95: Brent Watkins on Creating Lifetime Customers and Running Your Business


© Sylvart Studios

© Sylvart Studios

Brent’s photographic specialties are event/commercial as well as portraiture. But, in truth, his expertise is in the business of photography. His studio is most well known for Senior Portraits – and that is about 70% of their business. He and his wife Teri Ann are the 3rd generation owners of Sylvart Studios in Barberton.

Brent is a Board Member of Professional Photographers of Ohio and on the Advisory Board of Skip Cohen University. He has spoken and taught for several organizations. He’s been a Professional Photographer for 20 years and is an expert in several areas of traditional and electronic imaging.

I want to give a huge thank you to Brent for taking the time to chat with us! I consider myself as much a student as the listening audience, and appreciate him sharing his extensive knowledge.

In this interview, we discuss:


  • Treating your clients right.
  • Keeping in touch with your past clients, and encouraging repeat business.
  • Hiring people to help you in areas you’re not strong in.
  • The difference between being a “photo technician” and being a business owner.

Brent Can Be Found At:

» SylvartStudios.com: Brent’s photography studio.

» Lifeline.photo: The software Brent is developing.


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