How To Increase Your Bookings

Whether you're just starting out or looking to take your photography business to the next level, these tips are designed to help you to increase your bookings and expand your client base. Let's dive into the essential strategies that will set you apart from other photographers. As I truly believe that each business has its own unique brand and voice.


Finding and Owning Your Niche

Discovering your niche is not just about identifying what you love to shoot; it's about recognizing where your passion meets demand. Early in my career, I realized the power of specialization. By focusing on a specific genre, such as weddings, families, or newborns, you become an expert in that field. This expertise is what clients will pay a premium for.

My Advice: Start by exploring various genres and pay attention to what excites you the most and where your skills are the strongest. Then, research the market to understand the demand. Once you've identified your niche, immerse yourself in it. Study the work of leaders in that niche, attend specialized workshops, and practice relentlessly. For some niches (like newborns) you also want to think about safety, so definitely educate yourself on that topic as well.

Industry Secret: Collaboration over competition. Connect with other photographers in your niche. Often, they can provide referrals when they’re overbooked or encounter projects that align more closely with your style. I truly believe in community over competition, because each person is so unique and photography will always be a creative job, so no identity and project is the same.

Maintaining Consistency in Work and Communication

Consistency in your photographic style and communication with clients is key. Your clients should know exactly what to expect when they book you — this trust is fundamental to building a lasting relationship.

My Advice: Develop a consistent editing style and ensure your portfolio across all platforms reflects this style. When communicating with clients, be professional, timely, and clear. Templates for emails and contracts can help, but always personalize them for each client. Remember, they want to talk to a person and feel a certain connection.

Industry Secret: Automate where you can, but never at the cost of personalization. Use tools and software to streamline booking (like a good CRM system, I personally use Studio Ninja, if you want to know more about CRM systems then check out my blog about CRM systems), scheduling, and follow-ups, but always add a personal touch to show your clients they're valued.

Understanding the Power of First Impressions

First impressions matter immensely. Your website, social media profiles, and even the way you respond to inquiries play a significant role in a client's decision to book you.

My Advice: Invest in a professional website that showcases your best work and makes it easy for clients to inquire about bookings. Be active on social media platforms where your potential clients spend their time, and engage with your audience regularly. Local Facebook groups are also great but I definitely wouldn't solely rely on these.

Industry Secret: Your response time to inquiries can set you apart. Aim to respond within 24 hours. A quick, professional response can be the deciding factor for clients comparing photographers.

Embodying Your Brand

Your brand is more than your logo or the colors on your website; it's the experience you offer your clients. From the initial inquiry to the delivery of final images, your brand should reflect the quality and essence of your work.

My Advice: Define your brand values and ensure every interaction with clients reflects these values. Whether it’s through your creativity, attention to detail, or the way you make clients feel during a shoot, let these elements shine through in every aspect of your business.

Industry Secret: Personal branding goes a long way. Sharing behind-the-scenes moments, your photography journey, and personal insights can create a stronger connection with your audience. I also recommend making a brand board for yourself so you don't lose track of your brand look.

Personalizing Your Interactions with Clients

The relationship you build with your clients can turn a one-time booking into a lifetime of opportunities. Personalizing your interactions can make all the difference.

My Advice: Get to know your clients. Understand their preferences, their concerns, and what they cherish about the photographs you’ll create. Use this understanding to tailor your services, making each client feel special and understood.

Industry Secret: Follow-up after delivering the final product. A simple message asking if they’re happy with the images, or offering tips on how they can be displayed, can leave a lasting positive impression and lead to referrals.

Incorporating these strategies into your business model is not a one-time effort; it's an ongoing journey. Celebrate your successes, learn from every experience, and continue to evolve both as a photographer and as a business owner. Remember, your goal is not just to increase bookings but to create meaningful, lasting impacts on your clients' lives through your work. This blueprint is just the beginning, if you'd like to learn more then check out my e-book "The Starterguide for Photographers".


Share this story