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A behind the scenes show about what it's *really* like to run a wedding photography business, by Jeff & Erin Youngren of The Youngrens. Being a wedding photographer in today's world is tough when all you see are highlight reels of everyone else's perfect business. Jeff & Erin get honest about all of the battles we face as creative entrepreneurs as they pull back the curtain on their 14 years of photographing weddings and running a large commercial photography studio. Episodes are a mix of practical trainings on how to run a photography business, conversations with brilliant creativepreneurs, and behind the scenes narrative episodes that tell the truth of what it's really like to be a creative business owner.

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A behind the scenes show about what it's *really* like to run a wedding photography business, by Jeff & Erin Youngren of The Youngrens. Being a wedding photographer in today's world is tough when all you see are highlight reels of everyone else's perfect business. Jeff & Erin get honest about all of the battles we face as creative entrepreneurs as they pull back the curtain on their 14 years of photographing weddings and running a large commercial photography studio. Episodes are a mix of practical trainings on how to run a photography business, conversations with brilliant creativepreneurs, and behind the scenes narrative episodes that tell the truth of what it's really like to be a creative business owner.

    407 | Mental Health, Physical Well-Being, and Racial Injustice as a Wedding Photographer in 2020 (with Jennifer Ryals)

    407 | Mental Health, Physical Well-Being, and Racial Injustice as a Wedding Photographer in 2020 (with Jennifer Ryals)

    Jennifer Ryals began her wedding photography business just a few years ago and it took off a lot faster than she hoped or expected. So like many photographers, she came into 2020 with big goals for her rapidly growing business.However, so much has happened in the years leading up to 2020, that the COVID pandemic has caused Jennifer to truly pause and reflect on what her future as a photographer looks like.In this episode, Jennifer opens up about her experiences with her mental and physical he...

    • 54 min
    406 | Demystifying Post-Wedding Album Sales with Makayla Jade

    406 | Demystifying Post-Wedding Album Sales with Makayla Jade

    As a wedding or portrait photographer, its indisputable that selling physical products such as albums, wall art, and prints will not only serve your clients better but dramatically increase your revenue.But selling physical products can feel complicated, sleazy and just plain overwhelming. In fact, you might be thinking:What if I'm not good at sales?Can my clients afford beautiful albums & prints?I don't have a beautiful studio for sales sessions...My business is new - how do I even get s...

    • 1 hr 12 min
    405 | How to Become an Elopement Photographer with Maddie Mae

    405 | How to Become an Elopement Photographer with Maddie Mae

    With the majority of big weddings either postponing to 2021 or pivoting to smaller celebrations, wedding photographers have had to learn how to pivot their businesses to offer coverage for elopements and small intimate weddings - many for the first time ever.However, the number of couples that have been ditching the idea of a big wedding and choosing an intimate elopement has been on the rise for years - and Maddie Mae noticed this in 2015. After 5 years photographing big wedding days, Maddie...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    404 | How to Use Block Scheduling to Get Things Done

    404 | How to Use Block Scheduling to Get Things Done

    If you've hung around us Youngrens in 2020, then you've heard us talking about time management, specifically the block scheduling system that we've created and teach to all of our students in our Thrive Business Intensive.On today's show, I'm expanding on the block scheduling that we use to stay focused, eliminate distractions, and achieve our goals... even in a crazy year like 2020. As we near the end of this year and round the corner into a fresh new one, it's time to start the conversation...

    • 38 min
    403 | The Six Critical Email Templates Every Wedding Photographer Should Be Using

    403 | The Six Critical Email Templates Every Wedding Photographer Should Be Using

    For many many years in our business, controlling my email inbox was a battle that I fought nonstop. A full inbox would cause so much stress in my life, that it’s the #1 thing that pulled me away from important work - things like updating my website, getting new clients, and building my brand. Work that truly affects the bottom line of my business. So if email is such a powerful force in your business, how do you keep it under control?In my fourteen years of business, the thing that has b...

    • 34 min
    402 | Tired of Instagram? Check Out this Amazing IG Strategy (that Nobody Teaches) with Devin Robinson

    402 | Tired of Instagram? Check Out this Amazing IG Strategy (that Nobody Teaches) with Devin Robinson

    If you've spent hours curating your Instagram feed and gotten little to no results for your business, you're not alone. Instagram easily sucks hours of valuable time from your days and bring very little in return, and Devin Robinson argues it's probably because you're doing it all backwards. Devin spends half the time on Instagram than most creatives, posts very little to his own feed, and yet generates hundreds of thousands of dollars in wedding bookings from Instagram alone. Want to know hi...

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

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78 Ratings

78 Ratings

Ms_ish ,

Loved Jennifer Ryals

I absolutely loved episode 407 with Jennifer Ryals. Not only is she my new role model, for how far she’s taken her business and her skills in such a short time, but I appreciated her courage and honesty in sharing her encounters with racism on a regular basis on the job. No one should be subjected to that. Because of what she shared, I hope that more of us will start opening our eyes when we see it happening, and that more of us will start speaking up so that others won’t have to undergo it alone. Episodes like this help make the world a better place. Thank you.

RVASully ,

Packed full of great business info

I binged this podcast from the beginning of season 4 all the way back to episode 101 in October 2020 while in the car driving to shoot elopements. I gained so much great knowledge from this podcast.

Something Minted ,

Talk about uplift! The Youngrens are a gift to creative business owners ❤️

Listening to the most recent episode as a beta business course student and feeling more gratitude than ever before for Erin and Jeff’s offerings. They are bringing known to the unknown & filling my days and weeks with rhythm and true dependability!

Sign up for the course as soon as they release it...I’m telling you, it’s worth more than gold!!

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