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Wedding Photography Podcast is a weekly podcast (every Thursday) providing business tips, inspiration, and lessons learned to help wedding photographers book more weddings, go full-time, and become successful. It's hosted by Henry Chen of Aevitas Weddings, a wedding photographer based out of Los Angeles with a decade of experience photographing weddings and over 400 reviews on WeddingWire, Yelp, and Google.
 
ASK WPP is a daily podcast answering wedding photography-related questions from wedding photographers. Topics from branding, marketing, equipment, and how to run a successful wedding photography business are covered. It's hosted by Henry Chen of Wedding Photography Podcast and Aevitas Weddings, a wedding photographer based out of Los Angeles with a decade of experience photographing over 400 weddings.
 
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As wedding photographers, we often struggle with questions surrounding how much we should be charging. Is our pricing too high for the market we’re in (and therefore preventing prospective clients from booking us) or maybe we could be charging a little more than we are? In this podcast episode, I’ll share with you my idea that you’re worth exac ...…
 
Following on from last week’s podcast episode about what makes you stand out and different from other wedding photographers, I wanted to chat about how you can use that to be a marketable and high-demand wedding photographer, providing a lot of value, that clients, venues and vendors want to work with. Creating a successful wedding photography ...…
 
It’s a simple question but an important one - what makes you different and better than other wedding photographers? In today’s world, the wedding photography market is completely saturated and we’re up against so much competition. So what is it about you that makes you stand out from other wedding photographers and not only make prospective cli ...…
 
When this podcast episode airs, it’s going to be exactly five years to the day since I married my wife, Charlene. So I wanted to take some time out to share with my listeners just how much she means to me and has impacted my life, both personally and as a small business owner. As wedding photographers, our families’ lives often revolve around o ...…
 
While the focus of my wedding photography educational material has largely been on helping you go full-time, in this podcast episode I’m going to talk about how to successfully balance a conventional job while trying to do wedding photography part-time. A large percentage of my listeners are working full-time jobs while trying to get their part ...…
 
Times are changing and what used to work being competitive as a wedding photographer ten years ago won’t necessarily cut it today. Not only has the market become completely saturated in many places, with a lot more wedding photographers to compete with, but developments in technology and the way we market our businesses have also changed. In th ...…
 
If you've ever wondered what goes on in a typical working week for me, then this is the episode for you. I'm going to share with you the day-to-day events that take place as I juggle trying to be efficient and productive as a wedding photographer, online educator, and father to a new-born baby girl. I'll break down what I do in the mornings, af ...…
 
After being a full-time wedding photographer for around a decade now, I’ve made my fair share of bad decisions. Not only have I wasted time doing things that are not profitable for my career but I’ve also wasted money in my wedding photography business without seeing any rewards. In this podcast episode, I want to share with you where I’ve wast ...…
 
Part of being a successful wedding photographer is being able to make a full-time living and for me, that means meeting three financial criteria: being able to pay your bills and monthly expenses. Having enough to save and invest in your future, and having something left over to do the other things you enjoy in life. Keeping those financial cri ...…
 
One thing I’ve noticed over my decade-long career as a wedding photographer is that there are some things we just don’t talk about. Whether it’s in online forums, Facebook groups or at networking events, the conversation usually centers around gear and presets. There’s a misconception that becoming a successful wedding photographer is just abou ...…
 
Becoming a full-time wedding photographer is not as easy as it seems and even once you achieve financial success, there’s no guarantee that it’s going to continue year after year. In this podcast episode, I’ll share with you my criteria of what it means to become a full-time wedding photographer and why I strove to achieve that. We’ll chat abou ...…
 
What’s it really like to not only be married to a wedding photographer but also work with them on a regular basis? For this episode, I invite my wife into the studio to talk about life over the last five years being married to me and the challenges of adapting to my unconventional lifestyle. We’ll talk about how she first started shooting weddi ...…
 
While we often talk about how to build our wedding photography business, take better photos, and where to invest our time and money when it comes to advertising, nobody ever talks about how to balance a career in wedding photography with our personal lives. We don’t live inside a wedding photography bubble and we can’t just brush off our loved ...…
 
Being your own boss means you’re constantly faced with decisions about how to successfully manage your business and the direction you want to take it. Join me on a trip down memory lane as I talk about some of the biggest wedding photography risks I’ve taken in my business and how they have affected it to this day. I’ll chat about the decision ...…
 
In this day and age, the amount of wedding photography educational information available to us can be overwhelming. From online articles to in-person workshops, videos and podcasts, it can be difficult to know where to start and what is of value. In this episode, I’ll chat about finding a balance between the amount of content you consume and ho ...…
 
