EP79 Interview With Andy Blake, General Manager of Kaleidoscope Framing

Life as a photographer can feel like you’re working on your own – all those hours with the camera, lights, with Photoshop and the complexities of your own business.  But, of course, the truth is a little more nuanced than that: we may be here in our studio on our own, but we have a wealth of talent around us – our suppliers.  Every day, I sell their products, their talents, their ideas to our clients, whether it’s a frame, …

EP76 Interview With Tom Catchesides From Light Blue Software

In this episode, I get to chat with the guy behind the software behind the business – Light Blue Software.  We’ve used this software for over a decade and it is the one application that each of us here is guaranteed to log into every single day. Tom asked if I would help spread the word about an offer that Light Blue extending to all of their customers (new and old) to help through these difficult times and so I …

Ep.75 To Me, To You, Two Metres Or More

So, how are things with you?  Still in lockdown?  Well we are here – just trying to make the best of things. Anyway, good news (for me at least!): we’ve been listed as the top Portrait Photography Podcast on Feedspot (https://blog.feedspot.com/portrait_photography_podcasts/) which is lovely!  I only started this podcast for fun (and because I simply love audio nearly as much as I love photography – though I freely admit I’m better with the camera than the recorder!) We’re also a …

Ep.74 Get Your Portfolio Sorted (Now Is A Good Time!)

Still here, still in lockdown, still working like crazy to make sure we’re ready for when things eventually open up again, as they must, inevitably do. Right now, things are busy: we’re re-designing our website and rebuilding a platform for our portfolio – a wonderful opportunity to go through images old and new and to decide which images we’ll use for the next year or two in all of our literature and articles.  It’s great fun but hard work! This …

Shoot what sells (and a little of what you love, too)

There’s not always an overlap between what you want to shoot and what your client will buy. As always in life and business, there’s a compromise to make. Imagine a Venn diagram, with ‘what you love to shoot’ in one circle, and ‘what sells’ in the other. I know of many full-time portrait photographers who prefer nothing more than shooting landscapes and wildlife. Unfortunately, they struggled to make a living from them, Please log in to view this page. If …

Ep.67 You Have To Relate (Whatever It Takes!)

Relating to your client is a key skill in social photography – and there is no escaping it.  Whatever it takes, you need to find ways of having a meaningful conversation even if you’re client is (literally) a rocket scientist! Right now I am sitting at the 2020 Societies Of Photographers Convention, typing this in the hotel bar, watching photographers laughing and joking as we begin the annual print judging.  Always fun.  Hopefully I’ll get a chance to record daily …

Ep.66 It’s January And It’s A Studio Revamp

We are already 2% of the way through 2020.  0.02 of 2020.  Go figure.   I’ve used that time so far to grab tools, some wood and to hack away at our studio – goodness knows it (and me) needed it.  It’s a long time since I’ve drawn up engineering drawings and I am, honestly, loving every second. Oh, and I’ve been creating pictures too. So you didn’t need to worry that I had retired the cameras.  They’re just having a …

Ep.64 The Importance Of Being Present

So you know what it’s like: you’re in the middle of a busy week, the weather is crappy, you’re tired and you have a shoot to do… Not exactly conducive to creativity.  And yet, and yet…  your job is to weave your magic – from the experience to the images, your clients rely on you, nay your business relies on you to kick into gear and perform to the absolute limit of your ability. Even if you’d rather be sitting …

Ep.63 Interview With Photographer Richard Bradbury FBIPP FMPA

A real pleasure to have interviewed Richard Bradbury FBIPP FMPA.  Richard is one of the world’s great photographers and an all round nice guy and the interview is full of little gems about preparing for sales, customer service and authenticity. In fact, our chat in his west London studio is full of useful stuff for anyone interested in running a photography business. As is our way, I asked Richard to recommend a book or two for our ever-expanding library of interesting …

Ep.58 Interview With Melanie East, Newborn Photographer

In this interview, I get to spend a very happy hour in the company of Melanie East, an extraordinary Newborn Photographer and Trainer: Melanie is known around the world for her passion and creativity for newborn photography and is the author of the book The Art Of Newborn Photography.  She is equally passionate about running a business which is key to the success of any social photographer! We get to talk about how (and why) she became a newborn photographer; …