The Beginner Photography Podcast

Raymond Hatfield

The Beginner Photography Podcast is a free weekly podcast hosted by professional photographer Raymond Hatfield who interviews world class photographers of all genres who share what they wish they knew when they got started so you can grow your creative photography skills faster! The podcast is brought to you by CloudSpot.io, the client gallery system that is always #EmpoweringPhotographers read less

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The Beginner Photography Podcast is a resource for aspiring and expert photographers that's as fun as it is informative. Host Raymond Hatfield is a wedding photographer. He interviews accomplished photographers in various fields each week. Listeners learn how to capture landscapes, wildlife, sports, travel, food, wine, and more. The experts analyze techniques and equipment. They also provide strategies for starting a photography business. Hatfield's friendliness and humility should reassure anyone who's uncertain behind the camera.

Cell phones have turned everyone into amateur food photographers. What makes photos compelling enough for viewers to buy the food? Award-winning photographer Nate Crawford answers that in one podcast episode. He reveals how to enliven food and invoke emotion. Elegant food on a white plate with a white tablecloth is beautiful, but it might not make people hungry. Crawford shares how apertures, shutter speed, lighting, and lenses elevate the cuisine. His food photos appear lit from within. Crawford explains how he books clients like Bob's Red Mill and Garrett Popcorn Shops.

Acclaimed sports photographers visit The Beginner Photography Podcast. Hatfield interviews Vincent Pugliese about capturing the Super Bowl. He talks to Andrew Bernstein about his four decades as an NBA photographer. Bernstein captured legendary plays by Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. He reveals the skills that put his photos in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Dima Sytnik's podcast interview is intriguing. He touts AI photo software Luminar Neo. Critics think AI might make photographs too artificial. Sytnik lists the benefits. No more hours of boring tutorials or brushing images, he says. AI simplifies workloads and customizes results. Humans still provide the creativity. That's a skill Hatfield needed at one memorable wedding shoot. He got in a car accident on the way. Hatfield took his cameras out of the trunk to inspect them. In his panic, he left some beside the road. Listeners hear how he, his wife, and a videographer saved the day.

Photography is changing. The Beginner Photography Podcast is a reminder of why capturing humanity requires a human vision. New episodes premiere on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Episodes

463: Abby Grace - Crafting Purposeful Branding Image: Intention Over Aesthetics
2d ago
463: Abby Grace - Crafting Purposeful Branding Image: Intention Over Aesthetics
In Today's Episode of the podcast I chat with Branding Photographer Abby Grace, and you'll discover how to infuse your photography with genuine storytelling, service, and strategy that will transform your brand photography from generic to truly compelling.The Big Ideas:Embrace the Power of Visual Storytelling: Elevate your brand photographs from mere snapshots to narrative-rich visuals that connect deeply with your audience.Service Over Shots: Begin your photography journey by serving others, and the quality of your portfolio will naturally follow.Strategic Planning Pays Off: Thorough preparation and research before shoots ensure that your photos align with your client’s branding goals.Learn from Experience: Pursue opportunities to work alongside a mentor and capture real-time events to refine your anticipation and execution in photography.Photography Action PlanEngage with Clients Before the Shoot: Schedule a consultation call to understand your client's brand, their vision, and the message they want to communicate through the images. Prepare a detailed questionnaire for your clients to fill out, capturing essential information about their brand identity, target audience, and the feelings they want to evoke with their photography.Craft a Strategic Shot List: Research your client's industry and competitors to identify visual gaps and opportunities for their brand photography to stand out. Curate a shot list that includes diverse scenes, from close-ups of the client's work process to wider shots that encompass their work environment, ensuring variety and depth in your portfolio.Master Your Camera’s Manual Settings: Take time to practice with your camera, experimenting with different ISO, aperture, and shutter speed settings to see how they affect the outcome of your photos. Challenge yourself to shoot in manual mode during your next few sessions to build your confidence in adjusting settings on the fly and understanding the lighting conditions.Conduct a Beta Client Session: Identify potential beta clients in your network who might benefit from your services and approach them with a tailored pitch offering a session that aligns with your portfolio goals. Execute the session with the same professionalism and dedication as a paid shoot, ensuring valuable experience and quality images that reflect both your skill and your client’s brand.Analyze and Reflect Post-Shoot: Review the images from your session with a critical eye, assessing whether each photo aligns with the client's brand story and goals. Select the strongest images to show your client and gather feedback on what worked and what could be improved, using this information to refine your process for future sessions.Resources:Follow Abby on Instagram - hGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
