips to ensure it doesn’t become overwhelming and I’ll give some of my advice for making the most efficient use of the time you have available.

 

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73. How To Tackle Ongoing Wedding Photography Business Struggles
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EPISODE #71: WHEN IS ENOUGH...ENOUGH, AND IT'S TIME TO CHANGE THINGS UP IN YOUR BUSINESS?

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Whether you’re just starting out in wedding photography or you’ve been at it a few years, chances are there will be a point where you ask yourself “Is this really working?” Being self-employed is challenging at times and if you’re not getting enough leads, not making ends meet or just having general wedding photography business struggles, you might be thinking that enough is enough and it’s time to throw it all in.

This episode looks at how we can approach this situation when it arises and should you just give up or tackle it from a different angle. While it’s important to follow your heart and believe in yourself, you need to base your business success on facts and numbers. If the earnings aren't coming in to make ends meet or you’re not getting the creative satisfaction you wanted out of your current wedding photography business, then you need to change things up.

Have you tried different techniques and strategies to attract new clients? How have you marketed or branded your business to make it stand out? Are you paying attention to how clients respond to your work? You need to find quantifiable aspects of your business to monitor over a designated period of time, after which you can decide whether enough is enough or you’re on the upward curve.

Running a small business requires you to be flexible and willing to change with the times, as well as resilient in the face of obstacles. So it’s important to stay focused on what it is you want to achieve when wedding photography business problems arise and be realistic about where you are headed.

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74. Recap Of The 2017 WPPI Convention In Las Vegas
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EPISODE #70: RECAP OF WPPI 2017

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The WPPI Convention is the largest wedding photography conference in the United States and this year was held in the Entertainment Capital of the World - Las Vegas. It’s an opportunity to connect with wedding photographers from across the country, learn about the latest trends and technology, and be inspired through information classes and discussions.

This year I was lucky enough to attend and wanted to give my listeners a recap of why I went, what happened while I was there, and the take-home lessons I learned. From trade show to classes, networking events and parties, there is so much going on that you need to pace yourself. But you can see first-hand what vendors across the country are offering, from prints and online galleries to the latest equipment, and make connections that you otherwise wouldn’t back home. The WPPI Convention is not just about how you can improve your wedding photography business, but also connect with new colleagues and find out the latest trends in the industry.

I would always recommend it to other wedding photographers, both those just starting out and seasoned pros. There’s plenty going on to inspire and motivate you, and lots of new tips and techniques that you can apply to your own business. So if you’re thinking you might want to be a part of it next year, this podcast will give you all the information you need.

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75. Income Tax Return Tips For Wedding Photographers
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EPISODE #69: IT'S TAX SEASON: HAVE YOUR DONE YOURS...CORRECTLY?

Summary:

It’s that time of year again, and for those of us who are self-employed, doing your taxes is a burden to say the least. Not only can it be a time-consuming task, but unlike most people, we’re going to be paying tax, rather than receiving a refund. So this podcast is designed to help you do this accurately and efficiently with some of my top tax income tax return tips for wedding photographers.

We’ll talk about why we have to do taxes in the first place and what it means as a self-employed individual, as well as the importance of keeping up-to-date records of what you are earning and spending. Whether you opt to do your taxes yourself or through a CPA, it’s important that you are accurate and only write off business expenses and report all the income you make...it's the right thing to do!

I’ll give you some of my top tax tips from the last several years as a professional wedding photographer and my insider advice for completing your tax return as stress-free as possible. From filling out forms to the logistics of tax recording, we’ll break it all down.

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76. How To Reignite Your Passion For Wedding Photography
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EPISODE #68: HOW TO KEEP YOUR PASSION FOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY WHEN YOU LOSE IT.

Summary:

Let’s face it. No matter what industry you work in, there are times when you lose your motivation and wake up feeling uninspired and frustrated. So this episode is all about what to do when that happens and how to reignite your passion for wedding photography and stay in the business.

We’ll chat about some of the reasons you might lose your passion in the first place, from stressful situations on wedding days and not enough time to capture portraits, to having too much work maintaining the business side of things. Perhaps you’re not getting the emotions you need from clients or their budget inquiries are below your starting point. Or it might be as straight forward as no longer getting the same enjoyment you used to out of capturing a couple’s special day.

So if this happens, what should you do to reignite your passion for wedding photography? First and foremost, you need to remember why you got into wedding photography in the first place. Maybe it was the desire to do something creative or make a difference in the lives of the couples you work with. Or perhaps it was about being your own boss and having a flexible schedule. For some of us it’s about the opportunity to learn about different cultures and faiths.

Whatever your initial driving passion was, that’s what you need to reconnect with and this wedding photography podcast episode will help you do just that!

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77. Current Wedding Photography Education Tools And Podcast Update
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EPISODE #67: WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING WITH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST

Summary:

This week’s wedding photography podcast is all about what’s happening in my world and keeping you up to date with all the ways you can currently connect, learn or have your questions answered with me! If your New Year’s resolution was to take your business to the next level, then this is a brief introduction to how I can help you do just that through my wedding photography education tools.

We’ll chat about my weekly wedding photography business videos which will help you with all the behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as my “Success in Wedding Photography” program and how you can become a member of it. I’ll also give you some info about the daily podcast ASK WPP where you can get all your wedding photography questions answered, as well as my first online workshop “Book Your Next Wedding” which is taking place in early March. I’ll let you know who this is geared towards (and who it isn’t) and how you can get an early bird price on it.

The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) conference and expo is about to take place in Las Vegas too. I’m going to be there from the 4th-9th of February, so if you are too, then let’s meet up! If you’ve been a long-time follower of the Wedding Photography Podcast or you’re a newcomer, this podcast is all about how we can connect and grow our businesses together!

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78. How To Get Clients With Low Wedding Photography Budgets To Increase It
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EPISODE #66: NEVER JUDGE A COUPLE BY THEIR BUDGET FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Summary:

After a few instances of prospective couples approaching me with low wedding photography budgets (below what I charge), I wanted to address the importance of not judging them on this or disregarding their inquiry. In many cases, people don’t know the going rate for wedding photography and just come up with a rough figure, and some will be willing to increase their budget if they feel they are getting superior quality or service.

In this podcast, I’ll chat about what to do if you get inquiries from couples with wedding photography budgets that are lower than your starting rate. We’ll discuss why it’s really important that you respond and show the same level of urgency and service. If a prospective couple's budget is below your starting point, ask them if there's any way they can increase it; otherwise, graciously recommend wedding photographers you know that will do a great job for that price.

Remember to always leave the door open for them to contact you in the future. You just never know - I’ve had a few cases of couples coming back and deciding to increase their budget because they were impressed with either my work or my level of customer service (or perhaps both!).

We’ll also address the importance of not wasting their time or yours, so be up front about your rates and send them your packages and pricing info early on in the communication. Ask them to fill out a questionnaire including the budget they have in mind, then you have a ballpark figure to work with in tailoring a package to suit their needs. Yes, you may miss out on more clients by sticking to higher rates (and when you’re first starting out the work experience may be more valuable than the monetary benefits), but if you respect the time and energy you’ve put into getting where you are, your couples will too.

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79. Recap Of Aevitas Weddings' Indian Destination Wedding Part 2
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EPISODE #65: RECAP OF LAST MONTH'S WEDDING IN INDIA PART 2

Summary:

Following on from my recap of Last Month’s Wedding in India Part 1 which looked at the logistics and planning of an Indian destination wedding, in this episode, we’ll get into the nitty gritty of actually photographing the entire event.

I’ll explain what took place on each of the four-day celebrations, including the bridal shower and Mehndi ceremony at the bride’s parents house, followed by a lively Sangeet at a museum-like venue, and the Hindu ceremony and reception at a party plot in Ahmedabad.

This episode includes some of my insights and lessons learned from photographing an Indian destination wedding. I’ll explain the challenges of working alongside local videography and photography teams, and some of the time constraints we were under.

I’ll also talk about some of the real joys and privileges of photographing a destination wedding in India, particularly the people I got to meet along the way. From the bride and groom’s immediate family to their welcoming friends, I was made to feel like I was one of the guests throughout this amazing week.

If you’re planning on capturing cultural weddings or a destination wedding in the near future, then this is a good opportunity to get a heads-up about what to expect and plan accordingly.

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80. Recap Of Aevitas Weddings' Destination Wedding In India Part 1
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EPISODE #64: RECAP OF LAST MONTH'S WEDDING IN INDIA PART 1

Summary:

In the middle of 2016, I was lucky enough to be contacted by Indian couple Labdhi and Manoj about capturing their Southern California e-session. After getting to know them, we started chatting about their upcoming destination wedding in India (Ahmedabad, Gujarat) and before I knew it I was flying across the world to capture their special day.

But it wasn’t quite as straightforward as that, and in this first episode of a two-part podcast, I talk about the logistics and challenges of capturing a destination wedding in India. From securing visas and flight itineraries, to planning exactly what equipment to take, I share my insights and advice from this recent trip.

I’ll chat about the cultural differences of photographing an Indian destination wedding, including the different rituals and events that take place over multiple days, as well as the challenges of finding ATMs and good WIFI! I’ll also give you an insight into what it’s like to shoot alongside 14 (!!!) other photographers and videographers!

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81. New Year's Resolutions And Goals For Business And Life
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EPISODE #63: 2017 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS FOR MY BUSINESS AND LIFE

Summary:

A few weeks ago I sat down with my wife and wrote down my New Year’s resolutions for not only my business, but also life in general, and it’s these nine goals that I want to share with you in this podcast. If you’re running your own business, then it’s so important to hold yourself accountable and have a clear structure of what you want to achieve to ensure you don’t just end up stuck in the same place year after year.

From setting financial goals as to how much I want to save, to having a clear plan of exactly how I aim to achieve that, I like to set quantitative goals that I can monitor throughout the year. I’ll share with you my goal setting and tracking tips, as well as the apps I use which help me keep track on a daily basis.

But it’s not just business resolutions, but also personal goals and lifestyle changes that I want to address in 2017 to create that all-important balance. For me. it’s things like spending more quality time with my wife and getting away backpacking at least a couple of times a year, as well as maintaining a healthier diet.

It’s easy when you’re starting out to put a lot of emphasis on your business (often at the expense of your personal relationships and health) and the new year is an ideal time to shift that balance in your favor. So let this podcast inspire you to start putting together your own set of 2017 New Year’s resolutions, and be sure to let me know what they are!

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82. New Year Wedding Photography Business Goals And Resolutions
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EPISODE #62: DID I MEET MY 2016 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION GOALS FOR MY BUSINESS? 

Summary:

As we ring in the New Year 2017, it’s the perfect time to look back at your wedding photography business goals for 2016 and set new resolutions. When you are your own boss, it’s important that you are constantly motivating yourself. A new year is as good a time as any to evaluate what worked during the past twelve months (and what didn’t) and reassess what you want to achieve in the coming year.

In this podcast, I take a look back at the wedding photography business goals I set in 2016 and ask myself whether I achieved what I set out to. From connecting better with other wedding vendors and venues, to being financially savvy when it comes to investing my hard earned money, this is a moment to reflect on these past resolutions and redefine where I want my business to be heading.

I’ll talk about some of the resolutions I need to work more on (like not always giving people the benefit of the doubt) and address some of the creative goals I set, like taking more calculated risks during my wedding shoots to creating more compelling portraits. Some of my wedding photography business goals were also of a more personal nature, like trying to establish stricter working hours so that my business doesn’t impose on my relationship at home or the leisure time I have available.

