I’m Mark Lait and I created a portrait photography business which turns over in excess of a million dollars a year from nothing, if you want to learn how I did this, check out our you tube channel and while you’re there, subscribe to the page and make sure you ring the bell to stay informed.
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One of the best photography business tips I can give you is just to start, when you give someone the result they want, and you don’t need anything.
Studios, websites, expensive cameras – they’re great to have but you don’t need them to get started or make money. If you’re saying these kinds of things then stop it because they’re just excuses and you’re only kidding yourself. There’s a video on our youtube page called ‘Starting Simply’ which goes into this a bit more but I felt I needed to make a point of this because I’m getting a little but tired of people telling me that they’re not ready, when will they be ready? When will you be ready? Have you got a camera – yes, have you got a park nearby or a leafy backyard – yes, have you got some editing software – yes – everybody has nowdays, have you got a TV to show people their photos on – yes – then you’re ready. If you have got these things, the only thing that is stopping you is yourself. There’s a broader overview of this and other issues concerning starting out on the article called ‘Roadmap to success’ which you can find here
Do you want to make money as a photographer? If you do, you can’t afford to be a scaredy cat – this is business and they are customers, if you let them walk all over you, guess what? they will! Business can be brutal but what happens to you is your choice. My choice was to move slowly and start charging the same amount of money as my peers from the start, it works, when people ask me how to start a photography business I tell them to start by finding out whether they can be profitable or not and a great way to do that is to get the document called ‘Knowing the cost of a session’ you can download it here
You don’t need state of the art equipment, you don’t need 1000 fans on your facebook page, you don’t need to wait until you’re ready because you’ll be waiting for the rest of your life.
So what do you need, you need what you already have, you need to be stubborn, you need to believe that you can do it, other people have so why can’t you?
I’d be grateful if you would share this and I look forward to hooking up again in the next lesson when I’ll be talking about why you’re never too old to start a photography business – see you then.