Internationally Renowned Celebrity and Portrait Photographer Andrew Eccles Shares His Photography Business Secrets
Last Tuesday I was fortunate enough to have Andrew Eccles as my guest on the phone in my “4 Week Teleseminar Course.” Andrew blew me away as he shared openly and honestly how he worked himself to the top. He calls it the eight year overnight success story!
In my coaching and through my courses I drill the message into the heads of photographers that you must run your shop like a business. When I get to have someone like Andrew on the phone who tells all about staying on top of the celebrity portraiture game (since the 80ties,) I can’t help but think to myself how good it is for other photographers to have access to this information.
As in all of my calls with industry professionals we cover a broad variety of topics. Here is some of what we’ve covered.
Andrew Eccles shared his story on how being prepared and ready to take advantage of any opportunity coming his way landed him the job as the first assistant of one of the, if not the greatest portrait photographers of our times “Annie Leibovitz.” Andrew spoke about what kind of professional attitude a photographer must posses to please clients and celebrities alike. He filled us in how you develop relationships with clients and why it is so important to stay on top of your craft and your business and how to do that.
This award winning photographer was named as one of the 100 most important people in photography and it is very clear to me why that is. His photography is flawless but never boring. Andrew’s advice for photographers is to continuously work on your craft. Never know exactly what the next picture will look like, you need to evolve and move forward.
We covered self promotion, brand development, relationships with reps and what it takes to stay on top of the celebrity photography industry. One that is known to change constantly and is always on the lookout for the next new thing. No easy task as I know all to well.
One of the great moments in the call came when one of our International subscribers wanted to know how someone can get to become an assistant for someone so well-known as Andrew. (Note: All calls are recorded and made available via MP3 to subscribers in case they miss the call or want to listen to it again.) To which Andrew said that a relocation to New York demonstrates such desire to make a dream happen that he’d be willing to check this person out. Blowing me and the audience away with such a great attitude and answer.
One of the main themes on the call was that you have to be prepared, you have to work hard, you have to be professional, you have to do what it takes and you need to set up your business in such a way that you have a good support system.
If you want to get your hands on this information from Andrew look out for my upcoming “Photography Business Secrets Action Guide”. In the meantime if you want to learn more about Andrew you might want to check out his website or check out his yearly workshop in Santa Fe (hurry, I understand it’s about to be sold out).
Our subscribers said about this call: Your interview with Andrew WAS amazing. (RB); Well, again thank you for a great seminar and for asking my questions! I listened to it late last night and had a hard time falling asleep as it made my brain work.. (OT)
The next guest will be Chris Bain, Photography Director from Barnes & Noble discussing the state of the publishing industry and how to get your fine art book published.
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