462: Sandra Coan - 4 Steps Process for Photographers to Beat Imposter Syndrome
4d ago
462: Sandra Coan - 4 Steps Process for Photographers to Beat Imposter Syndrome
In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with family and newborn photographer Sandra Coan about the transformative power of combining business acuity with creative mastery, and how dedication to learning can lead to your breakthrough in photography.The Big Ideas:Persistence Pays Off: Your early struggles can become valuable lessons. Each setback is a step toward your future success. Investing in Education Equates to Business Growth: Business and marketing knowledge are just as crucial as your art. Learning outside your field can provide unique insights. Commit to self-improvement for sustained profitability.Mastering Lighting Defines Your Style: Technical skills in lighting can elevate your work. A signature style helps you stand out in the market. Expertise builds confidence and reduces imposter syndrome.Community and Mentorship Propel You Forward: Supportive networks provide encouragement and advice. Sharing experiences enriches the whole photography community. Collaboration can often lead to unexpected opportunities.Photography Action Plan:Invest in Your Business Skills: Take an online course or workshop. Focus on improving your business acumen for your photography venture. This can include marketing, branding, or financial management. Read business-related books. Select books that are specific to photography businesses or service-based entrepreneurship to enhance your understanding of the industry.Develop Your Lighting Techniques: Practice with different lighting. Experiment with both natural light and off-camera flashes to understand how lighting affects your shots. Seek feedback on lighting. Share your work with a photography group or a mentor to receive constructive criticism on your lighting choices and improve your skills.Enhance Your Technical Knowledge: Enroll in photography technique classes. Choose courses that will close the creative gap, such as composition, color theory, or post-processing. Regular practice sessions. Dedicate time each week to practice new techniques, ensuring you become confident and proficient in your craft.Build Confidence through Validation: Participate in portfolio reviews. Use these opportunities to gain professional feedback, which will help validate your skills and direct your learning efforts. Join a photography community and engage with a supportive group that can provide ongoing encouragement and critical insights into your work.Resources:Check out Sandra Coan's Certification Program - https://sandracoanstudios.com/Follow Sandra on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sandracoan/Listen to Sandras Unpopular Opinions Podcast - httpGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
461: Vinny Pugliese - How Connection Can Revolutionize Your Photography: From Rejection to Recognition
Apr 4 2024
461: Vinny Pugliese - How Connection Can Revolutionize Your Photography: From Rejection to Recognition
In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with Wedding and Sports photographer Vinny Pugliese, who shares how to transform your photography passion into a prosperous career with patience and genuine connections.The Big Ideas:Embrace the Long Game: Remember, success comes from consistent effort over time, not overnight. Your patience will be rewarded.Lean into Rejection: Critiques aren't setbacks; they're opportunities for growth. Let feedback elevate your standards and your work.Build with Character: Your personality and ability to connect genuinely are as important as your photography skills in building your business.Maintain Curiosity: Keep a beginner's mindset to foster learning and innovation. Stay curious, it's the foundation for your evolution as a photographer.Photography Action Plan:Set Realistic Timelines for Mastery: Give yourself permission to learn at your own pace by setting time-bound goals that allow for gradual improvement without pressure. Review and adjust your timelines as you progress, ensuring they remain challenging yet achievable to keep you motivated.Consistently Practice Key Photography Skills: Commit to daily practice, even if it's just for a short period, focusing on areas like lighting, composition, and background to enhance image quality. Document your progress in a journal or blog to reflect on improvements and areas that need further attention.Seek Constructive Criticism and Act on It: Find a mentor or a peer group willing to provide honest, constructive feedback on your work to help you recognize your strengths and weaknesses. Implement the feedback thoughtfully into your practice, using it as a roadmap for your photographic development.Prioritize Building Connections within the Industry: Attend networking events and engage with experienced photographers, potential mentors, and peers to broaden your industry knowledge and create opportunities for collaboration. Cultivate relationships by offering your skills to more experienced photographers, which can lead to exposure, referrals, and valuable on-the-job learning.Expand Your Business Acumen Alongside Your Craft: Educate yourself on the business side of photography, which includes marketing, client management, and financial planning. Develop a business plan that outlines how you'll transition from practicing photography as a hobby to making it a sustainable career, considering how you'll finance your business and attract clients.Resources:"The Wealth of Connection" by Vinny Pugliese available on AmazonVinny Pugliese's website for entrepreneurs - www.totallifefreedom.comGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
