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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, 141 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.

    370: Julie Christie – How to use an email autoresponder series in your photography business

    370: Julie Christie – How to use an email autoresponder series in your photography business

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

    Julie Christie of www.togsinbusiness.com featured on the podcast in episode 245 and was an absolute hit with listeners. In this interview, Julie shares everything you wanted to know about setting up and utilising an email autoresponder series in your photography business.

    I was preparing to introduce her for this episode but can't go past what I said last time…

    Here is a photographer turned business coach who is based in Scotland but helps photographers around the world with their businesses.

    She is a powerhouse when it comes to producing actionable, money-making content for photographers on her website, inside her Facebook Group and in her membership.

    She's obsessed with the business of photography. And, everything she creates just looks beautiful!

    Now… I'm wary when it comes to recommending business coaches. Still, with hand on heart, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Julie for any help you need with your photography business – because I know she's as passionate about your success as I am.

    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.

    If the subject heading is not brilliant and clickable and something they are going to want to read, then there is no point writing the email because they are not going to read it. – Julie Christie

    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 Julie 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.

    The minute you have more than one call-to-action, you reduce your conversion rate. – Julie Christie

    If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Julie 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,

    • 54 min
    369: Matt Barnett – How to grow your photography business with simple videos

    369: Matt Barnett – How to grow your photography business with simple videos

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

    Matt Barnett of https://www.bonjoro.com is not a photographer, but he was at one stage. He worked as a photographer in London for a few years before moving to Sydney, Australia when he was 26 to start the video software company which became Bonjoro.

    Why video?

    The idea was born from a sales-hack for his second business, where he would send every new lead a personal video instead of a plain-text email.

    He knew from an early stage; customer experience is about making connections, automating where it makes sense, and providing a human connection as often as possible.

    Bonjoro was born soon after and with the popularity of video – for advertising, branding, marketing, email replies and more, I thought who better to have on the show to teach us how to maximise our client experience with video.

    In this interview, Matt shares how to improve and grow your photography business by using simple, natural video communication with your current and prospective clients.

    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.

    I think the world is moving towards a stage where transparency is becoming more effective because it is very hard to understand what is and what is not transparent. – Matt Barnett

    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 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, 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.

    When leads come in, make your best first impression. – Matt Barnett

    If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Matt 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 that they really are helping you imp...

    • 37 min
    368: Joshua Holko – Building a successful photography business with wildlife photo expeditions

    368: Joshua Holko – Building a successful photography business with wildlife photo expeditions

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

    Joshua Holko of www.jholko.com started photography around 12 years of age, but it wasn't for many years afterwards he turned full time professional. His passion has always been nature photography. Today, he would be classified as a wildlife photographer.

    In particular a polar photographer.

    That's right. He spends most of his year down in Antarctica or up in the Arctic.

    He left a corporate job to pursue photography full-time.

    He travelled extensively – including to the polar areas he most wanted to photograph – at significant personal cost to help build a portfolio and his network.

    Today, he has too many awards to list here and one look at his portfolio, it's no wonder. His work is incredible. And the places he's seen – truly, amazing.

    I'm talking about Melbourne based Joshua Holko and in this interview, he shares how he's managed to build a successful, profitable photography business, photographing wildlife. It all comes down to building three profitable arms to his business –  licensing images, print sales and photo expeditions to some of the world's wildest and remotest regions with paying amateur photographers looking to capture the incredible images Josh does.

    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.

    The key to really strong wildlife imagery and to get intimacy is you got to be at eye level or below with the subject because if you're not, you're a voyeur and you're looking down on the subject and you're disconnected. – Joshua Holko

    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 Joshua 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.

    When people are passionate about their subject, they are going to make great photographs. – Joshua Holko

    If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Joshua or if you just want to say thanks for coming on the show,

    • 42 min
    367: Katie and Simon Hawkins – How to start a podcast to grow your business

    367: Katie and Simon Hawkins – How to start a podcast to grow your business

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

    Since the start of the pandemic, I've been asked multiple times about how to start a podcast. One of those enquiries came from PhotoBizX member and documentary wedding photographer, Simon Hawkins from the UK. His makeup artist wife, Katie Hawkins, was interested in starting not one but two podcasts.

    We jumped on a call and recorded our conversation, covering everything you wanted to know about starting a podcast – to promote and grow your business.

    If you've ever considered recording interviews, starting a podcast, YouTube Channel or any project to grow your photography business and get more well known in your local community, the world or potentially bring in an income from your online exploits, this interview will get you started on the right foot.

    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.

    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 Katie, Simon or Andrew 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 you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Katie and Simon 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 that they really are helping you improve your photography business. That's awesome!

    Secondly, iTunes is the biggest search engine when it comes to podcasts and it's your reviews and ratings that help other photographers find PhotoBizX. More listeners mean more interviews and ultimately a better show.

    If you have left a review in the past, thank you!

