Do you have a dream?
A big, exciting and maybe a little scary dream to have a successful, profitable and creative photography business doing exactly what you love for wonderful, grateful clients? Or do you want to bring your business to the next level of fun and profit.? If so, then this Podcast is for you.
For over 36 years, I have made a great living as portrait and wedding business, Luci Dumas Fine Photography, with no other source of income. No rich husband or lottery winnings, through the ups and downs of the industry and economy.
Now as a business coach with Insight Training for Photographers, I love love love to support photographers who want to do the same. This podcast is full of practical business info, and insights gained from my years in business, plus interviews with amazing people. My desire is to help you along on your joyful journey to success, however that looks to you. Feel free to connect with me at www.lucidumascoaching.com to learn about my training options.
159: Bernie Griffiths and the Secrets to Million Dollar Studio Success
Do you want to make A MILLION DOLLARS?!My guest this week, Bernie Griffiths is going to tell you how!With 40+ years experience in the biz, Bernie is a* Studio Owner* Photography Speaker* Business Coach* & Author of 2 books available now on Amazon, Success Secrets of a Professional Photographer and Quantum Leap My LifeWe are so lucky to have an hour to pick his brain! Bernie gives the scoop on topics such as: * Why some photographers fail & others don’t* How to use Facebook ads like a pro* Assessing whether a lead is really for you* + more!We are so lucky to have an hour to pick his brain! Listen now at the link in bio or wherever you listen to podcastsAnd connect with Bernie at berniegriffiths.com (http://berniegriffiths.com)firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com)Photography Business Coach Luci Dumas’ Programs:* lucidumascoaching.com (https://lucidumascoaching.com/)* https://www.instagram.com/theprofitablephotographer_pod/ (https://www.instagram.com/theprofitablephotographer_pod/)* https://www.facebook.com/LuciDumasCoaching (https://www.facebook.com/LuciDumasCoaching)
158: Charlene Stackle Explains Why Photographers Need Virtual Assistants
Are you overwhelmed with “all the things” to be done to run your photography business in a way that is fun and highly profitable? Then this interview is for you.In this episode of The Profitable Photographer with Luci Dumas, Charlene Stackle gives us some super helpful explanation about the types of Virtual Assistants and why we might need a VA in our business. She also helps us think about ways we can specifically use them to help us have effective actions and more time to do what can grow our business.She is a video & content marketer who specializes in virtual assistant services for and creates ease, consistency, and joy for portrait photographers & creators. She can be your biz bestie that does marketing, social, & video for you.I loved having a conversation with Char and learning* The difference between two areas a VA can help us with…project based assignments and ongoing task* Where to find them* How to determine who might be a good fit and* What we might expect to investThanks, Char, for a great conversation with tons of useful info.News Flash!!! My group coaching program to help you become a Master Sales Person is open for enrollment and I would love to have you join us. Just click the “classes” tab on my website www.lucidumascoaching.com to learn more.Char has a gift for you called “The Ultimate VA Tasks for Photographers”https://www.actionarrowmedia.com/pl/2147582905 (https://www.actionarrowmedia.com/pl/2147582905)and her contact info is* firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com)* actionarrowmedia.com (http://actionarrowmedia.com)* https://www.facebook.com/ActionArrowMedia (https://www.facebook.com/ActionArrowMedia)* https://www.instagram.com/actionarrowmedia/ (https://www.instagram.com/actionarrowmedia/)* https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlenestackle/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlenestackle/)Photography Business Coach Luci Dumas’ Programs:* lucidumascoaching.com (http://lucidumascoaching.com)* https://www.instagram.com/theprofitablephotographer_pod/ (https://www.instagram.com/theprofitablephotographer_pod/)* https://www.facebook.com/LuciDumasCoaching (https://www.facebook.com/LuciDumasCoaching)
157: Chip Dizárd - Conversations about Intentional Diversity and Finding Ideal Photography Clients
“It’s like a train. It’s going to pick up steam. If you keep at it, the referrals, the ideal clients will come. Do good work and do right by people. You can do it.”It’s true what they say about your gifts making room for you: At the tender age of ten, Chip Dizárd received a piece of technology that would change the trajectory of his life.On Christmas Eve 1978, he opened a gift and fell in love with the magic technology could create. His Atari 2600 would open his mind to exploring things and creating memories that last a lifetime.As the years have progressed, so has his gift. Chip has been able to work with schools, churches, and businesses to grow their influence in their local and global communities. Skilled in web development, videography, photography, education, and public speaking Chip has taken his passion for technology and made it his mission to teach others. Our hostess Luci Dumas and Chip chat about finding your ideal client by “eliminating the worst and expanding on the best,” homing in on their interests and tastes, and knowing exactly where to find them. Chip also whittles the art of finding your niche down to three questions: What are you passionate about?, What are you good at?, and What drives your economic engine?Finally, Chip speaks on his mission to promote diversity and inclusion via his personal brand as a wedding photographer, and encourages others in the industry to do the same in their own way.The key to incorporating diversity and inclusion in your business successfully? For Chip, it’s all about keeping this reality in mind: They’re not buying our services. They’re buying how our services make them feel.Key Topics:* Moving beyond having only