Over the past year we’ve been watching our students lives and businesses transform as they work their way through The Academy courses. We’ve celebrated new brand launches, increased incomes, booking goals exceeded, plus so much more! And now we want to celebrate our first two GRADUATES!!! We’re SOO proud of these two for making the time to invest in themselves and in education to propel their businesses forward, and now they’re going to share some of their take-aways, advice, and answer some fun questions.
I am Brian Bossany and I live in Minneapolis Minnesota. My wife and I have been married 9 years this July!!! We have 3 kids four years and under. Life is busy right now!! I have been photographing wedding’s for the last 8 years. The last 3 years in a row I have shot 35 plus weddings a years and I am on pace to continue that for 2016 and 2017. I used to work as a school counselor for a High School and because I had my summer’s off I seized the opportunity to focus growing my business. I used my “day job” as an ally to build my business and then a year ago I quit my “day job” and just focused on photographing weddings.
How has your business changed since you started The Academy?
My business progressed in a lot of ways. The Academy really helped me fine tune and polish different aspects of my business which in return has allowed me to charge more and make more money. My average price before the academy was $2,700 a wedding and now my average price is $4,700 and going up.
One of the biggest things I have seen the academy help me in is just helping me running my business like a business.
What is your favorite piece of equipment in your bag?
This is such touch question. It depends on the day! My bag is loaded with goodies but right now my favorite piece of equipment is my Canon 1:4 35mm lens.
If you could give ONE tip to new photographers, what would it be?
Focusing on branding your self as a specialty photographer. So many photographers try to do everything and there website covers costs from Weddings, New Borns, Family, Seniors, dogs, ect… I am not saying don’t shoot those things, but pick one and focus on that. Every year I get asked to shoot family photos, Senior photos but none of that ever goes on my website. My website is strictly weddings. Brand yourself with a specific niche.
What were your two biggest takeaways from The Academy courses?
1. We have the best job in the world!!!
2. Outsource. It will save your life.
If you could shoot a destination wedding anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Guatemala. I love the culture.
How have you benefited from being a part of The Academy student community?
This is a community that cares about our successes, our failures and over all our well being. I have never met any of the instructors but I feel like I know them. It is weird. It is a community that will rally behind you no matter if you are shooting 40 weddings a year or 5. They will and have celebrate with you!
If you could only follow one blog, who’s would it be?
My mentor in photography – Andrew Vick. He is the one who called this photography thing out in me 9 years ago. I am proud to call him a great friend too!
What’s your #1 tip for avoiding the “Wedding Hangover”?
Take two days off after the wedding weekend. Don’t edit. Don’t email. For me, I try to get as much sleep as I can and so I can be 100 percent present with my wife and kids. They are my reason why I work so hard.
Choose one word to summarize your experience with The Academy:
Don’t forget to check back next Wednesday to meet Misty!
Let’s give Brian a round of applause in the comments!