BPP 122: Scott Wyden Kivowitz - The Purpose of a Photography Website

Todays guest is Scott Whden Kivowitz. Host of the wordpress photography podcast. He works for Imagely a company that creates wordpress website themes just for photographers. Today Im excited to find out how to make the best photography website in the world.

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Scott got his start in photography

  • The hardest part about photography to learn

  • When you are ready to start a photography website

  • Where to start when building your portfolio

  • Which platform is most user friendly for photographers

  • What do show when you shoot several different types of photography

  • How much time you should invest in your website

  • What Scott would change if he had to start as a photographer all over

  • What piece of gear Scott thinks is useless

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  • What needs to be on your home page

  • What most new photography websites get wrong

  • What the goal of your website should be

  • What plug in’s are and some of the most useful for your photography website

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BPP 121: Vanessa Joy - Speed Posing for Wedding and Engagements

Todays guest is Vanessa Joy. A wedding photographer with over 19 years of experience. She’s also a photography educator and after seeing her youtube video "3 overlooked posing secrets" and then seeing the success I had at my weddings from her suggestions I knew I had to get her on the show to find out more! In this interview we talk about her approach to speed posing.

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Vanessa Joy got her start in Photography

  • Why it was so hard for her to learn photography

  • What Vanessa Joys first client taught her about being a photographer

  • Why we all struggle so much with posing when starting out in photography

  • What most new photographers get wrong when they start posing

  • How posing from a shot list can BOOST your creativity rather than make it stale

  • What advice Vanessa would give to a new photographer just starting out

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  • How to build confidence when posing for the first time

  • The must have wedding portraits you have to nail

  • How to get unnatural couples feeling and looking their best in front of the camera

  • Coming up with poses for both an engagement session and wedding

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BPP 120: Troy Christopher Plota - Becoming A Global Leader in Motion Art

Todays guest is a Photographer and global leader in motion art. His work has appeared in top magazines including Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone and many more. His latest creation is the digital sharing platform and app, Plotagraph. Today we will be talking about what the future holds for photography. I'm excited to chat with Troy Christopher Plota

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Troy got started in photography

  • The hardest part of photography to learn for Troy

  • The history of imagery. From cave drawings to digital motion art

  • What the future holds for photography

  • How Troy came up with the idea of Plotagraph

  • Bad info troy hears being taught to new photographers

  • How you can start to incorporate motion arts into your work

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  • How to add Plotagraphs into your digital photography workflow

  • How you can charge more money by creating Plotagraphs

  • Why Troy left being an accomplished photographer shooting models like Heidi Klum to create a motion art start up

  • How to make your Facebook stand out and how do deliver something incredible to your clients

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BPP 119: How to Build a 6 Figure Photography Studio Part 1

I’m Opening a photography studio!

Spending some time in Alaska, a family vacation, Iceland, in the hight of wedding season made one thing clear. I can only do so much with my time. Things slipped away from me. I have no one who works for me, I only make money when I sell my time. This is how we have been trained to work. Want to make more money at your job, pick up more hours.

Ive said many times I didn't go to school for business but for photography. The business side has always been a challenge. In the past year or so I have read some great business books. The e myth revisited, the war of art, and most recently, Making money is killing your business by Chuck Blakeman. The premise is that as small business owners we are so focused on making money that we don't take the time to build a business that makes money.

Thats me. I sometimes feel burnt out and like Im on a treadmill. Doing work but getting nowhere. Its exhausting.

Chuck lays out a roadmap to building a business that makes money and it is exciting. Its so exciting Ive read the book about half a dozen times. I bought the audio book to listen to it in the car over and over too. And Ive realized how bad of a business model a single operator wedding photography business is. I can only make more money by selling more of my time.

As the kids get older, I want to spend more time with them on the weekends. As I get older I worry I won't be able to relate to my clients who are usually 24-30.

So Ive had to make some decisions for the future. And I want to open a photography studio. I less than 3 years. By May 5th 2021 to be exact. Thats my Business maturity date that I have set from the instructions of the book.

