How To Book Your First Paying Clients When You Don’t Have a Wedding Portfolio

Posted by on Nov 14, 2015 in Featured, landscape, nikon, Photography Tips, portrait

How To Book Your First Paying Clients When You Don’t Have a Wedding Portfolio

Mac: The New Guy My name is Mac MacDonald, and I’m the new guy. I’ve been shooting weddings for a whopping seven months! My wife is my second shooter and shoots every wedding with me. To date, I’ve shot seven weddings. I’m learning something new every day, it seems. I haven’t established a brand. I haven’t established a blog. Heck, I JUST settled on my kit! Having said all that, I’m sure you’re wondering why a guy like me is writing an article on this website. You’re thinking this guy doesn’t have anything to contribute, and I understand your concern. Really, I do. The thing is, there are tons of people exactly like me, people trying to get into wedding photography, or people pushing through their first year “in the biz.” Breaking into this industry is difficult. Staying in it is even more difficult. My focus, over the course of several articles, will be to chronicle my adventure into the wedding photography business and share what I’ve learned. If you’re already a “big time wedding photographer” you’ll either dislike or disapprove of every word I type, find a few bits of info you find interesting, or relate to where I am in my journey and feel my pain! So, sit back and enjoy the ride…it’s going to be fun! [REWIND: THE 5 THINGS WE WOULD DO AGAIN AS FIRST YEAR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS] Pre-wedding Photographer Mac Before shooting weddings, I owned a Nikon D3200. I would wake up early on the weekends and go shoot sunrises on the beach. I loved taking photos and did it just because it got me out of the house and placed me in front of beautiful scenery. When I met my wife, I got into taking pictures of people. She was the most beautiful person I had ever seen, and I wanted to take eleventy-billion photos of her! I started to learn the importance of light and the different qualities of light. I started messing around with flash photography, and my mind began to race with possibilities. It was decided; I wanted to do portrait photography. No particular genre, just whatever people would let me take pictures of them doing. Early on, I was convincing friends to do family photo sessions with them. One of my friends was actually about to propose to his girlfriend and agreed to let me capture the moment he asked her to marry him. On these early shoots, I was dragging around a strobe light and stand. I’ll be honest, the results were amateur, but the consequences of failure were minimal as these were friends and non-paying gigs. I was learning….a lot! [RELATED: THEN AND NOW | 19 PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS SHARE THEIR BEGINNINGS] Acquiring Wedding & Engagement Clients without a Wedding Portfolio After a few months of experimentation, I decided I wanted to shoot weddings, but I had no...

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10 Low-Cost Marketing Strategies for Your Photography Business

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Featured, Food, Photography Tips, portrait

10 Low-Cost Marketing Strategies for Your Photography Business

Whether you already have clientele or are looking to build a client list, marketing is a never-ending task for photographers. You’ve already focused in on a target market (or two), but where to start? Are you unsure of how to get things started with a shoestring budget? Here are 10 low-cost marketing strategies for your photography business: 1. Get out of the house This biggest thing you can do to spread your name is to be out there. Finding events and activities where your target market may be is key. Meetup.com has a huge selection of groups that host events, many for no cost. While it can be overwhelming, and may take some trial and error, there are loads of opportunities on that site. Your local Chamber of Commerce also has events that are open to the public and offer networking time. They are ideal if you’re looking to connect with local small businesses that may need your services. If your target market is within a certain profession, you can look into professional organizations in your area. Most professions have local and national chapters that meet regularly, and most of these groups welcome guest speakers. Offer to speak to their members about what you do, and how it relates to their work. It’s a perfect opportunity to put yourself in front of potential clients at no cost but your preparation time. 2. Get charitable Is there a cause that is close to your heart? How can your photo skills help them out? Maybe a local animal shelter could use professional photos of the animals to help them get adopted quickly. Maybe there is an organization that helps the homeless find work, and those folks could use headshots. Make it something that resonates with your cause, or with your target clientele. Donated product photography for African refugee business owners 3. Tell your friends and family Often just telling people what you’re enthusiastic about will also get them excited and make them want to help you. By just letting people you know what you’re working on, and what you have planned, they will often make suggestions or give you leads. There’s no need to do a sales pitch to them; just tell them about your life and what you have going on. 4. Put a photo on your business cards and hand them out to EVERYONE We all have some sort of business card, so why not put a photo on there that will make people notice? It will give them something to “ooh and aah” over when they first get your card, and it will be a memorable card that they’ll recall easily. Color photos on back side of business card 5. Seek out opportunities and ask for a chance If you want to shoot large events, check local calendars or your convention center for what’s going on in your...

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Free Downloads For Photographers

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015 in Featured, Photography Tips

Free Downloads For Photographers

Who doesn’t like free stuff? As a starving artist, any freebie I can get my hands on that can help my photography business is a win. Below we’ve provided 4 items for you to download and use free of charge. We hope that these will help you in your business and feel free to pass them along to any of your photography friends as well! Here’s a list of free downloads available for our SLR Lounge Community 1. Free Photography WordPress Theme Your website will be your virtual storefront and that means it needs to look sharp! We’ve updated our WordPress Photography Theme and for a limited time, it’s free for our readers. Head over and download it now! 2. Free Photography Contract In our lawsuit happy culture, it’s always important to make sure you and your business are protected. Make sure you have a solid contract in place and be sure to have your clients (and even the non paying subjects) sign it. You never know what might happen. Here is a Photography Contract template to get you started. 3. Free Temperature Throw Ebook ‘Temperature Throw’ is a fun technique created by Post Production Pye to add some interest to a scene. Check out this free eBook tutorial on how to make your images more unique using this method. 4. Free Model Release Like a solid photography contract, you should have all of your clients and models sign a model release. Again, it’s always wise to make sure all agreements on photo usage are made in writing. Better safe than sorry.        Share...

