Tomorrow night I am hosting another Mastermind with one of my favorite photographers Nancy Tillberg.[Read more…]
Cameras can’t find light direction. Only you can decide how to place light, decide on direction, intensity and your final creation.
Light is light. Composition is composition. It all starts and end with your and your ability to see light.[Read more…]
Let’s get real. Time for some truth.
The real reason you’re not making any money is because maybe, just maybe, you’re scared. Maybe. Be honest.
Can paranoia be healthy? What about fear?
Fear and paranoia can be destructive.
But a healthy fear can light the way to success. Knowing the difference is key.
Here’s a couple pointers from my little pea brain:
- Never take anything for granted. In other words, assume, in a healthy way, it will all go away.
- Assume things can go wrong. You know they will. What steps would you need to take in case they do?
- Business will go away. Especially if you rely on ONE market. In my studio I take this very serious. Losing one market, when you depend on it, is catastrophic. Losing one when you have several, is a bump in the road.
- Anticipate worst case scenarios, in a realistic way, and plan accordingly.
- Have a big picture vision and adjust the day-to-day details as you move towards your end goal.
- The journey is NEVER a straight line. It always zigs and zags.
- Stay big picture optimistic and detail pessimistic. This will carry you through. It’s always been my strategy.
You can take fear and paranoia too far. Or, not use it at all.
We’re basically lazy. We assume we’re entitled to things always being the way they are.
If you can be realistic, and stay cool, calm and objective, you’ll be able to plan well. Having a healthy paranoia is key.
Yours in success in photography
Some like to hang onto excuses. The biggest one of the last 15 years (to explain lack of sales and profits) is the whole shoot-and-burn phenom.
If you know me you know I always ask the big question:
Will it succeed and turn a profit somehow?
Friends in photography, NObs photo success member Hark Nijar asked for help choosing images for his new studio walls. I, as usual, love turning just about any topic into a webinar. And that's exactly what I did. This Thursday, 7:00PM EST. Members only. We'll talk about his wall samples, the importance of using best practise when choosing samples, and other questions re: marketing, growing and expanding a new thriving photography business. Thursday, Sept 12th, 2019 at 7:00PM EST Members login go here for link: https://photosuccess.com/forums/the-digital-rants-and-raves/choosing-best-images-for-studio-wall-meet-up-with-hark/ Not a member? Why not join us: https://photosuccess.com/ See you then! Can't make it? I plan on recording and posting the replay in the forum. Yours in photography and success, Robert Provencher
Diversity…a buzzword you hear all the time. It plays into my business considering the variety of photography sessions that flow into my life.
For me it’s not a buzzword or an ideology, but a reality.
You may have heard me say my photography business is like a Swiss Army knife. This business model is a reality because I need to, well, make money.
This is not a hobby. It’s a business.[Read more…]
Someone asked me to critique their work. I replied: “The best critique is not from a photographer, it’s from your market.”
I don’t mind offering critiques. They have a place. They often help us become better photographers. And we win awards when entering competitions. These feel good displayed around our necks and on our walls.
The end goal, the way I see it, isn’t awards, medals or trophies. I do have my fair share of those. Most of which now in storage. Frankly, I am at the point where I no longer care for them.
I need to make money. Not win awards or impress my peers.This may sound harsh to some. (not sure why it would, since we all need to make money).
And to those who have a main source of income, you may not ever understand the financial pressures, the 3:00AM anxieties, the stress and month to month payments that need to be made, all of which I earn from my photography business.
Selling and marketing in business is hard and aking money takes guts and courage.
I’ll be sharing these strategies with y’all very soon.
Soon as I catch my breath.
Meanwhile, if you have ANY questions for me to queue up in for the soon to be posted Marketing Mastermind, please email me. email@example.com
ANY questions about selling, marketing, success or life.
Robert N. Provencher – Your Master Coach Marketer
“If you want to be a profitable and successful photographer, then study profitable and successful photographers.”
Bootstrapping. Innovating. Plunging into new markets.
I love sitting around the kitchen table and chatting about new ideas,
promotions, strategies and markets.
The temptation to getting off track is real….and one of the biggest mistakes is throwing money at an idea because we’re anxious, impatient.
I was chatting with a local photographer about this very idea. How I loved creating business this way. And, to be honest, one of my superpowers is the ability to determine how much to throw at an idea to see if it has life, without going overboard and over budget or becoming impatient and unrealistic in expectations.