BPP 131: Alison Winterroth - The Importance of Newborn Photography

Todays Guest is Alison Winterroth. A Tampa Florida newborn, maternity, and family photographer. She’s a self proclaimed Baby Whisperer who loves to photograph the newest and tiniest human to help preserve the hectic time of life having a child is. Today Im excited to talk to her about getting started working with newborns!

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • The hardest aspect of photography for Alison to learn

  • What the job description of a newborn photographer is

  • Why Newborn photography is important

  • How to convey the power of newborn photography to potential clients

  • How Alison got her first clients and how it went

  • How to practice newborn Photography

  • Signs of an amateur newborn photographer

  • What gear you need for newborn photography

  • What lens to use for newborn photography

  • The importance of knowing how to light

  • Bad info thats commonly taught to new photographers

  • What Alison would do differently if she had to start all over again

Premium Members Also Learn:

  • How to attract new newborn clients when the opportunity to photograph them is so short

  • When to take newborn photography

  • How to start a newborn photography business

  • How to know when is the right time to open a studio

  • How to keep business coming after you have opened a studio

  • Alisons best tips for editing newborn skin in photos

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BPP 130: Chris Marquardt - The Future of Photography

Todays guest is Chris Mar-quart. A photographer, author, and host of the Future of photography podcast. What better time to talk about the future of photography than the start of a new year?

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • A brief history of photography

  • Why we humans cant be happy with the camera technology we have today

  • What misconceptions people think about the future of photography

  • What specifications would be in the perfect camera for Chris Marquardt

  • The worst thing Chris hears being taught to new photographers

  • The best investment Chris has made in his photography

  • What advice Chris would give to himself if he was just starting out

Premium Members Also Learn:

  • Is post production a thing of the past

  • What is the allure of photography and how technology pushes it

  • What current technology will explode in popularity in the coming years

  • Why we will still need competent photographers in the future

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BPP 124: Sandra Coan - Beginner Branding for Photographers

Sandra Coan is a film photographer from beautiful Seattle, WA who specializes in newborns, families and classic portraiture. She’s been in business for 20 years and loves sharing what she has learned with others. Whether its film photography, lighting techniques, studio workflow or the fundamentals of building a successful brand, her mission is to help you be the best photographer you can be.

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Sandra got her unconventional start in photography

  • The hardest part about photography for Sandra to learn

  • Who convinced Sandra to start getting serious with photography

  • How Sandra booked her first client

  • What is branding in context for photographers

  • Mistakes Sandra has made in her own branding

  • The biggest misconception photographers have about branding

  • Commonly bad branding info Sandra hears being taught to new photo new photographers

  • The best investment Sandra has ever made to improve her photography

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  • What beginners need to be focused on when getting started with branding

  • Branding mistakes Sandra sees established photographers making

  • Examples of photographers doing a great job with branding

  • Why you should spend time branding yourself even if photography is just a hobby

  • What is a rebrand

  • How branding can make us more money

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BPP 123: Rosemary Watson - Story Telling with Stock Photography

Todays guest is Rosemary Watson of Rosemary Watson Productions. The host of the Listen and Lattes Podcast and photographer who has found a way to live a life that makes her happy all through stock photography. Today I’m excited to learn what it takes to get started and set up for success!

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In This Episode You'll Learn:

  • How Rosemary started shooting stock photography

  • What the job of a Stock photographer is to deliver

  • Why people spend money on their business’ but not themselves

  • The signs of an amateur stock photograph

  • How sharing a photo with a vendor transformed her business

  • How to tell a story with Stock photography

  • What someone needs to get started shooting stock photography

  • How much creativity there is in stock photography

Premium Members Also Learn:

  • How Rosemarys Stock photography is different than others and makes her stand out

  • How to do market research to find out what to shoot

  • How to use instagram to make money

  • Weather or not you should shoot a variety of subjects or focus on just one

  • How Rosemary keeps all of her stock photos organized

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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

Premium Members Also Learn:

  • 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

Premium Members Also Learn:

  • 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

Premium Members Also Learn:

  • 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

Premium Members Also Learn:

  • 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

Resources:

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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

Resources:

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