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The ultimate portrait and wedding photography business podcast where Andrew Hellmich, interviews successful wedding and portrait photographers and industry experts to reveal their business secrets for your success. PhotoBizX is the photography podcast where you hear answers to the questions you'd love to ask successful wedding and portrait photographer yourself but may never get the chance - or you'd be too afraid to ask.



If you dream about having a successful photography business or you’re already on your way - you can fast track your progress as you listen to Andrew expose the tactics and strategies of full time photographers in this photography podcast.



Learn the very things the professional photographers wish they knew ‘back then’ - all the inside tips, tricks, marketing, business, advertising and social media photography techniques that work.



Learn how to attract a constant flow of clients that want to pay for your photography... every day. Discover how to make a living with photography.



Learn the exact way to market your style of photography, advertise and promote your wedding or portrait photography business. How to manage pricing, photography packages, sales techniques, to up-sell or not, what to do when the phone rings and what the experts do when it doesn’t. Learn what professional photographers do from the initial consultation right through to the album or prints sales session to pick up and beyond.

PhotoBizX The Ultimate Portrait and Wedding Photography Business Podcast Andrew Hellmich

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    • 4.9 • 154 Ratings

The ultimate portrait and wedding photography business podcast where Andrew Hellmich, interviews successful wedding and portrait photographers and industry experts to reveal their business secrets for your success. PhotoBizX is the photography podcast where you hear answers to the questions you'd love to ask successful wedding and portrait photographer yourself but may never get the chance - or you'd be too afraid to ask.



If you dream about having a successful photography business or you’re already on your way - you can fast track your progress as you listen to Andrew expose the tactics and strategies of full time photographers in this photography podcast.



Learn the very things the professional photographers wish they knew ‘back then’ - all the inside tips, tricks, marketing, business, advertising and social media photography techniques that work.



Learn how to attract a constant flow of clients that want to pay for your photography... every day. Discover how to make a living with photography.



Learn the exact way to market your style of photography, advertise and promote your wedding or portrait photography business. How to manage pricing, photography packages, sales techniques, to up-sell or not, what to do when the phone rings and what the experts do when it doesn’t. Learn what professional photographers do from the initial consultation right through to the album or prints sales session to pick up and beyond.

    TPX30: Michelle Szpak – The business of motorcycle and automotive photography

    TPX30: Michelle Szpak – The business of motorcycle and automotive photography

    Michelle Szpak of www.szpak.co.uk has been shooting for over 15 years and specialises in motorcycle and automotive photography. Not the classifieds type of car and bike phots, what Michelle creates are special, incredibly lit art pieces for her clients.

    Her byline reads…

    Unique, passion-fuelled professional Automotive photography of your pride and joy. Creating Artwork for your Walls that last a lifetime.

    But it hasn't always been all about incredible images of beautiful motorcycles and fancy cars!

    Michelle started with the idea of being a landscape and animal photographer before moving on to portraits – that was 12 years ago.

    Then in 2013, she photographed her first motorcycle, and automotive photography has been the focus since.

    The images our guest creates are works of art that require a fantastic imagination, expert lighting skills and an understanding of composition any photographer would die for.

    You might be surprised at the lighting she uses to showcase the cars and bikes (examples below). Michelle shares techniques and more, including the business and sales side of her photography, in this interview. 

    Big thanks to ImagenAI for sponsoring and making this episode possible. If you'd love to have your post-processing after every shoot done for you – in minutes and at super affordable costs (around 5c/image) you need to take a look at ImagenAI.



    Here’s some of what we cover:



    What is your big takeaway?

    Following this interview, I’d love to read your feedback and comments. Was there something from this interview that struck a chord, inspired or motivated you?

    Will you take any kind of action after hearing what Michelle had to share?

    I've learned to be very confident with how much I charge for this because it's a very heavy process so I'm not scared of saying the price. – Michelle Szpak

    Let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comments below.