While I achieved some of these New Year resolutions, I feel that others can be honed further in the coming year. By looking back on the wedding photography business goals I set at the start of 2016, I hope it will inspire you to do the same, and establish a fresh set of resolutions to achieve in 2017.  

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83. A Year In Wedding Photography Achievements And What I'm Most Proud Of
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EPISODE #60: WHAT I’M MOST PROUD OF AS A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Summary:

So much of our time as wedding photographers is spent trying to book new clients and grow our businesses, constantly looking for ways to make our small enterprise dreams a reality. No doubt you’ve had stressful times throughout the year, whether it be dealing with finances or juggling your personal and professional life. But with the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to step back and reflect on your accomplishments and the wedding photography achievements you’re most proud of.

This podcast is my personal reflection and what I’m proud to have achieved thus far in my business, and hope it inspires you to do that same. I’ll look back at just how far I’ve come from taking my very first steps as a wedding photographer in 2007 and some of the challenges I’ve overcome along the way.

There are tangible moments that we can gauge our success, such as getting X number of online reviews or photographing a new and unique style of wedding, as well as momentous occasions, such as leaving your other job to go full time as a wedding photographer.

More than anything, I’m proud of the people I’ve had the privilege to meet and connect with along the way – from those who listen to my podcasts and support me (you!), to the couples who trust me to capture their special day. But perhaps my biggest wedding photography achievement to date is meeting my incredible wife, who I just couldn’t do this without out!

While it’s important to be ambitious and look towards the future, it’s also vital that we reflect and give ourselves credit for what we’ve accomplished and acknowledge the people who helped us get to where we are today. For every single one of us, what we are proud of may be completely different, but taking the time to recognize our achievements and be thankful for where we are is a great way to round out the year and start the next with new goals in sight!

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84. How To Operate A Professional And Successful Wedding Photography Business
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EPISODE #60: IF YOU DON’T TAKE WHAT YOU DO SERIOUSLY, YOUR PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS DEFINITELY WON’T.

Summary:

It may sound obvious, but taking your wedding photography business seriously and handling all aspects in a professional manner are key to its success. It’s not just about taking great images but being aware of how your actions impact on your clients and seeing things clearly from their perspective.

From your clients’ very first impression, whether that be through a beautifully presented website, email contact or phone call, right through to the nitty-gritty details of having a business license and insurance, there are so many aspects you need to consider.

What is the overall client experience you are presenting and how does this create trust from their point of view and, most importantly, how professional is the way you handle each and every encounter?

Episode 60 looks at five things I’m doing right now to create the most professional experience for my clients and a successful wedding photography business.

We’ll look at how to present an aesthetically pleasing website to draw potential clients in, and all the necessary behind-the-scenes aspects that will ensure your legal and financial security. Do you have backup gear if something fails on the day, and what is your response time when it comes to addressing clients’ emails and calls?

Running a successful wedding photography business is not just going out to shoot the event, but constantly honing and improving your skills through regular practice and education. Camera technology and photographic capabilities are constantly improving, and staying on top of your game is crucial to remain competitive.

Not taking your business seriously and spending the time to address each of these areas could mean losing clients and your reputation, something that we all know takes time to establish and build as a wedding photographer.

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85. Pros and Cons of Destination Wedding Photography
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EPISODE #59: PROS AND CONS OF DOING DESTINATION WEDDINGS

The allure of a destination wedding is not always enough.

My personal experience with destination weddings.

The pros of shooting destination weddings.

The cons of photographing destination weddings.

Top tips for destination weddings.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Announcement.

[0:38] Introduction to episode.

[6:02] Premise and overview of the topic.

[8:10] My own personal destination wedding experience.

[12:44] Pro number 1, building your reputation.

[14:21] Pro number 2, building your portfolio.

[16:06] Pro number 3, improving your skills.

[19:06] Pro number 4, gaining cultural experiences.

[21:14] Pro number 5, differentiating from the competition.

[23:48] Con number 1, you will not make as much money.

[27:23] Con number 2, big time commitment.

[29:40] Con number 3, putting yourself at risk.

[32:03] Con number 4. high responsibility.

[34:36] Con number 5, it is not a vacation.

[37:51] Top tips for destination weddings.

[50:28] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/free - free video training series.

http://www.successinweddingphotography.com - Success in Wedding Photography waiting list.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode29 - Link to episode #29, destination wedding in India.

http://aevitasweddings.com - my wedding photography business website.

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86. Top 10 Wedding Photography Myths To Overcome Part 2
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EPISODE #58: TOP 10 MYTHS OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PART 2

As you journey into wedding photography, know that you are not alone in the challenges you face.

Myth number 6: being a wedding photographer is a high pay job for simply one day of work.

Myth number 7: Photoshop can "magically" fix our imperfections.

Myth number 8: each photo op will be really quick, and only take a specific amount of time. 

Myth number 9: when you buy an expensive camera, inquiries will roll in.

Myth number 10: the idea that you can capture each photo on a "shot list".

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:26] Announcement.[0:38] Introduction to the episode. [4:12] Updates and catch-up. [7:19] Premise and overview of

[0:38] Introduction to the episode.[4:12] Updates and catch-up. [7:19] Premise and overview of

[4:12] Updates and catch-up.[7:19] Premise and overview of

[7:19] Premise and overview of topic.

[9:28] Myth #6: high pay for one day of work.[15:53] Myth #7: it can be magically fixed in Photoshop. [24:42] Myth #8: photo sessions won't take a lot of time. [31:21] Myth #9: high investment equals high booking rates. [38:41] Myth #10: each photo on the shot list will be captured. [45:52] Episode wrap up. [46:46] Conclusion. [48:32] Coming up on future episodes.  

[15:53] Myth #7: it can be magically fixed in Photoshop.[24:42] Myth #8: photo sessions won't take a lot of time.

[24:42] Myth #8: photo sessions won't take a lot of time.

[31:21] Myth #9: high investment equals high booking rates.[38:41] Myth #10: each photo on the shot list will be captured.

[38:41] Myth #10: each photo on the shot list will be captured.

[45:52] Episode wrap up.[46:46] Conclusion.

[46:46] Conclusion.

[48:32] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/free — free wedding photography video training series.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/jumpstart — link to coaching program updates.

http://www.yourweddingpodcast.com — link to my other podcast.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — WPP Instagram page.

https://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/webinar — link to webinar registration.

http://aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography business website.

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87. Top 10 Wedding Photography Myths To Overcome Part 1
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EPISODE #57: TOP 10 MYTHS OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PART 1

Myth #1: it will be easy to become a successful wedding photographer, right off the bat.

Myth #2: I can be a photojournalistic photographer, the invisible fly-on-the-wall.

Myth #3: thinking that with reviews and a website, bookings will be flooding in.

Myth #4: assuming that wedding photography is only about being a photographer. 

Myth #5: thinking you can have a long-term career as a wedding photographer.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Announcement.

[0:38] Introduction to episode.

[4:10] Shout out to a WPP listener.

[06:07] Overview and premise of the topic.

[8:28] Myth #1.

[15:06] Myth #2.

[21:24] Myth #3, for all wedding photographers.

[28:21] Myth #4, for photographers going full-time.

[34:04] Myth #5, how you think about your business.

[40:32] Summary and call to action.

[41:06] Conclusion and wrap-up.

[41:46] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/free — free wedding photography cheat sheet.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/jumpstart — link to coaching program updates.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode57 — direct link to today’s episode.

https://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/webinar — link to

webinar.

http://aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography business website.

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88. Your First Impression As A Wedding Photographer Is The Key To Success
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EPISODE #56: YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION TO BRIDES AND GROOMS IS EVERYTHING.

The premise; the importance of that first impression when booking clients.

Two types of first impressions; your website and the meeting.

Your actions prior to a face-to-face meeting lay the foundation for a positive first impression.

The meeting; consider what you would expect as the client, and go above and beyond.

The dos and don'ts of a virtual meeting.  

The phone call; a confident voice and a concrete plan are sure to seal the deal.

Reminding yourself of second-nature actions can be the key to a successful first impression.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:28] Announcement.

[0:40] Introduction to episode 56 and updates.

[8:59] The premise of today's topic.

[16:43] Discussing different types of first impressions.

[19:39] Understanding the importance of pre-meeting actions.

[22:08] The first scenario: meeting face-to-face.

[26:11] The second scenario: virtual meeting.

[32:05] The third scenario: a phone call meeting. [37:06] Understanding your second-nature responses.

[37:48] Conclusion and wrap up.

[39:37] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/free — free workflow worksheet.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/webinar — link to webinar.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode56 — direct link to today’s episode.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode15 — link to episode 15, discussing the importance of a website.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography business website.

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89. An Exclusive Wedding Photography Membership And Success Program
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EPISODE #55: MY ALL-NEW SUCCESS IN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY MEMBERSHIP SITE

Stuck in a hamster wheel of excuses preventing your business growth? It is time to make a change.

Core values guide your career and ultimately enables the fulfillment of your life.

What is the quickest, easiest, and most efficient way to achieve your values?

What is the Success in Wedding Photography Membership?

Who is Henry Chen? A background of proof for a sound investment.

An in-depth look at the exclusive content available with a Success in Wedding Photography Membership.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:  

Outline of this episode:

[0:28] Announcement.

[0:38] Introduction and updates.

[5:22] Discussing the premise behind the membership website.

[12:25] Understanding core value.

[16:07] Why valuable content can take you beyond your goals.

[23:37] The meaning of success in wedding photography.

[25:27] Who is Henry Chen?

[32:04] Discussing what is included with a membership.

[46:12] The cost of the membership and final details.

[52:08] Conclusion.

[52:49] Coming up on future episodes.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/free — free workflow worksheet.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography business website.

https://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/webinar — link to webinar.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode55 — direct link to today’s episode.

http://www.successinweddingphotography.com — Success in Wedding Photography membership site.

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90. Why Comparing To Other Wedding Photographers Can Drown Your Business
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EPISODE #54: STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

There is a fine line between having role models and drowning your wedding photography business in comparison.

Role models pave the way for other wedding photographers to become successful.

The flip-side: comparison can become a vicious cycle that consumes you.

Relatability, and finding value in connections with industry leaders can push comparison aside. 

Too much of a good thing, is a bad thing - moderation is key for your wedding photography business.

Do not forget to be proud of who you are and what your business stands for.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction and announcements.

[7:57] Premise of the episode topic.

[12:30] The differences between admiration and comparison.

[19:54] Understanding relatability to squander comparison.

[26:02] Moderation is key; find the balance for success.

[33:32] Learning how to be proud of what your business stands for.

[35:10] Wrap up of the topic.

[36:31] Important podcast update and announcement.

[41:33] Conclusion.

[43:10] Coming up on future episodes.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/free — free workflow worksheet.

http://www.yourweddingpodcast.com — my new podcast called Your Wedding Podcast.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode54 — direct link to today’s episode.

https://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/webinar — link to webinar.

 

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91. How To Turn A Negative Wedding Client Critique Into A Positive
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EPISODE #53: TURNING WEDDING CLIENT CRITIQUES INTO A POSITIVE FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Multiple communication points require a high level of attention to detail.

Consequences of not having a game plan can force you into the danger zone of getting unwanted, bad reviews.

The primary responsibility of communication falls on the wedding photographer, not the couple.

Communication starts even before prospective couples have made their initial inquiry.

