Ep.57 Interview With Rob Panting, Communications Manager, OxLEP

  Meet one of our clients.  Rob Panting, Communications Officer for OxLEP (The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership) has been a commissioning client of ours for nearly decade – starting at the Hearing Dogs charity in 2011 and then with Affinity Trust, Bucks Care and his current employer, OxLEP. I thought it would be interesting to ask him what he values when selecting (and retaining) suppliers such as photographers.  Of course, the answer to that question is a useful insight (and …

Ep.56 Faith, Fear, Fatigue: The ‘F’ Words Of A Photography Business

In this episode, I am talking about the all-too familiar feelings of running a photography business: faith, fear and fatigue (and possibly one or two other ‘F’ words!) When you start, you set out from some point of having nothing more than an idea – and a whole heap of faith! Insecurity, sure, ignorance, naivity, risk, maybe a little poverty – but, in the end, an utter belief that it’s the right thing to do.  You may not be right, …

Ep.55 Karen Massey, Photographer

“You soon start to learn a lot more about business” In this interview, I get to talk to Karen Massey, wedding and portrait photographer.  Karen is a successful photographer and business owner, having started out owning a beauticians and then transferring her not inconsiderable business skills to setting up a brilliant photography studio. She talks about how she has always worked from an early age, how she had to ‘soften her accent’ (not something you could be asked by an …

Ep.51 Thinking About Clients

Well, it’s just me in this podcast: me, a microphone, a couple of hours in the car and Friday night rush hour traffic. Clearly I had time to kill so in this podcast I chat away about bits and pieces but mostly about figuring out clients and why you have to stay positive no matter what happens. I also take the opportunity to add a new book to the Photographer’s Library: Hug Your Customers by Jack Mitchell.  I admit it’s …

Ep.49 On The Way Home From The Gym…

This podcast really is about the importance of relationships – particularly those with your clients – how some of those can play out in your career. I don’t know if this podcast makes too much of an intellectual point other than it being a vehicle for me to be proud of our son, Jake.  That’s the nice thing about a podcast: I occasionally get a chance to wax lyrical about the people I love around me, whether family, friends or …

Ep.47 All Things Brand From Cars To Conversations

This podcast was triggered by us selling our trusty Land Rover Defender (though we are replacing it with a newer one) and pondering on why we chose such an esoteric car at the heart of our business. Well, of course, it’s all part of the brand we decided to build. And so I thought I’d chat a bit about just that: brand. It’s so easy to think the brand is your logo, or website, or brochure design or, simply, your …

Ep.44 Interview: Scott Johnson, The Edge Photography

So it’s been a week or three since recording a podcast primarily due to being out on location in Italy co-hosting The 2 Fellows workshop with David Stanbury (shameless plug: if you’d like details of the 2020 workshop then head over to the2fellows.co.uk where we’ll be releasing details for next year.) In this podcast, I get to chat (in a VERY loud restaurant) to the inimitable wedding photographer, Scott Johnson, about his work, his history and his business.  Lots of …

Ep.41 Interview: Ellie Sanderson, Bridal Gown Boutique Owner

The great thing about having my own podcast is that I get to talk to lots of interesting people – not, necessarily, from within the photographic industry. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my industry, but I think there is much to be learned from outside the industry too and, besides, the world is full of really cool people full stories, experiences and insight that just might (and I stress just might) be useful when it comes to running …

Ep.40 Idle Musings on Lists, Plans & Avoiding Disasters!

Just me in this one. Me, a microphone, a failed hard drive, a hacked website and some notes on lists and plans.  It’s been an interesting couple of days! If you enjoy this podcast, please head over to Mastering Portrait Photography where there are articles and videos about this wonderful industry.  You can subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, PodBean and Spotify. PLEASE also head over to iTunes and leave us a review – we’d love to hear what you think! If there are any topics you would like to hear, …

Ep.39 Interview With David Calvert

In this episode, it is my great pleasure to interview renowned photographer David Calvert FMPA FBIPP who is not only a wonderful photographer, but a true gentleman in the industry as well! The conversation talks about his passion for portraits, how he first became a photographer, his aversion to debt (he learned that the hard way) and how he came to photograph a family’s pet dog that had already ceased to be. There are many useful nuggets in here – …