Each month Design Aglow brings you Studio Policies for Success to make your photography business run smooth as silk while avoiding all too common problems that plague even the most experienced photographers. Feel free to use our recommendations as-is or modified to suit your needs...and you can thank us later *wink*.
The Policy: “The session fee is due in full at the time of booking in order to guarantee your session date and time. You may reschedule this appointment, provided you give us a minimum of 48 hours notice, however we ask that you limit rescheduling to one time only.”
Why it Works: Requiring full payment of session fees at the time of booking ensures that you are investing your time in clients who take the booking seriously, and are not apt to be no-shows. Asking your clients to limit reschedules to a single time avoids continually pushing back an appointment. Appointment delays can lead to a full schedule next month and a gap today, which costs your studio money if you are unable to fill their space. By avoiding repeated delays, you are able to keep your booking cycle in forward motion.
See more Portrait Policies for Success and learn procedures for challenges like strategizing session fees, methods for heading off cancellations and tardiness, how to handle retouching requests, and what the best in the business are doing to sell digital files. Â Key topics provide essential procedural information for before, during and after your sessions.
From a very early age I loved taking pictures and looking at them in magazines and books, but the art of photography captured my heart when I was a teenager, on my first overseas trip to Wales. From that point, I began shooting with a little film SLR and having my friend model for me. In college I took some digital photography and visual communication courses as part of my communication studies major, and decided to pursue a career in photography. I became a legal business and took my first paid client at age 20, and it's been quite a journey and adventure over the past nine years.
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.