Setting expectations goes hand-in-hand with communication and will guide the outcome of each client experience.

Scenario 1: The engagement session.

Scenario 2: The wedding day product quality.

Scenario 3: The wedding day service level.

Effective communication and setting expectations needs to become second nature to you as a photographer.

Post wedding day expectations should not only be set, but exceeded.

The top two client critiques photographers receive after the wedding day.

How to turn the negative into a positive and learn from each critical mistake.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction and updates.

[4:27] Understanding the premise and topic.

[6:51] Discussing the importance of having a game plan.

[8:20] Why it is important to have a mitigation strategy.

[11:28] The importance of up-front communication.

[16:13] Learning how to set expectations for level of service.

[19:12] Discussing the engagement session scenario.

[22:45] Diving into the wedding day scenarios.

[30:52] Examples of specific wedding day situations to plan for.

[33:08] Talking about areas of concern after the wedding day.

[37:25] The top two client critiques after the wedding day.

[42:53] How to turn a negative into a positive.

[52:41] Conclusion and episode wrap up.

[55:05] Coming up on future episodes.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/free — free workflow worksheet.

http://www.yourweddingpodcast.com — my new podcast called Your Wedding Podcast.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode53 — direct link to today’s episode.

https://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/webinar — link to webinar.

 

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92. Critical Lessons From My First Dollar Earned As A Wedding Photographer
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EPISODE #52: THE MOST IMPORTANT DOLLAR YOU’LL EVER MAKE AS A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

The story of my very first wedding, all the way back in the summer of 2007. 

What I learned from my first wedding and how trust is critical to establishing your path as a wedding photographer.

Word of mouth can make or break your reputation as a new wedding photographer.

Your personality and cultural experience plays a role in a bride and groom’s decision to book you.

You have to pay your dues and start somewhere in order to make it to a higher level of success.

Beggars can't be choosers, so you cannot take any opportunity for granted.

So what does earning your first dollar really mean to you?

The most important dollar you make is not about the money, it is about the mindset shift.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:28] Introduction and updates.

[6:08] Discussing a new podcast launch, Your Wedding Podcast.

[11:19] Diving into the premise of the episode topic.

[15:16] Storytelling, all the way back to my very first wedding in 2007.

[20:33] Discussing what I learned from my first wedding.

[27:13] Understanding why it is important to pay your dues.

[29:14] Talking through the concept of "beggars can't be choosers".

[34:39] Conclusion and summary.

[39:03] Wrap up of the episode.

[41:20] Coming up on future episodes. 

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/free — free workflow worksheet.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

https://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/webinar — link to webinar replay.

http://www.yourweddingpodcast.com — my new podcast called Your Wedding Podcast.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode52 — direct link to today’s episode.



93. Growing A Wedding Photography Business Requires A Strong Sense Of Urgency
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EPISODE #51: WHY NOT HAVING A SENSE OF URGENCY IS KILLING YOUR BUSINESS

Mentorship and accountability is key to creating a sense of urgency in your business to push you to that next level.

When urgency is absent, reevaluate to find out exactly what you are giving up.

The wake up call; what, why, and who are you doing this for?

Defining success for you and your wedding photography business is critical in finding your path.

A sense of urgency allows you to focus on the goal, be assertive, and take action to grow your business.

A sense of urgency is found by looking inside yourself to find your core drive on why you want to be a wedding photographer. 

Knowing your limits and understanding what to prioritize is critical in uncovering your sense of urgency.

When being overwhelmed gets in the way of your sense of urgency, it is time to cut the noise and get focused.

Circumstances may dictate your lack of urgency, but that does not make it okay. 

Do not let your fear of failure eliminate your opportunity to grow a successful wedding photography business.

Find a way to see the forest beyond the trees, keeping your future goals in mind at all times.

Conclusion: 

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction and updates.

[7:16] Discussing today's episode topic.

[9:38] Update on show notes and the newsletter.

[11:24] Shout out to Albert, a new listener from Uganda.

[13:15] The episode premise: the importance of a sense of urgency.

[17:37] Understanding the importance of goals and metrics.

[19:16] Discussing the definition of success, for you.

[20:36] Uncovering that business growth requires action.

[24:21] The question: what is your reason for being a wedding photographer?

[30:28] Discovering where your sense of urgency is.

[36:30] Understanding how your fears can hold you back from success.

[43:47] Parting words and key reminders to prioritize.

[45:41] Discussing the alternatives.

[49:13] Conclusion and wrap up of the episode.

[51:36] Coming up on future episodes.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/free — free workflow worksheet.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

https://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/webinar — link to webinar replay.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode51 — direct link to today’s episode.

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94. Celebrating The Wedding Photography Podcast One Year Anniversary
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EPISODE #50: HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO THIS PODCAST...THANK YOU ALL!

Never take reviews for granted, whether for your podcast or even your wedding photography business.

Taking a trip down memory lane, discovering the motivation behind the Wedding Photography Podcast launch.

This podcast truly saved my wedding photography business.

In order to improve, you have to take the risk and put your work out into the world.

Making a difference for just one listener fueled the re-launch of the Wedding Photography Podcast.

Your life's purpose should reflect who you are as a person, and be a true passion.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction to the one year anniversary episode.

[3:19] Sharing a recent iTunes review from a listener.

[8:21] Taking a trip down memory lane and how the podcast started.

[20:26] Sharing an audio recording from Garry Lun, a photographer from Georgia.

[25:07] Continuing the story of the launch of WPP.

[26:55] Sharing a snippet from episode one of WPP, or "Learn From Henry Podcast".

[28:03] Discussing how improvement comes from taking a risk and getting feedback.

[37:14] Going further down memory lane, the rebrand of the WPP.

[47:50] Sharing another voice message, from Vince, a photographer and supporter.

[53:50] Final points and reminders to take that next step.

[58:17] Conclusion and wrap-up.

[1:00:29] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

https://www.youtube.com/c/weddingphotographypodcast — YouTube channel.

https://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/toolbox — Wedding photography toolbox.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — Instagram page

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode50 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

 

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95. Choosing A Wedding Photographer And What Couples Are Really Investing In
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EPISODE #49: WHAT ARE BRIDES AND GROOMS REALLY PAYING FOR WHEN THEY HIRE YOU?

So what are couples paying for when they make the decision to have you as their wedding photographer?

Effectively communicating your brand image can convert inquiries to bookings. 

So what else can you do as photographers to stand out in a crowded industry?

Understanding the vision of your couples can ensure that their dream comes to life.

Without consistency in all aspects of your business, fostering a trustworthy relationship can be difficult.

Your presence and ability to create a comfortable atmosphere is a skill that must be perfected.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction and updates.

[7:32] Overview and premise of the topic.

[13:13] Discussing the importance of communicating your brand image.

[18:47] Taking it a step further, discussing what else couples are paying for.

[27:13] Understanding what it means to align with the couples' vision.

[28:00] Discussing how consistency and organizational skills build trust.

[32:26] How to create a comfortable environment for prospective couples.

[39:16] Wrap-up and conclusion.

[41:32] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

https://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/youtube — link to YouTube channel.

https://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/toolbox — Wedding photography toolbox.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — Instagram page

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode49 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

 

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96. Tips On Successfully Rebranding Your Wedding Photography Business
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EPISODE #48: WHY I DECIDED TO COMPLETELY REBRAND MY BUSINESS A YEAR AGO

If your business seems stuck, your next step may be a complete rebrand.

The elevator speech of my rebranding process, and the events that led to the eventual tipping point.

What if I wanted to introduce video to my company? How rebranding helped me keep up with technology.

Changing the name of your business can have some technical drawbacks that need to be considered.

Challenges of a rebrand can create more questions than answers, so it is key to know how to navigate the change.

Reviews can save your business in critical times of change.

Creating a name that encompasses your values can elevate your brand.

To smooth out the rebrand, use your old business website as a “Band-Aid" for the transition.

Rebrand launch: was it worth all the investment?

Are you thinking of rebranding? Here are some critical questions to consider.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction to episode and recap of last week's information.

[3:39] Reading a review from a listener.

[6:01] Overview of today's topic, rebranding.

[8:15] The elevator speech of my rebranding process.

[23:37] Discussing the technical aspects of a business name change.

[27:00] The challenges of the rebrand.

[29:33] How reviews saved my business during the rebrand.

[30:53] The meaning behind the name Aevitas Weddings.

[39:49] Understanding how to use your old website as a "Band-Aid".

[42:15] The official launch of Aevitas Weddings.

[52:44] Critical questions to ask before rebranding.

[55:12] Conclusion and wrap up.

[57:59] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

https://www.youtube.com/c/weddingphotographypodcast — YouTube channel.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — Instagram page

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode48 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

 

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97. Become A Successful Wedding Photographer By Helping Me To Help You
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EPISODE #47: PATREON: HELP ME, HELP YOU BECOME A SUCCESSFUL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Turning negative frustrations into a positive resource can be the key to success. 

I hang my business “hat” on two principles: quality photography and exceptional customer service.

A more personable approach is key in successfully connecting with your audience. 

The reality of not having enough time has led to a fork in the road.

Patreon: is this something for you?

The reward levels of Patreon are suited to individual commitments and requirements.

Patreon allows patrons to have access to exclusive content, down to the nitty-gritty details.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:28] Introduction to the episode topic.

[1:36] Housekeeping items and updates.

[2:48] Announcing the new Wedding Photography Podcast YouTube channel.

[4:29] Sharing a review and a comment from listeners.

[7:33] Premise and context of episode topic.

[12:54] Discussing key teaching points of this podcast show.

[18:02] Overview of listener feedback and suggestions.

[27:13] Understanding the restrictions of time and expense.

[31:13] An overview of Patreon.

[36:12] Understanding the rewards of the Patreon membership.

[47:18] Discussing how Patreon will help me to help you.

[50:09] Episode recap. [52:39] Conclusion and wrap-up.

[55:31] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

https://www.youtube.com/c/weddingphotographypodcast — YouTube channel.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode47 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

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98. In Wedding Photography There Is No Such Thing As Overnight Success
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EPISODE #46: THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS OVERNIGHT SUCCESS IN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Questions from listeners. 

Patients and persistence go a long way in creating a successful business.

Success in wedding photography is found in a window of opportunity.

My photography story, and how continuous improvement are the key to personal success.

Building a wedding photography business requires both a time and monetary investment to grow.

Do not be misguided by the illusion of false hope in the wedding photography industry.

Your success is dependent on more than just time; other skills and factors can make a huge difference.

There is a fine line between giving your business too much time and not enough.

Investment in a mentor can expedite your journey to success.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:28] Introduction and welcome to episode 46.

[2:50] Review from a listener, the reason this podcast continued.

[4:21] Reading emails and questions from listeners.

[9:28] Premise and overview of episode topic.

[14:48] My personal wedding photography story.

[19:03] Discussing time and monetary investments.

[23:00] Describing the illusion and false hope of the industry.

[27:44] A practical example to tie together the points of this episode.

[30:50] Finding the line between too much time and not enough of it.

[33:43] Discussing ways to speed up the growth process.

[37:05] Conclusion and wrap-up.

[38:48] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — Podcast Instagram account.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode46 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

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99. Wedding Photography Tips To Stand Out From The Crowd And Grow Your Business
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EPISODE #45: IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST TAKE BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS ANYMORE

Building your portfolio takes persistence and a proactive approach to your career goals.

Considering a well-rounded approach to your wedding photography business can take it to new a level.

