Photofocus Podcast

Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with photographer Shiv Verma! Shiv discusses ways to foster your creativity and improve your photography business.

Photos copyright Shiv Verma

We discuss:

  • How Shiv got started as a professional photographer
  • The role patience plays in his photography process and workflow
  • Fun ways to stay creative during down time
  • Things Shiv is doing to keeping optimism and moral high
  • Ways to improve your photography business
  • His outlook on the photography industry moving forward
  • Advice for photographers just starting out in photography

Shiv can be found at:

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level, brought to you by Platypod, Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Today we chat with customer service expert Shep Hyken about effective ways photographers can be proactive and build customer loyalty!

Shep Hyken

https://www.platypod.com/

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We discuss:

  • How Shep got started in his customer service career
  • Opportunities to build customer loyalty
  • Examples of ways photographers can pivot their business
  • How a photographer's emotional connection with their clients can be an advantage
  • The importance of being proactive (instead of reactive) in today's climate
  • Opportunities small businesses have right now, and a possible advantage they have over large business
  • Advice for photographers just starting out right now

Shep can be found at:

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line BEYOND TECHNIQUE IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

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Welcome to Beyond Technique

Hello and welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level, brought to you by and Platypod, Photofocus and Skip Cohen University. Today we chat with wildlife photographer Moose Peterson!

 

Images Copyright Moose Peterson

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We discuss:

  • How Moose got started in his photography career
  • Why having passion for the creative process is so important
  • How he raises awareness about endangered species
  • The role focus plays in his business
  • How he gets the word out about his work around the world
  • How he maintains focus with all of the challenges that interrupt us
  • Some of the biggest challenges new wildlife photographers face
  • Advice for photographers just starting out

Moose can be found at:

 

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

Have suggestions on future topics you want us to cover? Email us:

You can be the next guest on our podcast!

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line BEYOND TECHNIQUE IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 11:07am EDT

Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with pet photographer Nicole Begley. Nicole discusses how she's grown her pet photography business over the years and great tips for aspiring pet photographers!

All images copyright Nicole Begley Photography

We discuss:

  • How Nicole got started as a professional pet photographer
  • Technique and tips she uses for better photo sessions
  • How Nicole has learned to "speak their language" when it comes to pets
  • How she's kept her pet photography going amongst the pandemic
  • Her educational resources, Hair of the Dog, and how it helps other pet photographers
  • Stories of some of the most difficult pet portrait sessions she's done
  • Advice for photographers just starting out in pet photography

Nicole can be found at:

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

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My guest is a California based photographer who has a distinguished career in Hollywood, working on several number one Hit shows including NCIS, NCIS LA, House, Grey’s Anatomy and many more. He’s an educator and has shared his talents with many photographers. Please Welcome Mike Kubeisy.

Topics include what are the different types of lights, personal gear Mike uses and why, challenging lighting conditions and light modifiers.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!

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My guest is an Imaging Training & Technical Support Manager at DataColor please welcome John Walrath

Topics include what is monitor calibration, are monitors already calibrated, why do I need to calibrate my monitor, dual monitors and why doesn’t the color look identical and Datacolor's new calibration kit.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!


My guest is a California based photographer who has a distinguished career in Hollywood, working on several number one Hit shows including NCIS, NCIS LA, House, Grey’s Anatomy and many more. He’s an educator and has shared his talents with many photographers. Please Welcome Mike Kubeisy.

Topics include what are the different types of lights, personal gear Mike uses and why, challenging lighting conditions and light modifiers.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!


Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level! Today we chat with Mike Peters about how he handles street photography, treating his subjects with respect, and building rapport with them while on the field. You don't want to miss this!

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In particular, we cover:

  • How Mike got started in his photographic journey
  • How he handles usage rights with street photography
  • Challenges he faces while out on the field
  • Safety precautions he takes
  • Some of the most difficult shots
  • His game-plan when he heads out to shoot
  • The gear he uses
  • How he captures subjects' personalities over the years
  • Advice for photographers just starting out

Mike can be found at:

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line BEYOND TECHNIQUE IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

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Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with portrait photographer Kay Eskridge. Kay shares how she's staying relevant as a photographer during these unusual times, as well as how she's keeping a positive mindset and making plans for the future.

Images copyright Kay Eskridge

We discuss:

  • How Kay got started
  • How she maintains a healthy mindset during the pandemic
  • Staying relevant
  • How she's keeping in touch with clients
  • How she's offering new products to her clients from her archives
  • How she's pivoted during the pandemic
  • What we can do coming out of this pandemic
  • Advice for photographers just starting out

Kay can be found at

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 11:10am EDT

My first guest for this special best-of series is Jack Reznicki. Jack is an internationally renowned commercial people and children photographer based in his beloved New York City. My second guest is Gregory Daniel. Gregory is an award-winning portrait photographer who has been sharing his knowledge and love for a photographer for close to 40 years. He is currently the new President of PPA

In this episode, we discuss why it’s important to choose a reputable litigator if your images are used without your consent and how PPA has temporarily opened its site to all artists to help with valuable information about the new stimulus bill, as well as how to apply for relief.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!

