Make More This Holiday: Win Mentoring or 1 Year Subscription to Photo Business Tools

Make More This Holiday: Win Mentoring or 1 Year Subscription to Photo Business Tools

This season, why not try a few extra things to add a little more fun and revenue to your photography business?  Here Photo Business Tools shares 4 quick ways photographers can increase their photography income during the holidays.

  1. Offer new and creative sessions to your clients.  We are all doing mini sessions already, but why not try offering Santa Sessions or Pajama Sessions through the month of December where you come and snap a couple of priceless memories of your clients kids around their Christmas tree?

  1. Offer Gift Certificates!  This is a great one for the guys!  Contact the men in your circle of friends, family and clientele, and help them do their Holiday shopping with gift certificates for photography with you.  If he’s smart, he’ll know it’s a much better gift than electronics!
  1. In addition to offering Holiday cards, add a few Holiday products to your sales.  Maybe personalized jewelry, or accordion books.  You could even sell personalized iphone skin covers, calendars or books.  Choose something that you love, be sure that your pricing includes your time and profit, and share it with everyone! photography jewelry
  1. Create fun contests on your blog through the next few months and share on Facebook to increase your exposure.  Why not do a cutest pajama contest, or best cookie contest.  Design it so that your fans can enter through your blog and then they can have extra entries by sharing with friends through Facebook.  This is a great way to use inbound marketing and get your images in front of more people at the same time!

Could you get excited about having access to free contracts, forms and even templates to help you grow your photography business?  Would you love some help boosting your business with marketing and sales education?  PBT is giving 2 photographers their choice of either a year long subscription to the Photo Business Tools site, or 1 hour of business mentorship and we want you to win!!

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Here is how you can enter:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post, (not on Facebook Wall or Notes section).  In the comment share one “hiccup” that you are having in your business that you would like a little advice with, and one part of business that your great at.

For extra entries:

  • Spread the word through Social Media.  Post about this contest in any social media site like Facebook, Twitter, Blog,  Stumble Upon, Pinterest, Google+, etc.   For each social media site that you share on, come back and leave one separate comment (up to 5 extra entries), with a link sharing where you did this.  You may use this statement;  “I hope I win the @photobusinesstools giveaway on @mcpactions blog!”
  • Please like us on Facebook.  Make sure to “like” MCP Actions and Photo Business Tools on Facebook.
  • Add the MCP Actions banner (or a text link to our site) on your blog.  Please use the text “Photoshop actions for photographers” and link to our site.  For the banner, grab the code from the sidebar.  Once you add this, leave a comment and let us know you did.

Rules and deadlines:

  • Winners will be picked at random by random.org tomorrow (Tues., Nov. 22nd) morning and announced on this blog.
  • To increase chances of winning, participate in the “extra” entries.
  • This contest is sponsored by MCP Actions and Photo Business Tools.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Good Luck!   We hope your a winner!!

Amy Fraughton and Amy Swaner are the founders of Photo Business Tools, an online site offering business resources and education for photographers through blog posts, podcasts and downloadable forms.

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192 Comments

  1. Meagan Thompson
    November 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm — Reply

    New to the business and no direction. Ok got some but packages, pricing, ect. Where to get it all together?

  2. Kristy Galicia
    November 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm — Reply

    Being a new photographer into the business every little bit helps. I am more into the pictures and the creativity into them. So all business tips are helpful! 🙂

  3. Erik K
    November 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm — Reply

    the hiccup: starting the price for new business, if to low, will hard to raise it on next deal, but if too high may make customer got away.

  4. November 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm — Reply

    People say they love my work, having trouble getting them to pull the trigger. They can clearly see the quality I produce, tell me how much they enjoy it, but seem to be shy about booking

  5. November 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm — Reply

    I have my own photography business called “s.parks photography” and would love some extra help on getting the word out more, and marketing my business some more. I could definitely use the extra “push” that this subscription would offer! thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  6. November 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm — Reply

    — I forgot to mention what I like about my business – I like that I am very organized and love my edits and natural passion for candid photography as well – it adds the raw emotion that a lot of photos these days lack!

  7. Leslie Barber
    November 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm — Reply

    Totally new to all of this. I have no idea where to start.

  8. Jennifer D.
    November 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm — Reply

    I am also new to the business and looking for help with pricing options and best ways to market without blowing my budget. I also need help with the wording in contracts and forms that best protect me and my clients. I am working really hard to create a strong brand recognition. Thanks for the opportunity!

