On this episode of The Portrait System Podcast, host Nikki Closser speaks with Erin DeGroot, a Southern California portrait photographer who additionally affords her providers as a photographer’s assistant. DeGroot shares suggestions for networking and constructing relationships.
DeGroot found her love of images in a darkish room images class in highschool. After getting her first DSLR in 2010, DeGroot started taking pictures household portraits and weddings. Quickly after, she found Sue Bryce Training (now The Portrait System), which helped her develop her craft, pricing, advertising, and gross sales. DeGroot was simply on the point of open a house studio and go full time when the pandemic hit, and like many others, DeGroot needed to put her plans on pause and think about different alternate options.
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Through the pandemic, DeGroot appeared deeply on the work she had been doing, and he or she realized that behind-the-scenes is the place she thrives essentially the most. This, mixed along with her skill to see into others’ conditions and supply for his or her wants, inspired her to hunt and settle for work for different photographers.
Along with networking on-line in images teams and nurturing connections over time, DeGroot says attending trade occasions has helped alternatives come up for her. She says when networking, one shouldn’t attempt to meet as many individuals as doable, however fairly, “when you can go in mindfully and deliberately, that you just’re going to attach with the those that resonate with you essentially the most, I believe that you may develop high quality relationships versus amount.” Her secret to creating good connections? Discovering out what folks want of their companies and providing these providers.
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Along with shopper portrait images, DeGroot affords behind-the-scenes help with second taking pictures, photograph modifying, social media, buyer help, and extra.
To be taught extra about Erin DeGroot and her work, go to her website.
The Portrait System Podcast helps portrait photographers navigate the world of images, enterprise, cash, and way more. Hosted by Nikki Closser, the podcast is powered by The Portrait System, a complete, on-line academic platform that teaches all points of operating a profitable portrait images studio.