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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 Wedding and Portrait Photography Business Podcast Andrew Hellmich: Photographer, Interviewer, Podcaster and Owner of Impact Images

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    • 4.9 • 167 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.

    566: Sarah Jamieson – Passport photos as a well paying lead generator for any photography business

    566: Sarah Jamieson – Passport photos as a well paying lead generator for any photography business

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

    Sarah Jamieson of www.pictorialphotography.co.uk photographs a genre never discussed on the podcast! Passport Photos.

    We were exchanging emails, and Sarah told me…

    I know a lot of photographers who shrink back in horror when I say I do passport and visa photos. They don't think it's worth their time and effort, but I think it's great.

    I've been doing it for over 10 years; it's all automated, consistent income (covering all my studio bills and rent), and easily the most profitable service I offer.

    Families who have never stepped foot in my studio find their way through passport and visa photos. They see the art on the walls, we chat, and voila!

    The know, like, and trust factor kicks in. They join the mailing list and often book full sessions. It's like the VIP pass to a whole new clientele!

    Needless to say, I was hooked and wanted to learn more!

    A couple more emails, and I learned…

    Her passport photo booking page is discreetly tucked away on her website, accessible only to those seeking the service through Google or local word of mouth.

    Thanks to scheduling software on her website, the booking process is streamlined.

    Each passport photo costs £15/20 (around USD$25 and AUD$38), so Sarah's time spent on passport photos works out to £120 per hour.

    In addition to the financial earnings, she's found a huge side benefit in connecting with so many people in person. For this reason, she does the passport photos herself.

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



    What’s on Offer for Premium Members

    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, a fantastic back catalogue of interviews, and have ALL future interviews delivered automatically to your phone or tablet.

    Plus, special member-only interviews.

    My main clients that come in for passport photos are the ones that know that it's not easy in a photo booth — for example, newborn babies. I get loads of people bringing in newborns, people in wheelchairs, people with things like a lazy eye, who know that might not just be straightforward, and elderly people. – Sarah Jamieson

    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. The group also has FB live video tutorials, role-play, and special live interviews. You will not find more friendly, motivated, caring and sharing photographers online.

    There's not enough passport photography work at that price to pay my wages as well. So I do use the income from that to cover the studio expenses. So the rain, the electric, the water bill, and it covers a bit more than that. – Sarah Jamieson

    Seriously, that's not all.

    In addition to everything above, you'll get access to 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 motives similar to yours – 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 from what Sarah 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, leave your thoughts in the comments below; let me know your takeaways and what you...

    • 42 min
    565: Mark Maryanovich and Natasha Martinez – Photography business success in and out of the music industry

    565: Mark Maryanovich and Natasha Martinez – Photography business success in and out of the music industry

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

    Mark Maryanovich and Natasha Martinez of www.markmaryanovich.com appeared on my radar for this interview following an email I received…

    I represent Award-winning Photographer Mark Maryanovich.

    We recently wrote a book called Photography Business Basics: 10 Years of Photography Business Knowledge in 10 Short Chapters.

    As two real-world Photography business entrepreneurs who’ve struggled and learned (sometimes the hard way) how to go from starving artist to savvy businessperson, we wish to help the most people have the greatest success in Photography by avoiding the pitfalls many artists in the business world fall prey to.

    As good as the email sounded, my sceptical self started checking out Mark's work, which I wasn't familiar with.

    What I found blew me away. His photos appear on album covers and artwork for companies such as Sony, EMI, and Warner Chappell Music. His commercial clients include Gibson Guitars and Peavey Electronics. His work has been published in Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines, not to mention multiple book covers.

    I quickly said yes, let's get you and Mark on the podcast and hear your thoughts on photography business success, both in and out of the music industry.

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



    What’s on Offer for Premium Members

    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, a fantastic back catalogue of interviews, and have ALL future interviews delivered automatically to your phone or tablet.

    Plus, special member-only interviews.

    80% of our business is repeat clients, and word of mouth and referrals. And that's really kind of an ideal business model for any photographer just because it's, you know, the client onboarding time, everything just makes it simpler. – Natasha Martinez

    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. The group also has FB live video tutorials, role-play, and special live interviews. You will not find more friendly, motivated, caring and sharing photographers online.

    There's 74 million photographers in the world right now, there's lots of us. So you always have to keep in touch with clients. – Mark Maryanovich

    Seriously, that's not all.

    In addition to everything above, you'll get access to 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 motives similar to yours – 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 from what Mark and Natasha 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, leave your thoughts in the comments below; let me know your takeaways and what you plan to implement in your business based on what you heard in today's episode.

    In my life, it's better to be shooting pictures, and not because I get something out of it too. I love taking pictures. I love doing the actual job. – Mark Maryanovich

    If you have any questions I missed or a specific question you’d like to ask Mark and Nata...

