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?

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  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!
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  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!!

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 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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    Meagan Thompson says:

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

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    Kristy Galicia says:

    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! :)

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    Erik K says:

    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.

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    erin m says:

    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

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    Sarah says:

    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! :)

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    Sarah says:

    – 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!

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    Leslie Barber says:

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

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    Jennifer D. says:

    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!

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    Rosie says:

    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!

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    Robin says:

    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.

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    Robin says:

    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 :)

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    Carol C says:

    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

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    Patti says:

    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’!

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    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!

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    Carol C says:

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

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    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. :)

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    Amanda says:

    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!

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    Lauren Nall says:

    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. :)

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    Yvette says:

    Turning viewers (on fb, blog) into clients

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    Amber says:

    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.

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    Lauren Nall says: <— I posted about the contest on my facebook wall!

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    Lauren Nall says:

    I also posted about it on my Google+ ! Found here:

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    Becky Tate says:

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

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    Bruce Feingold says:

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

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    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

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    Wendy Mayo says:

    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!

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    Wendy Mayo says:

    You are liked on Facebook!

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    Wendy Mayo says:

    AND… I have an MCP banner on my site!

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    Shannon says:

    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).


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    Shannon says:

    I have your MCP Actions banner on my blog!

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    Nadine says:

    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.

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    karen ramos says:

    getting qualified clients not just the cheap shoppers

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    Nadine says:

    Liked you both on facebook

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    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!

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    You are liked on facebook!!

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    I shared this link about the contest on Facebook!

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    Nadine says:

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

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    Lynn Molanders says:

    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.

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    Anne Jeschke says:

    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.

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    Danielle says:

    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.

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    Danielle says:

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

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    Danielle says:

    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!

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    Monica says:

    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.

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    Danielle says:

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

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    Kerry G says:

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

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    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!

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    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!!! =)

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    pam says:

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

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    Heather Bird says:

    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.

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    Heather Bird says:

    I like you both on Facebook! THanks

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    Jacquelyn theisen says:

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

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    Anneli says:

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

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    Sarah Reimer says:

    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.

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    Sarah Reimer says:

    I like both pages on facebook! :)

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    Tricia says:

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

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    Barbara says:

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

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    Karin says:

    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).

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    aimee silvio says:

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

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    Erin Wood says:

    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!

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    Dita says:

    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.

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    Anna Grimm says:

    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!!

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    Dita says:

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

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    Dita says:

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

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    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!

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    Anna Grimm says:

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

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    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.

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    Ashley says:

    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.

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    Ashley says:

    I like you on FB :)

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    Amber Wilkie says:

    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.

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    Barbara says:

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

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    Barbara says:

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

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    Chasity Weeks says:

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

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    Chasity Weeks says:

    I like both on FB

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    Chasity Weeks says:

    I tweeted it on twitter.

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    Chasity Weeks says:

    I posted it on facebook

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    Amie says:

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

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    jenny lowe says:

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

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    Amy Hoogstad says:

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

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    Amy Hoogstad says:

    I liked both pages on FB!

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    Alex White says:

    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 :)

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    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!!

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

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    Alex White says:

    Shared on my Facebook page!

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    Shayna Hardy says:

    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!

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