We wanted to give you 5 of our TOP tips we’ve used in our businesses to BOOST our photography businesses. Honestly, these are tried and true by 5 professional photographers from across the nation. From Idaho, Arizona, Mississippi and the East Coast. If you even just took one of these this year and took it to heart, we hope it helps you, your business and helps your clients!!
TIP 1: Don’t feel overwhelmed by everything you think you need to purchase!
Explanation: As a beginner, I felt I needed to buy everything I saw online or heard another photographer mention! I had hot lights, backdrops, lenses, filters etc. As the years went on, I realized the less I owned, the more professional I felt and the better my images looked. I now have 2 basic backdrops, 2 lenses and I use natural light. All the money I save on buying too much “stuff” goes back into my business and lets me buy better things and invest in my education more!
TIP 3: You can’t do it all AND do it all well.
Explanation: I’ll say that again, you [alone] can’t do it all (meaning, run every detail of your business) and do it all WELL (to an excellent degree). There may be an exception for photographers with a fewer number of clients, but most of us who are juggling all aspects of a business find ourselves burning out and becoming overwhelmed. If there is one thing that 2015 has taught me, it’s that it’s ok to ask for help. It’s OK! Asking for help can come in different forms for different photographers, but here are a few ideas:
-outsourcing major edits
-outsourcing full session editing
-outsourcing album/product design
-hire a website designer
Just cutting back in one or two areas can free up time for you to focus more intensely on areas that are suffering or that you may have slacked in. This will greatly improve your confidence in your business, as well as help you keep your sanity!
A collaborated article written by 5 photographers (mentioned under each tip) organized by:
Hi I’m Erin a Southern girl from South Mississippi, owner and chief editor of Sixth Bloom a blog helping mom-tographers as well as up and coming photographers become successful! You will find me living life to the fullest with my mister (aka husband) and our new little addition Miss Elle in our 500+ sq foot cottage as we build our dream house on our two acres! We are blessed beyond measure, love to travel, involved in ministry at our church and in between all of that I run three successful businesses!