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My guest is a corporate and community event photographer whose recent work has been focusing on chaos in our communities. He also serves as the Photofocus managing editor, please welcome Bryan Esler.

Topics include dealing with current events, photographing chaotic events and looking for a positive outcome.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level! 

Cindy Harter Photography

Today, we chat with photographer Cindy Harter about the role of positivity in her business, ways she builds trust with her clients in the "new normal", and ways to build your business in a small town.

Be sure to check out Platypod®, the world’s most compact tripod!

In particular, we cover:

  • How Cindy got started
  • The role of years of selfless relationship building to sustain her business
  • The role of positivity and optimism
  • Tips for building a business in a small town
  • Procedural tips in the new normal and making clients feel comfortable
  • Advice for photographers just starting out

Cindy can be found at:

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line BEYOND TECHNIQUE IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

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My guest is a photographer and educator who has helped shape the photo industry, please welcome Jared Polin.

Jared is a successful photographer who has shared his knowledge and love for photography with over a million subscribers on his YouTube channel  for the past 10 years.

Topics includes finding your path as a photographer, understanding your gear and the importance of educating your self.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with pro photographer, marketer, and podcaster Rosh Sillars on how to make your photography business stand out from the crowd!

We discuss:

  • How Rosh got his start as a photographer
  • How his career has evolved over time
  • How having an "and" can help every photographer's career
  • Tips for photographers to stand out from the crowd
  • Ways to grow your business now with the pandemic and move forward
  • Strategies and plans for the future
  • Advice for photographers just starting out during this unique time in history

Rosh can be found at

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast!

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

My guest is the general manager of the premiere metal printing and project management company Image Wizards, Mirza Izic. Mirza has a unique task not just managing the company but also creating educational content teaching how to get the most out of metal printing. 

Topic includes proper setup, proofing, black and white printing and how to upload large files.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!


My guest is an internationally renowned commercial people and children photographer based in his beloved New York City. His creative problem solving has helped promote products and services for many companies such as Toys “R” Us, The Wall Street, Kodak, and many more. He has several Time Magazine covers.

In this episode, we discuss why is it important to register your photographs and why it's important to choose a reputable litigator if your images are used without your consent.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!


Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level! 

Today, we chat with wedding photographer and ClickCon creator Sherry Hagerman. She discusses the important role that education plays in every photographer's career, as well as exciting new educational opportunities!

Be sure to check out Platypod®, the world’s most compact tripod! 

In particular, we cover:

  • How Sherry got started in the wedding and portrait photography industry
  • How the ClickCon conference had benefited photographers
  • Exciting news about the upcoming ClickCon Nation
  • The benefits of education
  • Learning trends, and what photographers struggle with today
  • Advice for photographers just starting out, and how they can stay inspired

Sherry can be found at:

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line BEYOND TECHNIQUE IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:21am EDT

Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with pro photographer, trainer, and podcaster Larry Becker about how to look (and sound!) your best when on camera.

We discuss:

    • How Larry got his start in the industry
    • His new book, Great On Camera
    • Practical tips to get better audio
    • Why eye contact is so important when creating video
    • Lighting tips you can immediately use when creating video
    • Wardrobe tips
    • Equipment recommendations
    • Tips on connecting with your audience while recording
    • Tips on building your audience
    • Advice for those new to creating video

You can find his book at: https://greatoncamera.com/being-great-on-camera/

Larry can be found at: https://larrybecker.tv/

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Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:31am EDT

My guest is a Photojournalist, Educator, and Author who has photographed ever Presidental campaign since Jimmy Carter, please welcome Rick Friedman.

In this episode, Rick talks about his experience with Tamron lenses and his lens choice from his recent overseas assignments.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

My guest is an award-winning portrait photographer who has been sharing his knowledge and love for a photographer for close to 40 years. He is currently the new President of PPA please welcome Gregory Daniel.

In this episode, we discuss Gregory's personal journey as a photographer for 40 plus years, how PPA helps photographers learn about running a business, how PPA has temporarily opened its site to all artists to help with valuable information about the new stimulus bill and how to apply for relief.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information, and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!

Direct download: Infocus_Interview_Show_-_Success_through_PPA_with_Gregory_Daniel.mp3
Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!

 

Maring Visuals Banner

Check out the Platypod.com blog for creative ideas you can do at home!

