Episode 34: Vickie Black on Standing Out in the Senior and Teen Market

Vickie Black and her husband, Jeremy, have been self employed for years, so it wasn’t a huge leap for them to start a photography business together. The leap came later, when Vickie decided that she wanted to drop weddings to specialize in senior and teen photography. A few topics from today’s show: Letting go of a lucrative market (weddings) to…

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Episode 33: Alicia Caine on Why Specialization Matters as a Photographer

After I talked with Jonathan Canlas a few weeks ago about why he refuses to specialize as a photographer, I thought it would be fun to counter his views with the views of Alicia Caine, a super wiz on branding, pricing and making it rain in the photography business. Alicia actually just came out with a course on how to take yourself…

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Episode 28: Heather Woodward on Home Studios & Keeping a Unique Perspective

Heather Woodward of Artful Heart Photography started getting into photography when her first child was born. She obsessed over learning the skills for herself and her personal photos, but soon began getting requests to take photos for others, which led her to start and grow her business. A few topics from this show: How Heather gravitated toward newborns and babies Why…

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Episode 27: David Bean on Breaking into Commercial and Celebrity Photography

David Bean is the founder of Visual Reserve out of Nashville. David grew up on what he calls “hippy communes,” barely graduating high school and never going to college. Now he’s built a successful business photographing celebrities from Nikki Taylor to Taylor Swift. In this interview, David tells the story of how he created his own business out of nothing….

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Episode 26: Ellie Pritts on Breaking into Music Photography

Ellie Pritts actively resisted trying to turn photography into a business, but she eventually ended up leaving school to pursue it full time. She’s now a music photographer based out of Austin, Texas. A few topics from this show: Breaking into music photography The anatomy of an Instagram takeover Moving to a new location The challenges of photographing live concerts…

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Episode 25: How Michael Courier Broke into Performance + Event Photography

A few topics from this show: How Michael quit his full time job to pursue photographing performances and events How Craigslist has helped his business Michael’s advice for getting started as a performance + event photographer Notable quotes: “Even in the moments where I wake up and I’m still kind of struggling to either find the client or feel happy…

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