how to Find Clients ?

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  1. MH_91

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    hi there
    hope you all doing well

    Am new Photographer in Photography business filed and so far i took pictures of one Couples , and the second is coming soon

    i was wondering , how can i find clients ???

    i did everything that is Possible

    i made fan club throw facebook .. but most of them are my friends or there friends...


    i wanna know whats the best way to find clients ?

    Thank you all :)
     
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    You dont find clients, you let them come to you. ;)

    Website/Advertising. etc etc. If you have your best previous work posted somewhere usually clients are more interested its like a resume.
     
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    Ture , but if you are new in this field , you dont have lots pictures to share ( only your personal works)

    at this time YOU must look for the clients
     
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    camz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think in the beginning you'll just have to work for really cheap maybe sometimes for free to get your portfolio going. It's really hard to sell a portfolio filled with your friends and family. Facebook is a good move. There's also craigslist...if you want to score free and cheap gigs then CL is the way to go. Advertising won't do you any good if you don't have work to show for so get the experience first and the portfolio going. Once you get that ball rolling and your name out there it will start to pick up if your work is good b/c the majority of this business is based on a referral game.
     
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    Ture .. all the stuff you told me . i did them

    about the Pricing , well could you please tell me the avrange ?

    because i have 3 options

    1. 4 pictures in frame + 10 to 15 pictures you guys chose so I can print them up and put it in nice Album + the Cd .
    The price for that are 150 $

    2. 4 pictures in Frame + The Cd
    The Price for that are 100 $

    3. Just the Cd
    The Price is 80 $



    do you think this a good offers ? or should make the price more lower ?

    for free shoots i asked some of my friends .. N they accept it
     
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    camz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think your offerings are way too low even with a sitting fee. For package 1 you're giving them 4 prints in a frame + 10-15 images with an album and the high resolution CD for $150? A single print alone in my opinion should be 25 - 150 times the cost of printing costs which depends on a photographers self worth and demographics. I just did a comparison in my area and that's the range that I'm seeing with pros around here.

    See you're even throwing frames with your packages so I think your approach is too cheap. I'm curious how you came up with the prices?
     
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    Local newspaper ads.
    Phone book yellow pages
    Drop inserts in advertising bundles in direct mailings
    Advertisements on back of super market receipts
     
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    thanks for the tips!
     
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    i just did research , and i saw the other Photographer which is new in this field , they had smiler prices as i had ...
     
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    I'm going to be really honest here and it's meant to help in the best way possible.

    I get the impression English is a second language for you. There is nothing wrong with that. However, a photography business needs quite a bit of paperwork that will be read by your clients: Advertising, pricing and package descriptions, contracts, model releases, print releases, emails, etc. A lack of capital letters, improper grammer and language usage fail to make a good first impression, an important ingredient for success.

    Unless you have a close personal support network that can assist you with the typing and language skills you are showing here, you'll have difficulty attracting clients from a broad spectrum of your community. Upgrade your written communication skill as soon as possible.

    More importantly, you won't be able to attract the kind of clients that will allow you to charge prices high enough to not only sustain your business, but to also pay you a living wage that also provides for your family and your retirement .

    Do what works for you, rather than copying what other new photographers are doing because as the above survey shows, most of them are doing it wrong.

    Having a camera and the ability to make pleasing images is only part of the equation. Unfortunately, recent surveys show that 95% of all new photography businesses fail within the first 12 month, because the business owners lacked business skills.

    You sound motivated and intelligent enough to make a go of it, just be sure you're expending your efforts on the things that are so important for the business. The photography part will tend to take care of itself.

    I'm of the opinion that working for cheap or free when starting out is a canard, a trap many new photographers fall into that doom them before they ever really have a chance to get started.
     
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    hey , thank you for ur comment . and yes English is my 3rd language , and i totally DISAGREE with you about what you said ?!

    paper works and the other stuff , its okay for me to do that kind of stuff ...


    and if you judging me from just by reading my comments and telling me my English want to work on it more .. welll here we just type fast and say whats on our mind ...

    you comparing Official paper works to a Forum that we just write and we don't care about the Grammar stuff ....

    i just love photography and lots of family and friends supported me

    thanks for your honestly but please don't judge too fast !
     
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    #1. Get professional business cards and give them to everyone you meet or see (playing a numbers game).

    #2. Look for community events where you can rent a table for $15-$100 and show off your work.

    #3. Take a cooler full of sodas to the park and give people a soda and a free picture in exchange for a model release and 5 minutes of their time. Of course you will e-mail the photo to them with the chance to add a marketing message. You can also try this at school sporting events, what parent does not want a picture of their little brat e-mailed to them? In both cases wait a month and mail them another photo (different than the first one).

    Work on building a database of people that you can e-mail with your offers--- just be sure to include something in your release that lets you e-mail or call them. Don't cross the thin line and spam them!

    Think outside of the box.

    BTW, finding POTENTIAL clients is only part of the larger picture since you will need to learn how to convert potential clients into paying clients. Then you will want to learn how to turn them into bird dogs (people that get you more clients).

    Good luck!
     

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