460: Scott Wyden Kivowitz - Capture More, Edit Less: Lightning Fast Photo Editing with Imagen AI
Apr 2 2024
460: Scott Wyden Kivowitz - Capture More, Edit Less: Lightning Fast Photo Editing with Imagen AI
In today's episode of the Beginner Photography Podcast, I chat with photographer Scott Wyden Kivowitz about harnessing AI to revolutionize your photo editing, freeing up valuable time dive deeper into creativity and business growth.The Big Ideas:Embrace Change for Creative Freedom: AI tools like Imagen AI can automate the mundane, leaving you with more time for creativity.Learn from the Past, Leverage the Future: Understanding film's discipline enhances your appreciation, but AI's speed and ease can transform your workflow.The Ethical Use of AI is Empowering: Using AI to edit isn't cheating; it's smart business, letting you focus on shooting and final touches.Personal Development is Key: Stay curious about emerging tech. Tools like Imagine can adapt to personal styles, helping you evolve.Photography Action Plan:Explore AI Editing Tools: Sign up for Imagen AI's free trial at https://imagen-ai.com/ to familiarize yourself with automated photo editing and experience how it can expedite your workflow. Select a recent batch of photos and use Imagen AI's profile to edit them, observing the time you save and the quality of the output.Enhance Your Photography Skills: Dedicate time each week to practice shooting in different lighting conditions to understand your camera's capabilities and how to adjust settings for the perfect shot. Analyze your photos post-shoot to identify areas for improvement, then apply those insights to refine your technique in your next session.Leverage AI for Business Efficiency: Implement AI note-taking software in your client meetings to ensure you capture all requirements without losing focus on the conversation. Reinvest the time saved by using AI tools into marketing efforts or client engagement to grow your photography business.Educate Yourself on the Evolution of Photography: Delve into the history of photography, including the discipline of film, to deepen your appreciation and understanding of the craft's foundations. Experiment with different styles and techniques from history, then fuse them with modern technology to create a unique aesthetic in your work.Invest in Continuous Learning: Subscribe to photography podcasts and join online photography communities to stay informed about the latest trends, tools, and techniques to continually evolve your craft. Set aside regular intervals to review and practice what you've learned from these resources to integrate this knowledge practically into your photography projects.Resources:Try out Imagen AI photo editor - https://imagen-ai.com/Listen to the Workflows for Photographers PodcastGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
459: Julie Christie - Capturing Connection: Harnessing Your Unique Personality in Photography
Mar 28 2024
459: Julie Christie - Capturing Connection: Harnessing Your Unique Personality in Photography
In Today's Episode of the podcast I chat with Julie Christie about creating engaging content, especially for family photographers. We discuss the impact of connection content, building trust with the audience, and the value of authority content. You'll learn how to develop a photography brand with a personality, appeal to introverts in business, and strategically navigate the balance between connection and sales content in your marketing efforts.The Big Ideas:Connection Content: Share glimpses of your values and personality without revealing private details to build trust and likability with your audience.Brand Personality: Create a photography brand that reflects your values and personality, emphasizing connection with the audience over price or quality.Introverts in Business: Market with integrity, emphasize empathy, and cater to like-minded introverts in your marketing to build trust and loyalty.Authority Content: Utilize website for authority content to address buyer's questions and concerns, efficiently converting them into customers.Implementation Plan:1: Create Connection Content: Julie emphasizes the power of showing your personality and values through connection content to engage your audience, especially for family photographers. This approach helps clients feel like they know you, which can be a strong factor in their decision to book your services. Photographers can harness this insight by showcasing behind-the-scenes snippets of their work life, sharing personal but not private anecdotes, or even their philosophy on capturing precious family moments.Exercise: Share a brief story or insight on your social media that relates to why you love capturing family moments. It could be a throwback to your childhood family photos, a recent warm