    • Amanda
      November 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm — Reply

      check out http://www.soulographer.com/workshop-workbook/- SO helpful!! They give you all the documents, releases and wording (of course you tweak it to fit your brand). Also check out Easy As Pie for pricing. Hope this helps 🙂

  9. November 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm — Reply

    My bag of tricks and tips seems to have run dry and almost empty. The business aspect of photography is so complicated- but I know it’s because I am not using the right marketing tools. I love people and I know that my client relationships are strong. I have a great camera and great glass, but when it comes to business I feel a very unconfident. Need all the help and resouces I can get my hands on! Thanks for the opportuniy!

  10. Robin
    November 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm — Reply

    I am building my business slowly (still part-time) and feel like I am progressing but my hiccup would be standing my ground on things. I find my self letting people talk me into or guilt me into things I don’t necessarily agree with. I need to get policies and business ideas set in stone.

  11. November 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm — Reply

    I am terrible at the business end of photography in general 🙂 I do an excellent job marketing myself, and have a large base of people interested in having me photograph their children/families. Therefore, I could really use the stuff you are giving away! Hope I win 🙂

  12. Carol C
    November 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm — Reply

    I am starting my business and I am not sure on how to attract new clients and also about the pricing…I have done free mini sessions for some friends to get my portfolio together but I still need more people and to start having some income

  13. November 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm — Reply

    I think I am great with my people skills, but I really lack having a backbone! I need to learn to learn marketing and strategy, instead of being way too overly ‘nice’!

  14. November 21, 2011 at 3:32 pm — Reply
  15. November 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm — Reply
  16. November 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm — Reply

    Hey there – Love love LOVE the idea of pajama sessions – the footie kind would be xtra cool! Major hiccup in my business right now is that I utilize my FB page as a tool and since the recent change I found out that if my fan base isn’t consistently responding or Liking my posts I fall off their feed. Any ideas around this?

    As far as the great part of my business is that I help people feel comfortable during our photoshoots – best compliment ever!

  17. Carol C
    November 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm — Reply

    I shared on twitter this post, I really hope to win this mentorship!!

  18. November 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm — Reply

    My hiccup is rounding up some “real” business now that I’ve gone live with my “real” business, LOL! I am great at making sure my customers feel appreciated and taken care of. 🙂

  19. November 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm — Reply
  20. Amanda
    November 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm — Reply

    Hiccup: I offered a “portfolio building” discount and now I’m afraid that people/clients won’t pay my “REAL” prices after paying the discounted rate. Also, SEO for my website…TOO confusing!

  21. November 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm — Reply

    My hiccup would be that my business is still in its beginning phases and I’m having a block as to how to market myself, especially in a saturated area like the city I live in, where there are so many other photographers. I need more confidence and I need some clarity as to how to get my name out there! Thank you for the opportunity. 🙂

    • November 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm — Reply

      looks like I started a trend with this hiccup! lol

  22. November 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm — Reply

    Turning viewers (on fb, blog) into clients

  23. November 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm — Reply

    My area is so saturated! My prices are super affordable, and yet there are others cheaper – and clients don’t seem to know the difference between good photos and crap ones. Just having trouble getting business.

  24. November 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm — Reply

    https://www.facebook.com/AllDarkandTwisty <— I posted about the contest on my facebook wall!

  25. November 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm — Reply

    I also posted about it on my Google+ ! Found here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/me/posts?hl=en

  26. Becky Tate
    November 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm — Reply

    I think mine would be that I live in a highly saturated market and would love direction in ways to ‘stand out.’

  27. Bruce Feingold
    November 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm — Reply

    My biggest hiccup is finding clients that can afford and are willing to pay me for my work.

  28. November 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm — Reply
  29. November 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm — Reply
  30. November 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm — Reply

    I am starting this business part time and I teach for the other part. I am not putting the time and energy into a website or blog. I am a wee bit overwhelmed at how to start that.
    I am really good at my time management and getting things to clients in a timely fashion

  31. November 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm — Reply

    My struggle is with being able to do it all. I really just want to take pictures, but I realize that there is more to owning your own photography business than just the photography!

  32. November 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm — Reply

    You are liked on Facebook!

  33. November 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm — Reply

    AND… I have an MCP banner on my site!

  34. November 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm — Reply

    I would like help determining a competitive advantage in a saturated market. I’m really great at keeping records (I just don’t know what to do with it all, lol).

    Thanks!

  35. November 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm — Reply

    I have your MCP Actions banner on my blog!

  36. November 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm — Reply

    My hiccup would be that I was getting lots of business at my lower prices right out of photography school a few years back but I need to figure out how to transition to higher prices since I keep getting referrals but am out of their price range. I am great at the photography end of things just needing a little help with the business end.

