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Old 04-14-2017, 08:01 AM   #1
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Default Wife's New Business: advice needed

Hey Guys, this is my first time posting on this thread, but I am helping my wife get going with her photography business. I know that this is a hobby thread and she does very typical shoots: school photos, engagement and wedding pictures. But I wanted some advice on how to best encourage her. She has gotten very good feedback from her shoots--she has done over a dozen, but they have all been with people we know.

So it is the standard "they are just blowing smoke because they know us". Any advice? I know we need to start with clients outside of our immediate known group, but anything else to help with confidence and getting her some feedback?


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Old 04-14-2017, 08:48 AM   #2
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Post her pics on here and there will be honest positive and negative feedback.
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:02 PM   #3
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^ This...
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:54 PM   #4
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Let's see some pics
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:33 AM   #5
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Hi there, you should post some pics.
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:37 AM   #6
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Post her pics on here and there will be honest positive and negative feedback.


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Old 04-21-2017, 08:54 AM   #7
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Have her get with a few local high school boys or girls who think they might want to model. Gotta start a portfolio somehow. A few hours on the weekend. You'll probably have to start with doing them for free to get a portfolio started, but once word gets out, then you start charging. I've seen several local photographers use this and have built a pretty good clientele.
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:57 AM   #8
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I'm in the real estate business and there is a high demand for photographers who can take high-quality and aesthetically pleasing photos of a home for marketing materials. Perhaps that could be another market that she can look into? (Related advice- plenty of opportunities out there if you want to get creative)
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Old 04-21-2017, 09:48 AM   #9
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SmugMug has some pretty nice business tools and options. She might want to check into it. https://www.smugmug.com/plans/business

I haven't gotten very deeply into it, but it allows you to set your markups so that your clients can order directly from SmugMug, but you get 85% of whatever amount you've decided to markup SmugMug's normal print costs. They send you a check and I believe they send you a 1099 at the end of the year for taxes. For some states, I think they even handle sales tax, but not for Texas if I remember correctly. Anyway, it could be a handy way to run a small photography business without as many of the business headaches.

I have mine set up and you can see it here... https://davidharkins.smugmug.com/

But I haven't actually sold anything with it yet.
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Old 04-23-2017, 04:58 PM   #10
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I looked at yours today David and it looks nice. Reminded me that I need to get back on mine.
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