    If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Michelle or if you just want to say thanks for coming on the show, feel free to add them below too.





    I look at a vehicle a bit like a boudoir photographer would look a female body. – Michelle Szpak





    If you understand light, you can create anything you want. – Michelle Szpak



    Covid forced me to realize that if I take a day off the world does not fall apart. – Michelle Szpak



    Links to people, places and things mentioned in this episode:

    Michelle Szpak Website

    Michelle Szpak on Instagram

    Michelle Szpak on Facebook

    Michelle Szpak on 500px

    Free Photography Mindset Worskhop

    Loxley Colour

    Basics of Motorcycle Photography with Michelle Szpak – Facebook Live video





    Thank you!

    Thanks again for listening and thanks to Michelle for coming on and experimenting with a new and different format for this photography podcast and for sharing her thoughts, expertise, views and ideas.

    I'm looking for the lines. I'm looking for the shapes.

    • 58 min
    430: Iain Sim – Why Zoom sales sessions are the new gold standard for photography IPS

    430: Iain Sim – Why Zoom sales sessions are the new gold standard for photography IPS

    Premium Members, click here to access this interview in the premium area.

    Iain Sim of Hugster Family Photography is a returning guest I always look forward to featuring on the podcast!

    The biggest reason is he straddles two worlds… one where he and his wife Jo are in the trenches, running a real photography business to pay the bills and support a lifestyle. The other, a world where he's on the cutting edge of outsourcing, utilising VA's, Chatbots, helping other photographers succeed. Most importantly, he's putting everything into action and testing them in his own photography business. 

    When approaching Iain for this interview, I asked what was happening and if there was anything new he could share with you to help you in your business. 

    I wasn't surprised when I received a list of things included below:

    – Portrait process.

    During last year's lockdowns, I mapped our portrait process from start to finish, created questionnaires at each step and streamlined it all. It's massively reduced our back-and-forth emails and admin and made all of our interactions with clients smoother and more manageable.

    – Planning appointments.

    We've implemented this step for portrait clients over the last two years, and our sales average is around 40% up (hard to say if this is the exact reason because we've also made other changes)

    – Zoom sales meetings.

    I haven't had a single in-person IPS meeting since March last year, and our sales aren't impacted at all.

    – Facebook Ads and Chatbots

    The other thing happening here is that Nice Chat Let's Book has been relaunched as “Simplify Your Studio by Iain and Jo“, and we're offering



    * Help with landing pages, chatbots and marketing automation, and

    * Extremely customised editing for photographers with specific needs.



    NOTE: There is a $150 credit (essentially an hour of automation or five hours of editing) to the first five listeners who book a zoom call with me via the site. All they need to do is mention PhotobizX.

    One thing is for sure… Zoom sales sessions look like the new gold standard for photographers who typically practice IPS and want to maximise their sales, increase customer satisfaction and save a ton of time for everyone involved!

    We cover all of the above and more, but before we get into the details, I received the following message from Iain not long after recording our interview:

    So … a few hours after our chat, lockdown #6 kicks in!

    It highlighted two things I wish I'd said in the interview, so I would appreciate it if you could say them on my behalf in your wrap-up or post this in the group when the episode goes up.

    #1) In Melbourne, we've been under strict lockdowns for around six months in total since the start of the pandemic, but as much as that sucks, I realise it's a small hardship compared to others elsewhere who've lost people close to them. I'd happily stay home for much longer than this to protect our community, and most of our clients here would too.

    #2) For any listeners who've been struggling with their mental health during extended lockdowns, I know it doesn't always help to hear people's one-sided accounts of how well they're handling it. 

    So, to be clear, like all normal people in this situation, I've absolutely had my struggles too. 

    I'm really pleased with some of the improvements we've made in our systems and processes during lockdowns, BUT that progress has been achieved in small bursts, interspersed with longer periods of home-schooling, too much drinking,

    • 47 min
    429: Elle Payne – When business and service become the motivator over great photography

    429: Elle Payne – When business and service become the motivator over great photography

    Premium Members, click here to access this interview in the premium area.