  37. November 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm — Reply

    getting qualified clients not just the cheap shoppers

  38. November 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm — Reply

    Posted on my pinterest http://pinterest.com/pin/579160480/

  39. November 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm — Reply

    Liked you both on facebook

  40. November 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm — Reply
  41. November 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm — Reply

    I would love help and advice on posing larger families and getting the setting correct where they are ALL in focus! I don’t really think I’m great at anything but I guess I’m good at making younger kids comfortable!

  42. November 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm — Reply

    You are liked on facebook!!

  43. November 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm — Reply

    I shared this link about the contest on Facebook!

  44. November 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm — Reply
  45. November 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm — Reply

    Added this page to stumble upon but not sure how to give you the link

  46. Lynn Molanders
    November 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm — Reply

    I am such a newbie to all of it, the photography, the editing processes, photoshop cs5, lightroom, all new animals to me, then add in the business side…I am really lost. Someone came to me not to long ago and asked me what i would charge to take photo’s of her child. I quoted her a price and apparently she did not like the price as she never got back to me. So, in these cases do you as the photographer/business owner contact them? I need help in all areas!! By the way, I love your site and all the great information.

  47. Anne Jeschke
    November 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm — Reply

    I’m just starting and would love a personal mentor, I’m thinking one of your prizes would guide me down the right path. I love photography and am striving to purchase the right equipment and take tack sharp photos worthy of purchase.

  48. November 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm — Reply

    My “hiccup” I’m having right now is saying NO and/or asserting myself and sticking to my price sheet. It’s really hard when everyone is expecting a deal. I am really good at communicating with my clients before the session, however, and hopefully getting them the end product they desired.

  49. November 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm — Reply

    I have “liked” MCP actions on Facebook for a while now… In fact it’s safe to say I “love” 🙂

  50. November 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm — Reply

    I just “liked” Photo Business Tools on Facebook. Thanks for the great tips! I think I may try to market the pajama pic one! Super cute idea!

  51. November 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm — Reply

    I have a hug hiccup: I am really soft when people tell me how expensive everything is. I will always feel bad and give them a deal. I need to stop giving my tallents away. One part of the business I am good at is making people feel comfortable during the session.

  52. November 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm — Reply

    AND I just put the MCP actions banner at the bottom of my blog. 🙂

  53. November 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm — Reply

    Slowly getting there & could use some help really understanding/promoting things.

  54. November 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm — Reply

    I have my photography degree which is super helpful for the technical parts and color editing but, not so much for starting a business. I just recently strated by business and so far its going well, I just don’t know how to market myself. I have a full time job to help supplement bills and student loans, so marketing is hard. Word of mouth has been ok, but I would like to reach out to clients more. I am great with clients once I actually book a session and pay close attention to the details!

  55. November 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm — Reply

    Great ideas!!! My secret hiccup is marketing… the word of mouth marketing aspect is great, but I’d feel more confident if I was in more control of bringing in clients. On the upside, I think my personality fairs really well with my clientele – I’m up-beat, personable and animated!!! =)

  56. November 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm — Reply

    Been in business for just a little over three months!! Need help with just about everything!

  57. November 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm — Reply

    Would love to win. I struggle with balancing it all… motherhood, wife, business owner, editing, etc. I have ideas to increase my business and love some of those here, but some days don’t feel like I have it in me to do any more… even if it means getting more business.

  58. November 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm — Reply

    I like you both on Facebook! THanks

  59. Jacquelyn theisen
    November 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm — Reply

    Strength:ability to emotionally connect with clients and pull those emotions in pictures
    Hiccup: what to do next?

    • Jacquelyn theisen
      November 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm — Reply

      I like you both on Facebook

  60. Anneli
    November 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm — Reply

    I still struggle with my pricing, I am great at capturing the essence of kids.

  61. November 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm — Reply

    The Hiccup: Closing the sale in a timely fashion…
    The part I’m great at? Making my customers feel at ease & Having fun with the details of the shoot.

  62. November 21, 2011 at 8:01 pm — Reply

    I like both pages on facebook! 🙂

  63. November 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm — Reply
  64. November 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm — Reply

    I have to agree with Yvette above. Turning “likers and lookers” into clients.

  65. November 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm — Reply
  66. November 21, 2011 at 8:15 pm — Reply

    http://sarahreimer.blogspot.com/
    Posted your banner to my blog! 🙂

  67. November 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm — Reply

    My hiccup is I just started and have so much to learn! What I’m good at – asking for help!

