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Business as (un)usual: How Kelly Tunney found her ideal clientele


February 2018 issue Business

Growing up in Canberra, Australia, Kelly Tunney’s journey to professional wedding photography wasn’t a linear path. Canberra was, and still is in many ways, a conservative city. When Tunney graduated from photography school in her early 20s, there weren’t a lot of jobs for creatives in the area.Kelly Tunney © Kelly TunneySo she struggled a bit, bouncing in and out of professional photography until she started to pick up wedding work with some consistency around the mid 2000s. Then... Continue Reading >

3 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make, and the Solutions


November 2017 issue News

Running a small photography business is tough and you're bound to make mistakes. But here are three you can avoid, thanks to insight from Ryan Estis, who has 20 years' of sales and leadership experience and will deliver the keynote at Imaging USA 2018:© Ryan EstisMistake No. 1: Letting success breed complacency. “I see this often and I am a victim of it myself with my own business. Things will be good, we have a level of success, and we plateau,” he says. But what was good enough to... Continue Reading >

Maternity photographer uses SWOT analysis to guide business


September 2017 issue Business

Examine your business in relation to the marketShe was a business professional before she was a photographer, so Eden Bao naturally takes an analytical perspective on her career.Primarily a maternity, newborn, and baby photographer based in Seattle, Bao turns the heads of pregnant women in the Pacific Northwest with her beauty style of portraiture. Mothers-to-be are draped in sweeping gowns and posed before dramatic landscapes or in elegant interiors. How she homed in on that style was a... Continue Reading >

Branding: Define and deliver


April 2017 issue Business

People hear branding and picture a logo. If you’re an entrepreneur, you have to think more broadly because your brand goes way beyond your logo. Your brand is who you are; it’s the face you show the world. If done well, your brand will stand on its own without any other sales message, slogan, or pitch.As a parent of teenagers, I’m occasionally compelled to drive over an hour to a specialty store at the mall to buy a clothing brand my kids will wear. Heaven forbid I try to pass off a... Continue Reading >

Weddings with a Rocky view


February 2017 issue Profiles

Darren Roberts is miles from where he started—and sometimes miles from anywhere. That’s entirely the point.Roberts, an erstwhile neuroscience student, was on the brink of a career in dentistry when he had a change of heart. “I just didn’t think I’d enjoy it,” he says. So he pulled up his roots in Saskatchewan, Canada, and relocated to Calgary, on the edge of the picturesque Canadian Rockies.Roberts enrolled in photography school, which had a heavy commercial focus. From the... Continue Reading >

You can’t compete without being unique


December 2016 issue Business

And you have to take responsibility for thatNo doubt there’s more competition in the photography field than ever before, and it’s not just with other pros. Today we face the competition of the cell phone camera, ever-more-affordable professional equipment, and the constantly evolving dynamics of how people spend their time and money. But I’m here to offer both a lesson and a solution to this real challenge.The lessonBefore I delve into the solution, I want to share a lesson. I’m a... Continue Reading >

Full-service storefront studio creates credibility

October 2016 issue Business

In 2009, husband-and-wife team Dan McClanahan, M.Photog., and Alex McClanahan founded McClanahan Studio in Ames, Iowa, where they met as students attending Iowa State University.By 2012 the couple was able to purchase a 12,000-square-foot commercial building in the Ames historic district, which they remade into their dream studio, installing a new storefront gallery and remodeling vacant spaces to be rented. Now the McClanahan’s live and work in the fully rented building, balancing landlord... Continue Reading >
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