I even bought a countdown timer. From right now I have 926 days and time until I reach my BMD. In that time I will be doing a complete rebrand, researching a brand new market to me, work on marketing, register a new business, that comes with dealing with taxes of course, Ill also be writing out how I conduct business. Everything from figuring out pricing, getting new clients, how to shoot, to how to edit, correspond with clients, blog their session and then keep in touch so they book with me again and at the end... Open a studio space. All of this while still being a stay at home dad to 2 kids. lol.

All of this will be documented monthly and shared in a bonus podcast episode. These podcasts will be heavily focuses on business, starting and growing a new photography business. Dealing with everything from marketing to photography competition.

This how to build a 6 figure photography studio part 1 of 31. The introduction. If you are interested in hearing the rest of the series, it will be a Premium Member exclusive since its so focused on business and making money with photography.

And to kick off this new endeavor Im going to give away a copy of Chucks book Making money is killing your business to one lucky patron who signs up by December 31st!

So if you want to become a premium member click the premium membership link below at the top. It will take you to patron where you can become a premium member for just $10/month. On top of the new podcast where Ill be documenting how I start a 6 figure photography studio You will also get the extended versions of each weeks interview where I ask additional questions geared towards making you money with your camera.

So again to become a patron by December 31st and you could win your own copy of the book, Making money is killing your business.

Thats it. We have some incredible interviews coming up in the next few weeks that I know you will love. Until next week keep shooting join the conversation with other photographers just like you in the BPP fb group and most importantly, stay safe! I love you all!o

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BPP 118: Ashley Diamond Siegert - Professional Birth Photography

Ashley Diamond Siegert is a successful birth photographer from College Station and Bryan Texas who has been shooting professionally since 2011. A Certified professional photographer and master photographer craftsmen, Today she shares how she brings the world of portraits to telling the story of a birth though photographs!

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Ashley got her start in photography

  • The hardest part of photography for Ashley to learn

  • What a Master Photography Craftsmen is and how you can become one too

  • The benefits of being a certified professional photographer

  • The job description of a birth photographer

  • How Ashely booked her first birth session

  • How to keep from getting in the way of the Doctors and nurses when shooting birth

  • What Ashley would say is the hardest part of her job

  • An embarrassing moment Ashely had while shooting a birth

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  • How Ashley handles life while being on call for the demanding schedule of birth photography

  • How Ashley ensures she doesn’t have 2 births at once

  • How much money is in Birth photography

  • How you can book your first birth session and how much you should charge

  • How to handle an emergency situation in the hospital

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BPP 117: Hannah Marie - Creating Child and Family Portraiture

Hannah Marie is a family and child portrait photographer from Kitchener Ontario who’s clients say things like "She’s a true artist with a gift" and "Her photos convey real, raw, and intimate emotions. They will forever remind me of this special time in my life". Today Im really excited to chat with her to discover how she can deliver such powerful images!

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Hannah got her start in photography

  • The hardest part about the technicals of photography to learn

  • The job description of a child portrait photographer

  • How Hannah booked her first clients

  • What Hannah tries to capture when photographing children

  • Bad info Hannah hears being taught to new photographers

  • Obvious signs of an amateur photographer

Premium Members Will Also Learn:

  • How to connect with kids when taking their portrait

  • The legalities of working with kids and posting their photos online

  • How to build your portfolio when just getting started

  • What to focus on after you know how to use your camera

  • Why the client experience is everything!

  • How taking a year off of photography set her business and life up for success

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BPP 116: Andrew Hellmich - What I've Learned from 300 Photographers

Andrew Hellmich is responsible for opening up my eyes to the business side of photography with his podcast PhotoBizX where he interviews photographers not to talk about the technicals of photography but everything behind the curtain. Marketing, SEO, Sales, and so so so much more. Today Im thrilled to be speaking with Andrew Hellmich.

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Andrew booked 20 weddings at his first bridal fair

  • How Andrew advertised his photography 20 years ago

  • How many weddings Andrew was shooting per year

  • How Andrew dealt with burn out

  • A lesson leaned from his first paid shoot

  • Some of the hardest aspects of running a photography business

  • Some of the best perks of being a photographer

  • What Andrew thinks about running a business by himself

  • If we should focus on one subject in photography or shoot a variety of subjects

  • The biggest lesson Andrew has learned in his almost 300 podcast interviews

  • Some bad info that Andrew hears being taught to new photographers

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Memorable Quotes:

  • You can make photography fit around your life

  • I wouldn’t have the lifestyle I have now if it wasn’t for photography

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BPP 115: Gina Milicia - Connect with Models and Create Authentic Portraits

Gina Milicia has over 25 years of experience in the photography industry and is one of Austrailia’s top celebrity, portrait and lifestyle photographers, she regularly travels the world shooting for some of Austrailia’s top magazines. She is also the co-host of the popular "So you want to be a photographer" podcast which was actually one of the inspirations for me to start the beginner photography podcast. Today she shares how she connects so well with models to create authentic portraits.

