Guest post from Featured Pro Kate Marie Warch of Kate Marie Photography:
When launching your own photography business, there is so much to consider. It can be quite overwhelming, but here are some tips that I have learned that may help you along the way!
1. Be patient.
It took awhile to develop your photography skills to where they are now, and it can take a significant amount of time to grow your business to where you want it to be.
Successful businesses do not happen overnight. It takes a ton of time and dedication, but it’s worth it to keep pushing towards your goal.
2. Be friendly and kind to everyone you meet.
You never know where your next clients will come from! Don’t be afraid to let people know what you do, and how you want to work with them. I am constantly networking with everyone I meet.
Whether it’s at a social gathering, at the gym, or random conversations with people you meet, I always make sure to mention that I’m a photographer who specializes in Maternity, Newborns, and (occasionally) weddings.
You’d be surprised how many people will usually say, “Oh, my friend just had a baby, I should give her your info,” etc. I ALWAYS have business cards on me!
Drop them at your local deli, post them on any bulletin boards around town, and (if you’re a portrait photographer like I am), leave them any place where families and kids hang out.
3. Be your brand.
I’ve often been told by people that when they look at my website, business cards, or photo packaging, that it looks “just like Kate.” Over the years, I have figured out the style I like (neutral colors, light & airy, timeless, and cute!).
It’s great to be inspired by other photographers, but I truly feel that to be successful, you have to be yourself.
4. Be curious.
The more you shoot, the more you learn! You have to practice to improve. Are you curious about how to achieve a certain effect? Look it up! Youtube can be your best friend. For instance, if you want to try to improve on wrapping your babies for newborn photography, practice on a doll!
5. Be generous.
At least twice a year, I hold a totally free session. It’s a great way to gain exposure among future repeat clients, not to mention it’s a great way to get your name out there a bit more.
One of my freebie shoot families in the past have become my most loyal clients, and have booked me numerous times since! I also always add a couple extra prints to all my client packages as a thank you for booking with me. It doesn’t cost me too much, and it’s always greatly appreciated by my clients.
6. Back up your files.
Just trust me on this one!
7. Be more confident.
You are passionate about your job, let that show! If you show clients that you are in control and confident in your abilities, they’ll trust you completely during and after the session.
You’ve got this! You are amazing!
8. Check your camera settings and your photos as you go.
You’d hate to find out, as you’re loading your photos onto a computer, that you had a big smudge on your lens, or that you were shooting with the wrong settings.
Save yourself a ton of editing time, and get it right in-camera!
Although I have been in business for over 7 years, every shoot is a different experience. It’s great to have a game plan to feel prepared, but most of the time, my plan goes out the window. I now have confidence to shoot on the fly because of all my experience.
It’s hard to master every aspect of photography. There is always room to learn about something more and improve. I still research how to take my photos to the next level constantly. Work hard, and with time and a little luck, you will reach your artistic and business goals! Happy photographing!
See more of Kate’s work by visiting her website, www.katemariewarch.com.