    • 44 min
    564: Matt Badenoch – Follow your street photography passion as a working wedding photographer

    564: Matt Badenoch – Follow your street photography passion as a working wedding photographer

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

    Matt Badenoch of www.streetwithmatt.com and www.mattbadenoch.com teaches street photography via travel workshops and runs a successful wedding photography business in London.

    I'm lucky enough to call Matt a friend and a photography travel buddy after one of the most epic adventures to India a few years ago with half a dozen photographer friends from the UK and Romania.

    Matt discovered a love of photography more than ten years ago and has been a full-time wedding photographer for almost as long. Since then, he's photographed close to 150 weddings in 18 countries across 3 continents!

    He says in his bio that he's a social introvert, which I have to say totally surprised me after seeing him in action with camera in hand and on the streets.

    With a total love for street photography, it was no surprise to see him offering workshops on the topic in the UK before venturing further afield.

    I wasn't sure if the plan is to make street photography a pathway to a full-time income or if it's a side gig to help fund world travel and more street photography projects to far-flung places on the map.

    It was a real pleasure to host this interview with super talented, always smiling Matt, who, in addition to all the street talk, shared a ton on building a successful wedding photography business and getting found in a saturated market.

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



    What’s on Offer for Premium Members

    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, a fantastic back catalogue of interviews, and have ALL future interviews delivered automatically to your phone or tablet.

    Plus, special member-only interviews.

    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. The group also has FB live video tutorials, role-play, and special live interviews. You will not find more friendly, motivated, caring and sharing photographers online.

    Street photography is really hard to make money from. If you speak to anyone out there, they'll probably tell you the same thing. Most people do it for the passion. – Matt Badenoch

    Seriously, that's not all.

    In addition to everything above, you'll get access to 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 motives similar to yours – 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 from what Matt 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, leave your thoughts in the comments below; let me know your takeaways and what you plan to implement in your business based on what you heard in today's episode.

    Build a page for whatever you want be found for. It should answer all your client's questions. What are they looking for? What is useful to them? Give that. Don't write for Google. This has always been a mistake, at least the last 15 years, don't try and write for a robot, write for people. – Matt Badenoch

    If you have any questions I missed or a specific question you’d like to ask M...

    563: Julia Semak – How to find the best photo retoucher for your photography business

    563: Julia Semak – How to find the best photo retoucher for your photography business

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

    Julia Semak is a professional and super-talented photo retoucher who has her editing processes fine tuned like no other. If you've ever considered the idea of outsourcing the editing and retouching for your business, this interview will place you in the perfect position to find and hire the right person, team, company or Ai solution to suit you.

    And if one thing is true about running a successful photography business and growing it effectively… it's that at some point, you will need to outsource to grow.

    One of the first and simplest tasks to hand off is post-production… or editing.

    That's where today's guest comes in. She is a photo retoucher who works with studio owners who are looking to let go of their editing to free up more time.

    I thought it'd be great to get a better perspective from a retoucher's perspective and learn what you can do to make the transition to outsourcing seamless and less stressful.

    While chatting with today's guest pre interview, she told me there are things you can do to find the right retoucher for you, how to change your process to increase efficiency by 30% in one day and how to make working with a retoucher so much easier.

    We'll discuss all that and more with expert photo editor Julia Semak.

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

    What’s on Offer for Premium Members

    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, a fantastic back catalogue of interviews, and have ALL future interviews delivered automatically to your phone or tablet.

    Plus, special member-only interviews.

    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. The group also has FB live video tutorials, role-play, and special live interviews. You will not find more friendly, motivated, caring and sharing photographers online.

    Never ask about the portfolio. The portfolio of a retoucher will not tell you or show you anything. – Julia Semak

    Seriously, that's not all.

    In addition to everything above, you'll get access to 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 motives similar to yours – 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 from what Julia 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, leave your thoughts in the comments below; let me know your takeaways and what you plan to implement in your business based on what you heard in today's episode.

    If you are happy with the result in your state right now, it's okay, just use what is good for you. – Julia Semak

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





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    • 51 min
    562: Jessica McGovern – How to target and attract high-end photography clients

    562: Jessica McGovern – How to target and attract high-end photography clients

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

    Jessica McGovern of www.jessicamcgovern.co.uk produces THE most stunning dog and horse photography you will see. I mean it; her work is truly breathtaking.

    She works with clients both on location and in the studio. On her website, she says that most clients tend to invest between £500 and £3000 in their photographic session and artwork afterwards.

    She is based in the UK and is an international multi-award-winning photographer, which is unsurprising if you check out her Instagram feed, let alone her website.

    She brands herself as Yorkshire’s high-profile dog and horse photographer.

    In addition to her photography, she and her husband, Dan, are behind the online and in-person photography training platform That Tog Spot.

