Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m Stephanie, a wedding photographer and educator based in Columbus, Ohio! I love sharing all of my recent shoots as well as wedding planning advice, tips and tricks for photographers, my handsome hubby, my fluffy puppy, and some of the behind the scenes of my business. I'm SO glad you're here! Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to take a look around!
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If you opened this post, you’re probably wanting to connect with more vendors and book more weddings. Right?! I totally get this, and I have seen a LOT of fruit come from vendor relationships.
However, networking with vendors can feel really tricky sometimes… but I’m here to tell you that your mindset going into it should NOT just be to book more weddings. Nope, there is way more to it than that! Watch below or keep reading to see my mindset on this topic:
First off, let’s chat about the GOAL of vendor relationships: It’s not to book more weddings. Obviously, this is an amazing added perk of building relationships, but it shouldn’t be the number one goal.
I believe the FIRST goal of networking with other wedding professionals in your area is to build relationships. Community is everything as not only a wedding photographer, but as an entrepreneur! Having others around you working the same weddings and having friendships with them is SO incredible to have. It will keep you motivated in your business and give you friends to have community with.
Okay, so how do you go about building these friendships?! First off, think about how you can SERVE THEM and give them VALUE. How can you make their lives easier? How can you help them grow their businesses? Go into it with the mindset of not getting ANYTHING in return. This is key: Yes, you might book weddings from them in the future… but going in with a servant’s heart and not just to make more money is what is going to grow your business, both in having the support around you you need to thrive and (eventually) monetarily.
Practically, what does this look like? Here are 7 ways that we can do this as wedding photographers:
Drop a comment below with one tip you loved the most! Can’t wait to share more next week!
Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m Stephanie, a wedding photographer and educator based in Columbus, Ohio. I love sharing all of my recent shoots as well as wedding planning advice, tips and tricks for photographers, my handsome hubby, and some of the behind the scenes of my business. Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to take a look around!
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