The Business of Photography ~~

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  1. bethany138

    bethany138 TPF Noob!

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    Oook.. I know you people have some tips! Here are some possible ideas you could comment on:

    Packaging of Finished Prints
    Helpful Books You Have Read
    Phone VS Email when dealing with potential clients
    Website - Necessary or Not
    Ok.. Now you have no excuse!! lol.


     
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    Wow what a great thread!

    I have no experience in this whatsoever, but I think that having a website would be pretty much vital!

    Not only for your customer to view your portfolio/find out how to contact you etc., but it's an easy way for people to tell your friends about you.. For example if you photograph someones wedding, and one of the brides friends say your photos were good, who took them.. she could simply tell her friend the URL to your site!

    Much easier than looking for a phone number and some people might prefer to find out about you and your photos before rushing into speaking with you!
     
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    Hey THANKS SOOOO MUCH!! I Have been doing weddings for years with different studios but this year is the first year i'm going off on my own and I really needed some direction with my wedding contract. Such a great help! thanks!

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    I'm so glad it helped! :hug:: Makes me feel better...lol.. I haven't got a very good response to this thread. :meh: Most tpf'ers are not very interested in the business side it seems. I understand tho, cause I'd rather take pics too! :sexywink:

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    My freelance work is primarily interiors/still life. I have around 10 clients that keep me super busy in the summer. My real job is photography and production with the paper.

    In the past couple of months I have been busy enough to think of going full time with the biz. Soon I will hand out a 4x6 card. I think a website is a must, but for some reason I am unmotivated in that department. All in all I am between a rock and a hard place. Just have to make that last step.

    As far as suggestions go I think John nailed it on the head. Built what I have so far due to making sure that everyone is clear on the work that will be provided. Sounds simple enough, but I have heard a lot of horror stories. I like to think that photography is particular in that "dazling them with b.s" only goes so far. Mainly it is the work that counts.

    I will post my card in the crit gallery.
     
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    I was happy when you made the thread because I am extremely interested in discussing the business side of photography...but not a lot of other people are I guess :meh:
     
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    Yeah.. whats the deal!? How do you people make any money!?? lol.. oh well... I will try to post stuff here as I come up with it anyway.. maybe someone will care...lol.
     
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    What if we had a sticky of the week? I think maybe if there was a specific topic to discuss it would get more replies. At the moment I am too tired to effectively write a coherent thought but I will try tomorrow :D I really do think this is a great idea, and I know I could learn a ton from the resources here.
     
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    Yeah maybe so... maybe like business card design, web site design, use of direct mail, use of advertisment, etc. Sounds good!

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    I just got a side job (2 mornings) to be the photographer for my son's daycare. Once a year they take the kids pics and have packages for the parents to buy. It's right before Thanksgiving so the parents can hand them out for Christmas, and each year they have a theme. I thought it'd be cute this year to do a pajama day. Just think- how cute kids are in their pjs and yet we seldom get pics of them in them! :) So anyway, all this to say, I'm staeling the sticky tape idea because I'm sure not all the kids will be angels. I'm just now coming up with a logo, business cards, and other marketing materials. I don't know that I have any tips that haven't already been shared. One that I do with my son (18 months) is get him laughing and then shoot the picture right as he lets out that last giggle. Always captures the perfect smile without his squinty laughing eyes. Course, I also know the kid so that probably helps. My question for packages- should I make up packages or I was thinking maybe just to let the parents order by sheets 2 5x7, 8 wallets, etc. And just charge by how many sheets. Thoughts?
     
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    I don't know how to put the contract I use online, but anyone who would like mine e-mailed to them, please shoot me an e-mail at cindy@visionsinwhite.com.
    What I like about the contract is that I can actually fill it out at meetings with clients. It's three pages long, and covers pretty much everything....things like...."I gotta eat", "you can't take 2 years to pick your photos", and the blessed, "If I have to shoot at the back of the cathedral with no flash, don't expect close ups from the front"......only it's worded much more professionally. LOL.
     

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