#82: Balancing motherhood with a thriving photography business with Sophie Lea

May 11, 2021

Welcome to episode 82 of Shoot Edit Chat Repeat, the podcast for people photographers. Hosted by two leading UK portrait photographers, Vicki Knights & Eddie Judd.

This week we’re excited to chat with the talented Australian family photographer, Sophie Lea.

Sophie has been a photographer for over 15 years and has built a thriving newborn and family photography business in Sydney as well as a global following of her gorgeous work. We wanted to chat to her about how she balances her busy studio whilst also being a mum of 3 young children.

Here are some of the topics we talk through….

– Why Sophie moved from shooting in clients’ homes to renting a natural light studio in 2020

– How her client wardrobe works and how clients select what they’re going to wear

– Sophie’s best marketing strategies to book her diary solid for months ahead

– What equipment Sophie uses at both her studio and location shoots

– How Sophie prepares a client for a shoot in her studio and for golden hour shoots

– How Sophie balances her business with her family and her tips for helping you do the same

– Sophie’s thoughts and tips for outsourcing in your business

Then in the extra part of the episode that only goes out to our patron members, we grill Sophie about her editing, her sale process and pricing.

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See Sophie Lea’s website here 

Follow Sophie on Instagram here 

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Repeat Recs for this week

Eddie – The Guardian photo of the day

Vicki – Dove reverse selfie campaign 

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