    In this interview, Jessica shares how she targets high-end, upper-echelon clients in her pet photography business. As always, you can apply what she shares to your photography business, no matter the genre you focus on.

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



    What’s on Offer for Premium Members

    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, a fantastic back catalogue of interviews, and have ALL future interviews delivered automatically to your phone or tablet.

    Plus, special member-only interviews.

    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. The group also has FB live video tutorials, role-play, and special live interviews. You will not find more friendly, motivated, caring and sharing photographers online.

    I love work. And the reason why is I find it fulfilling. It doesn't feel like work most of the time. I think that's the best place that anybody can end up at. – Jessica McGovern

    Seriously, that's not all.

    In addition to everything above, you'll get access to 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 motives similar to yours – 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 from what Jessica 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, leave your thoughts in the comments below; let me know your takeaways and what you plan to implement in your business based on what you heard in today's episode.

    I would much rather give out a booklet than a business card. Because a business card is often… just gonna get lost in a drawer somewhere. And it doesn't tell them anything. Whereas a little mini brochure, doesn't have to be massive, is something that feels nice. It's on brand. It looks nice. It's got examples in it. It's got information in. It's got some pricing in if you want it to have pricing in it. – Jessica McGovern

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



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    Less than 24 hours to go before the live training with Johl and Jacinta on their marketing strategy,

    • 45 min
    561: Andre Toro – From corporate life to thriving photography business, the fast way.

    561: Andre Toro – From corporate life to thriving photography business, the fast way.

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

    Andre Toro of www.andretorophotography.com is a US-based, Venezuelan mother of two.

    Before photography, she was an electrical engineer with an MBA from MIT. She is a self-proclaimed nerd, math lover, and businesswoman to her core.

    Five years ago, she had a life wake-up call following a massive concussion that stopped her for literally months.

    She decided that life was too short not to follow her biggest passion, so she quit her corporate job and pursued photography full-time—a hobby she had loved until then.

    When she started five years ago in photography, she had zero clients.

    In 2023, her revenue was $440K, and she says she's just getting started!

    She runs an IPS studio in Lexington, north of Boston, specialising in family portraits and headshots.

    In this interview, learn how to evolve your business from zero to huge success by finding your direction and then going all in on the business side to grow and profit quickly.

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



    What’s on Offer for Premium Members

    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, a fantastic back catalogue of interviews, and have ALL future interviews delivered automatically to your phone or tablet.

    Plus, special member-only interviews.

    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. The group also has FB live video tutorials, role-play, and special live interviews. You will not find more friendly, motivated, caring and sharing photographers online.

    Seriously, that's not all.

    In addition to everything above, you'll get access to 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 motives similar to yours – 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 from what Andre 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, leave your thoughts in the comments below; let me know your takeaways and what you plan to implement in your business based on what you heard in today's episode.

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



    NEW MASTERCLASS – Third Party Marketing on steroids with willing and waiting partners

    Photography business and mindset coach Johl Dunn has FINALLY agreed to share his marketing strategy around Community Fundraising!

    First up… this strategy is 100% NOT reliant on social media. That's right, no Facebook Ads!

    And Johl was generating over $200k a year for his studio on this strategy alone!

    All the details are here: https://learn.photobizx.com/community-fundraising-photography-marketing-strategy-registration/​

    Including testimonials from other photographers,

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
167 Ratings

167 Ratings

Bruce at 406 Photo ,

Above and beyond!

I’ve been a PhotoBizX premium member for several years now. every week, Andrew dives in deep and asks the questions of his guests that actually move the needle forward on my business. No fluff, just good solid information. With the recent changes to Facebook, I was having some challenges creating a Facebook ad, Andrew didn’t stop at just answering a few questions. He sent a quick video tutorial and even jumped on a quick Zoom call to help me with a few bits that were confusing me. I can’t recommend this podcast enough and going premium is an absolute no-brainer!! Thank you so much for all that you do! Cheers, Bruce | 406 Photo Bozeman Montana

Mdkauffmann ,

If you’re a photographer you need to follow Andrew

There really isn’t a good reason not to follow this podcast.

Andrew is engaging and asks good questions of his guests that lead to a wealth of great information in each episode. Each one has nuggets of wisdom to help a photographer grow, even - or perhaps especially - when it’s a different genre of photography.

As a bonus, this show is well produced and Andrew has an easy voice to listen to. Some podcasts have good information, but the voices are like nails on a chalkboard…not this one!

I can’t say enough good things about the PhotoBizX podcast. Give it a listen and then join the premium group. You’ll be glad you did!

Mbee129 ,

The very best information all in one simple place

This podcast has done the work for you if you’re a photographer. Andrew has taken the golden nuggets we all crave as photographers and put them in one place. The topics range and can apply to so many facets of our business. If you are looking to improve your photography business, look no further- Andrew has you covered!

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