Tips for professional photographers from the incredibly personable and talented Jaimee Hubert. She blew us away with how amazing she is with people. She is one of the most energetic and amiable photographers we’ve met by far. Jaimee answers:
- What advice do you have for 1st year photographers (0:15 in video)
- What sales tips do you have for photographers (2:17)
- How can photographers help their clients feel comfortable in front of the camera (3:53)
View the video in HD here.
who is jaimee hubert?
- 10 years of professional photography experience, 5 years specializing in weddings
- In her 1st year of business, Jaimee earned a 6 figure income
- Incredibly talented with people and in closing sales, she books 9 out of 10 referrals
- Photographs weddings, engagements, family, glamour, and boudoir
how did you do in your 1st year?
I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t have the right software. I had a semi-professional camera. I was shooting with 20D at the time, not full frame. I didn’t even have a proper flash. There were lots of hits and misses. Everything in the beginning stage was a lesson learned and difficult. I was just thrown into it. But I learned a lot really quickly. Working for somebody else and not knowing the brides and grooms, I learned how to be flexible as a wedding photographer. Super important! You learn how to put out fires. I scanned a premise and made a decision in 1-2 minutes on how to shoot them super quick. It was really fast paced.
In Capturing Moments‘ 1st year, I dove in. I spent a lot of time on web stuff that was present then. I knew I needed to market. I really tried everything: internet, direct mail, wedding shows, coordinators, venues, and other photographers. I was literally just getting to know every part of the business.
how’d you even get into wedding photography?
I shot right out of high school. In college, I took a few photography courses. I originally started doing families, birthdays, taking my camera everywhere and shooting everything. Then, as I was in my best friend’s wedding, a photographer who happened to be there watched me run around all day and he was impressed even though he hadn’t seen my work. He talked me into it.
Afterwards, it was like BAM! I shot wedding after wedding not knowing the bride, groom or venue. After about a year of shooting with him, I felt really confident and comfortable starting my own wedding business.
In my 1st year, I shot probably 30-50 weddings. I had never thought I would be a wedding photographer. It landed on my lap. At the time, my husband had a stroke and since we had 3 boys, I became head of the household. With the economy dropping at the same time, I had to take my photography to a new level. I was the breadwinner and didn’t have much of a choice. So when I launched my business 5 years ago in the wedding world, it was very lucrative and successful.
View more of Jaimee Hubert’s work with Capturing Moments Photography here.