Giveaway: Win a Copy of PhotoMint’s New ebook on Photography Marketing

Win a copy of "Get Connected: Build Relationships to Drive Your Business"

Want to win a copy of the ebook featuring the best photography marketing tactics available to keep your calendar booked?

Get Connected: Build Relationships to Drive Your Business  is all about vendor relationships and how to build them from the ground up. It explains what networking is and how to do it. How to get on referral lists. How to design sample albums that get picked up. How to create partnerships with vendors. How to get referred by venues, planners and designers. In a nutshell, how to get bookings. We are giving away two copies a day for the rest of the week. Interested in how can you win a copy?

There are two ways to win:

#1 Twitter entry

Simply click on the button on the right or tweet what you see below for a chance to win a copy:

I want to win a copy of the new Photography Marketing ebook by @LaraWhite #winphotomint

You can tweet up to two times per day. We are giving away one copy each day via Twitter entries, so keep tweeting to win! Each tweet is an entry to win, and winners will be chosen at random. All tweets must have the #winphotomint hashtag included.

#2 Written entry

Simply write an answer to one of the following questions in the comments below for another way to win. We are giving away one copy a day via written entries. You can enter once per day. Just pick one question below to answer.

1)     What it would mean for your business to be featured on 10 new referral lists?

2)     How would you spend the extra money from all those new bookings?

The judge, Lara White will select the winner entry. Her decision is subjective and final.

The rules:

  1.   No purchase necessary to win.
  2.  The deadline to enter is midnight Eastern Time February 24, 2012.
  3. Each day's winners (2 per day) will be announced the next day here on the blog.
  4.  If you've already purchased a copy, we'll either give you a refund or you can give a copy to another photographer who would appreciate it.
  5. Must be 18 years of age or older to win.
  6. Void where prohibited.

Thanks to everyone who participated and all our winners!

Michele Shore March 6, 2012 at 11:41 am

How would you spend the extra money from all those new bookings?

I would spend the extra money on branding myself!! 🙂

Joy Woodley March 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

What would I do with the extra money?
I’d hire you to be my mentor! 🙂

Gina King-Wilkins March 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

I’m really determined to win this book…not because it’s free…but because I REALLY NEED IT! I especially realized it since initially posting my business on FB, Blogging, and Tweeting (which I haven’t quite yet taken advantage of) in the middle of February. There was a point when I thought no one could even see my post, because there was little to no activity. I couldn’t even get over 2 responses to a giveaway…WOW! I am about to retire from my full time non photography related employment and would love to dive in headfirst with our photography business. Referrals would increase exposure, networking, profit and personal time for myself and family and peace of mind in the photography business…with little to no chasing…I don’t like when chasing is a constant! I need seekers!

Sun February 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I am just starting out. So, I would spend it on some prime lenses and building a website where I could start showcasing my photography and get more exposure to help create more business.

Evelyn Alas February 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Response to Question 2:
Since I don’t believe in carrying on a business in debt, getting extra money for new booking would be investing in new equipment! Making a business is a risk, but I believe in building it slowly and investing wisely.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Dorina February 24, 2012 at 8:37 am

Hi Lara , Thanx for your weekly tips ! As a newby in this business , they are very helpful to understand how much work is behind …..
I would like to ask something that apparently seem a banal question , when the clients are asking, what is your style photography ? Actually , they are asking why should I hire you as a photographer ? How to deal giving a honest and professional answer ?
Thanx a lot

Jessica D February 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

The extra money from the bookings would go towards a second camera body (maybe the new Nikon D800) and a new house. Our 1-year old son is looking for room to run, literally! If I had as few as 5 extra weddings on my schedule we could almost have enough money saved for a decent down-payment, and that would be amazing! I just came across Photo Mint and am starting to explore what appears to be some great advice!

Lara White February 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

Congratulations to our two winners from yesterday’s entries:

Jodi of Urban Photography in Oregon is the blog comments winner and Peter Peter Löppönen of Lumoimage in Finland is the random twitter winner. They will each be receiving a copy of our new ebook, Get Connected. Today’s a brand new opportunity to enter, so keep those comments coming!

carmen reese February 22, 2012 at 10:10 am

Hi Lara, I want to thank you for all your help. You have been walking with me for 2 years 🙂 It is my dream to become a full time Photographer. I had all my life planned, get to the top of my carrier, have 2 kids and become a full time photographer. well things don’t go the way you planned 🙁 We had 8 years trying to get pregnant and after so manny disappointments now we feel ready to adopt. The only bad part is that adoption it is very expensive. So I will fullfill 2 dreams become a MOM and become a full time Photographer!! Thank you again!