  68. November 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm — Reply

    Struggling with being too afraid to do any actual selling. I just post my photos online and let clients choose. I’m best at my service to customers (presentation, responsiveness, service).

  69. aimee silvio
    November 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm — Reply

    getting started would be my hiccup. I want to start, but have been too afraid to!

  70. November 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm — Reply

    One hiccup is pricing for profit, and selling. I put my photos in an online gallery and I feel like I don’t have the confidence to do in-person sales. One think I feel good about is my connection with clients and the relationships I am building with them throughout my process. I think I have them right up to the sale! Then..I flop!

  71. November 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm — Reply

    Great ideas and Great giveaway! I’m really good at getting business but I’m not so great on DOING business. I need to start treating this as a business and start making decisions based on business not emotion.

  72. November 21, 2011 at 9:45 pm — Reply

    I have experienced several learning moments in the past few weeks, probably the greatest came when I lost a 30 minute photo session. This is connected to my need to create an effective work flow (I use Lightroom 3 and have a MacBook Pro). For awhile I felt I had used all the memory on my computer, but through this experience, learned of hundreds of RAW files that were on my computer that I had no idea were there. So greatest hiccup right now is workflow.

    I feel I am great at capturing emotion. I have had several people tell me they felt so comfortable during my photo shoots, that it felt so “natural.” In my other life, as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I know the importance of being real, authentic, and present in the moment. I make my clients, kids too, feel at ease enough so that they can be themselves.

    I would love the wisdom, help, anything! that I would get from your publication. Being new to photography as a business (lifelong love for taking photos), I realize I can use all the help I can get.

    Thank you!!

  73. November 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm — Reply

    I am a long time “liker” of MCP on FB and a recent “liker” of Photo Business Tools…..I’m loving both!

  74. November 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm — Reply

    Just added MCP’s banner to my blog, Jodi. You’re actions, blog, emails, classes, tutorials and everything you do is awesome!

  75. November 21, 2011 at 9:51 pm — Reply

    I feel I’m doing alright at the photography side, although I know I still have more to learn with editing. My hiccup…finding clients!

  76. November 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm — Reply

    I liked you on Facebook, and shared your page with my friends. I hope, hope, hope I win!!! 🙂

  77. November 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm — Reply

    Just posted on my personal page http://www.facebook.com/AngeSkerman

  78. November 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm — Reply
  79. November 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm — Reply

    I would love either prize! My hiccup – just switched pricing platform and need advice on making it through the lull in business. My awesome trait, my branding is consistent.

  80. November 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm — Reply

    updated status

  81. Ashley
    November 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm — Reply

    My ‘hiccup’ is believing in myself enough to stand my ground when a customer wants something I am not wanting to do (though I am getting better and turning down clients when I know it is not the direction I want to go with my business). My strong point would be connecting with my clients – getting to know them as a friend, not just a client.

  82. Ashley
    November 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm — Reply

    I like you on FB 🙂

  83. November 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm — Reply

    Biggest hiccup with me is probably client meetings. I always feel like a complete doofus talking to people. I end up saying all kinds of stupid things. It gets easier as I go along, but I’m still a nervous chatterbox.

    I do customer service great, though. I respond quickly and thoughtfully and do my best to efficiently meet any client requests. I also feel I’m pretty good about setting expectations and working with my couples for best results on their day.

  84. November 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm — Reply

    i like you both on FB

  85. November 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm — Reply

    I already follow MCP Actions and Photo Business Tools on Facebook.

  86. November 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm — Reply

    I already have the MCP Actions badge on my blog sidebar.

  87. Chasity Weeks
    November 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm — Reply

    I am having problems getting people to come to the sessions after they make appointments. Canceling at the last minute.
    Chasit

  88. Chasity Weeks
    November 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm — Reply

    I like both on FB

  89. Chasity Weeks
    November 21, 2011 at 11:01 pm — Reply

    I tweeted it on twitter.

  90. Chasity Weeks
    November 21, 2011 at 11:01 pm — Reply

    I posted it on facebook

  91. Amie
    November 21, 2011 at 11:15 pm — Reply

    My hiccup is not being able to say no to my clients

  92. jenny lowe
    November 21, 2011 at 11:29 pm — Reply

    balancing personal relationships with a job that gives you equal satisfaction, if not more in some cases.
    HELP!

  93. November 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm — Reply

    Great giveaway! I’d love to chat with a mentor about some goal setting for 2012. Thanks for the chance!

  94. November 21, 2011 at 11:39 pm — Reply

    I liked both pages on FB!

