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Katrina Ferguson of www.katrinaferguson.com.au and www.photogeek.com.au is a Melbourne-based at-home newborn photographer who you probably know if you're active in any of the many photography business Facebook Groups.
Not because she has a following of millions.
Not because she's a world-renowned photographer.
Not because she is constantly pushing courses, products and training.
You probably know her for the same reason I do. She's always super helpful.
She's quick to offer suggestions, share links, point someone in the right direction and be helpful… and friendly.
In addition to being so helpful, she runs her ‘at home' newborn photography business and has been shooting professionally for almost 15 years. Plus, she's a mother of three.
In this interview, Katrina shares the real-life struggles, thoughts and insecurities of running a photography business while managing a busy household.
Here's some more of what we covered in the interview:
- The importance of showing up and matching social media profiles with your true self
- Dealing with the state of clients' homes when doing newborn shoots
- Katrina's ideal clients and how she connects with them
- Katrina photography style
- Katrina's online and low-stress sales process
- How to gain client trust to give you the freedom to shoot in your style
- How much time Katrina spends time in her photography business while maintaining work-life balance
- Katrina's annual revenue
- Katrina's version of success
- A formula for the perfect work-life balance
- Time-saving tips for running a photography business
- The benefits of automation
- Katrina's process for utilising Imagen AI
- Katrina's album design process
- How to effectively use Pictime as a portrait photographer
- How to weed out clients who are not the right fit for your business
- Pricing and packages
- How clients find Katrina's business
- Using Studio Ninja to check your business statistics
- Steps to take when dealing with image theft
- Katrina's new photographer's newsletter — PhotoGeek
What’s on Offer for Premium Members
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I just want to be able to show up as I am and I really want other people, particularly women and mothers to show up as they are – Katrina Ferguson
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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 your takeaways and what you plan to implement in your business due to what you heard in today's episode.
A good photographer can make basically any space look good or at least better. – Katrina Ferguson
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
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Here are the latest reviews…
★★★★★ The best podcast to keep your photography business moving forwards
Via Apple Podcasts by Tammy from Australia on November 8, 2022.
Each and every episode is full of useful information and inspirational guests which keeps me motivated in my business.
The back catalogue is extremely valuable and I have learnt and implemented so much since becoming a premium member which has helped my business grow and thrive.
The premium membership is definitely worth it as it’s almost like having a business coach with useful tips and strategies to implement each week.
There is also a lot of support in the Facebook community.
Thanks Andrew for all that you do putting these great podcasts together each week!
★★★★★ The best photography podcast
Via Apple Podcasts by Clara Allansson who is a Dog photographer in Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey, in the UK on November 8, 2022.
I’ve been listening to the podcast and been a premium member for just over a month now and all I can say is why didn’t I find it sooner?
It’s easily the best photography business podcast out there.
So much amazing knowledge being shared and I really enjoy listening to and learn a lot from the episodes that aren’t related to my genre.
Thanks Andrew for all your amazing work!
★★★★★ Best Photography Podcast
Via Apple Podcasts by Dalby Newborn Photographer Felicity Broadbent from Australia on November 10, 2022.
I have listened to MANY different photography business podcasts over the year, however, PhotoBizX is by far the best Podcast I've come across for photography business advice.
There is tonnes of valuable content packed into each and every Podcast and Andrew is a fantastic interviewer and seems to anticipate what questions we, the listeners would want to ask the guests.
I have got so much out of the free Podcast over the years that I recently became a premium member, and I am blown away by the sheer volume of quality content that I receive as a paying member.
Definitely worth the investment. Would highly recommend
★★★★★ Fantastic Interviews
Via Google Reviews by South & West Wales Wedding Photographer, David Barrett on November 10, 2022.
I have been listening to the Photobizx podcast for the last few months and I have been overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge I have gained while driving my car!
I have paid hundreds of pounds to attend courses on the business of photography. This podcast will give you all of that knowledge and more with the fantastic interviews and extra content on the premium section of the website.
