So what are the benefits of niching? Well, first of all you're going to attract the soul mate for your business, the ideal client. The one who looks and that and goes, "That's what I want for my own family." You're going to see consistency in your work. You're gonna keep that competition at bay because they won't be able to keep up cause they're different. You're so different from them, right? And what's funny is... You know you're truly unique when you don't even worry about the competition. If you're worried about the competition right now. If you're like, "Oh my gosh, Susie Q down the street is 50 bucks cheaper." (screams) If you're thinking about that, you're not different enough. Think about that. If you're worried about Susie Q down the street it means you're not differentiating your business enough and you're not attracting your soul mate in your business. Because if you were it wouldn't matter what Susie Q was doing down the street and you wouldn't give a hoot. So by differenti...
ating and niching with a specialty you keep the competition at bay. And of course you have a reliability to your clients. You're producing consistent work that they can depend on. They know what they're going to get. You differentiate, you're recognizable in the marketplace. People know you and they go, "That's a Julia Kelleher" or "That's an Amy portrait", or "That's a Lulu portrait." People know it's you and that's fabulous. You get to that point and you're like, "Oh!" (gasps) "Oh, they knew it was me." It's like that little boost of self-confidence okay, and that grows from there. And of course you can charge more and it creates community buzz around what you do. So that's important too and then ultimately what this all leads to is that confidence that grows. So if you think specializing in families is niching I have another story for you, okay? Ask yourself if you could take it further. We're photographers, it's great. Maybe we've started in landscape. Who was it that started in landscape? It was Amy here who started in landscape and she was like "I kind of like people now" and that's fine. We all kind of have to explore. There's another class here on CreativeLive that I did about a year ago called "Finding Your Style". That is a great pre-requisite to this course. It's about finding who you are as an artist. And Amy's going through that transition where she was a landscape photographer and she's like, "I love people and I want to focus on families." And there's probably a psychological reason for that which is awesome and you have to own that and just go with it and follow your heart. So if you say to yourself, "Yeah, I want to niche in families" and probably a lot of you out there who are watching "Family Week" going, "Yeah, I want to niche in families too. Yeah, let's niche in families, great!" (cheers) Okay, let's dive deeper.
Portrait Photographer, Julia Kelleher, M. Photog., Cr. CPP, specializes in newborn and family portraits out of her boutique, Bend OR, studio. She offers her clients a photographic style that is organic, textural and artistic, and specializes in creating heirloom albums
I own I think all of Julia's classes. This is probably my favorite. I will say that it's because its exactly the type of photography I have been wanting to focus on. So the information was extremely valuable to me. But I do love all of Julia's classes and you can learn so much from her as a mentor regardless of the type of portraits you shoot. Thanks Julia for a wonderful class I have watched it multiple times!
As always, Julia never disappoints! It has been so awesome to watch her work with such incredible intention, from concept to session to sales. Her energy and strategy are so motivational and very, very creative! This class rocks from start to finish, and is a perfect addition to my Creative Live business arsenal! Five stars all the way!!!!!
My favorite part was seeing how Julia's business evolved over time and transformed into what it is today. Good tips for finding inspiration to develop a niche and practical marketing advice. I'm glad I took this alongside Tamara's business class - the two photographers had very different approaches to their business and shooting family photography in many ways, but it really illustrators how there's no one way to do everything. I learned so much from both of them.