Recently, I did a whole rebranding of my wedding photography educational material from Wedding Photography Podcast to Success In Wedding Photography. In this episode, I want to share with you the process of rebranding, how I went about it and the lessons I learned along the way, which will hopefully help others who are considering rebranding th ...…
 
Every year I set myself a number of goals and resolutions, both personal and professional in relation to my wedding photography business. In this episode, I want to share with you the resolutions I set myself for 2017 (and whether or not I achieved them), as well as those I’m hoping to achieve in 2018. From spending more time with my wife to sa ...…
 
It sounds great. Waking up to realize that all of sudden you’ve got a significantly higher number of wedding bookings than you’ve had in any previous year and with that, a significantly higher income. But in this episode, we’ll take a reality check about what that actually means and how it can affect your life, for the better and the worse. I’l ...…
 
As wedding photographers, we have a huge arsenal of evidence at our disposal when it comes to showing clients our style, experience in the industry and what they can expect when hiring us. So rather than sending lengthy correspondence emails telling them how great we are, why not just show them? In this episode, we’ll chat about the secret to b ...…
 
Receiving negative reviews is never easy but it can also be the catalyst for positive change in your business and life. So following on from my first non-5 star review in iTunes, I’ve decided to shake things up and take some of the feedback on board. In this Wedding Photography Podcast episode, I want to share with you what the review said and ...…
 
One of the biggest contributors to my business success has been my ability to get hundreds of wedding photography reviews from previous clients on WeddingWire, Yelp, and Google. In my opinion, the best way to sell yourself is through the honest words of others. Having positive feedback and reviews from past clients is just as important as an im ...…
 
Something I’ve been asked many times over the last few years is why I don’t use this podcast series to talk about the photography side of being a wedding photographer. So I wanted to take a moment to explain the reasoning behind my decision to focus on the business side of wedding photography instead. A lot of emphases is put on technical aspec ...…
 
Being passionate and believing in yourself are important elements in building a successful wedding photography business. But you shouldn’t rely on the off-chance that prospective clients are going to inquire or even book on that alone. We all hope that our business is going to be a success, particularly when we’re just starting out, but it take ...…
 
A huge game changer for me in recent years has been my ability to book wedding photography clients online, without requiring any face-to-face meetings. By this, I mean just a few emails back and forth before the contract is secured and the deposit paid. As a wedding photographer that doesn’t have a retail space, this significantly reduces the a ...…
 
They say you should live with no regrets but there are things we all wish we could have done better or achieved in our lives. So in this episode, I wanted to be completely honest with my listeners and chat about my biggest regret as a wedding photographer - not being able to grow my wedding photography studio! A few years ago, I rebranded Henry ...…
 
After my first week as a new father, I wanted to take some time out to reflect on the huge changes that have just taken place in my life and the rewards of this new role. Many wedding photographers out there are juggling a family and career, so how exactly do you prepare for the life-altering changes that having a baby brings and maintain the s ...…
 
Passion is an essential ingredient for any successful wedding photography business and probably the main reason you decided to pursue this path in the first place. If your heart’s not in it, potential clients will quickly pick up on it and probably go elsewhere. But passion alone is not enough. There are a lot of other elements that need to be ...…
 
One of the most important characteristics of an outstanding wedding photographer is communication - listening to what your clients want and applying this in the way you capture their special day. A couple has probably selected you because they love your work, but it takes more than just showing up on their wedding day to leave a lasting impress ...…
 
Keeping in mind that most couples will start looking for and book a wedding photographer months before their special day, now is the time to start reevaluating your marketing strategies to ensure you’re getting inquiries for next year (and even 2019). It might seem like ages away, but it’s the steps you take now that will reap benefits down the ...…
 
When chatting with other wedding photographers, I often hear that they don’t know anything about their website analytics and what they mean or that they can’t really be bothered trying to understand it all. But before you spend money on marketing or expensive gear trying to boost your wedding photography business, understanding your website tra ...…
 
EPISODE #100: THE MOST POPULAR TOPICS IN THE FIRST 100 EPISODES OF THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST Summary: It’s with much gratitude that I’ve recorded my 100th episode in this Wedding Photography Podcast series and I want to send a huge “thank you” to all of my listeners who have made it happen. To celebrate this milestone, I thought we’d look ...…
 
EPISODE #99: ARE WE SETTING REALISTIC GOALS FOR OURSELVES IN OUR BUSINESS? Summary: Throughout my experience mentoring other wedding photographers and chatting with people in the community, I’ve found that sometimes we create unrealistic goals that are just setting us up for disappointment. Goal setting is a really important aspect of growing y ...…
 
EPISODE #98: NEVER GET TOO HIGH OR TWO LOW IN YOUR BUSINESS - STAY THE COURSE Summary: Having ups and downs is all part of running your own business. There are times when you’ll be thriving, booking lots of clients and earning a lot, then you might go through a few slow months, have equipment breakdown or receive some negative feedback from a c ...…
 