Understanding where your work falls on the spectrum can help you be realistic.

Building your brand and pricing strategy can convert inquiries into paying clientele.

Wearing multiple hats extends beyond prospective clients and carries through to the wedding day.

What are you next steps?

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction to episode 45 and overview.

[2:27] Sharing comments and messages from listeners.

[12:25] Overview and premise of today's topic.

[18:30] Discussing how to analyze your work on the spectrum.

[23:23] Understanding branding and pricing.

[26:27] Connecting valuable customer service with personality.

[32:17] Recommendation for plan of action.

[35:12] Conclusion and episode wrap up.

[37:25] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.onlyadayaway.com — our adventure travel blog and podcast.

https://www.instagram.com/henrychen1/ — my travel Instagram account.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — Podcast Instagram account.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode45 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

 

Subscribe and leave a rating and review on iTunes!



100. Tips For Wedding Photographers When Prospective Clients Do Not Respond
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EPISODE #44: WHY DON’T I EVER HEAR BACK FROM PROSPECTIVE BRIDES AND GROOMS?

The foundational elements of your existing brand can help launch your rebranding strategy.

Marketing your willingness to take on destination weddings can be a great first step towards landing those clients.

There are many reasons why prospective couples do not follow up, so don't take it personally.

Making a memorable first impression through email can be critical in getting a follow up response.

Prospective clients are always looking for the best value for their investment.

A clear call to action can turn an inquiry into a client.

Professional and considerate communication is a must, even when prospective clients are non-responsive.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction to the episode.

[4:50] Reading through reviews from listeners.

[9:32] Answering the first question from a listener about the rebranding process.

[14:12] Answering question two, how to land more destination weddings.

[19:18] Overview of the episode topic.

[24:55] The importance of email communication to booking prospective clients.

[29:24] Discussing the three main factors: pricing, style, and reputation.

[33:23] Understanding the impact of a call to action.

[37:36] What to do even after implementing all these tips.

[45:28] Conclusion of this episode.

[48:06] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.onlyadayaway.com — our adventure travel blog and podcast.

https://www.instagram.com/henrychen1/ — my travel Instagram account.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — Podcast Instagram account.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode44 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

 

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101. Growing Your Wedding Photography Business By Focusing On The Past, Present, And Future
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EPISODE #43: WORKING ON THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE AT THE SAME TIME

Being able to multi-task and wear multiple hats is critical in order to take your business to the next level.

Understanding time frame can help put into perspective the tasks for growing your business.

Examples of the past, present, and future mindset.

Personal examples of my wedding photography business.

Be conscientious and deliberate to change your mindset within.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:28] Introduction to episode 43, and episode overview.

[6:39] Premise for today's episode, and the critical skill of multi-tasking.

[9:52] Time frame; how to understand each task.

[13:20] Examples of the past, present, and future.

[23:20] Personal examples for my wedding photography business.

[29:22] How to have the mindset change within you for success.

[36:10] Wrap up of episode.

[37:27] Conclusion.

[39:45] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.onlyadayaway.com — our adventure travel blog and podcast.

https://www.instagram.com/henrychen1/ — my travel Instagram account.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — Podcast Instagram account.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode43 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www/weddingphotographypodcast.com/resources — resources page.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

 

Subscribe and leave a rating and review on iTunes!



102. Why You Have To Hustle Just To Get A Chance At Success
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EPISODE #42: WHY YOU HAVE TO HUSTLE JUST TO GET A CHANCE AT SUCCESS

How to deal with high maintenance clients, and knowing when it is not a good fit.

What to do if you do not hear back from couples after you have handed over their images.

So where did the idea of "hustle" come from?

What does it mean to me to hustle?

Specific examples of what it means to hustle as a wedding photographer.

Do no wait for the worst case scenario before hustling and giving it your all.

When is it time to look in the mirror and ask yourself the tough question: "Am I really good enough?"

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction to episode 42, and topic overview.

[5:52] Answering a question from a listener about when to refuse service.

[13:32] Answering another question, what to do if you do not hear back from clients.

[21:35] Discussing the topic at hand, the hustle mindset.

[26:02] Explaining what it means to hustle in a wedding photography business.

[29:28] Specific examples of what it means to hustle in wedding photography.

[41:06] Discussing how you have to give your all, before it's too late.

[46:05] Understanding the reality of whether or not wedding photography is for you.

[51:23] Conclusion.

[52:29] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.onlyadayaway.com — our adventure travel blog and podcast.

https://www.instagram.com/henrychen1/ — my travel Instagram account.

http://pixieset.com/ — Pixieset, online gallery system.

https://www.smugmug.com/ — SmugMug, alternative online gallery system.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — Podcast Instagram account.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode42 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/resources — resources page.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

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103. What does Google say about your wedding photography business?
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EPISODE #41: WHAT SHOWS UP WHEN A COUPLE GOOGLES MY BUSINESS NAME?

Sharing a clients email, and understanding how we can all get "a piece of the pie".

The premise; why is it so important to define your business search, especially in this tech age.

The importance of first impressions. 

Putting your best foot forward and prompting past clients for reviews can lead to your success.

You cannot simply do everything, so the key is to prioritize and find your focus.

Use the tools available to avoid sending prospective clients into a "dead end".

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction of episode 41, and updates.

[1:57] House-keeping things, and episode overview.

[6:38] Sharing of a listeners email.

[10:19] Premise and why SEO results matter.

[14:08] The importance of first impressions and reviews.

[26:23] Understanding how to prioritize and focus on the most important things.

[30:49] Discussing how to avoid creating a dead end for prospective clients.

[36:44] Conclusion and episode wrap-up.

[38:39] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.onlyadayaway.com — our adventure travel blog and podcast.

https://www.instagram.com/henrychen1/ — my travel Instagram account.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com/jobs — current job positions with Aevitas Weddings.

https://www.weddingwire.com/biz/aevitas-weddings/d3d52c211e50d469.html — WeddingWire.

https://www.facebook.com/aevitasweddings — Facebook fan page.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/aevitas-weddings-los-angeles-4 — Yelp listing.

https://www.theknot.com/marketplace/aevitas-weddings-alhambra-ca-959400 — The Knot.

http://www.modwedding.com/tag/aevitas-weddings/ — MODwedding feature.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — Podcast Instagram account.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode41 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/resources — resources page.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

 

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104. Wedding Photography Post Production Workflow Tips And Tricks
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EPISODE #40: WEDDING POST PRODUCTION TIPS AND TRICKS WITH LEON SANDOVAL OF ESSENTIALEDIT

Background on Leon Sandoval from EssentialEdit.

Find out more about Leon Sandoval and EssentialEdit:

Advice for starting photographers and when to outsource. 

The toughest thing about being a photographer is a lack of time to perfect your editing skills.

Three key points of advice; do not get caught in the rabbit holes of time-wasters.

Perfect your behind the camera skills to cut down on the post production work required.

Hard deadlines can benefit photographers, and increase client satisfaction.

Tips for photographers who are unwilling to "give up" the creative process by outsourcing.

Final thoughts and encouragements from Leon.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:28] Introduction of episode 40.

[7:12] Welcoming Leon Sandoval, start of interview.

[13:58] Advice to photographers starting out.

[17:22] Understanding the time limitations and how that impacts your editing skills.

[19:10] Discussing the three points of advice for new photographers.

[34:00] Discussing the importance of improving your camera skills.

[37:53] Understanding how photographers can benefit from having a hard deadline.

[42:53] Tips for photographers who struggle to trust others with the editing process.

[54:34] Finals thoughts from Leon.

[1:02:02] More information about EssentialEdit, Leon's company.

[1:06:13] Episode wrap up, after interview.

[1:09:47] Conclusion.

[1:10:50] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.onlyadayaway.com — our adventure travel blog and podcast.

https://www.instagram.com/henrychen1/ — my travel Instagram account.

http://www.essentialedit.com/ — Leon Sandoval’s company website.

https://www.instagram.com/essentialedit/ — EssentialEdit’s Instagram account.

leon@essentialedit.com — direct email for Leon.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com/contact — contact form for wedding photography website.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — Podcast Instagram account.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode40 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/resources — resources page.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

 

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105. Wedding Photography Questions And Answers
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EPISODE #39: ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS PART 1

Where you spend the majority of your time will determine your success in life.

Let your wedding photography business be the engine to your life.

Treating others the way you want to be treated can create an exceptional customers service experience.

When starting from scratch, networking and building genuine connections are key.

Road maps: will they be making a comeback?

Pick equipment based on their ability to allow you to get the outcome you desire.

How do you deal with a difficult bride, post-wedding?

Practice makes perfect; get prepared well ahead of time.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction to episode 39.

[1:59] Discussing the importance of where you dedicate your time.

[5:52] Understanding how your wedding photography business can fuel your hobbies.

[7:38] Overview of today's episode.

[8:39] First question from Gary; creating exceptional customer service.

[17:11] Vince and Gary's question answered; how to start from scratch.

[20:59] Answering Gary's third question; which lens combinations are best for weddings.

[30:08] Stee's question; how to deal with a difficult bride post-wedding.

[37:28] Ryan's question; tips for directing couples for poses.

[43:57] Conclusion and episode wrap up.

[45:56] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com/contact — contact form for wedding photography jobs.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — podcast Instagram account.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/contact — podcast contact page.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode39 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www/weddingphotographypodcast.com/resources — resources page.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

http://www.garylun.com — Atlanta wedding photographer.

 

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106. Wedding Photography Tips To Prepare You To Photograph Weddings
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EPISODE #38: HOW DO I KNOW WHEN OR IF I'M EVER READY TO PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS?

You have to be your own self-motivation, and have the discipline to gain experience.

Utilize your strengths and build your reputation to draw in prospective clients.

You cannot wait for the “magical miracle” to jump-start your business.

What if you're not progressing anywhere?

When is enough enough?

Reassessing your progress can be absolutely critical for reaching your goals.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction to episode 38.

[7:07] Overview of today's topic.

[8:21] The importance of self-motivation.

[12:17] Understanding how to build your reputation.

[22:46] Discussing why waiting for the magical moment is holding you back.

[28:41] How to be real about your lack of progression.

[32:30] Knowing when enough is enough.

[37:38] Goal setting, and understanding the importance of reassessing your progress.

[44:14] Wrap up of the episode and conclusion.

[47:47] Coming up on future episodes.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com/contact — contact form for wedding photography website.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — Podcast Instagram account.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode38 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www/weddingphotographypodcast.com/resources — resources page.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

 

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107. How To Run A Full-Time Wedding Photography Business With A Family
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EPISODE #37: BALANCING A FAMILY WHILE RUNNING A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS WITH COCO MCKOWN PHOTOGRAPHY 

A history about today's guest, Coco McKown.

Getting to know Coco and her journey from bride to wedding photographer.

How to know when you can start making a living out of wedding photography.

Having loved ones support you and believe in you can propel your wedding photography business forward.

A change of perspective; create relationships and be professional and kind.

The wedding day positives and challenges for a wedding photographer. 

Juggling life, and prioritizing your schedule is an evolution.

Tangible tips for aspiring and new wedding photographers.

Inspiration for new photographers; a confidence boost from shooting a VIP event with the Vice President.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:30] Introduction and housekeeping things.

[4:14] History about our guest, Coco McKown.

[6:54] Start of the interview and introduction of Coco McKown.

[17:55] Understanding when your wedding photography business can be profitable.

[23:00] The importance of having a support system.