  95. Alex White
    November 22, 2011 at 12:46 am — Reply

    I’m having trouble attracting new customers! I live on a little island in the Pacific and I don’t have as many resources as photographers stateside have. It’s frustrating, but I make up for it by providing an excellent experience for my customers. I always have so much fun during the sessions that I hardly realize I’m “working”.

    I have liked both the pages! Can’t wait to see who wins 🙂

  96. November 22, 2011 at 12:50 am — Reply

    I haven’t marketed myself very much because I have small children and didn’t want to be too busy, but now no one knows I’m out there! I need marketing help. Cheap marketing help. What I’m good at? I’m a very social person, so it’s easy for me to connect with people on a shoot and get them laughing and relaxing.

    Thanks so much for this giveaway!!

  97. November 22, 2011 at 12:50 am — Reply

    I liked both pages on Facebook! Good luck to me!!!

  98. Alex White
    November 22, 2011 at 12:50 am — Reply

    Shared on my Facebook page!

  99. November 22, 2011 at 1:53 am — Reply

    My hiccup is how to close the sale at the end of the sales session. I know there is really just one hour to get them to order what they wish, but how do I do this? Sometimes it works, but other times they ask for more time. Please help!

  100. November 22, 2011 at 1:55 am — Reply

    I shared on FB.

  101. Diane C.
    November 22, 2011 at 3:17 am — Reply

    Oh, I would love to win this!

  102. Deana
    November 22, 2011 at 7:35 am — Reply

    Hiccup: Ready to start but I have no idea where to begin other than to just shoot pictures.
    I am great at doing pics of children and just letting them be theirselves to get the shot that shows just who they are.
    Thanks for the contest.

  103. November 22, 2011 at 8:12 am — Reply

    I just started my new photography business so anything right now would help. I have package and prices put together along with a somewhat decent website but still need some major help! This would help tremendously!

  104. November 22, 2011 at 8:13 am — Reply

    I tweeted!

  105. November 22, 2011 at 8:16 am — Reply

    I mentioned it on facebook http://www.facebook.com/KiaBishop.
    Forgot to leave the link for the tweet…https://twitter.com/KiaBishop

  106. November 22, 2011 at 8:18 am — Reply
  107. November 22, 2011 at 8:19 am — Reply

    I like Photo Business Tools on Facebook

  108. karen
    November 22, 2011 at 8:21 am — Reply

    i am just a novice…i need this!!!!!!

  109. November 22, 2011 at 9:14 am — Reply

    My biggest challenge is staying on top of things. I went back to school when I had no business to improve my skills as soon as I did that I’ve been booking 3-5 sessions a month. Also not letting my friends and family take advantage and stretch out their ordering or get stuff for free. I atleast need to be compensated for my time. On the other hand, I’m starting to get clients to see beyond the 5×7 and 8×10 mindset and go with larger wall art or atleast a wall of prints.

  110. November 22, 2011 at 9:29 am — Reply

    Hiccup: Is working a full time job and doing photography full time also. All of my free time (and late night time) is tied up in editing. AND – posing! gah I am a bad poser.

    I am good at: Photographing children.

  111. November 22, 2011 at 9:42 am — Reply

    Hiccup: I need help in the area of marketing year ’round.

    Good: I think I have good people skills and make friends with my clients.

    E.

  112. November 22, 2011 at 9:44 am — Reply

    My hiccup is my own lack of imagination. I love coming in to find ideas from other photographers and mosying around the internet for creative settings.

  113. November 22, 2011 at 9:45 am — Reply

    My biggest challenge is keeping up with the organization of everything from paperwork to form and finding the best most time efficient way for it all. The other challenge i struggle with is wording things simply, straight to the point. Oftentimes, i get too wordy on explanations to the point it is drawn out.

  114. November 22, 2011 at 9:46 am — Reply

    Hiccup is editing. It takes me forever to get it done.

    I am great a taking the photos (sometimes i take too many)

  115. Margaret Schwartz
    November 22, 2011 at 9:46 am — Reply

    Oh my word, which hiccup do you want to hear about? 🙂 I am learning in all areas. I enjoy shooting older kids. I like to try and bring out their true personalities.

  116. November 22, 2011 at 9:46 am — Reply

    Hiccup: pricing… we have changed our pricing like 3 times in a year and we are still struggling to get clients to pay what we are worth.

    One thing we were good at: photographing seniors!

  117. November 22, 2011 at 9:46 am — Reply

    Shared the link on FB

  118. November 22, 2011 at 9:47 am — Reply

    Oh and the good would be location scouting. on of my favorite parts

  119. November 22, 2011 at 9:48 am — Reply

    Hiccup: Trying to figure out a price structures for different shoots, I have a very hard time with this!