interaction with a client, or why you cherish the candid in-between moments. This helps potential clients see the person behind the lens and fosters a sense of familiarity and trust.2: Showcase Authority: As per Julie's experience, authority content might not rake in high engagement but is crucial for conversion. It establishes you as a knowledgeable expert, which can be especially persuasive when potential clients are considering who to trust with their memories.Exercise: Write a blog post or create an infographic for your website that answers a common photography-related question you've encountered, such as "How to prepare your kids for a photo session" or "The best time of day for outdoor family photos." Include helpful tips that showcase your expertise and experience.3: Embrace the Learning Curve:  There are so many advantages to the mistakes you make in the journey of growth as a photographer. For new photographers, this lesson is vital: being unafraid to make and learn from mistakes is what ultimately refines your craft.Exercise: Select aGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
458: Rachael Boer - A Beginner's Guide to Marketing in Photography: Mastering the Art of Self-Promotion
Mar 26 2024
458: Rachael Boer - A Beginner's Guide to Marketing in Photography: Mastering the Art of Self-Promotion
In  today's episode of the podcast, I chat with family, wedding, and headshot photographer Rachael Boer, who shares how to turn your photography passion into a thriving business starts with networking, managing fear, and delivering an exceptional client experience.The Big IdeasCultivate Passion into Profit: Your enthusiasm for photography can attract clients; let your passion shine through.Embrace the Butterflies: Feeling nervous signals you care about your work; use it to fuel your drive for excellence.Client Experience is King: Provide memorable services that go beyond the photo, making your business unforgettable.Marketing is a Relationship Game: Build genuine connections and watch your client base grow organically.Action Plan:Build Your Portfolio: Arrange free photo sessions with friends and family to showcase your skills across a variety of subjects and settings.Develop Networking Skills: Attend local networking events, such as those hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, to connect with potential clients and other professionals.Overcome On-site Challenges: Practice shooting in unfamiliar environments, such as friends' homes, to become adaptable to varied lighting and space conditions.Market Your Services Creatively: Start gathering business cards at events and add new contacts to your mailing list for ongoing communication about your services and special offers.Invest in Self-Education: Dedicate time each week to reading books or online resources that cover both the technical aspects of photography and business operations, including marketing and sales.Resources:Rachael Boer's Website and Educational Resources: http://rachelboer.comGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
457: Ben Chrisman - Pushing Creativity Boundaries in Wedding Photography
Mar 21 2024
457: Ben Chrisman - Pushing Creativity Boundaries in Wedding Photography
In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with Documentary Wedding Photographer Ben Chrisman who shares his approach to capturing authentic moments at weddings. He talks about his transition from newsroom photographer to shooting weddings and you'll learn to approach photography creatively, understand the challenges faced during weddings, and forge lifelong relationships with clients.The Big Idea:Creativity comes from knowing what you like and subtracting what's unnecessary.Challenging yourself is crucial. Safe shots are important, but creativity pushes your limits.Build lifelong relationships with your clients. Understand and empathize with their challenges.Push yourself to create photos that you like and find personal satisfaction in your work.Best Practices:Capture Authentic Moments: Focus on real emotions and personalities, rather than staged photos, to tell a unique and artistic story of the wedding day.Stay Creative: Challenge yourself to think outside the box, experiment with different angles, shadows, silhouettes, and abstract shots to create visually interesting and extraordinary photos.Understand and Empathize: Be sensitive to the challenges brides face, and show care and concern for the couple, especially in tense situations, to build lasting relationships and create a positive experience.Prioritize Comfort: When taking portraits, aim to make people feel at ease and forget the camera’s presence to capture genuine and natural expressions.Embrace Limitations: Using prime lenses and minimal gear can enhance creativity by forcing you to focus on what's important and subtracting the unnecessary.Strive for Personal Satisfaction: Judge your work based on your own sense of creative achievement and focus on creating photos that align with your personal style and preferences.Resources:Check out Ben Chrismans Website - https://www.chrismanstudios.com/Follow Ben on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/chrismanstudios/Grab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
456: David Enloe - Forget Likes, Get Clients: Can Your Photography Thrive Without Social Media?
Mar 19 2024
456: David Enloe - Forget Likes, Get Clients: Can Your Photography Thrive Without Social Media?