friends and family as clients (4:10)* How to find your ideal clients (17:14)* Where to find your first few clients (24:50)* How to find your niche (30:48)* Diversity and inclusion in the event industry (38:15)* The challenge of “being noticed” as a woman or Person of Color in the event industry (50:57)* Chip’s parting words (58:17)* Luci’s wrap-up (59:27)Resources:* The Ideal Client Checklist: Email firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) and mention The Profitable Photographer* Get in touch with Chip Dizárd:* Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com)* chipdizard.com (http://chipdizard.com)* https://chipdizardweddings.com (https://chipdizardweddings.com)Photography Business Coach Luci Dumas’ Programs:* lucidumascoaching.com (http://lucidumascoaching.com)* https://www.instagram.com/theprofitablephotographer_pod/ (https://www.instagram.com/theprofitablephotographer_pod/)* https://www.facebook.com/LuciDumasCoaching (https://www.facebook.com/LuciDumasCoaching)
156: Luci Dumas-Using the 5 Love Languages in Business
Today, our hostess and Mastercraftsman Photographer Luci Dumas unpacks the 5 Love Languages and how we as business owners can use this concept to our advantage.Originally published in 1992 by Gary Chapman as a guide to the five general ways that romantic partners express and experience love, the observations behind the 5 Love Languages can easily be used to nurture any type of personal or even professional relationship.Listen in as Luci offers practical, tried-and-tested ways to demonstrate to your clients the love languages of physical touch, quality time, receiving gifts, words of affirmation, and acts of service to set your photography business apart from all the rest!Key Topics:* An introduction to the 5 Love Languages (2:08)* How Luci learned about the 5 Love Languages (5:07)* Incorporating practices in your business that hit on all five of the love languages (7:39)* Physical Touch (11:26)* Quality Time (13:07)* Receiving Gifts (17:07)* Words of Affirmation (21:16)* Acts of Service (24:58)Resources:* Discover your love language by taking the test at: https://www.5lovelanguages.com/quizzes/love-language (https://www.5lovelanguages.com/quizzes/love-language)* MidSouth Color Labs (https://midsouthcolor.com/)Photography Business Coach Luci Dumas’ Programs:* lucidumascoaching.com (http://lucidumascoaching.com)* https://www.instagram.com/theprofitablephotographer_pod/ (https://www.instagram.com/theprofitablephotographer_pod/)* https://www.facebook.com/LuciDumasCoaching (https://www.facebook.com/LuciDumasCoaching)
155: Bryan Welsh- Exactly What To Say
“If you can truly be curious, listen to them, ask questions and then you will get information from them so that you can deliver something. Curiosity leads to a place of empathy where then you can truly understand them and then you have the courage to act upon it.”Today, our hostess and Mastercraftsman Photographer Luci Dumas sits down with returning guest Bryan Welsh, a Master Photographer with 43 years of experience under his belt (between generations). He is a sought-after speaker whose mission is to create impact through creativity and storytelling.Our conversation focuses on Bryan’s takeaways from the book Exactly What to Say by Phil M. Jones regarding how photographers can improve their communication skills in order to ask great questions, which in turn lead to great conversations. Furthermore, he reveals the crucial difference between selling and professional selling.Listen in as Bryan speaks on the four cornerstones to professional selling: 1) The worst time to figure out what to say is when you need to say it. 2) Curiosity is the fuel. 3) People make decisions for their own reasons, not for yours. 4) The person asking the questions controls the conversation.Key Topics:* Positive and negative changes in the industry over the past four decades (4:48)* The first cornerstone (10:32)* The second cornerstone (16:35)* The third cornerstone (26:53)* The fourth cornerstone (34:27)* Overcoming the fear of trying to “convince” people (45:10)* Bryan’s upcoming workshops (47:12)* The power of “Just imagine” (50:28)* Luci’s wrap-up (56:06)Resources:BIG NEWS: Bryan will be teaching a day long class in Luci's studio in San Diego in September, 2022. Click here for the details: www.mitportraits.com/ewts (https://www.mitportraits.com/ewts)Get in touch with Bryan Welsh at:* firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com)* Contact #: 503-887-5150 (tel:5038875150)* www.theartfulbusiness.com (http://www.theartfulbusiness.com) (coming soon)* FB: BryanGWelsh (https://www.facebook.com/bryan.g.welsh)* LinkedIn: BryanGWelsh (https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryangwelsh/)* IG: BryanGWelsh (https://www.instagram.com/bryangwelsh/)Join Bryan’s upcoming workshops + contest:* www.mitportraits.com/ewts (http://www.mitportraits.com/ewts)Photography Business Coach Luci Dumas’ Programs:* lucidumascoaching.com (http://lucidumascoaching.com)* https://www.instagram.com/theprofitablephotographer_pod/ (https://www.instagram.com/theprofitablephotographer_pod/)* https://www.facebook.com/LuciDumasCoaching (https://www.facebook.com/LuciDumasCoaching)
154: Michael Mowbray - How to Enhance Your Photography with Off-Camera Flash
Today, our hostess and Mastercraftsman Photographer Luci Dumas sits down with Michael Mowbray, master photographer, author, teacher, IPC juror and entrepreneur. He is deeply involved in all aspects of the photography industry.His...
Wow, so much incredible information
I LOVE this podcast, not only is an incredible amount of information shared by Luci and her guests, but Luci’s summaries are so helpful. I listen to some of these podcasts repeatedly because I know I haven’t taken in all the good stuff in just one or two listens! Informative, thought provoking and often challenging! Thanks Luci, I always look forward to the next one!
I love this podcast - it’s full of tons of practical and realistic advice about the photography industry. It’s awesome to hear so many different perspectives from all facets of the business. Impressed that Luci takes the time to really get to know her guests. The conversations feel really natural.