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Gina got an unconventional start in photography

  • What others told Gina when she said she wanted to become a artist

  • How sweeping floors and cleaning toilets in a photographers studio set her up for success

  • The hardest thing technically to learn about photography

  • The biggest misconception people think about being a traveling portrait photographer

  • The difference between working with Models and people not use to being in front of the camera

  • How to deal with the pressure to perform when the stakes are high

  • How to connect with your subjects to create authentic portraits

  • Dealing with subjects who have insecurities about their body

  • Gina’s tip to keeping fresh eyes in your subjects

  • Tips for getting couples to interact more authentically with each other for an engagement or wedding day

  • Some of Ginas favorite go to poses to make people look their best

  • An embarrassing moment

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Memorable Quotes:

  • If you have nothing to do, make yourself useful

  • Gear and portfolio is important, but relationships are more useful

  • 99% of a successful shoot is the connection you make with the person you are photographing

  • My own family thinks I just pick up a camera and point it at people. They don’t understand the pressure.

  • Whatever someone is thinking, their face will show it in their photo

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BPP 114: Megan DiPiero - Photography Business Set Up For Success

Todays guest, Megan DiPiero is a well known headshot and beauty portrait photographer from southwest Florida. She is also an acclaimed photography business mentor and coach for photographers and the creator of the the popular Rise to the Top Facebook group where she shares her business tips to help and encourage other photographers to grow and live a life of abundance. Today I welcome Megan DiPiero

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • When Megan Started to take photography seriously

  • How Megan learned photography

  • How Megan built a photography business while raising kids

  • What is Womans beauty photography

  • Who inspired Megan to pursue beauty photogrpahy

  • How Megan deals with “Difficult” clients

  • Why Megan does not recommend going to college to learn photography

  • How to figure out what to charge for your photography

  • How to handle clients when you have raised your photography pricing

  • How Megan defines marketing for photographers

  • Simple marketing tips that new photographers can impliment

  • How Megan makes decisions on what to work on in her business

  • The one thing Megan wants all photographers to know about shooting manual

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BPP 113: Natalie Greenroyd - Authentic Family and Children Photography

This week I chat with Oklahoma city family photographer Natalie Greenroyd who shares her tips on getting started with family and children photography and some mistakes to avoid when you are fresh in photography. 

In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Natalie got into photography
  • The main source of Natalies Photography education
  • What Natalie would say is the job description of a family photographer
  • The story of how Natalie got her first client and how it went
  • Common mistakes Natalie sees amateur photographers making 
  • How Natalie gets kids to be open and comfortable around her and her camera
  • Natalie's tricks on taking more authentic photos of your family
  • Natalie's process when posing families vs capturing them candidly
  • An embarrassing moment Natalie had while working
  • Where you can find Natalie Online

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BPP 112: Photographer Friend Ruins Wedding, How Not to Make The Same Mistakes

This Week I share the Story of how Indianapolis Wedding Photographer Raymond Hatfield helped a couple get closure after their wedding photographer never delivered their wedding photos from more than 5 years ago. The bride, Tracy had became good friends with a girl who wanted to get into photography and begged to shoot their wedding. She knew her friend took great photos but she also wanted to make sure her wedding day was captured professionally. Tracy reluctantly agreed. She shares her story of what happened and what she would do differently if she could do it all over again. Watch the video below

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How to avoid being the friend that won't deliver. 

1: Put yourself in check

You know how to shoot in manual, you have shot some pretty awesome photos of your dog or your kids that your friends on facebook and instagram love. These are important steps in your photography journey but know that you have so much more to learn about photography. Take a moment to think about how important of a day this is for your couple. Watch the video above and see how it has affected them and their lives. I'm not trying to add pressure but I just want you to remember that you are working with the couples best interests in mind today. Even if you REALLY want that awesome creative shot you see in your head, get everything else they need first.  