EPISODE #97: WHY I CREATED A WEDDING PLANNING PODCAST FOR BRIDES AND GROOMS Summary: A short while back I started a wedding planning podcast for brides and grooms to help them execute their dream wedding. It features interviews with some of the vendors that I’ve worked with throughout the years and have a great respect for, as well as tips and ...…
 
EPISODE #96: TOO BUSY TO WORK ON YOUR BUSINESS BUT NOT BUSINESS ENOUGH TO SHOOT WEDDINGS Summary: It’s too often I hear wedding photographers complaining that they’re not shooting enough weddings or getting enough inquiries. But when you ask those same photographers how much time they spend working behind-the-scenes on their businesses, they an ...…
 
EPISODE #95: GETTING THE MOST EXPERIENCE OUT OF EVERY WEDDING YOU PHOTOGRAPH Summary: While you can use the images you capture at each and every wedding to help market your business, you can also use the experiences to improve your wedding photography in the long term. Many of us are just keen to share the photos with our clients and on our soc ...…
 
EPISODE #94: ARE YOU TRULY GETTING THE ABSOLUTE MOST OUT OF EVERY WEDDING YOU PHOTOGRAPH? Summary: The main focus of being a wedding photographer is capturing beautiful images for your clients, but that’s not where their exposure should end. In this wedding photography podcast episode, we’re going to chat about how to get the most mileage out o ...…
 
EPISODE #93: WHAT IS YOUR UNFAIR ADVANTAGE AS A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER? Summary: In many ways, wedding photographers share a lot in common. We are all dedicated to capturing the love and emotion of a couple’s special day and probably have a website that showcases our images and style. We might use similar equipment and run our businesses accordin ...…
 
EPISODE #92: THERE'S ONLY ONE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER YOU SHOULD COMPARE YOURSELF TO Summary: No matter what industry you work in, chances are at one point or another you’ve compared yourself with your colleagues and the work they do. While this can be healthy and a great way to find inspiration and guidance for setting your own goals, it can also ...…
 
EPISODE #91: SOME OF THE LOWEST POINTS OF MY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS Summary: July 15 this year marks exactly ten years since I shot my first wedding, so I thought I’d record an episode to celebrate! But rather than focus on my successes and what I’ve done well to get to where I am today, I thought I’d share some of the lowest points of my ...…
 
EPISODE #90: IT'S NOT TOO EARLY TO START THINKING ABOUT SAVINGS AND RETIREMENT Summary: We can’t work forever and like most professions, it’s important as wedding photographers that we plan for our financial security in retirement. If you’re in your later years, then this might be something you’re thinking about already. While for those of us w ...…
 
EPISODE #89: NOT ALL WEDDINGS ARE THE SAME; STOP TREATING THEM AS IF THEY WERE. Summary: Most weddings follow a certain flow - a getting ready session followed by the ceremony, then portraits and a reception. But that’s where the similarities end. No two weddings are the same and we shouldn’t treat them as such for our own convenience or the si ...…
 
Episode #181: Question: Would you consider continuing this podcast in the future? Photographer: Charlene Chiu Click here to ask your question. Subscribe and leave a rating and review on iTunes!
 
EPISODE #88: WE ALL HAVE TO START WITH ZERO WEDDINGS FOR THE NEXT YEAR Summary: No matter how your wedding photography business has performed in the past 12 months (lots of inquiries and bookings or less than you had hoped), it’s important to remember that we are all starting out on a level playing field in the coming year. This episode is a re ...…
 
Episode #180: Question: How do you deal with a stressed out bride/groom on her/his wedding day? Photographer: Charlene Chiu Click here to ask your question. Subscribe and leave a rating and review on iTunes!
 
Episode #179: Question: What do you think of having a second shooter vs. a main shooter with an assistant? Photographer: Charlene Chiu Click here to ask your question. Subscribe and leave a rating and review on iTunes!
 
Episode #178: Question: What qualities make up your ideal clientele? Photographer: Charlene Chiu Click here to ask your question. Subscribe and leave a rating and review on iTunes!
 
Episode #177: Question: What do most clients underestimate when it comes to their wedding day? Photographer: Charlene Chiu Click here to ask your question. Subscribe and leave a rating and review on iTunes!
 
Episode #176: Question: Do you think it hurts your business since you aren't part of a husband and wife photography team? Photographer: Charlene Chiu Click here to ask your question. Subscribe and leave a rating and review on iTunes!
 
Episode #175: Question: If you could change one thing about how you started your business, what would it be? Photographer: Charlene Chiu Click here to ask your question. Subscribe and leave a rating and review on iTunes!
 
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