[31:57] Perspective change, and tips for beginners.

[36:49] The positives and challenges of a wedding day.

[44:31] Discussing how to prioritize your schedule.

[50:36] Tangible tips for new wedding photographers to implement.

[56:41] Inspiration from shooting a VIP event.

[1:03:07] Wrap up of interview.

[1:06:48] What's next for Coco?

[1:11:36] Conclusion and highlights from the interview.

[1:17:14] Wrapping up the episode.

[1:18:42] Coming up on future episodes of the Wedding Photography Podcast.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.cocomckown.com/ — Coco McKown’s wedding photography website.

http://www.facebook.com/cocomckownphotography — Coco’s Facebook business page.

http://www.instagram.com/cocomckownphoto — Coco’s Instagram.

http://www.pixalien.com — Pix Alien Coco’s website designers.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/contact— contact form for wedding photography website.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — Podcast Instagram account.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode37 — direct link to today’s episode.

http://www/weddingphotographypodcast.com/resources — resources page.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes. 

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108. How A Bridal Couple Transitions From Complete Strangers To Paying Clients
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EPISODE #36: GOING FROM COMPLETE STRANGERS TO HAVING A COUPLE BOOK YOU

Answering specific wedding photography questions from listeners.

Do not get caught in the micro details; remember the main goal.

Building your reputation and strengthening referral relationships can open opportunities for your wedding photography business. 

Setting up a client meeting; pros and cons of different meeting locations.

"Sealing the deal" without being too pushy.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction and updates.

[5:07] Overview of the episode topic.

[6:58] Answering questions from listeners.

[15:25] Discussing the micro goals versus the macro one.

[20:02] Understanding how clients find you and how to make a first impression.

[24:05] Examples of tracing the source of your clients.

[31:29] Learning how to set up a client meeting.

[35:43] How to convince the couple to book you, and seal the deal.

[41:35] Wrapping up the episode.

[43:42] Conclusion.

[45:24] Coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.onlyadayaway.com — my adventure travel blog.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com/contact — contact form for wedding photography website.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — Podcast Instagram account.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode36 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/resources — resources page.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

 

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109. Top 10 Ways A Wedding Photographer Can Validate Themselves
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EPISODE #35: TOP 10 WAYS TO VALIDATE YOURSELF AS A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER.

There is more to wedding photography than being a photographer: reflecting on an email from a listener.

The chaos and perks on the battlefield of being a wedding photographer.

Validating yourself as a wedding photographer: the top 10 list.

Overview of the "Top 10 Ways to Validate Yourself as a Wedding Photographer" list:

Produce high quality work.

Display a higher quantity and range of work.

Have a professional website and logo/brand.

Increase the number of reviews you have online.

Get your work featured in wedding publications.

Establish a strong background in wedding photography.

Seek out awards and recognitions.

Network in organizations and associations.

Host workshops, classes or seminars.

Have a strong social media presence.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction to episode 35, and updates.

[9:15] Reflecting upon an email from a listener.

[13:40] Understanding the freedom of being a wedding photographer.

[16:43] Discussing the top 10 ways to validate yourself as a wedding photographer.

[41:43] Overview of the list of top 10 ways to validation.

[42:47] Wrapping up the episode.

[44:53] Conclusion.

[46:40] Coming up next time.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — Podcast Instagram account.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode35 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www/weddingphotographypodcast.com/resources — resources page.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

 

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110. Lessons Learned After My Camera Equipment Was Stolen At A Wedding
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EPISODE #34: THAT ONE TIME I HAD MY CAMERA EQUIPMENT STOLEN AT A WEDDING  

How the wedding day excitement and atmosphere creates a perfect opportunity for thieves. 

The story: that one time I had my camera equipment stolen at a wedding.

Lessons learned from having my camera equipment stolen.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction to the episodes, and updates.

[4:42] Premise and overview about episode topic.

[8:32] The full story of how my camera equipment got stolen.

[30:47] Lessons learned from having my equipment stolen.

[44:43] Conclusion and episode wrap up.

[46:45] Discussion on what's coming up on future episodes.  

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

http://www.onlyadayaway.com — my adventure travel blog!

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — new Instagram account.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode34 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www/weddingphotographypodcast.com/resources — resources page.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

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111. 12 Tips For Making A Career Change Into Wedding Photography
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EPISODE #33: POSSIBLE CAREER CHANGE INTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY? HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER.

Introduction to the topic of transitioning into full-time wedding photography.

Answering a question from a listener; how to optimize your workflow and save time.

Am I really going to do wedding photography full-time? 12 important questions to consider before making the transition.

List of things to consider before doing wedding photography full-time:

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

http://www.onlyadayaway.com — my adventure travel blog!

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — new Instagram account.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com — the new podcast website.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode33 — direct link to today’s episode.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www/weddingphotographypodcast.com/resources — resources page.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

 

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112. Wedding Day Tips On Working With Wedding Planners
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EPISODE #32: WEDDING DAY TIPS WITH PLANNER EXTRAORDINAIRE NOZZA STUDIO

Wedding photographers and wedding planners work hand-in-hand together.

A little bit more about Trini Leon.

Lessons learned from expanding a business in the wedding industry.

Why it's important to have a wedding planner when it comes to wedding photography.

The importance of chemistry and working with vendors you can trust.

Critical traits of wedding photographers that make them attractive to the wedding coordinator's team.

Why it is critical for wedding photographers to think beyond the wedding day.

Tips for the bride and groom if they do not have a wedding coordinator.

How to build relationships and get referrals from other wedding vendors.

Connecting with clients means connecting with your brand.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction to the 32nd episode.

[1:35] Background on our guest, Trini Leon, and what she will share today.

[5:25] Start of the interview.

[7:41] Introduction and more detail about our guest.

[11:41] Trini's tips on expanding her wedding planning business.

[17:19] Discussion one why it is important to hire a wedding coordinator.

[20:42] Why working with vendors you can trust makes a big difference.

[24:05] Discussing specific beneficial traits critical to wedding photographers.

[28:10] Advice to wedding photographers to think beyond the wedding day.

[32:11] Recommendations to upcoming brides and grooms.

[36:11] Tips on how to get referrals from other wedding vendors.

[43:55] Connecting with Nozza Studio, and the personality of the brand.

[49:13] Wrap up of the interview.

[50:14] Final comments on the interview.

[55:54] Coming up on future episodes.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website.

http://www.nozzastudio.com — website for our podcast guest, Trini Leon.

https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — new Instagram account.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

 

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113. Wedding Photography Tips For Working On Your Business Versus Working In It
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EPISODE #31: WORKING ON YOUR BUSINESS VERSUS WORKING IN YOUR BUSINESS

Updates and news from my life.

Are you a prisoner of your own business?

How to recognize if you are on a hamster wheel, not going anywhere with your business.

You want to always have control of your business, not the other way around.

When you are caught up in the busy-ness, you are only seeing the trees and not the forest beyond them.

A few extra hours can change your entire business.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:28] Introduction and shout outs to my listeners.

[2:59] Update on what's been happening.

[5:05] Discussing why you feel like a prisoner of your business.

[7:20] Understanding how to notice that your business is not growing.

[18:20] Explaining why it's important to have control.

[24:07] Difference between working in your business and on it.

[30:13] How outsourcing can create time for you to work on your business.

[33:44] Conclusion and feedback reminders.

[37:02] Coming up on future episodes.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company website. https://www.instagram.com/weddingphotographypodcast/ — new Instagram account. http://www.onlyadayaway.com — my adventure travel website. http://www.onlyadayaway.com/podcast — subscribe to the podcast here. http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com — the new podcast website. http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode31 — show notes to Episode #31. weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact. http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes. http://www.nozzastudio.com/blog/ — website for next week’s podcast interview guest.

 

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114. What To Do If A Couple Gives You A Wedding Photo Shot List
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EPISODE #30: WHAT IF I’M GIVEN A PHOTO SHOT LIST FROM MY COUPLE?

As a wedding photographer, take a step back from your work and focus on serving your clients.

So what do the bride and groom really mean when they give you a shot list?

Tips on communicating with your bride and groom regarding their "shot list".

Should you even be upset about the shot list?

Plan ahead; use a wedding photography questionnaire as a cheat sheet to replace a shot list.

What if they come to you with a shot list before they’ve even booked you?

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[0:27] Introduction to the 30th episode of the Wedding Photography Podcast

[1:35] Shout out to one of my listeners, a past groom of mine.

[2:31] Reading the review from Kevin, about this podcast.

[4:01] Recap of what's been happening in the last couple of days and weeks.

[6:46] Discuss the importance of serving your clients first.

[11:25] Tips on communicating with the bride and groom about their shot list.

[16:33] Should we really be upset?

[22:29] How to turn a questionnaire into a wedding day cheat sheet.

[30:57] Discussing when it's best to turn away a prospective client.

[37:52] Conclusion and wrap up.

[40:29] Coming up on future episodes.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/episode30 — show notes to Episode #30.

weddingphotographypodcast@gmail.com — direct email contact.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

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115. A Wedding Photography Experience In India Capturing My Most Challenging But Rewarding Wedding
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EPISODE #29: THE MOST CHALLENGING BUT REWARDING WEDDING I'VE EVER PHOTOGRAPHED

Every wedding certainly is challenging, and every wedding is rewarding.

The story: a dinner hangout that lead to a wedding inIndia.

What is a visa?

Discovering India and meeting the bride and groom.

The pre-wedding photoshoot, Mehndi, and Sangeet celebration.

The big day, and our journey back to NewDelhi.

Expect the unexpected.

The biggest challenge of all: fighting the crowds atIndia Gate.

The home stretch: getting to the reception.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:.

Outline of this episode:

[00:30] Welcome note and an update on what I've been up to recently.

[05:28] Break down of certain challenges that you face as a wedding photographer.

[07:48] The story of my most challenging but rewarding wedding I've ever photographed.

[13:21] The logistics of visiting and working in India.

[16:40] Landing in India, and the travel experience.

[20:07] Arriving at Neemrana Fort Palace, and finally meeting the bride and groom.

[23:31] Describing the big day, and all the pre-wedding activities.

[29:14] The journey back to New Delhi for the big day.

[35:17] Discussing the challenges and how important it is to expect the unexpected.

[41:09] Facing the challenge of photographing the couple at India Gate.

[44:06] The journey to the reception, how I completely zonked out on the way over there.

[52:39] Conclusion and wrap up of this episode.

[54:16] Reminders and information about this episode.

[55:21] Coming up next time!

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com — the new podcast website.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/resources —new resources page on the site.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes— direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

http://www.onlyadayaway.com/podcast — brand new travel podcast hosted by my wife and I.

 

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116. Wedding Photography Business Common Trends From Local Photographers
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EPISODE #28: WHAT I LEARNED FROM RECENT MEETINGS WITH LOCAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Side note: a brand new travel podcast called Only A Day Away, and a recent website facelift. 

Follow up to "Jason's" story: client relations is integral to having a successful wedding shoot.

To remove the awkward moments, it is paramount to build a rapport with your clients, especially as the second shooter.

Honesty, and understanding what you are comfortable with, builds trust.

The vision for Aevitas Weddings and how new team members will make it come to life.

Common trends from local photographers in the wedding photography business.

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[00:26] Welcome and introduction to a new episode in a brand new month.

[01:58] Discussing what's been happening the last couple of weeks, including a new podcast launch.

[02:49] The podcast website facelift, and what new information you can find there.

[04:09] Overview of the episode.