In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with San Francisco Family Photographer David Enloe about how stepping away from social media and focusing on personalized marketing strategies can elevate your photography business. You might discover unconventional yet effective techniques to grow your client base and appreciate the art of photography.The Big Ideas:Embrace Unconventional Marketing: Discover alternative paths to client engagement without social media; pop-up studios can work wonders.Value Personal Space: Comfort in your marketing approach improves mental energy and creativity; social media isn't mandatory.Focus on Quality Content: Strengthen your online presence with an excellent website and SEO; this attracts more genuine interest.Build and Utilize Your Email List: Emails foster a personal connection with clients; free offers can lead to profitable relationships.Best Practices:Pop-Up Success: Engage directly with potential clients at public events to build visibility and an email list. Personal interactions nurture business growth far better than a passive online presence.Social Media Strategy: Don't spread yourself thin across all platforms. Choose the ones you enjoy and focus on building quality interactions. Remember, it's about the value you offer, not the quantity of posts.Email over Social: For deeper connections and communication of your art's value, leverage email marketing. Greater personal space and open rates mean messages resonate more with potential clients.Embrace Email: Write engaging, educational, and non-salesy content to keep your audience interested and informed about your services.Photography Approach: Focus on capturing genuine moments and interactions. Offer free social media-sized downloads as a gateway to selling high-resolution images.Manual Mode: Overcome the fear of manual mode for better control and consistency in your photographs. Practice leads to competence and confidence.Resources:San Francisco Family Photographer David Enloe's WebsiteGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
455: How to Not Bomb Your Next Photo Shoot
Mar 14 2024
455: How to Not Bomb Your Next Photo Shoot
In today's episode of the podcast, I share how planning, practicing poses, and mastering camera settings can significantly boost your confidence behind the lens. Discover actionable strategies to transform your apprehension into assurance behind the lens.The Big IdeasVisualize Success: Picture perfect shots in your mind first to make them a reality with your camera. Envisioning leads to achieving.Feedback is Growth Fuel: Embrace critique from trusted peers and clients—it's your shortcut to rapid improvement in photography.Know Your Gear Inside Out: Dive into your camera's manual, practice regularly, and master your tool to confidently capture stunning images.Plan, Practice, Project Confidence: Structure your shoots, rehearse your poses, and show up ready—to clients, you'll be the expert they trust.Grab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
454: Brooke Shaden - Shatter Creative Boundaries: How to Turn Struggles Into Photographic Strengths
Mar 12 2024
454: Brooke Shaden - Shatter Creative Boundaries: How to Turn Struggles Into Photographic Strengths
In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with fine art photographer Brooke Shaden about unlocking your creative potential through symbolism, storytelling, and embracing artistic evolution to transform your photography journey.The Big Ideas:Vision Over Technique: Forge images from your vision; technical skills will follow. Empower your creativity to supersede technical constraints.Artistic Iteration: Learn by doing. Trial, error, and experimentation will refine your art. Fear not the imperfections.Emotional Resonance: Craft stories that touch hearts. Your art has the power to echo universal feelings.Letting Go and Growing: Release your work; focus on the next creation. Your artistic identity expands through detachment.Resources: Follow Brooke On Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/brookeshaden/Grab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
453: Rachel Larsen Weaver - Authentic Moments: A Photographer's Guide to Raw and Intimate Images
Mar 7 2024
453: Rachel Larsen Weaver - Authentic Moments: A Photographer's Guide to Raw and Intimate Images
In Todays Episode of the podcast I chat with family film photographer Rachel Larsen Weaver about her photographic journey, the value of perseverance, choosing to shoot on film, and the power of finding your own artistic vision in a raw and authentic style.Big Ideas:Embrace Your Unique Style: Your photographic journey may start with struggles, but embracing your own style can lead to a raw, authentic aesthetic that sets you apart.Value Perseverance: Through perseverance and continuous self-improvement, you can shift your focus from simply pleasing others to pursuing your own artistic vision.Find a Mentor: Finding a mentor who aligns with your work and provides valuable guidance can significantly boost your confidence and help you grow as a photographer.Capture Authentic Moments: Transitioning to shooting film can allow you to capture imperfect, raw moments with honesty and intimacy, providing a new level of depth to your photography.Resources:Follow Rachael Larsen Weaver on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/rachel.larsen.weaver/Grab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