    I’m Good at: Communicating and getting kids to have fun while getting their pictures taken, from little kids to High School Seniors!

  120. November 22, 2011 at 9:49 am — Reply

    My biggest challenge is pricing and being firm when it comes time to collect the payment! My heart breaks for a story and I’m quicker to discount than I am to collect 🙁 And then I am left feeling resentful and broke but still continue to do it. I need a firm business plan that will help me to feel morally good about what I’m doing and still make a little bit to be comfortable!

  121. November 22, 2011 at 9:52 am — Reply

    The “Hiccup” would be my attempts in marketing and getting the name out there. I’ve tried but just cannot get the call backs from people.

    My photography work I am pretty happy with, and having 20 years experience dealing with people and the public has helped especially with the irate.. =)

  122. November 22, 2011 at 9:53 am — Reply

    I have liked “MCP Actions and Photo Business Tools on Facebook”

  123. November 22, 2011 at 9:53 am — Reply

    I shared on my FB for my sunshineandpolkadots.com page

  124. November 22, 2011 at 9:53 am — Reply

    Oh…the things I need help with. 🙂 I would say right now I need help in the marketing department. The phone just isn’t ringing enough!

    I think I am good at photographing newborns. Now if I could just get my hands on some.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  125. Sandra
    November 22, 2011 at 9:54 am — Reply

    Trying to work a full time job and do photography too….

  126. Barb
    November 22, 2011 at 9:56 am — Reply

    Currently working through another photographer, but would love to have more of the actual business knowledge so when the time comes I could go out on my own. I shoot a lot of landscapes/nature shots, but don’t know if there’s any money in that. I hope so because that’s my passion.

  127. Linda Grant
    November 22, 2011 at 9:57 am — Reply

    My biggest challenge is getting clientele. I have a facebook page and some likes, but it seems as though there are more people out there who are cheaper than I am. I think the part of business I’m good with is taking the photos and dealing with my existing clients.

  128. November 22, 2011 at 9:58 am — Reply

    My biggest hiccup is getting people through the door in the present financial climate! I have had three boudoir shoots this week (which is the first time Ive done them, but my “Bellies to Babies” is not going anywhere!
    Im loving photography and its what I do, but sometimes its such a struggle that it sometimes feels like it would be easier to give up!

  129. November 22, 2011 at 9:59 am — Reply

    When I saw this contest I wasn’t really interested. But then when I read the article I realized that it was just what I needed! I am just getting off the ground with my business. Next year I will be pushing my business hard and being able to have this source would be SO helpful!

    I am not good at ALL with numbers… I have a hard time calculating pricing and let me just say that filing taxes scare me to the point of not even wanting to start up a business!

    I feel like I am good with getting to know my clients and making them feel comfortable. I feel like I find the right angle and shot. I love taking pictures.

  130. November 22, 2011 at 10:00 am — Reply

    My big hiccup is getting my business started up over the next 12 months, figuring out a name, branding, marketing. On the plus side, I have a good sense of the client I want to reach and the area in which I want to specialize (seniors). I just need to get all the functional aspects in place to get there.

  131. Linda Grant
    November 22, 2011 at 10:02 am — Reply

    I was already a fan of MCP and have now liked Photo Business Tools as well 🙂 I have also shared this on my facebook page, both personal and my photography pages. http://www.facebook.com/memoriesbylindag I’ve also pinned it on my pinterest account 🙂

  132. Amy Flemming
    November 22, 2011 at 10:02 am — Reply

    My biggest problem is getting paying customers! I need portfolio building, but when I offer a free session (with editing) the people (moms mostly) want all the images on a CD so they can print them at Walmart. I do post them on Smugmug for pro printing, but the people say that they don’t want to pay that much for photos. Now I know that these people are the clients I want. But sheesh – It has me bumbed out! I am great at “seeing” portraits and what I want. I just need to be more creative. I so want to get better at the business part of it . . . .

  133. November 22, 2011 at 10:03 am — Reply

    My biggest hiccup is finding locations and knowing how to seek permission to use it. I see so many great places but don’t know how to begin finding out who I can ask for permission! On the other side, I think that I work well with clients and am extremely organized considering I work full time and do photography in addition to that. Plus I’m a mommy to two little kids!

  134. Linda Grant
    November 22, 2011 at 10:03 am — Reply

    Sorry.. it’s early.. Just read the whole thing again.. I’ve shared it on my facebook pages.

  135. Linda Grant
    November 22, 2011 at 10:04 am — Reply

    Also shared on my pinterest account.