[05:23] Reading through a follow up email to "Jason's" story.

[10:10] Break down of the most important aspects of being a second shooter.

[16:55] How honesty creates and builds trust in a working/client relationship

[20:31] Overview of the rebranding of Aevitas Weddings.

[25:23] The "meat" of this episode and what I learned during my interviews with local photographers.

[36:29] Conclusion of the common trends.

[37:15] Episode wrap up and reminders.

[40:00] Coming up on future episodes.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company.

http://www.weddingphotojobs.com — my wedding photography company job positions.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com — the new podcast website.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/resources — new resources page on the site.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/contact — the new contact page.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com/itunes — direct link to leave a review on iTunes.

http://www.onlyadayaway.com/podcast — brand new travel podcast hosted by my wife and I.

 

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117. The Similarities In Working Out And Wedding Photography
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EPISODE #27: THE SIMILARITIES IN WORKING OUT AND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

A story from a listener, and what it means to have a humble mindset when pursuing your true passion.

Feedback on Larry's message to other photographers: the importance of honesty and being up front.

Recent trends in hiring additional help and assistants in wedding photography.

What are the similarities between working out and running a wedding photography business?

Conclusion:

Coming up on future episodes:

Outline of this episode:

[00:26] Introduction of a brand new episode and a recap from the past week.

[01:24] Break down of the main points, and how I came up with the title of today's episode.

[02:49] Kicking off the podcast with a story from a listener, "Larry".

[07:29] Reading out and discussing Larry's message to other wedding photographers.

[09:53] Feedback and advice on how to reach out to lead photographers.

[15:22] Discussing trends in wedding photography when hiring second shooters/assistants.

[20:49] Review of main reasons why I wanted to commit to a healthy lifestyle.

[26:30] Breaking down the similarities between working out and wedding photography.

[45:06] Summary and wrap up of the similarities between working out and wedding photography.

[45:53] Conclusion of the episode with more detail about how to apply to work with me.

[48:17] Coming up next, and a cliffhanger for future episodes.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingphotojobs.com - my wedding photography company job positions.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com — my wedding photography company.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com — the new podcast website.

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118. Real Life Wedding Photography Story From A Listener
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EPISODE #26: I'M BACK! PODCAST NAME CHANGE AND STORY FROM A LISTENER.

What’s been happening the past couple of weeks, and how I’ve been spending my time during this three week hiatus from the podcast.

Why I’m back and what to expect going forward, as the podcast continues to grow.

Why the name change?

A real life wedding photography story of a listener's feedback and how it adds value to the podcast.

Answering Jason’s questions: advice on how to take the leap, and what to do to prepare for the transition.

Changes for the future and coming up on future episodes: 

Outline of this episode: 

[0:30] Introduction to the first episode after a three week hiatus.

[1:42] Breakdown of the four main points for this episode.

[4:43] Why the name change, and what to expect going forward.

[7:21] Detailed discussion about the name change of the podcast.

[10:23] Start of the bulk of the episode.

[11:48] Reading of the email from a new listener.

[15:31] Addressing the questions from "Jason's" email in detail.

[26:29] Wrapping up the episode, and final conclusions.

[29:03] Sharing Jason's following up email, and his thoughts on the podcast.

[33:24] Conclusion and thank you for continuing to be a listener.

[36:31] Coming up, a new episode about how similar working out and wedding photography are. 

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.aevitasweddings.com/jobs/ - my wedding photography company job positions.

http://www.weddingphotographypodcast.com - the new podcast website.

http://www.onlyadayaway.com - my other passion, travel!

 

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119. Changes To Improve Your Wedding Photography Business
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EPISODE #25: WHY I'M NOT ABLE TO GET MY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS OFF THE GROUND

Today's quote:

Financial and real-life reasons a person might struggle to get their wedding photography business off the ground.

You may find in yourself personality traits and insecurities that could stand in the way of your success in the wedding photography business.

There is admittedly a lot to starting and running your own wedding photography business, but DO NOT GET OVERWHELMED!

What changes might you need to make to help achieve success with your wedding photography business?

Outline of this episode:

[00:42] Introduction to this final (for now) episode.

[06:45] Examination of a few things keeping one’s business from taking off.

[08:30] A couple of financial reasons people have a hard time succeeding in their businesses.

[15:55] How family obligations and fear of failure and personality can stand in your way.

[23:44] Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by the amount of options out there or by the business side of your work.

[30:15] Tell me if there are other reasons I didn’t cover here.

[35:35] This is not goodbye for good; a bit about my professional history.

[39:20] Today’s inspirational quote.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.onlyadayaway.com - my other passion, travel!

http://www.weddingphotographybusinessplan.com - receive a road map tailored to your business and lifestyle.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com - my wedding photography company.

 

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120. Applying Engineering To My Wedding Photography Business
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EPISODE #24: WHAT I LEARNED FROM BEING AN ENGINEER AND HOW I'VE APPLIED IT TO MY BUSINESS

Today's quote: 

Having a “big picture” view and keeping goals in sight have helped me realize success in my wedding photography business.

Learning how to work within a team environment is crucial to the success of any wedding photography business.

Improve your presentation skills, and your presence, for the benefit of your wedding photography business.

Outline of this episode:

[00:29] Introduction to this episode and asking for feedback again.

[06:20] What I’m doing with these podcasts is not working, so my next one will be the last for now.

[11:00] How our prior professions influence our wedding photography business.

[14:35] Quick background on my educational background.

[17:01] Having a “big picture” view of my business and looking at goals first.

[23:58] Learning to work in a team environment and to present your ideas well.

[28:33] Being able to work efficiently and systematically is crucial to success.

[32:35] Today’s inspirational quote.

[36:10] Conclusion and looking ahead to the final episode.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.onlyadayaway.com - my other passion, travel!

http://www.weddingphotographybusinessplan.com - receive a road map tailored to your business and lifestyle.

http://www.aevitasweddings.com - my wedding photography company.

 

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121. How To Sell Yourself As A Full-Time Wedding Photographer
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EPISODE #23: HOW TO STAND OUT FROM THE COMPETITION PART 2

Today's quote:

When you are convinced that what you offer is yours, whether it be mediocre or of standard quality, your originality will make people love you in a way you did not expect. - Michael Bassey Johnson

When it comes to price, most of us fall into the category of being a mid-range wedding photographer.

Let your prospective clients get to know you from your website and other promotional materials. It’s key to your success as a full-time wedding photographer!

Outline of this episode:

[00:30] Introduction and welcome to this episode.

[05:10] I’m working harder to stay in touch with colleagues and keep caught up.

[11:33] Question to my listeners, looking for feedback.

[15:44] How pricing plays into your ability to stand out from the competition.

[21:10] The #1 way to make your business stand out when price is involved.

[31:20] Personality plays a huge part in making your business stand out.

[35:40] How do you show potential clients your personality before they meet you?

[41:15] Make your personality shine through on your about page.

[45:03] Summary of these past two podcasts on standing out from the competition.

[47:12] Today's inspirational quote.

[51:20] Conclusion and how to contact me, as well as what lies ahead in future episodes.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.onlyadayaway.com - my other passion, travel!

http://www.weddingphotographybusinessplan.com - receive a road map tailored to your business and lifestyle.

 

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122. Stand out from the crowd for success in wedding photography!
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EPISODE #22: HOW TO STAND OUT FROM THE COMPETITION PART 1

Today's quote:

Get brides and grooms to contact YOU for maximal success in wedding photography!

Knowing your own wedding photography style is the first step toward success in wedding photography.

Competition in the wedding photography field has gone up a lot since I started, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find success in wedding photography.

Know your competitors in the wedding photography business; you can both work together and help each other out.

Outline of this episode:

[00:44] Introduction to this episode.

[03:35] Plug for my separate project on travel, http://www.onlyadayaway.com.

[09:21] The bottom line is the need to book weddings, and therefore the need to stand out from the competition.

[12:30] You can either be a good photographer or a cheap one.

[16:02] It’s okay not to be absolutely perfect, just get your best foot out there!

[21:20] YOU are unique and will make you stand out, but balance that with marketing yourself wisely.

[24:39] Can you afford not to stand out from the competition?

[33:10] In order to stand out, you need to know who you’re standing out from.

[41:33] How much the quality and style of your photography plays into how well you stand out.

[53:32] Marketing to clients who are the right audience for your style.

[1:2:16] Looking ahead and today’s inspiration quote.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.onlyadayaway.com - my other passion, travel!

http://www.weddingphotographybusinessplan.com - receive a road map tailored to your business and lifestyle.

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123. Financial advice to help set up your wedding photography business!
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EPISODE #21: 3PS OF THE BUSINESS: PHOTOGRAPHY, PRICING, AND PERSONALITY PART 2

Today's quote:

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. - Confucius

Your wedding photography business is not just a hobby, it’s a business: you need it to realize a profit and make you a good living!

Pricing includes things like licensing and insurance, both of which have to be given careful consideration when you set up your wedding photography business.

Investing wisely in your wedding photography business is investing in your future!

Market your wedding photography business wisely, weighing your costs against the payoffs.

Outline of this episode:

[00:30] Welcome and introduction to this episode.

[02:12] An explanation of my website’s current situation and what lies ahead.

[08:41] Overview of the pricing and personality aspects of my business.

[10:50] Discussion of the pricing aspect of the business.

[19:05] Savings, investing, and medical insurance are important considerations for self-employed persons.

[27:40] Marketing your business in ways that pay off: advertising and publications.

[36:25] The personality aspect of your business and the importance of being who you are.

[42:07] It’s important to consider client experience through the three of the Ps.

[52:12] Conclusion and how to implement some of the insight discussed in this podcast.

[59:50] Topics to come: how to stand out from the crowd and things I learned from being an engineer that has helped in my current business.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingphotographybusinessplan.com - receive a road map tailored to your business and lifestyle.

http://www.weddingwire.com

http://www.yelp.com

Complete Works of Confucius

 

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124. The Three Ps Of Your Wedding Photography Business
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EPISODE #20: 3PS OF THE BUSINESS: PHOTOGRAPHY, PRICING, AND PERSONALITY PART 1

Today's quote:

The first of the three Ps of your wedding photography business: Photography

The four subsets of the huge “photography” category.

The other, equally important Ps: Pricing and Personality

Branding: What kind of image does your business have?

Outline of this episode:

[00:33] Introduction to this episode.

[06:35] Wearing the photographer hat is only part of the business.

[08:15] Overview of the three Ps of this business.

[16:10] The importance of breaking your business tasks down into manageable chunks.

[23:20] Four subsets of the first P, photography.

[30:33] Branding: how your brand and image tie into all three Ps.

[36:50] How my personality evolved into the brand I needed to run my business.

[41:16] The importance of continued education in building your business.

[43:01] Topics to come: Client experience and the wedding day itself.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingphotographybusinessplan.com - receive a road map tailored to your business and lifestyle.

Perk Up Your Profits by Marcus Buckingham

 

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125. Part 2 Of The Wedding Photographer’s Wedding Day Wishes
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EPISODE #19: TOP 10 THINGS I WISH I COULD SAY AND DO ON A WEDDING DAY PART 2

Today's quote:

The portraits are more than a “point and shoot” moment.

Family photo headaches are common on the wedding day.

What I wish the waiter staff could understand.

What are you going to do to take action on these tips?

Outline of this episode:

[00:44] Introduction to this episode.

[01:40] What I’ve been going through in the past few months and how it’s impacted my business.