Andrew does a fantastic job of interviewing his guests and asks all of the questions you want him to ask. The additional content available to premium members is well worth the small monthly fee!
I would definitely recommend this podcast if you are serious about your photography business and would like to learn from some of the best in the business!
Thanks Andrew, and keep it up!
★★★★★ The most helpful photography podcast out there
Via Google Reviews by Cheshire & Lancashire Wedding Photographer, Stuart Morris on November 10, 2022.
Probably the most helpful photography podcast out there. There are so many useful hints and tips from the guests across all genres of photography and much more.
From SEO to TikTok to Pinterest there'll be something you'll find useful to your business.
Andrew has the knack for asking the questions that you'd want to ask.
Thanks for all of your help Andrew!
★★★★★ Highly relevant and practical advice for photographers
Via Google Reviews by Adelaide family photographer Tanya Simmonds on November 11, 2022.
When it comes to customer service, Andrew definitely practices what he preaches as he gives personalised support to ensure that you are getting the most out of your membership.
The interviews are highly relevant and offer practical advice, while Andrew’s easygoing interview style always brings the best out of his guests.
I have learnt so much from the podcasts and have been inspired and encouraged to pursue my photography dreams!
I cannot thank Andrew enough for this wonderful service to his fellow photographers!
Update from Katie Kolenberg on her recent Book Project
If you completed the recent Profitable Book Project Training with Katie Kolenberg, you would have heard her talking about the promo she was in the midst of running for her studio.
Katie came back to me on the weekend with the following numbers and details on her ‘Canberra Kids' book project…
How are you doing?
I'm popping in with an update on my Canberra Kids book project, which had just started when I did the Book Project course with you.
I have some fun stats for you below. Open as to how you'd like to share this. I think it will be of value to those who did the course and those who might want to do the course.
Canberra Kids Details:
– First time running this
– Upfront fee $75 to cover the book + an additional $25 for extra kids from the same family (new strategy)
– Studio only, styled shoots, family and other complimentary as part of their experience
– 2 volumes of the book, which meant 2 separate cover comps
– 55 shoots in total, including the test models (who also went in the books)
– We donated 5% of all sales to charity
– Marketing strategy was paid ads on FB + email marketing and socials.
Total number of leads: 184
Total number of booked sessions: 52
Overall conversion rate: 28%
Total advertising spend: $3,032
Total sales: $105,895
Average sale: $2,036.44
Ad spend per booking: $58.31
No sales: 4 (7.8%)
Previous clients: 11 (21%)
Additional leads via cover comps: 56 (17 of which are booked so far, many more to go)
If you'd like to learn more about this training, details are here: https://photobizx.com/bookprojects
NOTE: If you are a Premium Member, check for the course details in the Premium Resource area for your special pricing.
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It's no secret I'm a massive fan of Liz Wilcox's email membership and became a convert after interviewing her for episode 434 of the podcast.
I immediately signed up for her ridiculously cheap membership ($9 per month) and receive an email template every week that I use to send emails to my subscribers — you may be receiving these too?
If you struggle with what to write each week for your email newsletter, you gotta check out what Liz is offering, it's so good!
And the cool thing is, she's offering a special right now, as she moves everyone over to a new platform. You can still get the email membership for $9 a month OR, you can pay for the year in advance, get the email membership PLUS ALL the digital products Liz has (or will create) AT NO ADDITIONAL COST.
All the details are here: https://photobizx.com/emm
Links to people, places and things mentioned in this episode:
Pictime Promo Code – KATFERG
Thanks again for listening, and thanks to Katrina for sharing her thoughts, ideas, experience and tips on being a busy mum while running a successful photography business and juggling everything while still maintaining a great life with time for a family.
The more you believe in what you do, then you are able to communicate that clearly and with confidence. – Katrina Ferguson
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That’s it for me this week, hope everything is going well for you in life and business!
Thanks, and speak soon
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