Today, we chat with photographers and creative artists Charles and Jennifer Maring! They share their journey, and how we can all grow as creative artists when we step outside of our comfort zone.

In particular, we cover:

  • Their background and how they got started
  • The things they've done to change the focus of their business
  • How they have become diverse outside of photography
  • How they come up with ideas
  • How Together in Style came about
  • The challenges they face
  • What they're doing during the pandemic
  • How they foster creativity during this time
  • Tips to grow outside of your comfort zone
  • Their dynamic as a couple getting through the pandemic
  • Advice for photographers starting out

They can be found at:

 

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line BEYOND TECHNIQUE IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 1:24pm EDT

Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with newborn photographer Kelly Brown about the process of building trust with her clients, and more!

We discuss:

  • How Kelly got started as a photographer
  • How Kelly builds trust with both the mom and children during a portrait session
  • The challenges of newborn photography
  • How her unique studio impacts her community
  • Areas new newborn photographers struggle with and need the most help
  • The impact of the pandemic on her business in Brisbane, Australia
  • Advice for photographers just starting out

Kelly can be found at: KellyBrown.com.au

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

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Category:Audio podcast -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

My guest is a Wedding and Portrait  Photographer who, after attending her fair share of photography conferences, decided to change up the traditional conferences and host her own Hands-on Photography conferences. Please welcome the founder of ClickCon Sherry Hagerman. 

Our Topic includes the benefits of a hands-on photography conference, what is Click Con, Sherry's inspiration to host a hands-on photography conference, and the benefits of hands learning.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!


My guest is the co-founder of the popular all-in-one live streaming production platform Ecamm Live. Please welcome Glen Aspeslagh.

Topics include the purpose of Ecamm Live, popular features of Ecamm Live, how members use Ecamm Live in their business.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

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Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!

Beyond Technique March 2020

Today, we discuss constructive actions you can take during this pandemic crisis. Now is the perfect time to grow as a photographer, expand your skillset, and stay connected with your clients online. Listen in to get some great ideas.

Topics we discuss:

  • This is a time to fine-tune your skillset.
  • Think through your marketing plans for the year ahead.
  • Perfect time to put out a newsletter and keep in touch with your clients
  • Plan a promotion to launch when life goes back to normal
  • Look for partnerships with other vendors and photographers in your community.
  • Clean up your client database.
  • Let your wedding clients know your wedding business is down and offer to do a family portrait.
  • Call your lab and find out what's new and come up with some exciting products to offer.
  • Clean up your website! (it's one of the most common things we tend to whine about)
  • Build a stash of blog posts.
  • Establish yourself as the online photography expert in the community.
  • Explore cyberspace for a host of online educational programs. Remember, expand your skillset!

 

https://soundcloud.com/photofocus/beyond-technique-constructive-action-you-can-take-for-your-business-during-a-crisis

Be sure to check out Platypod®, the world’s most compact tripod! And have you seen their revolutionary new Platyball ball head yet? Check it out here.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line BEYOND TECHNIQUE IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

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Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives! Today, we chat with photographer Eddie Tapp about the importance of keeping your skillset up-to-date.

 

All images copyright Eddie Tapp. All rights reserved.

We discuss:

  • How he got his start and gained traction in the industry
  • How the industry has changed
  • When it's time to make a change or add new skills
  • Photography business lessons he's learned over the years
  • The role of relationship building
  • What makes drone photography unique
  • Advice for photographers just starting out

Eddie can be found at EddieTapp.com

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

 

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My guest is a portrait photographer specializing in family and pets. He is very active with local, state and national levels of PPA. Please welcome Mike Fults.

Topics include the benefits of joining PPA, the different levels within PPA — Local, State and National and how they are different.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!


Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level!

Today, we chat with FM personality, journalist, music photographer and podcaster Steve Brazill! We discuss relationship building within the live music industry, a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to take great photos at a concert, and more!

 

Steve Brazill Banner

 

Topics we discuss:

  • The journey that led Steve to music photography
  • The specific gear (and focal lengths!) he uses when working a concert
  • The importance of relationship building
  • The specific rules involved when working with music promoters and while shooting at concerts
  • Where the idea came from for the Behind the Shot podcast
  • Challenges he's faced over the years with both live music photography and the Behind the Shot podcast
  • Advice for photographers just starting out

Steve can be found at:

Be sure to check out Platypod®, the world’s most compact tripod! And have you seen their revolutionary new Platyball ball head yet? Check it out here.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line BEYOND TECHNIQUE IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

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Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives. Today, we chat with wedding photographer Deb Sandidge. We discuss the process of creativity and how to apply that to your business!

