480: Leah Hoffman – Clients, sales and incredible images for a successful fine art dance photography business


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Leah Hoffman of www.hoffastudios.com is a Melbourne-based fine art dance photographer with an incredibly successful business who LOVES what she creates for her clients.

If you're anything like me… when you see Leah's work, your first thought will be, oh my god, this is amazing!

When I heard Leah was a dance photographer after being recommended as a guest — my initial thought was production line photography for dance schools.

However, this photography is next level! It's easy to see why she is one of Australia's leading Dance Photographers.

Her images stand solidly in the creative fine art genre. Every dancer is artistically lit, beautifully retouched, and caught in flight, action or wrapped and surrounded by flying fabric clouds.

With a lifelong love of dance — which has included dancing, instruction and choreography, it made sense for this photographer to combine her passion for dancers and photography at her specialist dance photography studio, which opened in 2014.

In this interview, Leah shares her marketing and sales strategies that have been the backbone of her fine art dance photography business success. With these strategies, she can easily attract clients and make terrific sales with her incredible images.

Here's some more of what we covered in the interview:

  • Copyrighting slogans or phrases in Australia
  • How to deal with the pressure to deliver high-quality dance images for clients
  • Leah's dance photography style
  • Dance movements that create interest
  • Editing dance photos in Photoshop
  • Is dance photography a profitable business
  • Leah's thoughts on having a successful dance photography business
  • Leah's annual revenue and average spend
  • Leah's business structure
  • The importance of hiring a business coach
  • A brief background on how Leah started her photography business
  • How long does a dance photo session last with Leah
  • Shooting for more than one hero shot in a session
  • Leah's most popular wall art package
  • When is the appropriate time to discuss pricing with clients
  • How Leah's voucher system works
  • Using a DL-sized card to showcase pricing
  • How Leah's business sponsorships work
  • Using vouchers as prizes for dance competitions
  • Using QR codes for leads
  • How to approach dance shops to market your photography business
  • Using Linktree as a landing page for Leah's lead generation using QR codes
  • Why is it important to send out physical vouchers to clients
  • Having a booking time limit for vouchers
  • How Leah's booking system works
  • Why every photographer needs to secure a booking deposit from clients
  • Why Leah prefers using an automated system to book clients
  • The downside of talking to clients over the phone during phone consultations
  • How automation can help run a successful photography business
  • Getting automated reminders after session bookings
  • Leah's client workflow before the actual photo sessions
  • Why transparent pricing leads to a better photography business
  • How to deal with pricing concerns when discussing prices with mums and dads
  • How to overcome pricing setbacks in dance photography
  • Leah's after-sales session process
  • Leah's post-processing and viewing workflow
  • How relevant is TikTok for photography business owners
  • Keeping up with the younger generation using TikTok and Instagram
  • Leah's social media marketing strategies
  • How to target parents and dancers at the same time

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What’s on Offer for Premium Members

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I photograph dancers to suit their ability and what they're capable of. – Leah Hoffman

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What is your big takeaway?

Following this interview, I’d love to know if you're taking anything away from what Leah shared. Is there something you heard that excited or motivated you to the point where you thought, yeah, I'm going to do that! If so, let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comments below; let me know what your takeaways were and what you plan to implement in your business as a result of what you heard in today's episode.

When I'm posting on Facebook, I'm targeting the mums. When I'm posting on Instagram/TikTok, that's when I'm focusing on the dancers. – Leah Hoffman

If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Leah or if you just want to say thanks for coming on the show, feel free to add them in the comments area below.

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iTunes Reviews and Shout-outs

Each week I check for any new iTunes or Google reviews, and it's always a buzz to receive these… for several reasons.

Firstly, it's confirmation that I'm on the right track with the interviews and that they really are helping you improve your photography business. That's awesome!

Secondly, iTunes and Google are the biggest search engine when it comes to podcasts, and it's your reviews and ratings that help other photographers find PhotoBizX. More listeners mean more interviews and, ultimately a better show.

If you have left a review in the past, thank you! If you haven't and you'd like to, head to https://photobizx.com/itunes or https://photobizx.com/google, and you can leave some honest feedback and a rating which will help both me and the show, and I'll be sure to thank you on the show and add a link to your website or blog if you let me know the URL of your website and your name.

Not only have I got to sell my work, I've got to sell the work with correct techniques shown, even if the dancer has those skills or not. – Leah Hoffman

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Here are some recent reviews…

For the recent Facebook and Instagram Lead Ads Course with John Glaser

Via email from Adelaide Family Photographer, Deb Smith.

OMG that blew my mind 💣💣💣!!!

I managed to send one email after that training and now my brain is fried. So I've downed tools and having lunch with hubby instead of working.

But. That was SO good. I can feel my brain growing new dendrites 🤓

That was worth x10 the cost of the course.

Thanks Andrew. I am implementing this tomorrow with a FB ad. Fingers crossed!

LOVE your work.

Deb x

For the recent Facebook and Instagram Lead Ads Course with John Glaser

Via email from Utah dog photographer, Kim Kuhlman.

“Wow! Thanks for delivering such a terrific workshop!

John is very much an open book and very candid about his marketing processes for building a million-dollar studio.

I learned that I didn’t know a whole lot about Facebook and Instagram advertising. For instance, lead forms within Facebook because, like all social platforms, Meta doesn’t ever want its users to leave its platform.

SO powerful when combined with automation.

And the tips for making sure that people can share your ad? Pure gold.

So many actionable ideas and tools.

This workshop is worth SO much more than the price of admission.

For the recent Facebook and Instagram Lead Ads Course with John Glaser

Via email from NH family photographers, Kerry Struble

The Facebook & Instagram Lead Ads for Photographers course was like removing a blanket from an instrument you've been trying to learn how to play.

I have been using Facebook ads with some success, but always felt like there were some components that I was missing. Effective automation systems, being one of them.

John not only clearly explained and demonstrated his proven lead ads techniques, but he also explained the why's & wherefores, and provided names and details of apps that he's using to deal with the large volume of leads his methods are producing.

I plan to immediately start implementing everything I gleaned from this informative course, which is well worth the price of admission.

An updated, current best-practices Facebook ads course was something I've been on the watch for, and this one delivers. With a landscape filled with courses and books by individuals that are no longer “walking the walk,” it's refreshing to receive some real-world, boots-on-the-ground practical instruction from someone that is.

Do yourself and your photography business a huge favor and sign up for this course. It's a game-changer!

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Thank you!

Thanks again for listening, and thanks to Leah for sharing her thoughts, ideas and experience of running an incredibly successful fine art dance photography business.

I talk about prices. I'm very open and honest about my prices. I just don't want a client to go in to a viewing and be overwhelmed with the prices. – Leah Hoffman

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions about this episode, please be sure to leave them below in the comment section of this post, and if you liked the episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post!

That’s it for me this week, hope everything is going well for you in life and business!

Thanks, and speak soon

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