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One of my clients who just started out at creating a business for their photography asked me a couple of interesting questions this week.
Do you think most people actually buy different types of photos?
Should I focus on learning a different style of photography than what I am doing now?
Very interesting question I thought.
Let’s face it, as professional photographers we photograph ultimately for money.
As much money as possible.
So the question is, what type of photographs do people buy?
I think in general people buy photographs that……..
2. Show personality
3. Show relationship
4. Are technically good
5. Reflect happiness
If a photograph contains most or all of these elements, I feel that the photographs
become very saleable.
Focus on getting these elements in your photographs, and your sales will soar.
Maybe portrait sales like one of my Inner Circle members had this week.
One sale was for $8,330 while another on the same day was $3,695.
Yes, get all the elements right and your bank account will thank you.
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Photographers around the world are watching their income diminish, as their one source of income fails to deliver.
The boosted Facebook ads that I set up with my clients are still working fantastically well.
Just ask one of my photographer clients in Boston, Masachusetts.
She did 3 Facebook boosted posts last week and had an amazing 676 people respond that want to be photographed, and she has many more still to call.
She has so far booked in 40 photography sessions in 7 days!
Average sales from this type of promotion is just under $1,000, so 40x$1,000 = $40,000.
That’s pretty cool.
Don’t believe everything you read.
The Facebook changes will certainly impact on the big companies who advertise with them, but because of the way I structure the Facebook ads with my clients, the changes will have no effect at all on our Facebook Marketing results.
My clients will continue making hundreds of thousands of dollars in lead generation and portrait sales, with just a $100 investment on their boosted Facebook ads.
Wedding/ portrait photographers rejoice.
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Soon to be launched is my brand new 5 week Getting Started Program, that I have designed for photographers who want to take that first step into turning their photography into money.
Starting a photography business without any training, and very little capital, can be daunting.
Do you like the thought of having more spare time?
How about just working the hours that you want?
Having a holiday whenever you feel like it?
Making a great income?
Working the hours that you want?
Earning lots of money?
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Is Your Life And Photography Business Like Tug-of-war?
I love this recent article from Dave Gillen.
“26 long days ago (who’s counting) my wife gave birth to two milk-swilling intruders twins and our lives changed.
Needless to say it’s been a challenging time for my business – I have less time, less sleep, and more to do.
So what do you do when life happens?
Do you downgrade your business goals?
Forget about them?
Well it might surprise you, but three weeks of sleep deprivation and unrelenting demands on my time are resulting in the biggest steps forward for my business in two years.
Here’s how I turned what seemed like obstacles into a breakthrough.
“Three weeks of sleep deprivation and unrelenting demands on my time are resulting in the biggest steps forward for my business in two years.”
I remembered what I was really chasing
When you’re chasing a goal of creating a photography business and something starts eating away your precious time it can be frustrating.
But sometimes we forget what we were chasing in the first place. I remembered that money and business success are just stepping stones to getting what I really want, and started seeing that many of the obstacles popping up were in fact the very things I want in life.
Life events (good and bad) are not just diversions and time outs, they’re often the most important things and need our full attention.
I’m instantly happier when I remember that my kids and the time I spend with them are not obstacles at all – they’re the nuggets of gold I’m seeking.
I realised that my life is the canvas for my business.
We tend to ask questions like “Which business model is the best?” and “Which niche is more profitable?” as if we’re designing the perfect business on a blank canvas.
But no business is ever built on a blank canvas.
Your life is the canvas and your business needs to fit its unique size and shape.
When life changed I caught a glimpse of the shape of my canvas changing. That was a breakthrough for me because for the first time I saw the type of business I needed to fit my life and goals.”
Do your life and photography business work together or is it more like tug-of-war?
Your Time To Shine
You have the tools for your photography, now you need the business tools to fill your business with customers.
Is it time for you to take the next step in your business?
Is It Your Time To Shine?
Welcome to my BRAND NEW “ONE ON ONE” Coaching Program called “GETTING STARTED” in your Photography Business.