[07:03] How this podcast started and what I’m doing to fulfill that now.

[09:40] Quick summary of part 1 of this topic.

[10:24] A reminder about why I’m talking about what I wish I could say on the wedding day.

[14:23] I wish I could explain that the portraits are not the hard part, there’s so much more.

[18:43] Time is something I wish I could create (for more portrait shooting).

[23:50] I’d love to be able to arrange the “first look” with the right setting and timing.

[27:08] Why can’t I have a bit more control over the extended family photo process?

[40:50] I’d love to tell the waiters at the reception to be aware of the photographs being taken.

[48:30] I’d love a way to communicate better when the music is blaring at the reception or something important is happening.

[51:05] It would be great if I could give some suggestions about when the vendors could eat.

[55:25] I wish I could block out time to take a break periodically on the wedding day.

[58:30] Why these “wishes” are important to me and the way I serve on the wedding day.

[59:07] My “take action” suggestions.

[1:00:04] Today’s inspirational quote.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingphotographybusinessplan.com – receive a road map tailored to your business and lifestyle.

 

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126. What Wedding Photographers Wish They Could Say At On A Wedding Day
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EPISODE #18: TOP 10 THINGS I WISH I COULD SAY AND DO ON A WEDDING DAY PART 1

Today's quote:

The 4 main parts of the wedding day.

I don’t mind others taking pictures too, but can I get mine first?

If there’s tension in the room. I wish I could help relieve it.

Can we talk about the best time to begin those outdoor weddings?

Outline of this episode:

[00:40] Welcome to this episode of the podcast.

[01:38] Introduction to this episode’s topic regarding wedding day situations.

[04:33] My motive in publishing this episode.

[09:36] Things relating to the hair and make-up artists.

[14:31] Issues relating to handling the bride’s dress.

[17:43] Could we find a magical housekeeper to tidy things up?

[21:12] Why can’t we go back in time to fix some key issues?

[27:35] I wish I could talk about the tension in the room that sometime exists.

[32:24] Things I wish I could say during the ceremony.

[34:52] What I’d like to say about the start time of the wedding.

[37:29] I wish I could ask the participants to take a little more time.

[40:18] Wouldn’t it be great if the photographer could be invisible?

[43:20] I’d like to communicate with guests about their position during the ceremony.

[51:09] The “take action” steps for you from this podcast.

[52:58] Today’s inspirational quote.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingphotographybusinessplan.com – receive a road map tailored to your business and lifestyle.

 

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127. How To Be The Perfect Second Shooter - Part 2
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EPISODE #17: HOW TO BE THE PERFECT SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER PART 2

Today's quote:

If you want opportunities working as a second photographer, you need to go find them.

If you’re going to reach out to vendors and forums, you need to do it the right way.

How you can get shooting opportunities at non-wedding events.

Some of the practical things you should and should not do as a second shooter.

Outline of this episode:

[00:40] Introduction to this episode about being a second photographer at weddings.

[00:57] Did you meet your January goals?

[40:10] Why I share the details of what’s going on in the rest of my life.

[04:55] What you can expect in this episode about being a second photographer.

[05:54] How you can find opportunities being a second shooter.

[07:10] How to make the most of the opportunities on forums.

[11:00] How to reach out to wedding vendors and resource sites.

[17:00] Other photography opportunities that can help you move toward second shooting gigs.

[22:10] The Dos and Don’ts of being a perfect second photographer.

[31:00] How a main shooter should think of working with a second shooter.

[37:15] Today’s “take action” steps.

[38:15] Today’s inspirational quote.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.bestweddingportfolio.com – get my free ebook on building your wedding photography portfolio!

http://www.fredmiranda.com – how I found a handful of second shooting opportunities.

http://www.digitalweddingforum.com – another forum where I found second shooting gigs.

 

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128. How To Be The Perfect Second Photographer - Part 1
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EPISODE #16: HOW TO BE THE PERFECT SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER PART 1

Today's quote:

Why I think it’s important to understand the role of a second photographer.

The benefits of working as a second photographer at weddings.

But there are some cons to working alongside an experienced wedding photographers.

Why my goal is to help upcoming wedding photographers become full-time on their own.

Outline of this episode:

[00:41] Introduction to this episode about being a second photographer for weddings.

[02:44] A “secret” project I’m working on that I’ll be sharing with you soon.

[03:25] What I mean by being a second photographer for weddings.

[08:10] Getting opportunities by being a second shooter at weddings.

[10:44] Why being a second photographer could be the only way to build a portfolio.

[13:05] The things you can learn by being a second shooter at weddings.

[18:30] Is second shooting only for photographers who are starting out?

[22:26] My story on second shooting.

[29:45] The power of being persistent to find second shooting work.

[30:30] My slow game from the beginning: make your business about helping others.

[35:40] The thing that pushed me over the edge to become a full-time wedding photographer.

[40:22] How you can take action on what you’ve heard.

[41:30] Today’s inspirational quote.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.bestweddingportfolio.com - get my free ebook on building your wedding photography portfolio!

http://www.weddingphotographybusinessplan.com – receive a road map tailored to your business and lifestyle.

http://www.fredmiranda.com - how I found a handful of second shooting opportunities.

http://www.digitalweddingforum.com - another forum where I found second shooting gigs.

http://www.craigslist.org - if all else fails, look on Craigslist!

 

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129. Wedding Photographers: You Need A Great Website And Logo
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EPISODE #15: THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A QUALITY WEBSITE AND LOGO

Today's quote:

Do you understand the importance of a great website to represent you as a wedding photographer?

Quality matters when it comes to your photography website.

And don’t forget about the logo!

In the end, your website will represent the kind of wedding photographer you are.

Outline of this episode:

[00:39] Introduction to this episode about websites and logos.

[01:04] The current happenings in my life, at our new place and moving forward.

[02:20] A hypothetical situation: a couple searching for a wedding photographer.

[05:39] What happens when you don’t have a quality website?

[08:09] Why your website could make all the difference in your business.

[11:00] How do you get a couple to pay you to capture their special day when they don’t know you?

[18:19] The importance that everything is mobile-friendly.

[20:24] Why wedding photographers need to think down the road about their site.

[22:09] How your logo fits into your website and brand.

[27:56] My experience with figuring out websites and logos for my business.

[40:00] My fears and how I was able to forward.

[43:00] How you can make the best choice: the resources are out there.

[46:01] Steps you can take to get your website adjusted or improved.

[51:05] Today’s inspirational quote.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingwire.com

http://www.theknot.com

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130. When life interrupts your wedding photography business.
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EPISODE #14: WE FINALLY MOVED! STARTING A NEW CHAPTER IN MY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS.

Today's quote:

Life can throw you call kinds of curveballs. How will you handle them?

Learning to be flexible is one of the greatest lessons.

Why the toughest part of my day is not the actual work.

What do you do when things go wrong?

Outline of this episode:

[00:44] Introduction to this episode about the changes going on in my business.

[01:10] And update on our situation: the move is over and I’m settling into a new space.

[04:32] Rebranding the company and the goals I have for it.

[06:22] The personal difficulties could cause you to lose hope, but hang in there.

[11:07] The toughest part of my day is not the actual work.

[15:53] Today’s inspirational quote.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.learnfromhenry.com - see my products and subscribe to my email list!

learnfromhenry@gmail.com - shoot me an email!

 

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131. How To Treat Your Wedding Photography Business Like A Business
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EPISODE #13: TREATING YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS...LIKE A BUSINESS!

Today's quote:

Do you have goals for your business?

Do you have financial goals for your wedding photography business?

Is there a foundation of commitment underneath your business?

What is slowing you down or standing in the way of your business becoming successful?

Outline of this episode:

[00:24] My introduction to this episode.

[03:24] Always something to think about with your business.

[06:07] What did you get done this week? What are your next 3 goals?

[08:00] Why you need to be thinking about working on your business year round.

[09:33] What are your financial goals? Do you have any?

[12:16] How serious are you about your business?

[14:30] Are you committed to making your business work over the long haul?

[18:03] Considering the risks and the need to truly invest in your business.

[22:12] People will always be getting engaged and need a wedding photographer.

[22:41] What is slowing you down or standing in the way?

[24:08] Assess your own strengths and businesses.

[25:30] Today’s inspirational quote.

[26:00] The latest on the website development.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingphotographybusinessplan.com - receive a road map tailored to your business and lifestyle.

http://www.learnfromhenry.com - see my products and subscribe to my email list!

 

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132. New Year's resolutions for my wedding photography business.
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EPISODE #12: 2016 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS FOR MY BUSINESS

Today's quote:

The success of your wedding photography business depends largely on your relationships with other professionals.

Hold your clients, your brides and grooms, accountable before the wedding day arrives.

Take creative risks!

Make smart investments in your wedding photography business.

Outline of this episode:

[00:30] Welcome and Happy New Year.

[01:39] Making resolutions for your business any time of year.

[05:27] Dealing with distractions and interruptions in my work.

[11:29] My top 10 resolutions for 2016.

[19:29] Item 6 on the list: stop being so nice!

[31:01] Why I anticipate doing these podcasts as long as possible into the future.

[32:30] Today’s inspirational quote.

[35:50] A bit about a setback I have encountered over the past month.

[37:45] What’s coming up in future episodes on Learn From Henry podcasts.

[39:05] I want to hear feedback from my listeners; here’s how to contact me.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.learnfromhenry.com - see my products and subscribe to my email list!

learnfromhenry@gmail.com - shoot me an email!

 

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133. Building A Wedding Photography Business? Free Road Map.
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EPISODE #11: WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY ROAD MAP QUESTIONNAIRE

Today's quote:

What do I mean by a “wedding photography road map"?

If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll wind up someplace else.

A questionnaire is the first tool we’ll use to build this road map.

When it’s all said and done everyone will be able to use this resource.

Outline of this episode:

[00:24] Welcome and introduction.

[03:03] Current life lesson: there’s never a perfect time to do things.

[04:18] Why I created this podcast and why I’m asking you to help me build this wedding photography road map.

[27:19] How this road map is my way of helping you build your wedding photography business.

[30:00] The format of the questionnaire and how it will help us build a road map for our businesses.

[37:00] How I plan to give you specific feedback about your individual situation.

[42:22] Today's inspirational quote.

[45:00] How you can get in on this wedding photography questionnaire.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

Wedding photography road map - receive a road map tailored to your business and lifestyle.

 

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134. Your Wedding Photography Workflow And Platform - Part 2
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EPISODE #10: HAVING AN EFFICIENT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY FLOW AND PLATFORM PART 2

Today's quote:

What do I mean by “platform"?

So what’s the “flow” part of the equation?

Building your wedding photography business depends on effective platform and workflow integration.

Develop your platform-flow integration in light of your goals.

Outline of this episode:

[00:24] Welcome and updates on what’s going on in my life.

[02:37] Lessons learned from my life experiences lately.

[07:09] Summary of part 1 of this topic and a story from my past.

[10:10] What I mean by the words “platform” and “flow” and things that impact their effectiveness.

[14:45] Examples of the platform for wedding photographers.

[15:49] How the available platform affects your flow and personal energy.

[17:00] A variety of platforms are part of the wedding photography job.

[24:20] How your personality and perspectives fit into your platform and flow.

[26:01] Real life situations I experienced when I was first starting out.

[28:25] The importance of keeping your goals in mind in regard to the “why” behind them.

[31:30] Asking the “How, Why, and What” in regard to your goals.

[38:50] Why a sense of urgency has helped me in my business.