2: Be Prepared

Wedding days can be hectic so do your best to prepare before hand. Ask the couple for a timeline. Even if it very basic it will help you look for any potential problems. If the couple are taking a limo from the ceremony to the reception, do they want you in the limo? What will you do with your car? 

3: Have a shot list

As you progress shooting wedding you may not need a shot list but for your first 5-10 weddings its smart to have a shot list as a reference guide. This is primarily helpful for portraits. You know you need a shot of the cake and decorations, no need for that to take up space on the list. Things like. Bride on grooms shoulder looking back at camera, wide shot of couple walking towards camera laughing, groom facing bride smiling, bride and groom close together looking at camera. Come up with half a dozen shots you know you have to get and then get them. If there is any time left to shoot, you can streach your creative muscles. 

4: Get help with family photos

Family photos are always a mess. There is 100 people walking around talking not paying attention and you don't know who anyone is. Ask the couple for a list of must have family photos and ask them to designate one person to help you help call out the family members you don't know. 

5: Shoot on small cards

I think want happened to the photographer in Tracy and Durans story is either camera or card failure. While its hard to prepare for these things, there is something you can do. Some cameras have dual card slots, space for 2 memory cards. If one memory card fails, you still have the other to save the day. If your camera does not have dual card slots I highly recommend using small memory cards like 4-8gb. The reason being if you shoot a whole wedding on one memory card and it fails... the whole wedding is gone. If you shoot with multiple cards and one card fails, well then you just lost a small portion of the day and can still deliver the majority of their wedding day.  

6: Have a contract

They may be your best friends and would never screw you over but a contract will not only protect you but also them. Write in the contract exactly what they will receive so there is no confusion later and also state exactly when you will deliver the wedding by. This will keep you on track and keep them from asking when the photos will be ready. 

7: Be Honest every step of the way

Lastly, if something goes wrong, be honest. Tracy had said that if her friend was just honest then she would be more understanding but by covering it up, saying that she had send it and it must have got lost in the mail made the whole situation worse. 

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BPP 111: Matt Payne - Tall Mountains, Amazing Photos. Combining Passions

Matt Payne is a Colorado Landscape Photographer and host of the "F-Stop Collaborate and Listen" Photography podcast

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Matt got his start in photography
  • How Matt used his first camera
  • What motivated Matt to learn photography
  • Where Matt got inspired to grow his knowledge of photography
  • How much photography is planned vs how much of a shot is magic
  • The best thing Matt ever did to grow his photography community
  • The lessons Matt's parents instilled in him to make him a better photographer
  • Some must have gear for getting started with Landscape photography
  • How night photography helped Matt better understand his camera settings 
  • One of the hardest aspects of landscape photography to learn
  • Immediate signs of an amateur landscape photographer
  • What Matt does when he shows up at a location and the conditions do not work out

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Memorable Quotes:

  • When I first started, I just pointed the camera at everything and didn't know what I was doing.
  • I checked out every photography book at the library and became self-taught 
  • I have this struggle between my passions of climbing tall mountains and taking photos
  • I would spend a couple hours a night experimenting with my camera to gain a better understanding of settings.
  • Don't be afraid to other photographers question
  • Sometimes you have to make the best of what nature gives you

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BPP 110: Abe Kislevitz - Tips From GoPro’s Senior Creative Director

Abe Kislevitz is the Senior Creative Director for GoPro. That means he is in charge of shooting those incredible images you see plastered on billboards and videos shown to millions on TV commercials. He has been with the company almost since the start and today I talk with him about the in's and out's to shooting with a camera with little to no manual controls.   

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • What Abe does at GoPro
  • The coolest thing Abe has seen done with a GoPro
  • How Abe made the transition in his life from Mechanical Engineering to producing content with the GoPro
  • Why you get terrible results from your DSLR when shooting in Auto
  • Why you get amazing results from your GoPro when shooting in Auto
  • How shooting with such a wide perspective forces you to see the world differently
  • How to edit your GoPro Images
  • How to get the most out of cameras with small sensors
  • How much of your photography should be intentional vs spontaneous
  • The best investment Abe has ever made in himself
  • The best advice Abe would give a smart and driven new photographer about to start out on their journey
  • The most embarrassing moment Abe had while using a GoPro   

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BPP 109: The 7 Things I Learned Shooting A Wedding In Alaska

I just got back from shooting my first wedding in Alaska. I'm not a destination wedding photographer so traveling with my gear did not come naturally to me. I learned a lot about my photography and shooting wedding during this trip. Today I share the 7 things I learned while shooting a destination wedding in Alaska. 

