July 7, 2018

5 Surprises When I Started My Photography Business

Let me start by saying, I am still learning…not just in photography, or the art of running my own business, but in life. I’m no expert, but I work hard and really care, and honestly want to do well and make those around me happy, so I think that’s a great place to start every morning.

I think when you go to your local courthouse to purchase a business license, you should be required by your state to attend a course on how to start a business; you should sign up for the course and attend before you’re even given your licence. The cost should be factored into the payment for your initial licence. In a perfect world there would also be a system in place so that your class not only covers the basics of starting a business, but also instruction on your particular business-details that pertain to you. I realize the latter part of that plan may be a little much to ask, but the former is a rational idea.

5 Big Surprises

You’ll spend more time at your computer than you will behind your camera=MIND BLOWN.

  • 2) Time spent marketing- It’s important to walk among your audience and reach them. This includes various social media platforms-Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter are the ones I’m involved in. I know there are others, but these are enough to keep me busy. Remember, it’s called social media for a reason. Interact with your followers and those you are following. It’s bad form to only post images and leave. That’s like showing up to a party to try to sell something and walking out after your pitch. BE SOCIAL.


           Check out the statistics on daily use of these platforms:

  • Almost 1.5 billion people log onto Facebook
  • Instagram has 500 million users
  • There are 157 million Twitter users
  • There are 2 million pins posted by Pinterest users


If this is where your potential clients are, you want to be there promoting your business.


  • 3) The value of patience- When I decided to dedicate myself to photography and to run a full-time photography business, I was told the same thing by several people. It will take at least three years before you’re successful and doing more than treading water. That seemed like a really long time to me, and honestly, I didn’t believe it. It’s been a little over three years since I began BANG Images. Now, I’m a believer! Coasting is never something you’ll do as a business owner. Success comes with much hard work and time.


  • 4) SEO. What’s that, you say? SEO, Search Engine Optimization. Would you believe I once had a conversation with a famous wedding photographer who pointed out a mistake I was making and said it would have a negative impact on my SEO, and I didn’t believe him?!? And now I ask myself, “WHY, oh why, are you so stubborn?” I didn’t understand SEO and thought if my photographs were good enough, the business would come and I didn’t need to learn about SEO to be successful. WRONG. Learn it. Practice it. Master it. Take a look at this link for the most up-to-date info. https://backlinko.com/seo-this-year


  • 5) The art of communication- I speak for many people I know that consider themselves photographers, or artists, or both when I say, communication doesn’t always come easily for creative people. In fact, “introvert” is the word I hear most often in these circles. The art of communication is something I’ve personally had to work on. Obviously, I knew I’d be interacting with others, but coming across as confident and making others comfortable during a photo session, are skills I hadn’t considered. And small talk is not my strong suit, but I’ve definitely gotten better.

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  1. Dubai Expo says:

    What an incredible work! Not only was it informative but also nicely written. To the point. Would like to read more from this space. Dubai

  2. jennifer alsabrook-turner says:

    Thanks! Come back anytime!

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