    Elle Payne of www.alwaysbellephotography.com.au is a Melbourne, Australia based newborn photographer. I've been pushing her for an interview for a long time!

    Not only is Elle one of the warmest and beautiful people you'll come across, but also a business savvy, motivated go-getter who is committed to creating more than a job for herself as a photographer. Elle is zoned in on building a one million dollar photography business.

    I've been lucky enough to witness Elle's growth through her PhotoBizX membership as she's taken on a variety of photography business coaches and mentors, contributed to mastermind groups and, more than anything, implemented a ton of ideas along the way while adapting and growing her business.

    In this interview, Elle shares how she's achieved her growth and success through marketing, sales, pricing, customer service, SEO, website improvements, taking on staff, outsourcing, and a commitment to learning and implementing.

    If you don't come away motivated about your business after hearing this interview, you'll need to check for a pulse. 😬😂

    Here's some more of what we cover in the interview:



    What’s on Offer for Premium Members

    If you’re a premium member, you should have received an email with links to your version of this interview – the full length and more revealing version where you hear the absolute best tips and advice from every guest.

    If you’re on the fence about becoming a premium member, join with the $1 trial today and get access to the FULL interviews each week, get access to an amazing back catalogue of interviews and ALL future interviews delivered automatically to your phone or tablet.

    Plus special member-only interviews.

    My passion is the business side of things. That's where the challenge is for me in getting people in the door and watching my average sales go up and having happy clients at the end. – Elle Payne

    You'll also receive access to the members-only Secret Facebook Group where you can connect with other Premium Members and interview guests to help, support and motivate you to take ideas you hear in each episode and put them into action. There are also FB live video tutorials, role-play interviews and special live interviews happening in the group. You will not find more friendly, more motivated, caring and sharing photographers online.

    Seriously, that's not all.

    In addition to everything above, you'll get access to and instructions on forming or joining a MasterMind Group with other premium members. These groups are super motivating, make you accountable and build friendships with other pro photographers with similar motives to you – to build a more successful photography business.



    What is your big takeaway?

    Following this interview, I’d love to know if you're taking anything away from what Elle shared. Is there something you heard that excited or motivated you to the point where you thought, yeah, I'm going to do that! If so, let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comments below, let me know what your takeaways were, what you plan to implement in your business as a result of what you heard in today's episode.

    I really want to create a business and not a job. – Elle Payne

    If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Elle or if you just want to say thanks for coming on the show, feel free to add them in the comments area below.



    iTunes Reviews and Shout-outs

    Each week I check for any new iTunes reviews and it's always a buzz to receive these… for a couple of reasons.

    • 43 min
    428: Seona Misumi – Yes, it is possible to have a profitable portrait photography business in the UK

    428: Seona Misumi – Yes, it is possible to have a profitable portrait photography business in the UK

    Premium Members, click here to access this interview in the premium area.

    Seona Misumi of www.seonamisumiphotography.co.uk is a successful portrait photographer based in Scotland where clients spend from $3000-4500 per session, and she photographs around 2/3 sessions a week.

    She started her photography business in 2007 – focussing on boudoir with just $500 – in what you might call an ‘unpleasant' area in the city of Glasgow. That business grew to a six-figure business.

    In 2015, she switched genres to newborn and family photography and never looked back.

    She's a mum of three, having had her first baby in her first year of business, and a great believer in just jumping in and getting started in business with whatever you have – perfection should not be a factor.

    Something about her photography makes it stand out in the family photography genre – higher contrast, beautifully lit, emotive and even edgy. However you describe her style, it's attention-grabbing.

    In this interview, learn that it's possible to generate terrific portrait photography sales, no matter your location — something reported as a myth by many UK based portrait photographers.

    Here's some more of what we cover in the interview:



    What’s on Offer for Premium Members

    If you’re a premium member, you should have received an email with links to your version of this interview – the full length and more revealing version where you hear the absolute best tips and advice from every guest.

