EP86 Interview With Kate Nicolle, Relationship Counsellor

I don’t know quite what inspired me for this podcast, but I thought it would be interesting (and so it proved to be) to invite someone onto the podcast that really does understand relationships and the language that people use. Every day in a portrait photography business, we’re facing families and couples, watching their behaviour, listening to their conversations and creating beautiful images of them and their loved ones.  I wondered if there were techniques we could use to improve …

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, …

Ep.70 – Interview With Gary Hill

It’s so lovely to be in the position to sit and chat with some incredible people – and that they agree to it when I ask! This episode is with Gary Hill – a fantastic photographer, trainer, judge and all-round lovely bloke.  Admittedly we were chatting in the bar of the SWPP Convention in London which does inject a kind of ‘authentic ambience’ to the whole affair (which is to say – it’s noisy!) We get to chat about judging, …

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.61 Interview With Su Kaye, MPA Chair Of Judges

It’s always a pleasure when I get to sit and chat with someone with such a wide and interesting view of photography as Su Kaye, MPA’s Chair Of Judges.  I’ve known Su for a few years and, as ever, she is intriguing, knowledgeable and engagingly honest about her life, career and what the future holds for her and the photography industry. As always, I asked my interviewee to choose a book or two for our ever-expanding library and she chose …

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; …

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.53 Chris Cooze from Hasselblad

In this episode, I get to to sit and chat with Chris Cooze, Technical Communications & Training Manager at Hasselblad. It has been a real pleasure for me to have both the Hasselblad X1D and H6D for a couple of months here at the studio and it was Chris, along with Hasselblad’s European Marketing Manager, Mark Witney, who came to the studio to help me get the most out of the kit.  Who knows, maybe we’ll add medium format to the …

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.54, Interview With Steve Gregory, Founder Of Fitlife Gym

  “To keep them coming, to keep them inspired, you have to give them an experience.” So true.  In this episode I talk to Steve Gregory, founder and owner of the inspirational Fitlife Gym about his career as professional footballer (soccer player for my U.S. friends), his motiviation for fitness and how he deals with the highs and lows of running a business. A wonderfully frank interview that deals with the low points of suddenly running a successful business (yes, …