Rayleigh Leavitt February 22, 2012 at 10:04 am

I would spend the extra money on paying off my college loan. The one where I earned a biology degree…. and then became a photographer. haha!

Clarissa Sidhom February 22, 2012 at 9:52 am

If my business was featured on 10 new referral lists, that would be a HUGE blessing. My husband and I recently took the leap and quit our outside jobs to fulfill our dream of owning our own photography and videography business! We are on an exciting but very stressful ride, and getting more business would be a huge help in supporting ourselves! Thank you for this opportunity! 🙂

Cho February 22, 2012 at 7:55 am

I would love to spend the extra money from the booking on more equipments and especially would love to build an addition to the house with a separate entrance from outside for my studio for some smaller indoor photo shoots or consultations…a place only for my business!! Thank you so much for all your blog entries…I wish I found you 3 years ago. I read your blog from beginning to end every single entry! Thank you!

Mark V Reynolds February 22, 2012 at 5:55 am

First of all I would like to thank you Laura for turning me on to such a great concept. I do photography part time and have always dreamed of going full time. Because of you I think this could could become a reality within the next year. Thank You. With the extra money I would continue to build relationships and maybe buy the new Canon 1DX when it comes out.

Mark V Reynolds February 22, 2012 at 6:09 am

I’m so sorry about misspelling your name. I know better. That’s the biggest mistake anyone can make. Just slap me and take my name off the list. I’ll just order the book.

Lawrence Cooke February 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Hi Lara I hope you are well. I started a photography business about 18 months ago as a result of being made redundant. At the same time my wonderful daughter Michaela was also made redundant while on maternity leave with her new baby girl. Michaela had some training as part of her Product Design degree, so we decided to try together. We live in Derry in Northern Ireland and photography here doesn’t command huge prices. Its been hard but we are slowly moving forward. To create a secure future for herself and her daughter with her Fiance, Michaela is also completing a post grad Teacher training course, but sadly to follow that route will take them to England for better employment prospects and for obvious reasons I would love it if we had and opportunity to grow into a stable, dependable photography business instead. Extra referrals and of course the resulting profit, would help that by providing an income, and allowing for more vendor samples, training, and expanding our equipment. All of which go hand in hand. For me, the greatest bonus would be NOT to lose my Daughter, and Granddaughter to the survival rat race. Thankyou for all the support that you give to lots of people like me. Good Luck, and God bless, always. Lawrence.

Matt Yarbrough February 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Whew! I almost got lightheaded and passed out from thinking of having that many bookings (smiling). All I can say is I would first support my community where I live and do business. Secondly, upgrade my Stone Age equipment, and thirdly invest in marketing that doesn’t make sense. And lastly, send Laura a bouquet of Roses for enlightening my path.

Tim February 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

One of the ways I’d spend extra money is getting a second camera as a backup. The only backup I have right now is an old point & shoot.

Lara White February 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Oh Tim, I hope you don’t find yourself having to use it! I have had to use my backup twice now actually-once the shutter broke (!!!!?!!!) JUST after the bride got married. It was NO PROBLEM at all because I just grabbed the backup immediately and went right back to work. More recently, I had to go to my backup since I was getting a number of error messages, and it turned out the lens had an issue and had to go back to Canon for repair.

Rayleigh Leavitt February 21, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I’ve been doing wedding photography for 9 years but my business has been so slow. I have zero weddings booked for 2012. So having my name on the preferred list of 10 vendors would be great. I’d get some leads that would hopefully turn in to customers! I’d love to win the book. I hope I do!

Aaron Zeller February 21, 2012 at 10:11 am

2) With the additional income from the referrals I would be able to reinvest in my business to better serve my clients and and myself in the process. I would be able to pay off some student loans and be able to buy an engagement ring so I could be in front of the lens sometime!

Courtney Y. February 21, 2012 at 9:55 am

2) How would you spend the extra money from all those new bookings?