    If you’re on the fence about becoming a premium member, join with the $1 trial today and get access to the FULL interviews each week, get access to an amazing back catalogue of interviews and ALL future interviews delivered automatically to your phone or tablet.

    Plus special member-only interviews.

    Most of my most loyal clients come from events that I've been to and I've spoken to personally. – Seona Misumi

    You'll also receive access to the members-only Secret Facebook Group where you can connect with other Premium Members and interview guests to help, support and motivate you to take ideas you hear in each episode and put them into action. There are also FB live video tutorials, role-play interviews and special live interviews happening in the group. You will not find more friendly, more motivated, caring and sharing photographers online.

    Seriously, that's not all.

    In addition to everything above, you'll get access to and instructions on forming or joining a MasterMind Group with other premium members. These groups are super motivating, make you accountable and build friendships with other pro photographers with similar motives to you – to build a more successful photography business.



    What is your big takeaway?

    Following this interview, I’d love to know if you're taking anything away from what Seona shared. Is there something you heard that excited or motivated you to the point where you thought, yeah, I'm going to do that! If so, let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comments below, let me know what your takeaways were, what you plan to implement in your business as a result of what you heard in today's episode.

    I started with absolutely no business knowledge whatsoever and I feel like if I can do it anybody can do it. – Seona Misumi

    If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Seona or if you just want to say thanks for coming on the show, feel free to add them in the comments area below.



    iTunes Reviews and Shout-outs

    Each week I check for any new iTunes reviews and it's always a buzz to receive these… for...

    • 45 min
    427: Katrina Christ – How to have a more profitable family portrait photography business

    427: Katrina Christ – How to have a more profitable family portrait photography business

    Premium Members, click here to access this interview in the premium area.

    Katrina Christ of www.katrinachrist.com.au and www.highendphotographyacademy.com is a Brisbane based family photographer doing incredibly well with fantastic sales – all from home and shooting in an outdoor carport! In this interview, learn precisely how to build a more profitable family portrait photography business.

    Katrina has been shooting for more than 25 years, has had $1million turnover years and believes every photographer should be and deserves to make a great living from their work.

    She started photography by studying at College. Immediately after completing her studies, her photography business was born, she was married and started a family. A crazy busy period!

    In 2001 she made a big move to specialise in black, and white family portraits and business took off.

    Today, business is as good, solid and profitable as ever. In addition to photography, Katrina is also the driving force behind The High End Photography Academy.

    Here's some more of what we cover in the interview:



    What’s on Offer for Premium Members

    If you’re a premium member, you should have received an email with links to your version of this interview – the full length and more revealing version where you hear the absolute best tips and advice from every guest.

    If you’re on the fence about becoming a premium member, join with the $1 trial today and get access to the FULL interviews each week, get access to an amazing back catalogue of interviews and ALL future interviews delivered automatically to your phone or tablet.

    Plus special member-only interviews.

    My nature has always been to be really happy but I also know that high energy attracts beautiful clients. – Katrina Christ

    You'll also receive access to the members-only Secret Facebook Group where you can connect with other Premium Members and interview guests to help, support and motivate you to take ideas you hear in each episode and put them into action. There are also FB live video tutorials, role-play interviews and special live interviews happening in the group. You will not find more friendly, more motivated, caring and sharing photographers online.

    Seriously, that's not all.

    In addition to everything above, you'll get access to and instructions on forming or joining a MasterMind Group with other premium members. These groups are super motivating, make you accountable and build friendships with other pro photographers with similar motives to you – to build a more successful photography business.



    What is your big takeaway?

    Following this interview, I’d love to know if you're taking anything away from what Katrina shared. Is there something you heard that excited or motivated you to the point where you thought, yeah, I'm going to do that! If so, let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comments below, let me know what your takeaways were, what you plan to implement in your business as a result of what you heard in today's episode.

