When dealing with luxury weddings at a certain price point, clients can sometimes feel like they can call all the shots. Even when it comes to how the shots are taken. Gurvir Johal is based in the UK and specializes in Luxury Asian Wedding Photography. And while he travels all over the world to shoot weddings, he often meets clients in his office in London. That’s where he’s often met with what he describes as internet-planted questions from couples.
“They come in with a list of questions they think they are supposed to ask that they must have read on a forum or in a magazine.” Gurvir humors the couples, answering even the silliest queries. But there was one increasingly common one that forced the photographer to create a special album.
When it comes to time spent for income earned, mini sessions are king. A survey of some of our ShootDotEdit photographers revealed that a successful mini session campaign around the holidays can make or break the year for many small businesses.
Here are three tips we learned from other Professional Wedding and Portrait Photographers for making mini sessions work year-round — especially during the holidays.
Santa Claus is big business this time of year and Professional Wedding and Portrait Photographers are cashing in. With the wedding off-season fast approaching, photographers in colder climates are making up for a lack of wedding income with special holiday-themed mini photo sessions. Many photographers target their current clients and offer spur of the moment photo booth style shots.
“I offer a reasonably priced 15-minute holiday session where the client can choose what they want in their set. Options include: wreaths, presents, lights and small handheld type things like snowflakes and bells for little kids to play with to keep them smiling.”
While quick and easy works for many photographers looking to up their income during the holiday season, some go all out — creating a buzz and a sense of FOMO (fear of missing out) among their colleagues.
“We’ve talked about doing personal Santa experiences with families. Hiring a professional Santa and giving each family 15-20 minutes to meet and take family photos with and without Santa. I’ve heard of photographers making thousands in a weekend with this idea.”
Santa may be the star of the show before Christmas, but don’t rule out other holiday-themed ideas, like a family pajama party that can live on long into the winter months. And, if you pair holiday-themed photo sessions with holiday photo print sales with EXTRA, your income won’t skip a beat this winter.
Happy Holidays from everyone here at ShootDotEdit! May they be merry and full of photography sessions!
Featuring an interview with Ryan Burhop, SDE Client and EXTRA pro user.
For many wedding photographers, the income stream from a wedding ends when the images have been delivered to the clients. Digital images delivered means job done. Right!
But what if that wasn’t the final answer? What if you could continue to make money after the wedding with no more work than you’re already doing? You’d be all in on that, right? Do I hear a “heck yes!” from the crowd? If so, let me introduce you to Extra — a stunning wedding photo gallery site that sells prints for ShootDotEdit clients and ALSO offers free storage, free hosting, an automated state-of-the-art sales & marketing engine, and takes zero commission.
Simply put, taking advantage of Extra after every wedding generates the closest thing to free money you can get.
As the premier professional photography printing lab in the country, White House Custom Colour (WHCC) has been serving photographers from around the world for decades. As a family-run company with a 35+ year history, WHCC has grown to offer hundreds of products to photographers, solidifying its place at the top of the “one stop shop” photo lab industry.
With so many on tap, we wanted to introduce you to just a few of their stand-out offerings such as wall art and albums, as well as how they—above all other photo labs in the country—put the photographer (and photographer sales) at the forefront of their mission.
Once the hard work of shooting a wedding is over, many photographers continue to earn extra income by selling products and print sales.
Make Good Use of Holiday Coupon Codes for Print Sales
We conducted a survey of some of our best ShootDotEdit photographers to get tips on how they increase their income in the off-season. Across the board, coupon codes and vouchers seem to be a foolproof way of encouraging clients to buy printed products in the winter months.
Featuring Anna Marie Cooper, Alistair Jones and Aaron Morris
Our customers hail from all over America and abroad. We often highlight our stateside standouts, but we thought it would be nice to show the UK some love. We interviewed three exceptional UK-based photographers and learned quite a bit about the wedding industry across the pond.
Bud Johnson has photographed weddings in Europe, Iceland, and all over the US. In the beginning of his career, the Savannah, Georgia-based photographer used to travel constantly for work. But a lot has changed over the last ten years of the photographer’s career.
Bud now has a wife and four young children at home, so he’s less excited about jet setting these days. When Bud decided he didn’t want to travel as much, he picked up and moved his family to Savannah, a known hub for weddings.
When Catherine Hall was just starting out as a professional photographer, she had the intention of living a life free from debt. The Wedding, Portrait, and Commercial photographer graduated at the top of her class at California Polytechnic and furthered her education in art at Oxford University. She knew the value of keeping her costs low while also building her new business.
“I started off living and working in a tiny apartment in New York. The room was so small that you couldn’t even open the door without hitting the bed.”