207: DEVELOPING a Luxury Experience for Your Clients with AMANDA CREAN

December 16, 2021


Today, we have Amanda Crean of Amanda Crean Photography with us, and she is chatting all about how to have a truly luxurious experience for your clients. 

Amanda is an amazing hybrid photographer based in Napa, California and has served a wide variety of clients all over the world. She has really honed down her business to serving the luxury client and luxury niche. 


I want people to be daring enough to get a lot more “no’s” on a daily basis. And what I mean by that is don’t be afraid of rejection. I have tried to push myself  to put myself in situations where I’m going to get a lot of rejection and just be totally okay with it because you never know where the occasional yes will come. Right? How that can change your life.


What do you shoot with?

Fuji 50S and then Contax 645

What’s your favorite post-wedding or event snack?

Chocolate! I want sugar and I want all the bad foods, and McDonald’s French fries. 

What’s your favorite wedding/creative pump up jam? 

A lot of people would find it surprising that I like the dirtiest rap, it fills me with energy.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of your business?


What is one daring the leap you’ve taken in your business? 

I realized that when I moved back to California, I  was in the middle of the market and I think that’s the hardest place to be because there’s the bulk of everyone. I was having a really rough time and I’m like, you know what? I’ve been doing this for way too long. I feel like I have so much experience and I’m pretty good at what I do.  I feel like what’s the problem because I just wasn’t getting what I wanted. I realized they don’t respect me because they look at the price that I’m charging. Clients think that there must be something wrong with me if I’m only charging $6,000. So I moved it to $11,000. And it worked. I didn’t see any dip at all in bookings. 

What is one thing you feel like you’re really great at in your business? 

Making people feel comfortable. Reading the room. I’m a good photographer, but I’m not the best ever, but I think making choices based upon emotional intelligence. For sure, without a doubt, that is my biggest strength is reading the room and reading people.

Do you have any special announcements for our listeners:

I want to collaborate with you guys and give a discount for the lighting templates and I need to expand if nobody is familiar, what I’m talking about. I was going to host an online or an in-person workshop, but then last year happened. And so I was going to make these as an agenda, but it got switched around. So this comes first now. And essentially I have so many examples of lighting situations that I elevated or made possible through off-camera lighting, where if I didn’t, it would have been ruined or just wouldn’t have happened.

I feel like we all run into these very common situations and like a ballroom or needing to add light, to like a break, getting ready or whatever.  But I’ve tried to make it a very specific scenarios so that you can go, Oh, I’m there too. I have no idea what I should do. 

So I made PDFs of the clearest information that I can possibly make for a very difficult and intricate complex topic, right? Lighting is something that I feel everyone wants to be able to understand and implement, but they don’t know where to start or they don’t know all the ratios and the fractions of lighting and how this reflects off that.

And so I’ve had so much time of crappy lighting situations to try to fix. I’m just trying to make it as easy as possible, at least for those templates, for people to just find what situation they’re in study, it may be forehand or maybe on day  of wedding and be able to use them. So  I’m going to anyway, circle back, 

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We dare you to check out the other Dare to Develop Podcast episodes including 000: Welcome to Dare to Develop where you get to meet your hosts Kristine Herman and Ashley Baumgartner.

Learn more about off camera lighting with Patrick Le’s episode too.