Hello you!

You’ve started a photography business and you want beautifully striking images to start sharing on your feed. But how do you do that if you haven’t booked any real clients yet? And once you get those photos and start building your portfolio, are striking images alone enough to book paying clients?

We’ve been there.

Wilma and Derryn are two independent photographers, who have built strong reputations in the photography world. Each have photographed locally and abroad, as far afield as Australia, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Mozambique, Singapore, Thailand and Morocco. Their combined experience has taught them a lot, and they’re ready to share with you. 

Having both mentored photographers who have risen to success, they understand what it takes to begin a business and grow it quickly.

Join our masterclass

Wilma & Derryn hope that you’ll leave this Masterclass with a portfolio of images, insider knowledge of the wedding industry, a marketing and sales strategy that works, and motivation to make your business dreams come true.

THE DETAILS

DATE: 9 October 2021
VENUE: Camp Orchards, Hillcrest
TIME: Full-day, starting at 9am

build a portfolio

As photographers we are so fortunate to have marketing material at our fingertips. Instagram is a visual medium and it’s the perfect place to promote your services as a wedding photographer.

Walk away from the Masterclass with a gallery of images and begin booking clients immediately. 

Wilma is known for her beautiful and professionally planned styled-shoots. She has grouped together vendors and models, so that you can begin building your portfolio. What’s more is that you’ll get her tips on HOW to pull together a styled shoot, so that you can continue creating beautiful portfolio shots after the class. 

Kind words

“Wilma gave me the skills and confidence to embrace my uniqueness and make sure I succeed.

I had been looking for a mentor and friend that I could rely on for helpful feedback and knowledge and Wilma provided me with just that.”

Alida Campbell, @elysianphotography19

Is this you?

If this feels familiar to you, then we are your gals!

I want to be a professional photographer. Although I sometimes feel overwhelmed and unsure what to do next, I know for certain that I’m ready to make a big move.

I enjoy taking photos, I’m told by my close friends that I have a talent, I have begun charging people and I’m ready to develop my style and brand. 

I’m ready to level up!

Kind words

“I reached out to Derryn after shooting a few weddings, but not feeling very excited about them. She was so invested in my growth and quickly became my personal hype girl!

Within weeks of working with Derryn, I doubled my bookings and I know exactly how I want to move forward with my business.”

Enya Jansen Van Vuuren –  @enya.photography_

Our journey
starts here

We’re here to help, and we’re excited about it!

We know what it feels like to wear all the hats. When you run your own business, you’re no longer JUST a photographer, but also the book keeper, social media expert, marketer, web designer, editor. It’s a lot.

We also know what it’s like to have all those hats fall off over night. 

Covid-19 disrupted the wedding industry and threw our businesses into turmoil. With thousands of rands refunded to clients, and thousands more in earnings over 2020 lost, neither of us were sure if our businesses would survive.

But we did – and here we are!

The past few years have not been smooth sailing, and we have learnt some hard lessons along the way. You’ll have your own lessons for sure, but we’d like to offer you as much of a helping hand as we can.

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Not sure if this Masterclass is right for you?

Book a 15 min no-strings-attached complimentary discovery call.

What you will learn...

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While we could both talk for days on end, we have selected these three main themes to teach. We want to make the biggest impact possible on you and your business and we believe that this is where we can add value.

styled shoot

With a real couple in wedding attire and styled set-up.

Work with known wedding industry vendors to create images that can be used in your portfolio. The group will be split into two to avoid crowding. Each photographer will have an opportunity to direct the couple, or simply observe Derryn & Wilma in action.

sales + marketing

A topic that doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but can be learnt.

While it’s great to have lovely images, it won’t help you get bookings if no one sees them. Learn how to promote yourself and close a sale. We will discuss money mindset, pricing, and non-sleazy sales tactics.

technique

The most important topic, although easily neglected.

Learn how to recognise and use light – both natural and external. You’ll watch Derryn & Wilma as they photograph and describe their choices in terms of camera settings and composition.

You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.

Tina Fey

Masterclass

9 October 2021
R 3500
  • Full day masterclass held at Camp Orchards. Includes all meals and refreshments as well as a portfolio building styled shoot.