  136. November 22, 2011 at 10:06 am — Reply

    Just what I need to move forward!

  137. November 22, 2011 at 10:06 am — Reply

    Need help reaching new clients. Really good at connecting with my clients and repeat business.

  138. November 22, 2011 at 10:09 am — Reply

    I don’t know how to sell myself or really generate extra interest in my blog. I guess marketing and pricing are my weakest points. I love bringing out the best, most flattering angles in my clients. I love photographing woman, and teens and showcasing the unique beauty each one is. I feel these are my strengths.

  139. Jordana G
    November 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm — Reply

    I REALLY need this!

    Hiccup: I have no clue how to get people to hire me to photograph them!

    I am great at editing and child photography, I am also very personable.

  140. Betsy Haley
    November 22, 2011 at 10:17 am — Reply

    My biggest hiccup is just knowing how I get started!!!

  141. November 22, 2011 at 10:21 am — Reply

    I’m unusual in that I want to keep my business small and part-time, but I also want it to be efficient and professional. I need all the help I can get.

  142. Caitlyn
    November 22, 2011 at 10:22 am — Reply

    My business is just starting out and I would have to say my biggest hiccup is getting everything legal figured out!!! =S

  143. November 22, 2011 at 10:22 am — Reply

    My Hiccup: Trying to get into the Miami wedding market
    What I’m good at: Taking the photos my client’s want and love

  144. Lauren
    November 22, 2011 at 10:23 am — Reply

    Hi, I would LOVE to win this!!!!

    My Hiccup is not knowing how to generate business year round, I get busy for the holidays & then…crickets…

    I am very customer service oriented having been in that field for over 10 yrs & will do a lot to make my customers happy.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  145. Caitlyn
    November 22, 2011 at 10:23 am — Reply

    “Like” ya’ll on facebook!:)

  146. Kristen H
    November 22, 2011 at 10:26 am — Reply

    Would Love to win this. I’m having a tough time trying to figure out how to work my plan for clients. I need to figure out best vendors for proofing,printing,products for clients. I need to figure out how I should run my pricing and packages for my prints and also best way to market myself. So basically getting started with my business. My favorite parties shooting and using that creative side to myself again. I feel likea new person when I’m behind my camera again!!!

    • Kristen H
      November 22, 2011 at 10:27 am — Reply

      Also how to do all these things inexpensively without breaking the bank before I even get my feet running.

  147. November 22, 2011 at 10:31 am — Reply

    I have been in business for 4.5 years, trying to handle this business and working full time in such a challenge! So that would be my hiccup! I would love to learn more about budget and marketing. I think my strongest or what I feel I am good with is making a relationship with my customers and the pictures fitting their type of style or personality.

  148. caitlin m
    November 22, 2011 at 10:35 am — Reply

    Hiccup: time management skills SUCK! My lack of organization is appalling!
    I do well: Design and treating each customer uniquely.

  149. November 22, 2011 at 10:35 am — Reply

    Our biggest challenge is closing the deal – we get more inquiries than bookings and would like to even up this number! What we’re good at: customer service! We work as a team and are always available to our clients.

  150. November 22, 2011 at 10:43 am — Reply

    I’m great with the clients, photography & post production of shoots. My hiccup is in the BUSINESS SIDE of the business: marketing and selling my services at high-end prices.

  151. November 22, 2011 at 10:43 am — Reply

    I’ll start with the positive – I am good at knowing what I want my business to be. I know my target client, I know the type of services and style I want to have. The hiccup I’m experiencing is sort of related to pricing/marketing myself. I’ve started on the lower end (at least what I feel is lower end) of the scale in my area, and I’m encountering some people who feel that it’s still too much. I also have a hard time with “selling” myself or closing the deal so to speak. I hate feeling like a pushy salesperson. Whew! That came out longer than I expected! 🙂

  152. Wendy
    November 22, 2011 at 10:47 am — Reply

    I’m just starting my photography business and could use the photo business tools to do better in everything, but I could really use advice on posing people and pricing.

    I’m creative and have a good sense of composition and design.

  153. November 22, 2011 at 10:47 am — Reply

    Oooh! Pick me!!

  154. Shay Ch
    November 22, 2011 at 10:49 am — Reply

    Being a great photographer has been my dream for about 7 years, but I can’t seem to get out of the “random” picture zone. I really need help learning to turn my hobby into a business.

  155. Tiffany McMichael
    November 22, 2011 at 10:49 am — Reply

    thanks for the giveaway! Only one hiccup… well I guess the biggest one right now is figuring out my branding..I’m alittle indecisive. 🙂

  156. November 22, 2011 at 10:51 am — Reply

    I Like MCP Actions and Photo Business Tools on FB.