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Who Is Bernie Griffiths?…World’s Number One Photography Business Coach….
by photographer Andrew Hellmich
Bernie Griffiths is a business coach to wedding and portrait photographers and in this interview I ask for his professional advice on a whole bunch of things. I came onto this interview with a list of questions and it seemed each answer led to another and it was sidetrack after sidetrack with useful and actionable content a plenty.
The beauty of what Bernie has to share is that he has been in exactly the same position you are at some stage in his career. He had his own photography business for over 40 years… the difference may be that he ran his business as a business from the start and before anything else. Yes, he loved photography and creating beautiful images but he loved business just as much and as his sole income in a new country, it had to work as a business from the start.
Here is some of the business strategies he spoke to me about…..
• social media bundling for wedding clients
• selling digital files to portrait clients
• is any client the right client for your business?
• staying organised
• renting or buying photographic equipment
• advertising budgeting and getting a good deal
• where is the best place to source clients?
• what to do if bookings drop and how quick should you react?
• are photography awards important to the success of your business?
• testing and measuring your marketing efforts
• core products, what are they and do you need them?
• why you shouldn’t be looking at what other photographers are doing
• photography excellence awards
Nowadays, Bernie uses his knowledge of the industry as a business coach and was happy to share plenty of real life examples in this interview. I challenge you to not make changes in your business.
What is your big takeaway?
Following the interview, I’d love to know what your biggest takeaway is – what is the one thing that you’d like to implement after listening to what Bernie had to share? Let me and other listeners know by leaving your thoughts in the comments below.
Better yet, if you do actually implement something, click on the voicemail tab to the right of the page and let me know what changes you’ve made and any differences you’ve noticed as a result.
Advanced Success for Wedding & Portrait Photographers – http://www.aswpp.com.au
Bernie on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/aswpp
Bernie’s Book – Success Secrets of a Professional Photographer
Boom – my head just exploded and this guy is the bomb……..!!!!!
Haha, love your comment Paul!
How good is Bernie and how many marketing ideas does he have… what a resource he is.
I felt like I was Batman (Christian Bale) as he took advice from Alfred (Michael Caine)Subconsciously I kept wanting to hear Bernie say, “Yes, Master Wayne, this is how you become a Master Photographer”.
What a cool guy, this Bernie Griffiths. I could listen to him all damn day. His voice alone is amazing. He should sell an audio version of his book. Talk about sales!
I’m definitely going to be listening to this interview again. And then maybe again. Damn you, Andrew, now I’m going to have a become a premium member, to get my hands on his e-book.
What a treasure that interview was/is.
My head is spinning right now. I don’t even know what my biggest take away was/is. So much great info.
Will have to get back with you.
Fort Worth, Texas
And Bernie, if you’re reading this, you are amazing, Sir. Thank you for your giving us a glimpse into your wisdom.
I don’t even know what else to say right now, except a big from-the-heart Thank You!!!
Love the references Joey I’m sure Bernie will too!
I had the feeling that this was going to be one of those interviews that will have listeners pulling over in their cars or interrupting their retouching to take a note or two about things they can implement in their businesses. Sounds like you were happy with what Bernie shared.
Thanks for commenting Batman!
Chris & Shae Pyke
That is exactly what I was thinking! Bernie had Alfred’s voice, and wisdom. Thanks for all the great advice. Like he said, we have so many things that we aren’t taking advantage of that we should be. We have video on our cameras, and free access to youtube, so why not use them for the clients, and us with the testimonials and video thank you cards. So many great tips in this one. The interviews just seem to be getting better and better.
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Loved Bernie’s interview! Its so timely cause I just started mentoring with Bernie yesterday! Photography business coach.
The point about entering awards was awesome. I think it would be a massive confidence booster to win or even get positive feedback from a judge.
Now I have a bunch of things to go work on and pick his brain about
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Hey Te – what a coincidence! From what Bernie had to share in this interview, it’s plain to see you are in good hands.
Can’t wait to hear about your progress! Keep us up to date.
Really enjoyed Bernie in this this interview, what a wealth of information, a gentleman and devoted educator. I love how obvious but straight forward some of Bernie’s ideas are to engage the client e.g.; video interviews of the couples testimony at the reception. I think this guys mentoring services would truly be worth every cent. Thanks again Andrew for sourcing another quality interview.