    • 46 min
    366: Sean LeBlanc – How to upsell wedding album pages after every wedding

    366: Sean LeBlanc – How to upsell wedding album pages after every wedding

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

    Sean LeBlanc of www.seanleblancphotography.com was recently interviewed for episode 358 of the podcast. It's rare to get someone back for a follow up so quickly.

    There's good reason!

    Sean is a wedding and family portrait photographer based in Alberta, Canada.

    In his last interview, I raved about the quality of his work for someone so new to photography – really, his work is fantastic.

    I was basing my views on mostly his wedding photography.

    Then in the last interview, we talked almost exclusively about his growing family portrait photography business and how he's booking incredible clients from expos.

    He said something though, that had me chasing him up for this interview.

    I can't remember if it was in the recording but I made a note and circled it which said… $2800 average upgrade.

    He was referring to upselling album pages after photographing client weddings.

    $2800… Average!

    In this interview, Sean shares how you can upsell wedding album pages after every wedding if you follow his simple but personal process where everything leads to a reveal premiere for your couples.

    Learn more from Sean at his upcoming masterclass training for selling album upgrades. Click here for details.

    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.

    It's more about capturing the perfect story for couples and telling that perfect story in their album and how that whole premiere experience will unfold shortly after their wedding day and I'll be able to see everything come together. – Sean LeBlanc

    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.

    It's all about knowing what your clients will love to have in their album and putting that together. – Sean LeBlanc

    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 Sean 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 t...

    • 49 min
    365: Jenn Bruno Smith – How to book, shoot and sell boudoir photography for profit

    365: Jenn Bruno Smith – How to book, shoot and sell boudoir photography for profit

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

    Jenn Bruno Smith of www.boudoirbyjennifersmith.com is a full-time boudoir photographer located in Middletown, Delaware. Before photography, she was working in healthcare, paying off student loan debts as a speech pathologist.

    Since then, she's been shooting boudoir exclusively for five year​s​ and teaching marketing and business to the photography industry​ for the last two as part of the High Rollers Club – which covers in-person sales, Business and Marketing for Boudoir photographers.

    To give you a snapshot of how successful she is, she grossed $35,000 in her first year as a photographer. The next year, she brought in $80,000. In 2017, she made $280,000 and quit her day job.

    Jenn was shooting boudoir at 39 weeks into her pregnancy in 2019 and closed out at $525,000.

    2020 is trending toward $600,000.

    She also has three kids, a husband and sounds like an energised wonder woman!

    In this detailed interview, Jenn shares her tactics and strategies to attract boudoir photography clients, build trust, book sessions and make incredible sales.

    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.

    I'm not pushy. I'm not selling to them. The images sell themselves. I don't have to sell, but I guide them. – Jenn Bruno Smith

    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.

    One of the best predictors of customer satisfaction is the communication, the amount of communication that you have with your client or that you have with the business. – Jenn Bruno Smith

    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 Jenn 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.

    You can't be good at everything. Instead, you focus on what you're really good at and you hire other people to do the things you're not so good at. – Jenn Bruno Smith

    If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Jenn or if you just want to say thanks for comin...

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

Baxphoto ,

Photographer with 25 yrs under her belt is blown away with new information

Hi Andrew, I just want to thank you for your AMAZING podcast. As a photographer with many years under my belt (25 to be exact) and having pretty much specialized in commercial , food , editorial and now weddings and headshots , I’m blown away every time I listen . I’m currently on vacation with my family and they keep asking me what I’m listening too and fact is , I’ve been doing a marathon of podcasts I either haven’t heard or wanted to listen to again . I’ve had a successful photography business over the years but now realizing so many other things I can be doing better and not leave so much money on the table . I’ve been a premium member for a couple of years and I’ve noticed a jump in my sales by implementing several things but this year and committing to really re vamping my business using some new ideas through liaising to several business coach podcasts as well as photographers talks . There are so many rich nuggets to be pulled from each interview . The hardest part is deciding which to implement first. I’m super excited about the future and plan to become your new poster child for success. I haven’t been this excited about my business in years. If anyone is thinking of upgrading to the premium content , Just do it. I’ve pretty much put every other podcast on the back burner to just listen to Andrew’s interviews . Thanks Andrew! -
Kelli Wilke from Kelli Wilke Photography based in the US in Delaware and Wyoming

Ladie Jazzie ,

Worth Every Penny

My favorite photography podcast! Andrew goes in depth with all of his guests, making the information clear and actionable. I’m a premium member and I find the extra content as well as the great community online to be very helpful. I look forward to this podcast every week!

ChristinePhoto ,

Invaluable Resource for Photographers

I have been a PhotoBizX Premium Member for a couple of years. The PhotoBizX library is a thorough and diverse resource. With every new step I take in my buisness, I turn to the PhotoBizX catalog first for specific reasearch. I also love listening in every week, especially when I am editing.

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