  157. November 22, 2011 at 10:52 am — Reply

    My hiccup is getting into the wedding market! 🙂

  158. Shay Ch
    November 22, 2011 at 10:52 am — Reply

    I’ve already “liked” MCP on FB.

  159. Shay Ch
    November 22, 2011 at 10:53 am — Reply

    I “Liked” Photo Business Tools on Facebook.

  160. November 22, 2011 at 11:00 am — Reply

    What a great offer!

  161. Sandy Payne
    November 22, 2011 at 11:05 am — Reply

    What a nice and helpful gift! Happy Thanksgiving!

  162. November 22, 2011 at 11:06 am — Reply

    Let’s start with the good. I am really good at working with people and I always give 110%. I love people, have patience and can always make people smile. But with the good comes the bad…I know I need to work on marketing and getting my name out there. I started under a year ago and I have LOTS to learn.

  163. Greg Pyle
    November 22, 2011 at 11:09 am — Reply

    My hiccup is marketing. Even after many years in business that is my weak point.
    My positive is that when my clients view my images they have a difficult time narrowing their choices down because, to use their words, “the photos were all SO GOOD we couldn’t decide! We want them all!”

  164. Ewa Nybom
    November 22, 2011 at 11:15 am — Reply

    Really valuable information for me as a beginner in photography business! I’d just LOVE to win this great giveaway! And I also like MCP and Photo Business Tools on Facebook 🙂

  165. November 22, 2011 at 11:18 am — Reply

    hiccup: trying to get my name out there and drum up business.
    good at: customer service. I do what it takes to make the customer happy.

  166. Melanie H.
    November 22, 2011 at 11:21 am — Reply

    Oh, how fun to win this! My hiccup is that I don’t have a website!! My one thing good is I am doing well in the portfolio building stage!

  167. Melanie H.
    November 22, 2011 at 11:21 am — Reply

    I like you on Facebook.

  168. Melanie H.
    November 22, 2011 at 11:22 am — Reply

    I posted about your giveaway on Facebook!

  169. November 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm — Reply

    I would SO love to win this!! My biggest hiccup is my pricing! I feel like I’m working for pennies an hour, but the area I live in looks for these prices. My one good thing would be that I am really good at getting my clients to relax and enjoy the experience.

  170. November 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm — Reply

    I am a long time MCP fan, and am now a Photo Business Tools fan, under Southern Graces Photography!

  171. Susan B
    November 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    My one area needing assistance would be marketing my abilities. The area I am best in is photographing performances. I seem to have a great ability in capturing stellar moments of the show. Thanks for the chance to win.

  172. meghan
    November 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm — Reply

    hiccup: I’m ready to start but not quite sure how to begin, since I need to continue my day job to pay the bills until I have enough business built up.

    great: The products I offer and the style of shoots I do is unique to my area.

  173. November 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm — Reply

    I would love to win!

    Hiccup: Closing the deals! I meet with the couples, they seem very happy, but I haven manage to close deals?

    I am good at Portraits, plus I like people!

  174. November 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm — Reply

    My little hiccup is trying to advertise. I am trying to get my business to grow, but don’t really know how to expand my market. I would LOVE help with that!!

  175. Tarja Vilmi
    November 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm — Reply

    I need good advices and I am good at taking photos.

  176. Emily
    November 22, 2011 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    Would love to win this! I am only in the beginning stages of trying to start my business and so my hiccup would be not knowing where to start! It’s all so new to me I’m not sure what to do first. Any advice would be hugely helpful.

  177. November 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm — Reply

    I would love to win! I have a hard time selling! 🙂

  178. LINDA HARRISON
    November 22, 2011 at 9:21 pm — Reply

    THIS WOULD BE SO COOL TO WIN I’M LEARNING SO MUCH..

  179. November 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm — Reply

    Hiccup: What lab to use and print pricing.

    Great: I manage to attract business although I’m not marketing as I should.

  180. November 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm — Reply

    I like both of you on Facebook.

  181. November 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm — Reply

    I’m just starting out and need help figuring out pricing!!!

  182. November 23, 2011 at 8:05 am — Reply

    Hiccup: Setting up a good file system and numbering system
    Good at: Making customers happy

  183. Bob
    November 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm — Reply

    I’m presently using a trial version of Lightroom 3 and would like to win a copy for continued use. I have yet to use any MCP presets or other products. I currently receive Facebook posts from MCP since I have “liked” you in the past.

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