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The 7 Things I Learned While Photographing A Wedding In Alaska

1: Scout Locations

When shooting destination weddings or shooting in a location you are not familiar with, do your due diligence and scout locations. Know where the couple will be getting married and how much time you will have for photos as this will determine how far to look for locations to shoot at. Use tools like google maps to street-view a location or google "Location Name Wedding" to see what other photographers have done when in your shoes. 

2: Don't Pack Everything You Own

Being in a new location offers several challenge for photographers but the biggest is the fear of not being prepared. So we will bring every piece of gear we have ever bought so that we don't miss anything. This causes too much weight and stress. Maybe you don't need the drone or film cameras. Pack just the essentials and shoot within your limitations.

3: Get a Timeline and Addresses

Having a timeline will ensure you are prepared. Even if the wedding day does not go according to plan you will still have one less thing to worry about. Be sure to get address of where every one will be getting ready as well! I've seen some timelines that show a 15 mile distance between getting ready locations but only 5 mins of travel time budgeted.  Being able to foresee any potential problems can save the day,

4: Find the Best Light

Getting the address is crucial to being able to find the best light. Knowing that the reception was going to be in the mountains I could find out that even thought the sunset is officially at 9pm the light would pass over the mountian at 745 and I needed to be outside shooting by then if I want to capture great images. You can use apps like "Golden Hour" Or "SOL" for iOS

5: Rent A Car

This can be quite an expense. About $100/day for several days but it will save you a world of headaches. Ive been to wedding where everyone could get TO the first location but once you fill the car with extras that need to be taken to the second location there is no more room. So having your own transportation is essential for a stress free wedding day when travilng.

6: The iPad Can't Replace A Computer, Yet.

Since my main editing rig is an iMac and not portable and I don't have a laptop decided to try using an iPad and a wireless hard drive to backup my photos. Its not like I had lofty ideas of being able to edit the wedding by the time I was home but it would have been nice to cull through some images. This was just to painfully slow of a process to be effective. It took me 10x longer (5 hours vs 30mins) to use an iPad vs doing the same task on a computer. 

7: Don't Work Too Hard

I am going to guess that the reason you got into shooting destination weddings was because you want to travel more and see cool things. Not fly in hours before a wedding, work all day and then fly right back out without enjoying any of the local sites. So do your preparation before you arrive so you can take 2-3 hours to see the town or do some cool touristy stuff and get your travel fix. 

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BPP 108: Colby Brown - Using Your Photography to Help Others

Colby Brown is a world class travel, landscape, and philanthropic photographer who's portfolio covers all 4 corners of the globe. His world wide organization, The Giving Lens is helping connect photographers who want to give back with non profits in need of rich media. 

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How long Colby has been shooting
  • Why Colby started a photography business
  • How Colby made money as a photographer early on
  • How Colby has such a diverse range of shooting
  • Where Colby learned photography
  • Why Colby started The Giving Lens
  • How the Giving Lens is changing the world
  • How to get involved in your local community
  • How to get over the feeling of being in a creative rut
  • One of the best investments Colby has mad in himself to become a better photographer

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Memorable Quotes:

  • I felt that I know I want to do THIS but I don't really know what THIS is
  • If I'm bored, I lose my creativity, that's why I like to shoot a wide variety of things
  • After a shoot, I'll dive into the 93 crap photos to become my biggest critic
  • Photography is a visual artform you can use to tell a story
  • You have to figure out how to turn the photo you want to shoot into reality
  • We give people the opportunity the document their lives 
  • If you want something bad enough, you will always find a way to make it happen
  • There will always be people who will tell you, you can't do things
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BPP 106: Jessica Whitaker - Youtube, Social Media, Build and Bloom

Todays guest is Jessica Whitaker, a New York City photographer, social media influencer, and founder of Build and Bloom, a free workshop and photography resource center for young photographers. Today she shares how she got her start, tips she has learned from her youtube videos, and why she started Build and Bloom. 

