095: Jerry Ghionis - Wedding Photography Masterclass

Jerry Ghionis is one of the top 5 wedding photographers in the world, WPPI Grand Master, Inventor of several photography lighting tools, Nikon ambassador, Educator, Author, and Philanthropist, I am incredibly grateful to be talking to Jerry Ghionis

In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • Why Jerry dropped out of formal photography education
  • Jerry's 7 Do or Die photos to shoot after the wedding ceremony
  • The simple mindset shift Jerry made to push himself to create better images
  • The problem Jerry sees with the incoming generation of wedding photographers
  • How to get started with and understand lighting 
  • How to photograph the Taj Mahal
  • Jerry teaches some advanced posing methods
  • Why Jerry started teaching photography to others
  • The importance of honing in your style
  • Why Photography competitions are so important for your growth

Resources:

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094: Making Your Photography Stand Out

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Standing out as a photographer is the best way to differentiate yourself from your competition but standing out can be difficult. How do you stand out? What can you do to stand out? Can I just pick something right now? Standing out with your photography is the best way to separate yourself from your competition. There are a lot of ways to stand out as a photographer and today I talk about how you can find your unique thing that makes you stand out. 

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093: Josh & Meg Souder - Stop Posing and Start Playing

Meg and Josh Souder are the Nashville Wedding and Engagement Photographers behind Love Is A Big Deal. They are also the creators of the Unposed Field Guide. A collection of prompts for photographers to get their couples or families comfortable in front of the camera quickly.  

In this interview you'll learn:

  • How Meg and Josh fell into photography
  • Whats more important than megapixels when it comes to photographing your couples
  • How Meg and Josh learned to not pose and focus on the experience
  • How coming from a non photography background helped Meg and Josh be better photographers
  • An easy way to start posing if your you're just getting started
  • How to avoid getting burnt out as a photographer
  • The biggest differences between photographing couples and families
  • How Meg and Josh get their couples comfortable right away
  • Why the technicals should be secondary to your photography

Resources:

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092: Kat Carney - Getting into Adventure Photography

Kat Carney is an outdoor adventure photographer working with brands like British Airways, REI, and Powerbar. Today she talks about how she got her start in photography and transitioned into adventure photography and how you can too!

In today's episode you'll learn:

  • All about Kat's home on wheels, Hooper
  • How Kat first got interested in Photography
  • How Instagram helped launched Kat's career 
  • The importance of networking and making connections 
  • The one thing more important than your photography to booking gigs
  • What gives Kat butterflies before each shoot and how she gets over it
  • How Kat protects her gear while out in the field
  • How long it takes Kat to truly figure out how to show off a new sport through photos
  • How Kat carries her gear along with her clothes, and water in a small backpack
  • How Kat makes money as an outdoor adventure photographer
  • Why being proactive is the best way to grow and establish yourself
  • Kat's editing workflow out in the field
  • Why cloud backup can be great, when it works

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091: Bernie Griffiths - The Business Side of Photography

Today's guest is photography business coach, Bernie Griffiths. Coming from a working class family in England, Bernie Griffiths has owned a wedding and portrait business for over 40 years. While he still photographs weddings and portraits his passion is now teaching and consulting with photographers, to help them fast-track their businesses.

In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Bernie got his start in photography
  • How much Bernis bought a photography studio for
  • What Bernie learned as the head photographer for a cruise ship
  • The importance of marketing
  • The power of a competition box
  • The definition of selling and the key to conquering your fear
  • How raising your prices will get you more clients
  • Bernies soft sale method

Resources:

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090: Courtney Slazinik - Click It Up A Notch

Today's guest is Courtney Slazinik. An ex-teacher who turned photographer who now runs the popular photography blog Click it up a Notch which Huffington post named one of the top 5 blogs for momtographers.

In Todays Interview You Will Learn:

  • The moment Courtney decided to pursue photography
  • How breaking her first camera was the catalyst to growing her skills
  • What mistakes Courtney sees new photographers making most
  • Courtney's views on breaking the rules in photography
  • The unconventional way Courtney started her photography blog, Click it up a Notch 
  • How to know when to upgrade to a new camera body
  • The wrong piece of advice that Courtney hears beginners being taught most
  • The importance of lighting and seeing it in different places-

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089: The Power of Photography Anticipation

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In this episode, I tackle the topic of Anticipation in your photography. Anticipation has several meanings in photography. You can anticipate a moment or anticipate the results of a new camera technique. 

In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • What anticipation is in terms of photography
  • What anticipation looks like at different levels of growth from beginners to intermediate
  • Why anticipation should never end
  • What I anticipate as a professional photographer 
  • The difference between excitement and anticipation

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088: Ryan Welch - 16 Year Old Wedding Photographer?

Ryan Welch is a South Wales Wedding Photographer who started shooting weddings at 16 years old. He has grown his career exponentially since then and has gone off to start Freedom Edits. A photo outsourcing company that lets you regain time back into your life. Today he shares tips on how he dealt with being so young getting started, how he grew his business, and why he started a new business that gives time freedom back to photographers. 

In This Interview You'll Learn:

  • How Ryan got started shooting wedding so young
  • The biggest hurdles Ryan had to overcome when shooting weddings
  • Why Ryan got fired from his only job
  • How much gear Ryan brought to his first wedding
  • How much gear you need for your first wedding
  • Why Ryan started shooting weddings
  • How Ryans mindset has shifted since starting wedding photography
  • The B.S. Ryan hears from other photographers
  • Mistakes that Ryan made early in his career 
  • How many weddings Ryan shoots a year and how he's able to do it!
  • What Ryan would tell himself about photography if he had to start all over
  • Ryan's thoughts on going to school for photography

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