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Attending meetings of the main photographic bodies can be a depressing affair. Many are struggling in the current economic climate. In spite of this there are more training courses being offered than ever before, often by photographers who are desperate to make up for their declining income.

When choosing a photography course that claims to teach you wedding and portrait photography skills that can earn you money, ask to see the proof of their past student achievements. Many claim to be leaders in the field of training cannot back this up with a proven track record.

One of our ex students finished his course in July 2012 and began his new life as a professional photographer in August. His performance to date makes for interesting reading:

Total sales to date: £28,610
Number of sittings: 91
Average order value: £314.40

Baby sales to date: £4,580
Number of sittings: 27
Average order value: £169.63

Key points:
• Averaged £7152.50 in sales per month over the last 4 months which is above budget
• Break-even point is £4,500, so the photographer has made a profit
• Baby average needs work but is a good base for someone who has just started
• Family average is excellent for someone who has just started
• Family volume is excellent and has come mostly from Activity Superstore with an average of £385. The remainder have been self-generated from local marketing.

Barrett & Coe photography courses are designed to give you the knowledge to start a successful photographic business. Click here to request more information on our January 2013 courses.

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Andrew Coe

Andrew Coe is great grandson of Albert Edward Coe who founded the Coe photography businesses 150 years ago. He is recognised as one of the leading teachers of wedding and portrait photography in the UK having been commissioned by City & Guilds to write the first module for the Higher National NVQ Diploma in Portrait in this field. He has also been commissioned to give seminars in New York, Las Vegas, Madrid, Cologne and many other international venues. He owns the franchise for the largest group of wedding and portrait studios in the UK which has photography contracts with many national retailers and other major brand names. He founded the first chain of one hour mini labs in the UK (all with wedding and portrait studios attached), the largest advertising and commercial studio in East Anglia, a leading professional colour lab and has trained more people to become full time photographers than anyone else in the UK.

Andrew Coe

Andrew Coe is great grandson of Albert Edward Coe who founded the Coe photography businesses 150 years ago. He is recognised as one of the leading teachers of wedding and portrait photography in the UK having been commissioned by City & Guilds to write the first module for the Higher National NVQ Diploma in Portrait in this field. He has also been commissioned to give seminars in New York, Las Vegas, Madrid, Cologne and many other international venues. He owns the franchise for the largest group of wedding and portrait studios in the UK which has photography contracts with many national retailers and other major brand names. He founded the first chain of one hour mini labs in the UK (all with wedding and portrait studios attached), the largest advertising and commercial studio in East Anglia, a leading professional colour lab and has trained more people to become full time photographers than anyone else in the UK.

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