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How to Create Facebook Ads for Photographers Step-by-Step

How to Create Facebook Ads for Photographers (Step-by-Step)

by Southie Williamson on May 21, 2024

Are you a photographer looking to expand your reach and attract more clients? With over 2.9 billion monthly users, Facebook ads for photographers is a powerful way to grow your business.

Advertising your photography services on Facebook involves targeting the right audience, creating visually attractive advertisements and landing pages, and monitoring the success of your ad campaigns.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through creating targeted Facebook ads that will help you book more photography clients and stand out in a competitive market.

Why Use Facebook Ads for Your Photography Business?

Facebook ads offer several advantages for photographers looking to reach their ideal clients:

  • Targeted reach: Facebook’s advanced targeting options allow you to reach people based on their location, age, interests, and more.
  • Visual appeal: As a visual platform, Facebook is perfect for showcasing your stunning photography and grabbing potential clients’ attention.
  • Affordability: Compared to traditional advertising methods, Facebook ads can be a cost-effective way to reach your target audience and generate leads.

Before you start creating your ads, it’s essential to have a clear goal in mind. Are you looking to drive traffic to your website, generate leads, or boost engagement on your Facebook page? Once you’ve defined your goal, you can create an ad that aligns with your objectives and resonates with your target audience.

How to Create a Facebook Ad for Photographers

Step 1: Create a Facebook Business Page

Before you can start creating your Facebook (Meta) Ads, you’ll need to create a business page.

facebook create a page

You can also create a new page from your personal account by clicking Pages in the menu bar and then Create New Page. Fill out your Page name, Category, and Bio before creating your new business page.

facebook creating a page

You’ll also want to add photos and other content to your business page to appear more professional and give potential clients a better idea of your photography.

Step 2: Install Your Facebook Meta Pixel

Now that your business page is created, you need to create a Meta Pixel and install it on your website.

A Meta Pixel is a small piece of code that you put on your website. It gives you important info about folks who click your Facebook ads. Not only does it show how well your ads are doing, but it also reveals what your audience is really into. The more you know about them, the better you can make future ads that speak directly to them.

Although this step isn’t required to run ads, we highly recommend it.

To create a Meta Pixel, head to your Facebook Events Manager. You can find it by clicking All Tools ยป Events Manager from your Ads Manager (found in your Facebook dashboard menu) or from your Meta Business Suite account.

facebook ads events manager

Then, click Connect Data Sources.

Facebook events manager - connect data sources

In the popup, select Web, give your pixel a name, and press Create Pixel.

After that, you’ll need to provide your website, and install the code snippet in your site’s header.

Dealing with code and Analytics can be quite a chore, so we recommend using MonsterInsights for tracking ads and everything else on your WordPress website. The plugin lets you add a Meta Pixel with just 1 click. You can find the detailed tutorial in this article. Alternatively, you can manually insert the code in your header or use WPCode to add it.

Step 3: Create a New Facebook Ad Campaign

Next, it’s time to create your ad campaign. From your Facebook photography business page, click the blue Advertise button.

Facebook ads for photographers - page - Advertise button
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Next, you’ll need to fill out the details for your ad.

Before creating your ad, you’ll want to think about who your ideal client is. Consider factors such as:

  • Location: Where do you want to book photography clients? Do you want to target people in specific cities, states, or countries?
  • Age and gender: Are you targeting moms for newborn portraits? Brides for wedding photography? What age range are they in?
  • Interests: Are you targeting people interested in specific topics? For example, people who are interested in topics related to graduation would likely be interested in senior portrait photography.

To help you think about ad copy, you can download this Content Planning Brief Template from Facebook.

Add Your Creative Copy and Media

Once you’ve clicked to create a new Facebook Ad, type the Description in the Ad creative box. Then, click the Select Media button. In the popup, you can upload the image you want to use for your Facebook ad or select it from photos you’ve already uploaded.