[41:53] Today’s inspirational quote.

[45:10] How you can connect with me.

[47:00] My upcoming “Wedding Roadmap” questionnaire.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business - book by Phil Simon discussing platforms on the macro level. 

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135. Efficiency is key to your wedding photography success.
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EPISODE #9: HAVING AN EFFICIENT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY FLOW AND PLATFORM PART 1

Today's quote:

What does it mean to have efficient “work flow”?

There are several strategies you can use to maximize your efficiency and productivity.

Schedule your time wisely, even when the nature of your work doesn’t force you to.

The benefits of creating and sustaining an efficient work flow extend beyond your business, benefiting your personal and family life too!

Outline of this episode:

[00:28] Introduction to today’s episode on efficient work flow.

[02:36] Personal update: My wife and I are in the middle of a move, just back from a trip to Thailand, and juggling numerous other things.

[05:59] What’s ahead for the Learn From Henry podcasts in 2016: more weekly episodes and some new tools.

[07:12] What does an efficient work flow mean? What sorts of things interrupt that flow? Possible solutions to such interruptions.

[15:16] Real-life interruptions or interferences to your work flow, and how to avoid or minimize them.

[19:15] How to self-impose flow on aspects of your work that don’t have set deadlines. Creating schedules and turning off distractions.

[24:03] How to manage/create flow on the wedding day. Advanced preparation and delegating chores ahead of time.

[25:20] Strategies for staying on top of marketing, networking, and booking more weddings.

[30:10] Three main benefits to creating an efficient work flow.

[36:22] Tips to realizing efficient work flow:articulate very specific goals; create a comprehensive schedule to your week ahead; group similar tasks together (i.e. errands, computer-based tasks, etc.); create realistic goals and commitments.

[47:00] Today's inspirational quote.

[51:19] Go to my website or email me, and stay tuned for a new tool to be unveiled in an upcoming podcast.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.learnfromhenry.com - see my products and subscribe to my email list!

learnfromhenry@gmail.com - shoot me an email!

 

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136. Wedding Photography: My Top 10 Mistakes - Part 2
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EPISODE #8: TOP 10 MISTAKES I MADE AS A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER PART 2

Today's quote:

You’re starting a small business, but do you know HOW to run a business?

You won’t get many clients if they don’t know how to find you.

Do you have a mentor or coach to help you learn the ropes?

You need to be “you” in the way you run your business and shoot your weddings.

Outline of this episode:

[00:24] Welcome to the podcast, here’s an update on what’s going on in my life and on this show!

[04:00] The stress in my life and the things I’m dealing with…and how to keep perspective in business.

[09:41] A quick summary of the previous 5 mistakes I shared on the last episode.

[11:00] Mistake #6: I didn’t take any business courses or learn much about it.

[14:30] Mistake #7: I should have spent more time figuring out the marketing.

[19:32] Mistake #8: I wish I’d built a more effective group of associates to help me.

[27:09] Mistake #9: I didn’t find a coach or mentor to learn from.

[29:22] Mistake #10: I didn’t take “being me” seriously enough.

[37:01] Today’s inspirational quote.

[42:00] How you can connect with me.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

“Top 10 Ways To Build Your Wedding Photography Portfolio When Starting Out” - My FREE ebook.

http://www.yelp.com - start collecting those reviews today.

http://www.theknot.com - where I advertised when I started out.

http://www.weddingwire.com - I still advertise with them, the reviews definitely help a ton!

http://www.projectwedding.com - another great resource site for couples.

 

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137. Top 10 Mistakes I Made As A Wedding Photographer - Part 1
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EPISODE #7: TOP 10 MISTAKES I MADE AS A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER PART 1

Today's quote:

If you only learn from your successes, you only learn half as much as you could.

Your success as a wedding photographer doesn’t only depend on you.

Having a usable, relevant website matters - a LOT!

Think through the kind of lifestyle you want before you build your wedding photography business!

Outline of this episode:

[00:24] My introduction of this “lessons learned” episode.

[06:32] Mistakes I’ve made when starting this podcast (as an example of where we’re headed today).

[13:45] Mistake #1: I didn’t network as much with wedding vendors.

[19:00] Mistake #2: Not researching my website design enough.

[21:47] Mistake #3: I didn’t learn SEO (Search Engine Optimization) early on.

[23:55] Mistake #4: I didn’t blog details on my website.

[30:00] Mistake #5: I didn’t think enough about the kind of lifestyle I wanted to live.

[37:09] Recap of these top 5 mistakes.

[37:39] Today’ s inspirational quote.

[43:28] How to connect with me.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

Two Bright Lights - get your work featured and published

“Top 10 Ways To Build Your Wedding Photography Portfolio When Starting Out” - My FREE ebook

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138. How much money do I need to be a full-time wedding photographer?
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EPISODE #6: HOW MUCH MONEY DO I REALLY NEED TO MAKE IN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?

Today's quote:

Beginning to think like a business person, not just a photographer.

It’s OK to have a financial motivation.

How should you price your wedding photography services?

You can reverse engineer your pricing with simple math.

Outline of this episode:

[00:24] Welcome to this episode! Ready to learn about the money side of wedding photography?

[01:55] Updates on the website and an offer I have for you - my free ebook!

[04:00] The “passions” you have the need to figure into your income.

[07:06] Developing a financial mindset from the start.

[10:00] Do you have a business background? How do you move forward if you don’t?

[12:00] The honest truth: You need to make money. You need to have a financial motive.

[14:10] Looking at how you should price your services.

[28:11] Factors to consider regarding pricing and what you need to make each year.

[39:56] The concept of “opportunity income” and how I factor it in.

[47:49] Today’s inspirational quote.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

“Top 10 Ways To Build Your Wedding Photography Portfolio When Starting Out” - My FREE ebook

iBank app - what I use to manage all my finances every single day

 

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139. How to find your wedding photography style?
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EPISODE #5 - HOW TO FIND YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?

Today's quote:

Why it can be difficult to discover your photography style.

Your photography style will flow out of your entire life, not just how you approach photography.

There are a variety of official styles, and you’ll likely be a mix of them.

In order for your business to thrive, you may need a road map.

Outline of this episode:

[00:20] My introduction for this episode and what you can learn today.

[02:27] My back story and why I’m doing this podcast.

[07:49] A common question from couples, “What is your wedding photography style?”

[12:59] The question you have to answer in the end.

[14:11] The difficulty of discovering your own style.

[16:17] Why finding your style matters for your peace of mind and fulfillment.

[18:00] How I discovered my style over the course of 100 weddings and some other photography opportunities.

[28:50] What if you already have an idea about what your wedding photography style is?

[29:20] The variety of styles you could employ and why it matters to your clients.

[33:25] Why you should incorporate other aspects of your life into your style.

[38:14] One simple question I ask when asked about my style.

[43:00] Tips for working out and understanding your style.

[45:18] The role examples and mentors could play in discovering your style.

[54:00] How styles can be blended or mixed.

[57:30] Today’s quote and how mistakes and innovation will play into discovering your photography style.

[1:02:05] How you can get my free ebook.

[1:02:52] What’s coming up on the next episode of Learn From Henry?

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

Breaking Bad TV show

http://www.nba.com

http://www.espn.com

 

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140. Insights From WeddingWire 10 Dos And Don’ts Couples Webinar
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EPISODE #4 - REVIEW OF WEDDINGWIRE'S DELIGHT, DON'T FIGHT! 10 DOS AND DON'TS FROM COUPLES WEBINAR

Today's quote:

Do you know your bride and groom’s point of view?

WeddingWire suggests that quality communication with clients is powerful.

Good wedding photographers know how to educate the couples they work with.

Great wedding photographers know that they have to stay humble.

Outline of this episode:

[00:24] Welcome to this episode!

[01:02] My podcast journey is on the way…thanks for being along for the ride!

[02:42] A recent webinar I attended, hosted by WeddingWire.

[07:01] Getting into the bride and groom’s point of view.

[10:22] Communicate with couples quickly and efficiently.

[13:58] Get the pricing right: 3 tips to be aware of.

[19:07] Email mistakes you might make when dealing with brides and grooms.

[21:40] Know your clients.

[26:32] Be sure that you educate the couple about your process and services.

[29:23] First impressions of the situation may not be the right impression.

[31:55] Care needs to be taken when it comes to the competition.

[37:20] Stay humble.

[43:60] Be aware of the couple’s opinions.

[46:20] Today’s inspirational quote.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.weddingwire.com

http://www.theknot.com

http://www.brides.com

 

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141. Successful Wedding Photographers Do These 5 Things
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EPISODE #3: Top 10 Habits Of A Successful Wedding Photographer Part 2

Today's quote:

Have you set goals for your wedding photography business? Do you know how you’re going to reach them?

Are you willing to take some calculated risks?

Is ongoing learning something you are committed to as a wedding photographer?

If you’re going to be a successful wedding photographer, you’ve got to know who you are.

Outline of this episode:

[00:26] My introduction to this “part two” episode of the podcast.

[01:29] A change I’m making on these episodes.

[02:50] Recap of the first 5 traits of successful wedding photographers.

[03:54] #6: Have a clear idea of your goals and how to attain them.

[06:57] #7: Be willing to take calculated risks.

[14:31] #8: Learn how to multitask for the sake of productivity.

[19:20] #9: Continue your education.

[23:10] #10: Stay true to yourself and don’t try to be someone else.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.theknot.com/

http://www.weddingwire.com/

 

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142. Become A Successful Wedding Photographer - Part 1
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EPISODE #2 - TOP 10 HABITS OF A SUCCESSFUL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER PART 1

Today's quote:

What IS a successful wedding photographer?

Where does passion fit into success as a wedding photographer?

You need to habitually learn and deal with your own strengths and weaknesses.

Your wedding photography business is just that, A BUSINESS.

Outline of this episode:

[00:24] My welcome to this episode and the podcast!

[05:03] Disclaimer: This “top 10” list is MY observations, nobody else’s.

[06:20] First, let’s talk about what we mean when we say “success.”

[14:28] #1 - Develop a passion for wedding photography, it shows in your work.

[17:39] #2 - Have a good sense of your own strengths and weaknesses.

[21:19] #3 - Have a sense of urgency.

[24:44] #4 - Treat your business like an actual business.

[29:57] #5 - A sincere desire to help others.

[34:57] My summary of these first 5.

[39:18] How you can connect with me.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.learnfromhenry.com - my website

learnfromhenry@gmail.com - shoot me an email!

http://www.periscope.tv/learnfromhenry - connect with me on Periscope

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143. Wedding photography is my passion. How to make it yours too!
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EPISODE #1: A PODCAST TO HELP ASPIRING AND NEW WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS GO FULL-TIME

Today's quote:

My experiences, lessons learned, and how you can avoid the pitfalls.

My story: engineer to wedding photographer.

If you’re going to get started with wedding photography, there’s no better time than now.

Top 5 reasons I wanted to do this podcast.

Outline of this episode:

[00:26] Welcome, from me, Henry Chen, host and professional wedding photographer.

[01:14] Why a wedding photography podcast?

[00:53] My bio - the experiences I have that I want to pass along to you.

[12:45] Why the sooner you get started, the sooner you’re going to have your dream.

[16:06] The top 5 reasons I wanted to do this podcast.

[25:40] What you can expect from future episodes.

[26:17] Today's inspirational quote.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

http://www.learnfromhenry.com - my website

learnfromhenry@gmail.com - shoot me an email!

 

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