Getting trained

Following on from yesterday’s post, I have spent a bit of time finding out about what training is available for the portrait photography business.  The emphasis here is on the business, I know how to take photos and how to light them, yes I could do with some more knowledge on posing techniques, planning a shoot, and stuff like that; but I am more interested in learning about marketing myself as a photographer, and securing bookings and sales from those photoshoots, how much to charge, and stuff like that.  A quick search on the internet gives more results than you can shake a stick at, but how many of those training courses provide the information, support and stuff that I am looking for?  Well not so many.  The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers offers seminars and workshops, but it seems a little bit unstructured.  In the end, I went for the training provided by Barrett and Coe in their Portrait Photography Course.  The training takes place on five Sundays and a weekend, and my course starts later this month.  As well as the camea and lighting stuff, the course includes marketing, sales, customer satisfaction, planning the shoot and business planning; all the kind of stuff I need to learn.  The downside with this training is it is tailored to people who want to become barrett and Coe franchisees, and I am not sure that a franchise is what I want to buy at the moment, although it does have some attractions.  You will have to wait and see what develops (no pun intended).

In the meantime here is another holiday snap:-

Jum and her Funny hat


2 Responses to “Getting trained”

  1. January 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Hi, We are really looking forward to have such a passionate
    photographer on our course! But we do not tailor the courses to the
    franchise. Our aim is to get everybody to a point where they can
    take saleable images, together with the knowledge of how to make
    money from them, by the time they finish the course. Quite often we
    have had students making making £500 portrait sales, and some even
    £1000 sales, after the second seminar! There is absolutely no
    pressure or obligation to take a franchise. Look forward to seeing
    you soon. Andrew.

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