50 minutes | Nov 30th 2020

391: Megan Breukelman – Book your dream wedding clients with open houses and Instagram

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Megan Breukelman of www.meganbreukelman.com had me intrigued. When we first started chatting about an interview, I knew she was a New York based wedding photographer.

In addition to her photography business, she has branched out, as many have, into helping other photographers succeed in their businesses where she helps with SEO, COPYWRITING, SOCIAL media and BRANDING.

She also has her own photography podcast – The Photo Opp Podcast: Finding Opportunity in Photography.

Today though, it appears she's joined forces with another photographer, is operating in both New York and Canada and has added family photography to her portfolio.

I was curious to learn if the changes are all due to the Pandemic or a strategic way forward in what is a new world for photographers in business.

In the interview, Megan shared some of the best and most exciting ways to attract photography clients – none better than utilising open houses and Instagram to book your dream wedding clients.

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

  • A brief history of Megan's photography business
  • Why Megan started a wedding photography business
  • Branching out into different niches of photography
  • How the pandemic has affected Megan's wedding photography business
  • Covid restrictions in the U.S. and how Megan is adapting to them
  • Out-of-the-box ways to attract wedding photography clients
  • Attending open houses to get hot leads
  • Megan's process of attracting leads through open houses
  • How to source open house venues to attend
  • Finding a good fit for you and your business with the right open houses
  • The initial chat to engage possible clients at a wedding open house
  • The shoot process for photographing couples at open houses
  • Average frames shot during the quick mini sessions
  • Why Megan doesn't do automated email follow-ups
  • The need to show prospective clients proof of your photography skills
  • Megan's take on watermarking photos for sharing
  • 75% of Megan's bookings come from Instagram – here's how
  • Megan's strategies on stalking prospect clients on Instagram
  • Engaging with people's content on Instagram to generate leads
  • The importance of uploading daily posts to Instagram
  • Using Tailwind to schedule posts for Instagram
  • Why hashtags are vital when uploading content to Instagram
  • Sending DM's to prospective clients on Instagram
  • Where are Megan's inquiries from Instagram coming from?
  • Consistency and keeping customers engaged on Instagram is crucial to guarantee bookings
  • Making educational COVID IG stories to keep people engaged on Instagram
  • Sharing testimonial stories on Instagram works for bookings
  • How much time Megan allocates for social media management
  • Using a scheduler app for Instagram stories
  • Using Story Highlights to keep IG stories noticed
  • Setting up a social media folder and storing resized photos for posting
  • Why Megan doesn't post too much from her archives
  • How Megan helps other photographers with their marketing

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Each time we've done an open house at a venue, we've come back with anywhere from four to ten like very, very, very hot, hot, hot leads. – Megan Breukelman

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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 Megan 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, what you plan to implement in your business as a result of what you heard in today's episode.

I would say about 75% of our bookings are coming from Instagram right now. – Megan Breukelman

If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Megan 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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I don't want to be posting too much from our archives because I think as photographers we get better and better and our styles change. – Megan Breukelman

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Links to people, places and things mentioned in this episode:

Megan Breukelman Website

Megan and Kenneth Website

Megan Breukelman on Facebook

Megan Breukelman on Instagram

Megan and Kenneth on Instagram

Megan Breukelman on Twitter

Megan Breukelman on Pinterest

Megan Breukelman on LinkedIn

Kenneth Sterling on Instagram

The Photo Opp Podcast: Finding Opportunity in Photography

Tailwind – Instagram shceduler app

Storrito – Instagram stories scheduler app

Thank you!

Thanks again for listening and thanks to Megan for coming on to share her thoughts and ideas on running a successful photography business today and how to utilise reception venue open houses and Instagram to generate a ton of wedding photography leads to book your dream clients.

One of the biggest parts of Instagram for me is that I make sure that we have a post going up every day. And that's super easy to do as photographers because we are just constantly creating content. – Megan Breukelman

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
Andrew

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