Facebook create new ad

After that, scroll down and fill out the additional ad details. For the Button label, you can choose from a list of dropdown options such as Learn more, Download, Contact us, Book now, etc.

For the Button destination, you can choose between Website or Contact form. We suggest using Website, so it directs traffic to the exact page where you want them on your site such as a landing page, booking form, pricing page, etc.

After selecting Website, provide the Website URL that the button should direct to.

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Pro Tip: A lot of businesses will create a specific landing page for their ads to create a tailored experience. For example, if you’re running a Facebook Ad that’s specific to wedding photography, you could create a landing page that shows your wedding photography packages with a special discount.

Select Your Audience and Ad Duration

Next, scroll down and fill in the information for Audience and Duration. For Audience, you can click the pencil icon to adjust the location and age range. You can also click to turn on Facebook’s Advantage audience, which will automatically target people who have interests related to your business.

If you want to further narrow down your audience, click the Create your own tab. This allows you to get much more specific with who you’re targeting. For example, you could only show Facebook ads for wedding photography to couples who recently set their relationship status to engaged.

Facebook create new ad - audience and duration

Under Duration, you can specify how long your Facebook ad will run and use the slider to adjust your daily budget. You’ll see a breakdown of the overall cost for your ad in the right column.

Publish Your New Ad

Lastly, select whether or not to use Advatage+ placements, which maximizes your ad budget across other Meta platforms like Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

Then, check that your Meta Pixel is toggled on (if you created one in the previous step) and ensure your payment method is correct.

Facebook create new ad - publish

If everything looks good, go ahead and click Publish.

Step 4: Monitor and Refine Your Ads

Congrats, you learned how to create a Facebook ad!

Once your ads are up and running, you’ll want to monitor their performance regularly using your Facebook Ads Manager (found in your Facebook dashboard menu).

Facebook Ads manager

Here you can see which ads you’ve created and track key metrics such as:

  • Click-through rate (CTR)
  • Cost per click (CPC)
  • Conversion rate
  • Cost per lead or booking

Based on this data, refine your targeting, ad creative, or landing page to improve your results over time.

To maximize the impact of your Facebook ads, make sure your website and landing page showcases your photography in the best possible light. Envira Gallery is a powerful WordPress plugin that allows you to create stunning, mobile-friendly photo and video galleries with just a few clicks.

Envira Gallery Home

With Envira Gallery, you can:

  • Choose from a variety of gallery layouts and customize them to match your brand
  • Display your photos in a beautiful lightbox with social sharing options
  • Optimize your images for fast loading times and improved SEO
  • Integrate with WooCommerce to sell photos directly from your galleries
  • And so much more!

By using Envira Gallery to create a professional, user-friendly portfolio, you can impress potential clients who click through from your Facebook ads and increase your chances of booking more photography sessions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much should I budget for Facebook ads?

Your budget for Facebook ads will depend on factors such as your business size, target audience, competition, and desired results. Start with a small daily budget (e.g., $5-10) and gradually increase it as you refine your ads and see positive ROI.

Can I use the same ads for Facebook and Instagram?

Yes, you can create ads that run on both Facebook and Instagram. However, keep in mind that each platform has unique best practices for ad creative and formatting.

How often should I update my ad creative?

Regularly refresh your ad creative (e.g., every 2-4 weeks) to avoid ad fatigue and maintain engagement. Experiment with different images, copy, and CTAs to see what resonates best with your audience.

That’s all for now!

Creating targeted Facebook ads is a powerful way to grow your wedding photography business and book more clients. By defining your target audience, crafting compelling ad creative, and optimizing your landing pages, you can effectively reach and convert your ideal clients on Facebook.

By showcasing your work with Envira Gallery, you can create a seamless, professional experience that impresses potential clients, sets you apart from the competition, and helps to grow your brand.

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We hope you enjoyed learning about creating Facebook Ads for photographers! Be sure to also check out How to Price Photography Services: Packages, Rates, & More

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