452: How to Make Your Photography Impossible to Ignore with a Portfolio
Mar 5 2024
452: How to Make Your Photography Impossible to Ignore with a Portfolio
In today's episode of the podcast, we explore how to build a captivating photography portfolio in the digital age, focusing on showcasing your best work, building a professional identity, and the transformative power of a well-curated portfolio.The Big Ideas:Showcase Your Best Work: Select images that distinctly reflect your talent and style. Focus on quality, impactful work that resonates with your niche. Regularly refresh your collection.Build a Professional Identity: Establish your unique artistic vision and credibility through a portfolio that demonstrates both your emotional depth and technical skills.Transformative Power of Curation: Continuously refining your portfolio not only tracks personal growth but also enhances your professional opportunities and adapts to trends.Presentation Diversity: Present your work across various platforms to ensure accessibility, from digital galleries and physical portfolios to social media, each telling your unique story.ResourcesDownload your free Portfolio building workbook - https://beginnerphotopod.com/portfolioworkbookGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
451: Michael Rababy - The Art of Photo Curation: Building a Captivating Collection
Feb 29 2024
451: Michael Rababy - The Art of Photo Curation: Building a Captivating Collection
In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with photography Michael Rababy about curating images to create a compelling collection for his book California Love: A Visual Mixtape. He will walk you through honing your unique photographic voice, and questioning the impact of social media on your photography journey. You'll gain insight into creating meaningful art, developing a personal photographic voice, and navigating the complexities of the modern photography landscape.The Big Ideas:Developing Your Photographic Voice: Explore the significance of creating a unique photographic voice.The Impact of Art on Your Life: Understand how life experiences and art influence your creative process.Curating Compelling Visual Content: Discover the process of curating a powerful collection of photographs.Navigating the Modern Photography Landscape: Gain insights into the challenges and opportunities in the current photography environment.Resources: Michaels book, California Love: A Visual MixtapeGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
450: Brian Leahy: From $400 to $40,000 Weddings - Secrets of the Luxury Wedding Photography Market
Feb 27 2024
450: Brian Leahy: From $400 to $40,000 Weddings - Secrets of the Luxury Wedding Photography Market
In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with Brian Leahy, a successful high-end wedding photographer, who emphasizes the importance of building relationships with clients and industry professionals. We discuss the impact of AI, networking, and pivoting to a new photography niche.The Big Ideas:Importance of Building Rapport: You'll learn that knowing your clients and industry partners by name can significantly impact your success.Transitioning and Niche Specialization: Discover how pivoting to a new photography niche can be fulfilling and profitable.Networking Impact: We explore how networking can lead to opportunities and provide more value than the quality of your work.Understanding Client Needs: Learn that creativity, while important, may not always be the top priority for clients, especially at high-end events.Resources:Visit Brians Wedding Photography Website - https://www.brianleahyphoto.com/Follow Brian on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/brianleahydestinations/Brians new Luxury Travel website - https://www.brianleahydestinations.com/homeGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
448: Imaging USA 2024 with Seth Miranda - Rachael Boer - Carl Caylor
Feb 20 2024
448: Imaging USA 2024 with Seth Miranda - Rachael Boer - Carl Caylor
In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with photographers Seth Miranda, Rachael Boer, and Carl Caylor who share their insights on getting out of creative ruts, capturing emotions, and overcoming technical perfectionism. You'll learn how to find inspiration, connect with clients, and balance technical proficiency with emotional impact in your work.The Big Ideas:Getting Out of Creative Ruts: Embrace new projects and perspectives to find inspiration and motivation.Connecting with Clients: Focus on capturing genuine emotions and adapting to your client's energy and personality.Overcoming Technical Perfectionism: Prioritize emotional impact while also valuing technical growth and learning from competition.Finding Inspiration: Seek education, connect with industry professionals, and embrace AI technology for creative growth.Resources:Follow Seth on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeN4SYppmjT8j69WAuGxOuA Follow Rachael on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/rachaelboerphotography/?hl=enFollow Carl on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/carlcaylor/?hl=enGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
447: Kelly Lawson - Mastering Product Photography: Understanding The Product and Audience
Feb 15 2024
447: Kelly Lawson - Mastering Product Photography: Understanding The Product and Audience