Hi Matt – have to agree with your takeaway being one that stood out for me too. A quick video testimonial on the day or night of the wedding is so easy and I’m sure will pack loads more impact than a written sentence or two on a blog or website.
Glad you enjoyed the episode Matt.
Upon listening to the interview again, I picked up on the fact that Bernie regularly watches the Home Shopping Network (or the equivalent in Australia) in order to see and listen to how they sell/market each item. Brilliant. I never would have thought of that one.
Crazy good interview and to be expected, that’s the thing about Bernie, he gives it to you straight and he is always willing to help. I went and saw him at a seminar in his South Melbourne office a few months ago and now have just signed up for mentoring. I’ve done a few sessions already and looking forward to doing more. Great interview Andrew, cheers!
Hey Sash, thanks for adding your comments and totally agree, Bernie was great to chat to and offered plenty! Don’t forget to let us know how your business progresses as you start implementing what you learn. Who knows, we may see you on one of Bernie’s YouTube videos soon
My biggest take away was to GET COACHING FROM BERNIE!!
amazing interview, and I like the compliment he gave you about your interviewing! its very true and love listening to these!
This was a amazing interview with Bernie!!! Thank you sooooo much for taking the time to produce this. I’m going to become a premium member soon and can’t wait to see the extra content.
I am also going to be speaking with Bernie soon..
Hey Shane, thanks mate, love that you’re enjoying the podcast.
You won’t be the first or only listener to get in contact with Bernie, I just received an email from Kim who started consulting with Bernie after hearing him on the show and judging by the other comments here, there will be more.
Don’t forget to stop by and let us know how it goes or better yet, leave a voicemail that I can share on the show
Consider my mind blown by Bernie. Still in the middle of listening, but I’m loving the tips about recording testimonials for You tube and the idea of a social media bundle!
Jamie October 27, 2014 at 12:03 pm – Reply
Another great listen Andrew! I loved to hear Bernie’s ideas on using video testimonials. Great stuff. Why didn’t I think of that?
No wonder that Bernie is regarded as World’s number one photography business coach
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How easy is it to get “sucked in” on the internet.or a successful photography business.
Secret 1 …From zero customers to 20 a month without any marketing.
Secret 2… One photographer making $10,000 monthly in her portrait photography within 3 weeks of starting without any selling.
Secret 3… Position yourself with pricing so that customers will queue at your studio door.
Secret 4… A guaranteed way to create a photography business in a competitive market, that you don’t have to work in.
Easy to believe everything you see about making money in photography, and then buy things that you will never use, or that will never do what they promised.
Do you really believe that you can make money easily in photography?
Do you really believe that you can make money while you sleep without doing too much work?
Do you really believe that you can start a photography business and turnover $100,000 in the first year?
Some educators/photographers selling various products on Facebook will tell you can have a great photography business working just a couple of hours a week, or less.
Some claim that you can succeed simply by buying their free E-book.
I guess from time to time we all look for the easy way out, the magic wand, the goose that lays the golden eggs.
We are grown up mature adults right?
You will see some of these photography educators running Facebook ads, doing free preview webinars and seminars, sending numerous emails, doing podcasts, and generally selling their fantastic money making photography products on social media.
Maybe some photographers who succumb to these unrealistic claims will have a little success, but believe me, the majority will fail.
But when we get desperate or get “sucked in” by advertising we start to believe in anything.
So what is the reality?
Creating and sustaining a successful photography business takes a lot of commitment, willpower, planning and TIME.
And, of course it takes a lot of work.
The key is to work on doing the tasks that will give you financial growth, and I don’t mean sitting at your computer playing with your files!
The alternative is learning by trial and error, which can be a big waste of your time.
We all have a certain number of hours in each day, days in each week, and weeks in each year to achieve success in our photography business.
Untested methods may work, but if you just keep doing the same things and expect things to change, then you will be very, very disappointed.
