Stop Making Your Photography Clients Jump Through Hoops

Having been a photography client myself, I’ve been on the receiving end of some frustrating experiences. It set a bad tone leading up to my session and left me worried about what our time in front of the camera would be like. First impressions matter, especially in business. When you make it difficult for potential clients to connect with you or navigate your processes, you’re setting the stage for what they can expect throughout their entire experience with you.

Think about it—from the moment someone sends that initial inquiry to the day you deliver their final images, every interaction shapes their perception of your brand. And that’s why it’s so important to make every step of the client journey as seamless and hassle-free as possible.

So, let’s dive into some practical ways you can create a smoother experience for your clients. After all, making it easy for them isn’t just about convenience—it’s about building trust and fostering positive relationships that keep them coming back time and time again.

Let Your Photography Clients Book Online

I was recently looking online for a new hairstylist, and I won’t lie to you – I made my decision based on the company that had online booking available. Not only was it late at night, but I also hate talking on the phone. If I can avoid it I will, so online booking is my best friend in situations like this.

Adding an online booking calendar to your website is like giving your photography clients a VIP pass to convenience and efficiency. They can schedule sessions and meetings on their own time and within the boundaries that you’ve carefully set. It’s a game-changer, streamlining the entire booking process and eliminating the need for endless back-and-forth emailing to make it happen. Plus, it shows your clients that you value their time and strive to make their experience with you as enjoyable as possible.

Offer More Than One Payment Option

Last year at a destination wedding around my birthday I couldn’t treat myself to any extras at the resort because I was told I had the wrong currency, too large of a bill, or that my card wasn’t accepted every time I tried. They lost $150 in sales because of it.

By offering multiple payment methods, you’re not just making it convenient for your clients to pay for your services; you’re also increasing your revenue stream. Think about it: when clients have options like credit cards, bank transfers, or payment platforms, they’re more likely to finalize their bookings without hesitation. This flexibility not only streamlines the payment process but also builds their confidence in your professionalism and reliability. Plus, the more accessible you make your payment options, the more accessible you become to a wider range of clients. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love the feeling of seeing more money in their bank account?! It’s a win-win situation that ultimately contributes to the growth and success of your photography business.

Utilize Automations Throughout Their Experience

Ever found yourself booking a service and then feeling a bit lost about what to expect next? It’s not a great feeling. It’s one you can avoid in your business by automating parts of your client communication. Set up automated emails to send confirmations, helpful tips, and reminders leading up to the session or wedding day. Trust me, when you’re one step ahead and anticipate your clients’ needs, they’ll never have doubts about hiring you!

But let’s get real here—automation isn’t just about saving time (although that’s a huge plus!). It’s about giving your clients an experience they’ll rave about. It’s like having a personal assistant guiding them through the entire process. So, if you’re all about making your clients feel like royalty, automations are your new best friend!

Implementing photography systems that prioritize simplicity and convenience for your clients (and you, too!!) is a game-changer for your business. By embracing online booking calendars, offering flexible payment options, and leveraging the power of automations, your clients will be happier than ever about how easy it is to work with you, and your business will thrive like never before!

Check out some more of my favourite blogs:

Next Level Email Marketing Strategies with Candice Coppola

Creating A More Accessible Photography Business with Erin Perkins of Mabely Q

7 Essential Tips For Starting A Photography Business

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March 19, 2024

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