    If people love you, you will get great sales. – Katrina Christ

    If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Katrina or if you just want to say thanks for coming on the show, feel free to add them in the comments area below.



    iTunes Reviews and Shout-outs

    Each week I check for any new iTunes reviews and it's always a buzz to receive these… for a couple of reasons.

    Firstly, it's confirmation that I'm on the right track with the interviews and tha...

    • 58 min
    TPX29: Ashley Jones – Love not lost through meaningful photography

    TPX29: Ashley Jones – Love not lost through meaningful photography

    Ashley Jones is the driving force behind Love Not Lost – an organisation supporting people in grief and helping people heal by connecting portrait photographers with families facing a terminal diagnosis.

    Ashley, through Love Not Lost, is on a mission to revolutionise the way we heal in grief by preserving memories for those they love – at no cost to them.

    Ashley and her husband have endured this same grief when they lost their beautiful daughter, Skylar.

    Their friends gifted them a portrait session to help preserve her memories. At the time, Ashley didn't realise how powerful these photos would become. They gave her a way to hold onto her baby girl.

    Big thanks to ImagenAI for sponsoring and making this episode possible. If you'd love to have your post-processing after every shoot done for you – in minutes and at super affordable costs (around 5c/image) you need to take a look at ImagenAI.

    Here’s some of what we cover:



    What is your big takeaway?

    Following this interview, I’d love to read your feedback and comments. Was there something from this interview that struck a chord, inspired or motivated you?

    Will you take any kind of action after hearing what Ashley had to share?

    As we experience losses throughout our lives, we want people to feel loved and supported. – Ashley Jones

    Let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comments below.

    If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Ashley or if you just want to say thanks for coming on the show, feel free to add them below too.





    My hope with Love Not Lost is that we can kind of combat the pain cycle in the world by stepping in and really loving people even in the midst of their suffering. – Ashley Jones





    When we can step in and love people, that's when the healing happens. – Ashley Jones



    Links to people, places and things mentioned in this episode:

    Love Not Lost Website

    How Can I Love You Better Website

    Love Not Lost on Facebook

    Love Not Lost on Instagram

    Love Not Lost on Twitter

    Stefanie Finnemore

    ImagenAI – artificial intelligent photo editing for professional photographers

    ShootProof

    WPPI Expo



    Thank you!

    Thanks again for listening and thanks to Ashley for coming on and experimenting with a new and different format for this photography podcast and for sharing her thoughts, expertise, views and ideas.

    The thing about grief is that it's just love in another form. – Ashley Jones

    Also, big thanks to ImagenAI for sponsoring this episode of the podcast! If you're looking for the easiest, cheapest, fastest way to replicate yourself in regards to editing your photography,

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
154 Ratings

154 Ratings

OmarMo93 ,

Want to take your photography business to the next level

Andrew is awesome and always cuts to the point. Not sitting there listening to fluff, instead I’m learning highly actionable tips in each podcast episode. A must listen for any photography business owner

melissaarlena ,

THE Photography podcast you should be listening to!

I’ve been listening to Andrew for years and the information his guests share beats all the others. Andrew cuts through the fluff and asks the questions we all want answered to help us move our businesses forward. I can’t even listen each week because there is so much info in each episode that I want to jump in and start implementing but I’m still working on the previous weeks goodies! He covers all genres of photography, business and marketing. I love to look through past episodes to get more info on certain topics like facebooks ads, email marketing and sales. Subscribe today!!!

Kkarde ,

This podcast helped me do $30,000 in one month!

I am a photo education junky and love to continue to learn and grow in my business. I am so grateful to have discovered this amazing podcast that is all about real working photographer and what they are doing to grow their business. It can be a lonely business being self employed but with Photobizx I feel like I am part of a community. I joined the premium membership and it is the best education money I have spent in my business. By implementing the things I have learned on the podcast I have the best April ever (doing over $30,000 in sales in one month). Thank you so much Andrew!

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