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Start making money with photography today with help from Vadim Chiline, Canada’s most successful jewelry photographer.

Most photographers lack the business foundations needed to stay alive for 3 years, let alone a decade and prosper. This is the course for you.

vadim-3Have 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)

About the course

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.

Watch one lesson from this course

Course Breakdown:

Total Running Time:  3.5+ hours

Level: From beginner to professional

  • 1. Your first Steps to Success in Commercial Photography

    1.1 Your first steps to success in commercial photography
    1.2 You’re not only a photographer
    1.3 When should you quit your day job?
    1.4 Finding yourself and defining your portfolio
    1.5 Is doing free work bad?
    1.6 Getting clients — The state of marketing today
    1.7 How to source products to garnish your portfolio?

  • 2. What are you worth?

    2.1 Conditions that affect your photography fees
    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”
    4.3 What should a quote look like and contain?
    4.4 Terms and conditions

  • 5. The invoice

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

    6.1 Keeping paperwork in order
    6.2 Business expenses
    6.3 Working with a professional accountant
    6.4 Accounting software

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

    7.1 Dealing with slow paying clients; Making first contact
    7.2 Ways to recover your money
    7.3 Handling clients promising you big volumes of work

  • 8. Growing your business with external help

  • 9. Your studio

    9.1 Home studio vs external studio
    9.2 Things to consider for your studio space
    9.3 The hidden costs of renting a studio space

  • 10. Protecting yourself and your business with insurance

  • 11. Dealing with clients: The good, the bad, and the ugly

  • BONUS: Several questions I’ve been asked and have collected through Photigy. My personal answers to them. (Additional content to be released soon)

  • Downloads: Sample Invoices, quotes and estimates

    Real documents from real business, for you as an example

Take this Course

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3 Monthly Payments

$117.00 / month for 3 monthsRead more

Course Curriculum

Photography Business – Your first Steps to Success in Commercial Photography (part 1) 00:22:00
Photography Business – Your first Steps to Success in Commercial Photography (part 2) 00:35:00
Photography Business – 2. What are you worth? 00:16:00
Photography Business – 3. Copyright and licensing — What is it? 00:21:00
Photography Business – 4. How to create estimates like a pro 00:44:00
Photography Business – 5. Invoices & collecting money 00:02:00
Photography Business – 6. Dealing with slow or non-paying clients and false promises 00:14:00
Photography Business – 7. Bookkeeping and accounting: Knowing what’s going on 00:15:00
Photography Business – 8. Growing your business 00:10:00
Photography Business – 9. Home studio vs external studio? 00:22:00
Photography Business – 10. Insurance for your business 00:08:00
Photography Business – 11. Clients: How to deal with the good, the bad, and the ugly types out there. 00:07:00
Photography Business – BONUS: Several questions I’ve been asked and have collected through Photigy. My personal answers to them. 00:00:00
Invoices, Estimates and more 00:00:00

Course Reviews


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  1. Learn in a few hours what will otherwise take years.


    Vadim, this is a really great course. I have some really cool shots on my portfolio and it’s time to move on. I was really excited when this was announced!

    I’ve only started listening to the course and so far whatever I’ve heard is really informative. I’m getting a very good understanding of the market in relatively little time. If I’d had this course a year or so ago… I spent way too many precious hours creating my website (www.graphbydee.com). Based on Vadim’s website information I’d have done it differently and saved myself quite some trouble.

    And I haven’t even finished the course yet…

  2. Great Business Resource Material !


    Vadim, Nicely done video !

    I’ve been a non – photography, business owner for many many years.
    We have to keep learning for the rest of our business life.
    This video is great resource for any business, well thought out business material topics with plenty of details
    It is real life stuff, it hits where business owners live.
    It is something I can study, re – review when needed.
    Now that I’ve listened to it from beginning to end,
    I know, when I may be at a spot where I need to refresh insight ,
    I can find the topic needed, jot a few notes to help with setting those goals.
    Again …. great video, really helpful for me.



  3. Wanting to move your photography business to the next level then you need this course


    This course is exactly what I have been looking for,and I have to say was more informative than I thought it would be. As a self taught photographer I am always looking for ways to expand my photography skills and knowledge. There is a ton of information and courses on the web to show you how to shoot and how to edit but not so much on how to set up and run your Photography Business.
    This course does just that, Vadim discusses everything from when you should take the leap and quit your day job, what to look for and how to set up your studio, what insurance you should have and why you should have it and how you should deal with your clients, the good one and the bad ones.
    Vadim is also great in answering any questions you may have about the course or photography and business in general in a quick and friendly manner. I recommend this course to all who want the take their business to the next level
    Great course Vadim and I’m looking forward to the next one that you do.

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