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Announce, an upcoming course: How to Start, Survive & Make Money as a Photographer

Have you been questioning how to start, or move your commercial photography business forwards but aren’t sure how to handle the business world?

Do you have trouble handling estimates and clients properly?

Perhaps you don’t have enough clients, or perhaps too many bad ones?

Are you established and are curious to know how to take it to the next level?

Well, if you like to learn by example – Vadim Chiline, photographer and creative director at EpicMind Studio will share his day-to-day methods that he uses to not only survive, but increase his brand and business each year for over a decade with several anecdotes of the ups and downs of his studio.

Most of us are not born with business minds or personalities – having started out as a web developer he has transitioned careers to not only be “another photographer”, but to be regarded as one of the top luxury product photographers today.

Learn to avoid the many mistakes photographers make when running their business – stay busy doing things right.

Author: Vadim Chiline (www.epicmind.com)

This course is for you, if you:

  • You are looking to start a commercial photography business
  • Want to avoid making common mistakes in business
  • Have a photography business, but are wondering what you can do to get to the next level.

 Course is coming soon

Course Breakdown:

Total Running Time:  4+ hours

Level: Intermediate

  • 1. Your first Steps to Success in Commercial Photography

    1.1 What mindset and qualities does it take?
    1.2 You’re not only a photographer
    1.3 When should you quit your day job?
    1.4 Finding yourself and what should your portfolio contain?
    1.5 How to source products to garnish your portfolio
    1.6 Is doing free work bad?
    1.7 Getting clients – The state of marketing today

  • 2. What are you worth?

    2.1 Conditions that affect your general rates
    2.2 What are you worth? Determining your base rate
    2.3 Factors affecting your creative fee

  • 3. Copyright and licensing — What is it?

    3.1 Owning the rights vs work for hire
    3.2 How to protect your images from theft and illegal usage?
    3.3 The usage fee

  • 4. How to create estimates like a pro

    4.1 Handling inquiries professionally: Human psychology 101
    4.2 Negotiating: The art of saying “No”, sometimes
    4.3 What should a quote look like and contain?
    4.4 Terms and conditions
    4.5 An example of one of my own quotes

  • 5. Invoices & collecting money

    5.1 Creating an invoice
    5.2 Following-up on invoices, key times
    5.3 An example of one of my invoices

  • 6. Dealing with slow or non-paying clients and false promises of volume of work.

    6.1 How to make contact before it’s too late
    6.2 Possible ways to recover your money
    6.3 The “give me your best price” for “large volumes of work” promises

  • 7. Bookkeeping and accounting: Knowing what’s going on

    7.1 Being diligent with papers and files
    7.2 Accounting software to help you know how your business is doing
    7.3 What can you expense?

  • 8. Growing your business

    8.1 Ways your business could be suffering
    8.2 Hiring assistants and why
    8.3 Working with photo reps

  • 9. Home studio vs external studio?

    9.1 Things to consider
    9.2 What are things to consider when searching for a studio space
    9.3 The hidden costs of a studio

  • 10. Insurance for your business

  • 11. Clients: How to deal with the good, the bad, and the ugly types out there.

  • BONUS: Several questions I’ve been asked and have collected through Photigy. My personal answers to them.

Course is coming soon

1 responses on "Announce, an upcoming course: How to Start, Survive & Make Money as a Photographer"

  1. Hey when it is coming to us ? I can’t wait:)

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