Masterclass (both)

9 October + 30 October
R 5500
  • Attend both the wedding and the family photography masterclass and get a discount of R1500

The V.I.P OPTION

Limited to 6 people
R 8500
  • A ticket to both Masterclasses
  • Three 60 minute one-on-one consults
  • Observe/assist Derryn or Wilma on shoot
  • 5-10 headshots
  • Lead referral group for VIPs only

This package is for the go-getters, the action-takers, the individuals who don’t sit around and wait for things to happen…but go out and MAKE sh*t happen. 

Is that you?

The VIP track includes three 60 minute coaching calls with either Wilma or Derryn, plus anytime access via Telegram for 3 months after the Masterclass. 

These calls are the perfect opportunity to work through changes to your business in real time. Ask questions, make changes and get assistance – wherever you need it.

Possible topics: Creating and establishing a brand, structuring your pricing, creating a sales page, designing a sales funnel, editing style and techniques, portfolio review, lighting, camera techniques etc etc.

Nothing is off the table.

It’s hard to put a monetary value on this offering bundle, but if we had to think of the true value of each of these products individually – the bundle would be at least R15 000.

optional extras

The Beginner Photography Course: R850

Get a better grip on the technical aspects of photography by going back to basics and learning about aperture, shutter, ISO, focusing, lighting and composition. This is an online course that you can begin immediately upon sign up.

One-on-one lesson: R950

Book a one-hour individual lesson with Wilma or Derryn (in-person or online) to cover any topic of your choice. 

  • Portfolio review
  • Pricing
  • Website and social media advice
  • Understanding your gear
  • Sales + marketing
  • Branding

5-10 head shots: R400

During lunch, either Wilma or Derryn will take photos of you that can be used across marketing platforms. Receive the edited file, as well as the RAW files so that you can edit them yourself.

Full day one-on-one mentorship: R6000

Spend an entire day with Derryn or Wilma and gain their input on everything related to your business. This will be the quickest way to fast track your business growth. Continue to receive support for 3 months after the session.

optional extras

The Beginner Photography Course: R850

Get a better grip on the technical aspects of photography by going back to basics and learning about aperture, shutter, ISO, focusing, lighting and composition. This is an online course that you can begin immediately upon sign up.

One-on-one Consult: R950

Book a one-hour individual lesson with Wilma or Derryn (in-person or online) to cover any topic of your choice.  

  • Portfolio review
  • Pricing
  • Website and social media advice
  • Understanding your gear
  • Sales + marketing
  • Branding

5-10 headshots: R400

During lunch, either Wilma or Derryn will take photos of you that can be used across marketing platforms. Receive the edited file, as well as the RAW files so that you can edit them yourself.

Full-day mentorship: R6000

Spend an entire day with Derryn or Wilma and gain their input on everything related to your business. This will be the quickest way to fast track your business growth. Continue to receive support for 3 months after the session.

about derryn

Wedding + portrait photographer,
Mother, Nikon ambassador, hype girl,
Passionate teacher

I graduated in 2007 with a NDIP in photography and have been shooting ever since.

I specialize in wedding and portrait photography, and I love to photograph my little world at home.

I am a passionate believer in personal development and will take any opportunity I can to learn something new. So it comes naturally to me to teach others and encourage growth in those around me.

My mission is to share my knowledge and passion for photography with you so that you can find the same joy and expression that I do in the art form.

I understand the loneliness that can come from being a solo entrepreneur, and I want you to know that you don’t have to go at it alone! I have walked the road before you and I’m here to share what I have learnt, to support you and to be a friend who ‘gets it’.

www.derrynschmidt.com

about wilma

The question I get asked the most is, “What is your accent?” – and it’s Dutch by the way.

I’m a Dutch girl living on South Africa’s South Coast. When I’m not photographing happy couples or beautiful families, you’ll find me at home, fighting our four dogs for a space on the couch!

I’m obsessed with animals and plants make me happy. I’m a city girl at heart but I also love the outdoors and long beach walks with my dogs. My dream is to grow old with my hubby on a little farm in a beautiful country with plenty space to rescue all the animals. I LOVE travelling and am always in for a new adventure. Italy’s Amalfi Coast is next on my wish list!

www.wilmatowellphotography.com

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