Episode 123: Taking Action on Big Dreams With Fotolanthropy’s Katie Norris

Katie NorrisKatie Norris is a Dallas-based photographer and filmmaker who took a leap of creative faith when she founded the nonprofit Fotolanthropy six years ago. Fotolanthropy has produced more than 20 films that share the inspiring true stories of remarkable people who have defied great odds. Katie is the producer of 2 award-winning films Travis: A Soldier’s Story and The Luckiest Man and she is currently working on her new documentary project titled 7 Yards. Katie is also the founder of the Fotostrap, a beautiful genuine leather and customizable camera strap that also supports the mission and work of Fotolanthropy.

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Episode 122: How to Survive in a Changing Photography Market with Troy Christopher Plota

Today I’m talking with Troy Christopher Plota, creator of the Plotagraph, about the future of photography. What do we as photographers need to do and know to keep up in ever changing and ever more competitive markets?

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Episode 121: What to Put on Your Photography About Page with Chris Scott

What to put on your photography about page with Chris ScottToday on the podcast, Chris Scott from Swift Galleries and I are chatting about what it takes to create an “About” page that truly stands out from the crowd and helps you to attract your ideal clients from the get go.

This episode was inspired by a question from Katie Bosler (@kaboslerphotography). If you’d like to have your questions answered on a future show, message them over to me @photofieldnotes on Instagram.

Announcement: The Virtual Product Sales for Wedding Photographers Beta Course is Coming November 8

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The beta version of my course collaboration with Design Aglow is launching tomorrow. The course is called Virtual Product Sales for Wedding Photographers. Here’s what it’s going to include:

  • Style Guide Magazine template: This is the template that I use to print a small magazine to send to clients to give them final tips before their wedding day and to get them inspired about how to style my curated photo products into their home. Add your own images into the gorgeous product images, have it printed (we’ll tell you where), or send them the digital version to get them into the right mindset before you offer your products to them.
  • Customizable product images: Get access to more than 30 product images, including 19 images that you can customize with your own work. Use these images on your website or in social media to get clients excited about the products you offer.
  • Tips on how to create more value for your professional photo products so clients see why they should purchase professional products rather than do it themselves.
  • A complete course with the exact emails, steps and images you’ll need to set clients up for successful online product sales without having to be there for an in person meeting.
  • Access to a private Facebook group to ask me questions and give feedback on the course.

Access to the beta course is going to be extremely limited. If you’d like to grab a spot in the beta course before they sell out, be sure to sign up to get email alerts, and check your email at 12:00 PM ET on Thursday, November 8 for the link to the course.

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Episode 120: Photographers Share Their Most Cringeworthy Moments Behind the Lens

embarrassing stories from professional photographersPhoto by Kayla Kitts Photography

I have a real treat for you today—I’m finally sharing the craziest and most embarrassing moments that I’ve been collecting from other photographers. These stories are hilarious, horrifying, embarrassing and just plain insane. Sit back and enjoy!

If you have your own crazy or embarrassing story to share, message it to me on Instagram (@photofieldnotes). Or, if you have a story about a lesson learned that could help others, send it along for a chance to be featured in a future episode.

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Episode 119: Taking Control of Your Money with Megan Lane

Taking control of your money in your photography business with Megan Lane

Today on the podcast, Megan Lane of Megan Lane Photography is talking all about money management, including:

  • Why our business finances are so important
  • The eight goals we should have with our business finances
  • Tips to get started if you struggle with money management
  • Bonus: Why limiting what we offer to our clients will create a better client experience

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Here are a few of many great photos that Megan took at Stratejoy summer camp. If you’re interested in going to summer camp next year, you can check out the details here.

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Episode 118: Getting Through the Hard Stuff in Your Business

Getting Through the hard stuff in your business

This week on the podcast, I’m telling you a story about a difficult journey that we just took this month and how it relates to getting through the hardest stuff in business.

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Episode 117: How to Make Kids and Families Look Great in Photos with Jessica Weinstock

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Jessica Weinstock is a family, child and newborn photographer in the Chicago area. In today’s episode, she’s sharing:

  • How she went from vet tech to full time family photographer
  • What happened when she nearly tripled her prices
  • Where her clients are coming from
  • How she books out her year in advance
  • How she preps her clients for a successful session
  • Her tricks for getting young children to smile in photographs

Take 25% off any products in Jessica’s shop (excluding mentoring) with the coupon code jwpfriends25

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Episode 116: What it Costs to Run a Photography Business

What it costs to run a photo businessDuring money month on the podcast, I’ve talked about the psychology that goes into seeing something as high quality or valuable, ten ways to add value to your photography services, and how to price your services based on value. This week, I’m talking about a different money topic—spending and budgeting.

I’m breaking down what it costs to run my photography business, and I’m sharing how I set up my budget for the year.

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Episode 115: A New Way to Price Your Photography Services With Blair Enns

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We’re talking about money all month here on the Photo Field Notes Podcast. First, I talked about understanding consumer psychology as a photographer (and how consumers actually perceive value). Then I shared specific ways for you to add value to your photography services so that you can charge more and stand out in your market.

Today, I’m sharing an interview with pricing expert, Blair Enns. He’s sharing his technique for pricing your business based on the specific value that your client is looking for (and thus the specific values that you bring to the table). He’s throwing out the old model of three set packages—and even a la carte pricing—to bring you a whole new way of pricing as a photographer.

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Episode 114: 10 Ways to Add Value (and Charge More) as a Photographer

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This week, I’m diving into 10 ways to add value (and thus charge more) as a photographer (listen to the full episode for more details). Here’s a quick outline of what we’ll cover:

  1. Help them design the session.
  2. Help them do something with their photos (e.g. printed products).
  3. Show them a slideshow.
  4. Share quick tips to prep them for the session ahead of time.
  5. Use a system to manage contracts and invoices and to manage your workflow so you respond more quickly to emails.
  6. Get your posing down.
  7. Get your clients published.
  8. If you’re a wedding photographer, write out their timeline.
  9. Buy a styling board.
  10. Bring an assistant.

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