In fact, Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity was “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. “
I believe you can only achieve a successful photography business, by trying new things, but you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
It is better to learn from those who have had many years of success, than trying to learn from a multitude of many different less experienced sources.
From my experience with over 40 years of running a successful studio, and with over 3,000 hours of coaching photographers, as a photography business coach, I can tell you that creating a consistent income stream in photography is not easy, and can be very challenging.
It also can be very fulfilling, financially rewarding, and a lot of fun.
So please mister internet don’t tell me all it takes is just an hour a week, or an 8 week online course to create my dream photography business.
In my experience what you do NEED is a real person that you can be accountable to.\
A person who you can trust, a person who can guide, advise, encourage, motivate, and help you on your journey.
You need a person to SHARE your struggles and your successes.
You can’t get this level of support off the internet.
You need a person who cares.
Let’s face it, the Internet just doesn’t care, like a person does!
Try hugging your computer after you have had a bad in person sales experience and see if it cares.
You need a wife, a partner, a husband, a really good friend or a coach.
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To Your Amazing Photography Business Success
Many Portrait Photographers around the world struggle with getting more customers in front of their cameras.
They need help!
Why sit by the phone waiting for it to ring.
Get paying customers now.
How much money are you losing right now using your own marketing methods?
Wouldn’t it be great to have your camera in your hands, and be doing what you are passionate about?
Facebook and Instagram are quite simply a part of our daily lives.
Your customers are on it and your future customers are on it.
If your are not generating business from it, you may be missing out on more enquiries and sales that you can handle.
Your Photography Business may not exist in the next 12 months if you don’t start to make Social Media a priority.
If the photographers in your town haven’t started utilising the potential and power of Social Media, then there is a good chance that they will.
Facebook Is Powerful Targeting.
With Facebook you can “ bulls eye” target your customers, in your town.
You can target specific genres to photograph, choose your suburbs, how much money you want to spend on an ad, when you run ad, and you can do it all from your phone, computer or laptop.
Whether you are looking for women with newborns, engaged couples, pets, families, kids 3-6 years old etc you can select them in your Facebook Ad.
You can also target the household income and even what car they drive!
The specific targeting available with Facebook is quite simply amazing!
Facebook is also so easy to engage with clients and prospects, and is by far the least expensive way to get clients in front of your camera. Nothing comes close.
It also enables you to easily communicate to your audience and the wider community around you.
There are thousands of people who want your photography, and Facebook can help you find them.
Instagram Can Lift Your Brand
Instagram is slowly becoming the new “go to” social platform.
It has highly engaged and loyal audiences made up of consumers, businesses and brands. Instagram is a more visual platform, making it ideal for photographers like yourself.
As a photography business coach I have learned that people create and consume content on Instagram a lot differently.
Let Murielle and myself show you how to use it correctly, so you can avoid the pitfalls that most photographers fall into when trying their hand at posting on Instagram.
Why Are We Doing This?
Many of you may be wondering why Murielle and I are giving you such valuable information, at such a cheap cost?
After Murielle and I had completed our series of “A Day For Photographers” around Australia earlier this year, many of the photographers attending told us that they would love us to do a specific presentation on how to implement Facebook and Instagram strategies into their business.
We also hate to see photographers struggle when we feel that we could help them.
As a photography business coach I am always looking for those photographers who want to grow their photography business (as Murielle did) a lot faster than if they were to try and work everything out by themselves.
WHEN……….Thursday 16 November.
WHERE……..Parkview Hotel. …562 St Kilda Road Melbourne.
TIME…………10am – 3pm.
Who Is This For?
Whether you are a full time or part time photographer, if you are looking at getting more clients to your business with minimal investment, then this is for you.
It’s all about making a difference in your business, and earning a lucrative living to enjoy the freedom and flexibility of being a professional photographer.
Our previous presentations around Australia were BOOKED OUT… so don’t miss out.
Venue capacity is limited, so the sooner you grab your ticket the better will be your chance of attending.
BERNIE GRIFFITHS The “Go To’ Photography Business Coach.
After having a successful studio for over 40 years, Bernie transitioned into being a Photography Business Coach.
He is now the “go to” coach for those studios looking at taking their business to the next level.