All images © Deb Sandidge

Topics include:

  • How Deb got started as a photographer
  • How imagination plays a role in the creative process
  • The role of creative projects, and how Deb finds inspiration
  • How Deb focuses on relaxing and experimentation
  • How she gets her work noticed
  • The role of relationship building
  • "Experimental" vs "experiential" in special projects
  • Important lessons Deb has learned
  • Advice for new photographers just starting out

Deb can be found at DeborahSandidge.com

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

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My guest is Content Director for Emerald Expositions, the group responsible for Photography conferences WPPI and Photo Plus along with magazines PDN and Rangefinder. Please welcome Arlene Evans.

Topics include discontinuing PDN magazine, Rangefinder shifting to an all-digital content hub with the WPPI exclusive edition distributed at the show, greater integration between Rangefinder and WPPI, and
the state of the photography industry as a whole.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!


Welcome to Beyond Technique, the podcast that empowers photographers to bring their businesses to the next level.

Today, Skip Cohen and Chamira Young discuss 29 ways to start your year off right! From marketing to networking to reviewing your price list, we talk about ways to make 2020 better than ever!

Beyond Technique

The 29 tips we discuss:

  • Develop a routine to start each day
  • Review your policies and get them off your website
  • Review your price list
  • Feed your brain, don't go stagnant, new things are developing all time – read something inspirational
  • Check your website and blog from different platforms – just because it looks good on Chrome doesn’t mean it’s working in Safari
  • Keep a journal: this can vary per person, separate from my to-do list
  • Review your database of customers
  • Keep in touch with key clients
  • Schedule one promotion a quarter – they don’t have to be big – even something as simple as an email/direct mail blast is a promo
  • Call your lab and ask, “What’s new?”
  • Meet with your accountant early
  • What gear do you need?
  • Rent before you buy
  • Start a networking luncheon - relationship building
  • Review your galleries and clean them up
  • Build stash of blog posts – if you’re not posting at least twice a week, stop blogging
  • What conventions/conferences are you attending in 2020 – hotel reservations, airfare
  • Never eat alone at a convention – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Hit YouTube and follow your favorite icons
  •  Take classes outside your comfort zone, it’s the only way to grow
  • Second shoot for another photographer – for free!
  • Check to make sure your insurance is up to date
  • Partner with other companies
  • Host and open house (check it out here)
  • Get your work on display in a local restaurant, dr’s office etc.
  • Get enough sleep, exercise
  • Pay attention to burnout
  • Ask for help when you need it - editing questions - reach out to other photogs in your area, and online
  • Hug your spouse…keep your family plugged into what’s going on with your business

 

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

 

The next level in tripod heads is about to change.

We're excited to share news about a new revolutionary product! Join us (free registration) on “The Grid” with Scott Kelby (Kelbyone.com/livewebcast) Wednesday on January 15, 2020 at 4pm EST.

Don't miss the launch! For more information, visit Platyball.com. Special bonus of a FREE Platypod Ultra for all first day backers!

 

Platypod and Platyball

 

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line BEYOND TECHNIQUE IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

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Welcome to Mind Your Own Business, the podcast that helps photographers improve their business and their lives.

Today, we chat with wedding photographer and educator Vanessas Joy. Join us as we discuss setting client expectations, relationship building, and more!

Vanessa Joy Mind Your Own Business

Topics include:

  • How Vanessa got started in her career, and how she gained valuable knowledge
  • Trends in education and the areas photographers struggle the most
  • What products are hot with clients
  • How she utilizes relationship building in her photography business
  • The useful, practical secrets to posing large groups quickly
  • How to make your photography business stand the test of time
  • The role of client education and managing client expectations
  • Advice for photographers just starting out

Vanessa can be found at:

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to skip@mei500.com or chamira@photofocus.com, with the subject line MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends. You can also listen on iTunes; we’d love it if you could post a review!

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My guest has been in the photographic industry his entire adult life. He is a Marketing & Social Media guru who has written numerous books, has spoken at all major photography conferences and has host thousands of Podcasting hours helping photographers reach their potential. Please welcome Skip Cohen.

Topics include goal-setting, matching your target audience, how to relax and recharge yourself and taking stock of your assets and what you need to work on.

Be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments section. We do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.

You can be the next guest on our podcast

Do you have an idea for a topic or want to hear from your favorite photographer or influencer in our industry? Send an email to Vanelli at v@photofocus.com with the subject line of INFOCUS INTERVIEW IDEA. Then write a brief description of your topic or idea. If you are recommending someone, please include their name, contact information and state if you would like to be a guest host.

Thanks for listening! This InFocus Interview Show episode is brought to you by our partners, Lume Cube and Drobo. If you like these InFocus Interviews, please consider supporting them and sharing these links with your friends!

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