I would definitely invest the money into finishing up my classes in school so that I can finally get started on building up a business for myself! I love shooting for my friends & family but I gotta start charging & making a living too 🙂

Jodi February 21, 2012 at 9:41 am

Q.) How would you spend the extra money from all those new bookings?
A.) I would take 10% of it and put it back into marketing for my studio. I would then take a large portion of it and enroll my 4 year old twins in the Japanese immersion school. Last but not least I would go on vacation, just my wonderful husband and myself for the first time in 4 years (kiddos can stay with Grandma and Grandpa) 🙂

Lara White February 22, 2012 at 11:15 am

Congratulations Jodi, you have been selected as our first winner! You will be receiving an email with a link to download your free copy of Get Connected shortly. Enjoy, and we want to hear all about it when you start implementing these techniques!

Josh Jones February 21, 2012 at 9:23 am

Q) How would you spend the extra money from all those new bookings?
A) I need to pay for my own wedding! Secondly I really need to upgrade my gear! First on my list is a Nikon D4 followed by some of the amazing prime lenses that Nikon puts out!

Evelyn Alas February 21, 2012 at 9:17 am

Response to Question 2:
Since I don’t believe in carrying on a business in debt, getting extra money for new booking would be investing in new equipment! Making a business is a risk, but I believe in building it slowly and investing wisely.

Thanks for the giveaway! I hope to win!

Lara White February 21, 2012 at 9:14 am

WOW, I am SERIOUSLY impressed with the thoughtful and detailed responses! keep ’em coming!

Janelle February 21, 2012 at 9:08 am

Q.) How would you spend the extra money from all those new bookings?
A.) I would spend the money furthering my equipment and studio. I’ve found that from years of working alone and trying tons of different sale techniques, that the ones that really matter above all are the relationship’s between Vendors. If I was to win a copy, this would further my marketing skills and greatly boost my bookings. I’ve found that my age works very much against me as a photographer, and because im so young alot of times I am not taken as seriously, until they see my portfolio. This would be a really great way to learn and advance further. Not just as a photographer, but as a business woman.

Chris February 21, 2012 at 9:05 am

All the extra money from additional bookings would be split up. A portion would go right back into the business to cover expenses. Enough to cover whatever is needed and not make a profit. Not yet.

The remaining portion would go towards paying down debt. I am 1.5 years out from retirement with the Army and want to make sure that I am more financially stable than I am now. I have a plan to make me stable before retirement but additional bookings would speed the process along.

After the debt is paid down, only then would I turn all of the extra $$ back into the business. Better lighting, better lenses, faster cards, seminars, etc. As of this posting I use a Canon 7D with 50 and 85 prime lenses and a 70-200L f4. They are getting the job done for me in an outstanding manner because I know their limitations. Once I am able to turn the extra money from bookings back into the business, better & “faster” glass would be a definite purchase.

Joy Woodley February 21, 2012 at 9:04 am

I am in the beginning stages of building my business, so to be featured in the top ten would be huge! Being able to list that as part of my portfolio would bring in business as well as allow my price point to be put to where I can target the higher end clients. I would love the recognition it would give me and for people to see and enjoy my work would be incredible. I would be able to continue to enjoy the rewards for as long as I want, because it will now be a part of my photography portfolio. Building that resume is so important to me because it will allow me to be set apart from other photographers. That is what I want!

Robyn | Robyn Photography February 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

1) This would be HUGE for me and the studio! To be on 10 referral lists would mean that my dream could finally be… and feel… like the reality I’m trying so hard to create. I am in a weird place right now… because I’m just getting started, but I’ve been recognized by a magazine or two. The main issue is that vendors still don’t know who I am, and I want to change that. In addition, because of things out of my control, we’ve moved across the country twice in a year and are finally settled in for good. I feel like I’ve been starting over… then starting over again… then starting over again. Because that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. If I could get on more than one referral list… let alone 10!… it would be a huge step in the right direction. I’d be so thankful to finally feel like things were improving and not plateau-ing. It would be incredible!

2) I would most likely spend “all the money” on more equipment and invest it in the business. However, I have yet to make any money on the business, and right now I feel like I’m living from far-and-few-between sale to sale. We have been engaged for almost two years and have yet to start planning (setting aside a budget) for our own wedding. It would be nice to use some of the money to plan our own wedding, and be the bride in front of the lens.

Thank you for all of your wonderful information, Lara! It’s been a real pleasure getting to know you through your blog and e-books recently, and I can already sense the exciting new adventures in the distance! Cheers!

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