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Jessica got her start in Photography
  • How Jessica learned to pose
  • Why Jessica switched from Canon to Nikon
  • Some of the challenges Jessica faces when moving from the PNW to NYC
  • Something that surprises Jessica to read in the comments of her youtube videos
  • Jessicas experience with her first paid clients
  • The different types of clients Jessica would work with in Seattle and New York
  • How Jessica makes her clients so comfortable 
  • How to deal with inner comparison 
  • Jessica's Tips for learning from the pros

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Memorable Quotes:

  • Photography gear can be expensive, the education can be free
  • You don't have to start learning photography young. The internet is an awesome teacher
  • Continue to learn and interact with other photographers
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BPP 105: Jenny Stein - Family, Life, Photography

Today's guest will be a familiar voice to a lot of you. She's the host of the Family Photographer podcast. Another podcast focused less on the gear and technicals and more on the legacy and power of storytelling through the photos you take. In this interview we talk about so much more than photography like the importance your photos have on your children and  being self aware enough to live the life you want to through photography. I'm excited to talk with Jenny Stein.

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Jenny got her start in photography early
  • What was the hardest part about photography to learn for her
  • How starting to shoot in manual set Jenny up for success
  • How a daily photo project really pushed Jenny creatively 
  • How looking at your past photos can grow your skills
  • How to take photos of kids that are not your own
  • How to share your photos with your family
  • What advice Jenny would give to eager new photographers
  • Why taking your camera out for the first time at your child's birthday is a terrible idea
  • How to stop worrying about your camera, and focus more on getting the shot

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Memorable Quotes:

  • Look at your photos everyday, and you will grow
  • Take time practicing photography before an important event like a birthday
  • Give yourself time. 
  • Work on your thing, don't worry about what others think
  • An expensive lens won't change the essence of what you do as a photographer
  • The camera doesnt matter as much as you think, but you need something
  • Find something to do with your photography that takes you out of your self
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BPP 104: Wade Steelman - The Competitive World of Architecture Photography

Wade Steelman is a San Diego based commercial and real estate photographer with a focus on architecture. Today he shares how a gap in the market got him interested in real estate photography and how you can make your way into the world of architecture photography too!

In this interview, you'll learn

  • How Wade got his unconventional  start in photography
  • How Wade chose his gear
  • How Wade stopped focusing on the technicals and more on creative composition
  • Where Wade places his tripod to showcase the size of a room
  • Some of the technical tricks Wade uses in architecture that other genres of photography don't
  • Some clear signs of amateur architecture photography
  • The hardest part about getting started with architecture photography
  • How Wade would recommend a new photographer builds their portfolio. 
  • Why Wade recommends you save money on gear
  • How Wade handled an embarrassing mistake he made when shooting

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Memorable Quotes:

  • I focus on what a viewer will see when they walk into the property
  • If you can produce great images with cheap gear you will be miles ahead of everyone else.
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BPP 103: Brian Rodgers Jr - Product Photography and Photoshop

Brian Rodgers Jr. is a commercial photographer and digital artist specializing in product photography. He’s also the founder of Digital Art That Rocks, a company that creates high-end commercial photography with an emphasis on the post production process. Watch just one of his slew of photoshop time-lapse on youtube and you will be blown away! Today I welcome Brian Rodgers Jr

In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Brian's high school class prepared him for photography and graphic design
  • Why Brian walked away from what he thought was a dream job
  • What book gave Brian a heightened sense of creativity
  • How a $9 hardware store item taught Brian lighting
  • The importance of photoshop in product photography
  • Some obvious signs of amateur product photography
  • Some of the most important tools Brian uses in Photoshop and what you can do with them
  • An embarrassing moment Brian had while photographing architecture 
  • Why Brian loves to photograph watches
  • Some of the challenges of photographing small products and how Focus stacking helps

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Memorable Quotes:

  • I wanted a career in photography, so I just started producing my own work
  • After reading Scott Kelby's book, I had a heightened sense of creativity! 
  • I spent hours studying light with those cheap hardware store clamp lights
  • Product photography is all about perfection

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Photography Basics for Beginners: 14 Days To Better Photos

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