Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Lets Talk!!!

Hi Everyone,

Use this space to talk with each other or to ask a question. We know how important it is to surround yourself with people that want the same thing. In this case we all love photography and want to turn it into a career. That is exactly what we wanted over 10 years ago and now it's a reality.

We now want to share our knowledge and experiences with the "Just starting out crowd". You can save so much time and energy if you just had a mentor or successful business to show you the way.

So don't be shy. No matter how silly you feel your questions are, just ask. That's how you will succeed.

If your not currently on our insider list, you can be added by filling out the form on the right.

Take Care!

Scott & Lisa


Julie said...

I hope that as this sort of business grows that there will be enough business to go around to the lesser experienced.

Janet said...

Hi Julie! I'm sure there will be plenty of business for everyone. There are more people in the world than photographers! :)
It's all about the advertising!

newphotobiz said...

I couldn't have said it better myself.

The key is being different. Once people start talking about how good you are...there's no limit.

You will actually be in control of your market.

We have built a reputation that you better call early or you don't get in. We didn't start out that way, but the more raving fans you have the bigger your business will become.

Tiyo W. Prasetyo said...

hi, my name is Tiyo from the other side of the world (I live in Jakarta, Indonesia). I'm hoping to learn a lot about children photography from you guys.. Thanks & God bless!

Anonymous said...

This is just what I needed to get myself jump started into forming a children's photography business. I plan on getting a business name and web site soon. The next step will be the equipment. I'm kind of glad that you are putting these videos up a little at a time. It gives me a chance to purchase and pay for the equipment plus I don't feel like I'm overwhelmed with information. Thanks for making it so easy to understand. I can't wait for more information. I'm excited.

Anonymous said...

Just hopped in here after your prompt email Scott.

I really enjoyed reading and watching Module 1 and can not wait for the rest to be completed.

I am quite new to photography and would be over the moon if I even made one dollar from it !!!

I have had very positive comments about my work so far from friends and family, and my theory is, if "normal" non professional types like my photos, then others may also.

I have not done much child photography, though can see a huge market for it in my home town.

I look forward to studying more and keeping you all updated with my progress. I have just registered my website name. www.PreciousExpressions.com.au What do you think?

Michael Stephens
Melbourne, Australia

P.S. I registered this web domain before I knew it already exsisted as a .com. hahaha

Jessi said...

Hi Guys, I have to say your information is simple and to the point. Its a great step by step on how to get started and how to make some magic. I am enjoying the info provided very much. And we are anticipating creating our own studio.

I have a specific question for everyone. We are considering starting a studio in our home. My main question is, if we set it up in our garage, we have no external door except the 2 car garage door. What have people done in the past as an entryway for customers? Do you open the garage door? Do they come through your home? (this is something I prefer NOT to do because of pets and little kids and keeping the house spotless.) This is my MAJOR concern and question and I would love some feedback please!!

Thanks! Jessi

eugene said...

hi scott just a note to say your courses are great for learning, well done and keep up the great work!!

bridget said...

I have a question about studio space. I know in your video you suggest a space 20 feet by 11 feet. I don't have that big of space to work with in my home. I have a room that is 11 feet by 12 feet. Could I make this room work?

newphotobiz said...

Hi Bridget,

I wouldn't let the size you have to work with stop you. I'm a big believer in making what you have work.

Sure it will be a little cramped, but you can set up a small studio in a 10x12 space.

I would still purchase the larger backdrops that are 10x15. This will allow you to use them if you ever do expand.

I say go for it. Once you get set up, I would love to see what you co me up with.

Good Luck!

Jessi said...

Any suggestions as where to set up an in home studio? Are most people using an assigned room in their home or transforming a room for the day of the shoot? Any tips as to what people do when first starting out would be appreciated.

Anonymous said...

How come your link on the right doesnt connect?

Dan said...


I have my first paid photo shoot coming up and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on where they take their digital files for printing.

I am shooting portraits for a basketball league in my town and I estimate I will need around 600-1000 prints ranging from wallets to 8 x 10.

I've checked out several online print companies, however I am interested if anyone else had any input.



Jessi said...

I love smugmug.com, and if you pay the highest tier for their services: $149.95-ish a year you can price the prints at whatever cost you want and they ship them directly to your clients. All you do is upload the photos, and send your clients the link. then allow printing.

Dan said...

Thanks Jessie,

I'll take a look.

Anonymous said...

I would like to respond to the previous comment about lab printing services...I personally use photoreflect. They provide a free service, you get a storefront, you can personalize it and set your own pricing then just choose a lab from their list of labtricity labs! It great...

Lyn said...

Hi Scott and Lisa,
I purchased your course and look forward to digging my teeth into it. You have put a lot of effort into this course and hope that all will benefit. Thank you very much for the great information and will let you know how it all goes.
All the best to you,

mike @ http://lifethroughthelens.smugmug.com said...

When I came across Scott and Lisa's first video and signed up, I was anxious to get going. I had my first portrait shoot on site with new gear and wanted it to all go well. I was shooting the homeschool group's school pictures (did I tell ya my wife home schools) and was doing the sitting for free to get my info out there. I've already have felt what Scott talked about with receiving requests for my work. I was lucky enough this past weekend to pick up a brand new in the wrapper copy of Adobe Photshop CS3- Extended for $80, I was stoked. But wow, I was overwelmed again looking at Photoshop and all the tools, etc. I can't thank you all for the great beginner's tutorials for photoshop, it is just what the dr. ordered (actually my first shot tomorrow is for a dr.'s family) I love that it is geared toward the photographer. PS is so powerful and you can do so much design work with it that it can become overwelming quickly. Not sure if you have planned any video's on colorizing B&W photos' something real simple in layers (watched a ton of video's on Youtube, before I got your latest email with these) or changing eye color etc to make a B&W pop. I think there is a certain market there for the colorization b&w's

but button line, thanks for the great info you're sharing and opening this up to allow other's to share as well.

Lori O'Neil said...

Hi! I found this site while looking online and thought I'd check it out. I am currently enrolled in a photography course through New York institute of photography. I have to say I love this site. It is so nice to listen to your pod casts. I have learned stuff from this site also. So you are doing a great Job. I love the picture of the feet. I was one of those people who thought I needed to wait to start my business till I learned absolutely everything. Now I know I don't have too. I have had two people tell me they want me to photograph thier child. I was reluctant to say yes till I have finished the course. Now I know I will be calling them up to tell them anytime they want! Thanks Lori

Anonymous said...

Help! Can anyone tell me the difference/advantages/disadvantages of shooting RAW versus TIFF versus JPEG? I understand RAW can be edited the easiest I think but anything else I should know?