Being a multi-passionate photographer with ADHD can present unique challenges, but it doesn’t have to limit your success. Just ask Angel McElhaney, boudoir photographer of Cincinnati, Ohio! In this inspiring podcast interview, we delve into Angel’s journey as a photographer who overcame considerable resistance and had almost every objection in the book and transformed her business from offering $250 sessions to consistently earning $2,500+ per session! Join us as we explore her strategies, insights, and key takeaways that can empower photographers and creatives facing similar challenges.
For the three years that I’ve known my podcast guest and friend, Angel has always embraced her multipassionate nature. From the viewpoint as her business coach, in the beginning, it felt like more like pulling teeth convincing her it would be in her best interest financially to niche down rather than a walk in the park. While being so proficient at many genres of photographer and having many interest may have caused more difficulty deciding to niche in her photography business, for Angel, it’s became a catalyst for her success. She harnessed the power of her diverse interests and skills and used her story to connect with her clients and began to offer unique and personalized sessions that stood out in the market.
Navigating ADHD Challenges
Living with ADHD can bring its own set of obstacles, but Angel found ways to channel her strengths and manage her challenges. She discussed how she prevented the hyper-focus vortex (and then the would-be subsequent inaction) by taking the business advice I offered inside my mentorship, The IPS Made Easy Collective one step at a time, utilized organizational tools, and sought support to overcome distractions and maintain focus on doing the next right thing – without the overwhelm.
Recognizing and Overcoming Resistance
Building a thriving photography business requires persistence and resilience, no doubt. Angel shares her experiences of facing resistance from within and from external factors. Through self-reflection and learning to push past her comfort zone, she was able to overcome fear of rejection, fear of losing her clients, many self doubts, and other forms of resistance that held her back.
Elevating Client Experience
Moving from lower-priced sessions to premium offerings required a shift in mindset and approach. Angel reveals her strategies for delivering an exceptional client experience that justified the higher price point. From personalized consultations to tailored sessions and exclusive products, she explains how these enhancements elevated her brand and attracted high-value clients.
Developing Business Expertise
Beyond artistic talent, developing business expertise is crucial for sustainable success. It’s important to hone in on business skills, including marketing, pricing, and client management. In this episode Angel shares resources and insights that helped her improve her overall business strategy and achieve higher profitability.
Building a Supportive Network
Surrounding yourself with a supportive community can be instrumental in overcoming challenges and fueling growth. The role of mentors, mastermind groups, and like-minded peers while elevating your business can honestly make or break you. The old adage is true: You become the give people you surround yourself with. In the episode, Angel tells how connecting with others who shared similar experiences and goals provided invaluable guidance, encouragement, and accountability.
The journey of a multi-passionate ADHD photographer from offering $250 sessions to confidently $2500 per session is an inspiring tale of resilience, creativity, and personal growth. By embracing her multi-passion, navigating ADHD challenges, and overcoming resistance, Angel was able to elevate her business and deliver outstanding results for her clients. The key takeaways from this podcast interview provide valuable insights and strategies for photographers and creatives seeking to overcome their own obstacles and unlock their true potential.
For more information about being more successful in your photography business, check out my on-demand photography business course and mentorship, The IPS Made Easy Collective + Coaching + Community at www.ipsmadeeasy.com or click HERE to join the In Person Sales for Photographers Facebook Group.
Cheering for your success!