September 28, 2023


Design Plan Love

The Worth a Photographer Assistant Brings 

On this episode of The Portrait System Podcast, host Nikki Closser speaks with Erin DeGroot, a Southern California portrait photographer who additionally presents her companies as a photographer’s assistant. DeGroot shares suggestions for networking and constructing relationships. 

DeGroot found her love of images in a darkish room images class in highschool. After getting her first DSLR in 2010, DeGroot started capturing household portraits and weddings. Quickly after, she found Sue Bryce Training (now The Portrait System), which helped her develop her craft, pricing, advertising, and gross sales. DeGroot was simply on the point of open a house studio and go full time when the pandemic hit, and like many others, DeGroot needed to put her plans on pause and take into account different alternate options. 

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Through the pandemic, DeGroot seemed deeply on the work she had been doing, and she or he realized that behind-the-scenes is the place she thrives essentially the most. This, mixed along with her capability to see into others’ conditions and supply for his or her wants, inspired her to hunt and settle for work for different photographers.  

Along with networking on-line in images teams and nurturing connections over time, DeGroot says attending trade occasions has helped alternatives come up for her. She says when networking, one shouldn’t attempt to meet as many individuals as doable, however quite, “in case you can go in mindfully and deliberately, that you just’re going to attach with the those that resonate with you essentially the most, I feel you can develop high quality relationships versus amount.” Her secret to creating good connections? Discovering out what folks want of their companies and providing these companies.

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Along with shopper portrait images, DeGroot presents behind-the-scenes help with second capturing, photograph enhancing, social media, buyer help, and extra.

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To study extra about Erin DeGroot and her work, go to her website.  

The Portrait System Podcast helps portrait photographers navigate the world of images, enterprise, cash, and far more. Hosted by Nikki Closser, the podcast is powered by The Portrait System, a complete, on-line academic platform that teaches all elements of operating a profitable portrait images studio.