His studio experience, expertise in Facebook Marketing, and down to earth approach to business, has enabled him to help and guide photographers globally in growing their business processes, and generating thousands of dollars more income.
MURIELLE SASSINE “The Photography Queen of Social Media”
Murielle has run a successful photography business from home for over 17 years, and has achieved great success with her sales in the areas of family portrait and glamour photography. Her portrait sales this year have been “mind blowing” and she had a record turnover for her business, over the past 12 months, largely due to her use of Instagram and Facebook Marketing.
She will outline how she uses Social Media to create new customers and continually strengthen her already strong brand.
Don’t Miss out….BOOK NOW !
Andrew Hellmich from Impact Images “I used to pay for online ads that weren’t working – Google adwords and Facebook Ads. These ads weren’t generating bookings, so I used to tell myself, at least it’s good branding… my name is getting out there.
Then I stopped spending on any advertising at all. I was tired of wasting money.
Until I realised I was doing it all WRONG!!
I learnt one simple tactic from photography business coach Bernie Griffiths about Facebook Ads and booked 7 engagement shoots, made print sales to almost all the couples and booked 6 weddings from those shoots. Ahhhmaaazing!
One couple even cancelled a booking with another photographer and lost their deposit to book me, all from one ad!
I used the same tactic with another FB ad and booked over 20 portrait sessions. FROM ONE FACEBOOK AD.
Paid Facebook advertising works… if you do it right.”
Let Murielle and I show you how to create money from Facebook and Instagram.
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Photography Business Coach Bernie Griffiths of berniegriffiths.com is responsible for the episode of PhotoBizX that has produced more leads, sales and discussion than any other – The Facebook Ad Challenge episode. I contacted Bernie for a follow up interview to ask him to share what listeners felt might have been the missing link when approaching the FB Ad challenge – how to sort the spenders from the non-spenders when offering free portrait sessions.
If you’re new here and want the full story of the Facebook Ad Challenge, how to structure your ad, what copy you’ll need to maximise results, which images to include and how to generate a lot of leads, shoots and sales. Go and trial the Photobizx Premium Membership for $1 and check out episodes 136 and 138 in the Premium Area. Then jump into the secret Facebook Group to see a lot of examples and discussion around these ads which have been used to book portraits, engaged couples and weddings for a lot of members.
Here’s some of what we cover in this interview with photography business coach Bernie Griffiths:
What to expect when working with Bernie to seek help to grow your photography business
Photographers should drop their wedding photography and concentrate on portraits instead
Wedding photography is overly competitive while portrait photography is wide open
How you learn more from you losses than you do from your wins
How to improve chances of sales from Facebook Ads and “free” shoots
The three possible outcomes you should be seeking from your Facebook Ads
3 strategies that you need to implement into your photography business
Why a 15% lead conversion is ideal from your Facebook Ads
Engaged couples sessions are a portrait sessions and why you should treat them as such
Stop aiming for wedding bookings and consider the portrait sessions as the win from your ads
How to filter the spenders from the non-spenders amongst your leads
What content needs to be in your Facebook ads
Email open rates – only 30% of people open their emails let alone read them
How to be successful with your client phone calls
The best rebuttal statement when clients decline to pay upfront during phone calls
The need to involve all involved parties when booking photo sessions
Grabbing people’s attention about your business is never a trick – it’s a marketing strategy
Why pre-consultations guarantee higher sales
How to work less yet earn more
The need to overcome every photographer’s mindset to book more sales
Planting the seed on how much clients are likely to spend after a photo session
Why it’s OK for clients to walk away after the mention “average spend” on free photo shoots
How to deal with objections from clients
Which is better: Adverts or Boosted Posts?
Replying to shares and comments on your FB Ads to keep the momentum and engagement going
Why you must include a call-to-action in your FB Ads
Changing photographer’s mentality to gain confidence in selling their images
Photographers deprive people of spending their money – how to stop doing that
Discounts are no longer motivators for client bookings
Marketing is all about doing multiple things at the same time
Chase your clients
How to increase your Facebook likes
How to target the right audience in your FB Ads
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