In Today's Episode of the podcast I chat with product photographer Kelly Lawson about her journey from healthcare to photography, navigating the struggles of being a beginner, and unlocking the potential of photography to revolutionize her career and creative passions. We cover practical approaches for securing your first client, marketing, pricing, and understanding the psychology of photography.The Big IdeasUnlocking Your First Client:  Begin by showcasing your product photography, tag companies in your work, or offer free shoots for photo credits to secure your first clientBusiness Savvy: Develop a diverse portfolio for product, lifestyle, and commercial photography. Choose pricing that covers expenses and leaves profit.Mastering Light and Angles: Understand and control light, use natural light, and optimize positioning to flatter the product in photography.Target Audience and Emotions: Focus on appealing to the target demographic in commercial photography and convey emotions and perspectives in product photos using camera angles.Resources:Follow Kelly on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/kellyslawson/Check out Kelly's Website - https://kellylawson.ca/Grab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
446: Imaging USA 2024 with Vanessa Joy - Daniel Norton - Mary Fisk-Taylor
Feb 13 2024
446: Imaging USA 2024 with Vanessa Joy - Daniel Norton - Mary Fisk-Taylor
In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with photographers Vanessa Joy, Daniel Norton, and Mary Fisk-Taylor at Imaging USA 2024 and  learn about their approach to staying creative in photography. You'll learn about cultivating genuine emotions in your photography, networking tips, and finding inspiration beyond the lens.The Big Ideas:Cultivate Genuine Emotions: Build connections and capture authentic emotions to create impactful and meaningful photographs.Networking Tips: Learn the value of networking at photography events and how it can benefit your journey as a photographer.Finding Inspiration: Discover the importance of seeking inspiration beyond photography to fuel your creativity.Staying Creative: Explore ways to overcome creative ruts and stay inspired in the art of photography.Resources:Follow Vanessa Joy on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/@VanessaJoyFollow Daniel Norton on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/@DanielNortonPhotographerFollow Mary Fisk-Taylors on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/maryfisktaylor/Grab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
445: Karim Iliya - Wonders of Underwater Wildlife Photography: Inspiring Change through Imagery
Feb 8 2024
445: Karim Iliya - Wonders of Underwater Wildlife Photography: Inspiring Change through Imagery
In Todays Episode of the podcast, I chat with underwater conservation photographer, Karim Iliya. Today you'll learn how photography can be a catalyst for conservation and an advocate for environmental awareness. As you listen, prepare to be transformed by a new perspective on the power of your photography.The Big Ideas:Perspective: You'll learn that impactful photography goes beyond aesthetics, encouraging you to showcase the beauty and plight of nature and animals.Change: Embrace the responsibility to use your photography to evoke a love for nature, ultimately contributing to conservation efforts.Engagement: Understand that even as a beginner, you can contribute to conservation through your photography, changing how you perceive and portray nature.Adapting Technology: Recognize the potential for innovative VR technology in conservation storytelling and photography, pushing the boundaries of traditional methods.Resources:Follow Karim on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/karimiliyaCheck out Karim's Website - https://karimiliya.com/aboutGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!
444: Imaging USA 2024 with Taylor Jackson - Taylor Brumfield - Cris Duncan
Feb 6 2024
444: Imaging USA 2024 with Taylor Jackson - Taylor Brumfield - Cris Duncan
In Today's Episode of the podcast, I chat with photographers Taylor Jackson, Taylor Brumfield, and Cris Duncan at Imaging USA 2024 hosted in Louisville. In this lightning round style interview we discuss finding motivation, networking, balancing passion and patience, and the value of self-care and personal connections in photography.The Big Ideas:Balance Passion with Patience: Prioritize building your resume and portfolio over following your passion initially, and be patient in pursuing your passion.Value Personal Connections: Personal interaction is crucial for growth in photography – seek support and attend industry events for connection and learning.Transform Challenges into Triumphs: Overcome creative ruts by engaging in non-photography-related creative activities and forming genuine relationships with subjects.Effective Marketing through Networking: Networking is a key marketing strategy in photography. Building meaningful connections leads to referrals and repeat clients.Resources:Follow Taylor Jackson on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCdYgwZvHnXO8nkRrWl-mfAFollow Taylor Brumfield on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/taylorrbeeCheck out Cris Duncans Website - https://www.cjduncan.com/Grab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/ Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast! Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/ Thanks for listening & keep shooting!