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Great Gifts For Photographers

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Candid, canon, Featured, landscape, macro, nikon, Photography Tips, photoshop, Wildlife

Great Gifts For Photographers

By popular demand, Photography Blogger is putting together another Great Gifts For Photographers, 2nd Edition. If you’ve got a photographer that you’re going to shop for over the holidays or are having trouble figuring out what to get an aspiring photographer, then you’ll appreciate these great ideas to help you find that perfect photography gift. We also have sponsored Giveaways too! 1. Photography Education – Learn Online from Best Photography InstructorsCraftsy provides online photography education at great prices, they have many classes that would make a great gift for any photographer on your shopping list. Learn at your pace with easy-to-follow HD video lessons you can access on your computer and mobile device anytime, anywhere, forever. Makes a perfect gift. • 9 HD video lessons, anytime, anywhere • Class materials that include Rick’s gear list and photography tips • Hours of close-up instruction • Answers from Rick in our virtual classroom Creative Photography: Capturing Life Differently. For $54.99 you get: • 7 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere • Hours of close-up instruction • Answers from George in our virtual classroom • Class materials that include instructions on how to make a creative birthday backdrop Photographing Flowers. For $44.99 you get: • 7 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere • A downloadable gear list • Detailed video instruction • Direct feedback from Harold in our virtual classroom Photographing Birds in the Wild. For $54.99 you get:• 8 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere • Hours of close-up instruction • Answers from Neil in our virtual classroom • Class materials that include Neil’s gear list and photography tips Shooting Intimate Landscapes. For $54.99 you get:• 8 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere • Downloadable gear lists and shooting tips • Detailed instruction, explanation and demo • Direct feedback from Rob, in our virtual classroom Family Moments – Candid Moments & Story Telling. For $35.99 you get:• 8 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere • Hours of close-up instruction • Answers from Kirk Tuck in our virtual classroom • Downloadable class materials Photographing Wildlife. or $54.99 you get:• 7 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere • Class materials, including Juan’s gear list and resources • Hours of close-up instruction • Answers from Juan in our virtual classroom Travel Photography: The Essential Guide. For $49.99 you get:• 7 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access • Class materials • Hours of close-up instruction • Answers from Jad in our virtual classroom Breaking Into the Business of Photography. For $54.99 you get:• 8 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere • Class materials that include sample contracts • Hours of close-up instruction • Answers from Catherine in our virtual classroom You can check out more of Craftsy’s online classes here. 2. Point & Shoot Digital Cameras Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS List Price: $299.95. Sale Price: $196.95 & Free Shipping. (Save: $103.00) Full...

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Great Gifts For Photographers, 2nd Edition – Photography Blogger

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Candid, canon, Featured, landscape, macro, nikon, Photography Tips, photoshop, Wildlife

Great Gifts For Photographers, 2nd Edition – Photography Blogger

By popular demand, Photography Blogger is putting together another Great Gifts For Photographers, 2nd Edition. If you’ve got a photographer that you’re going to shop for over the holidays or are having trouble figuring out what to get an aspiring photographer, then you’ll appreciate these great ideas to help you find that perfect photography gift. 1. Photography Education – Learn Online from Best Photography InstructorsCraftsy provides online photography education at great prices, they have many classes that would make a great gift for any photographer on your shopping list. Learn at your pace with easy-to-follow HD video lessons you can access on your computer and mobile device anytime, anywhere, forever. Makes a perfect gift. • 9 HD video lessons, anytime, anywhere • Class materials that include Rick’s gear list and photography tips • Hours of close-up instruction • Answers from Rick in our virtual classroom Creative Photography: Capturing Life Differently. For $55.99 you get: • 7 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere • Hours of close-up instruction • Answers from George in our virtual classroom • Class materials that include instructions on how to make a creative birthday backdrop Photographing Flowers. For $30.99 you get: • 7 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere • A downloadable gear list • Detailed video instruction • Direct feedback from Harold in our virtual classroom Photographing Birds in the Wild. For $40.99 you get:• 8 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere • Hours of close-up instruction • Answers from Neil in our virtual classroom • Class materials that include Neil’s gear list and photography tips Shooting Intimate Landscapes. For $35.99 you get:• 8 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere • Downloadable gear lists and shooting tips • Detailed instruction, explanation and demo • Direct feedback from Rob, in our virtual classroom Family Moments – Candid Moments & Story Telling. For $35.99 you get:• 8 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere • Hours of close-up instruction • Answers from Kirk Tuck in our virtual classroom • Downloadable class materials Photographing Wildlife. or $55.99 you get:• 7 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere • Class materials, including Juan’s gear list and resources • Hours of close-up instruction • Answers from Juan in our virtual classroom Travel Photography: The Essential Guide. For $50.99 you get:• 7 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access • Class materials • Hours of close-up instruction • Answers from Jad in our virtual classroom Breaking Into the Business of Photography. For $30.99 you get:• 8 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere • Class materials that include sample contracts • Hours of close-up instruction • Answers from Catherine in our virtual classroom You can check out more of Craftsy’s online classes here. 2. Point & Shoot Digital Cameras Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS List Price: $299.95. Sale Price: $196.95 & Free Shipping. (Save: $103.00) Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound...

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