EP147 Image Competitions: The Only Way To Fail Is To Fail To Enter

EP147 Image Competitions: The Only Way To Fail Is To Fail To Enter Yay! Other than a crappy cold, a very good week.  Won a Gold Bar with the Guild Of Photographers a couple of days ago which got me to thinking about competitions: why we do them, how to do them and the fear of failure (when in fact, the only failure is to not enter at all!) There are one or two other things to bear in mind ...

EP146 The Art Of Contentment

EP146 The Art Of Contentment Suddenly it washed over me - that odd euphoric sensation of contentment.  No idea what triggers it, but it's well worth holding onto! Also in this episode, a quick review of ACDSee 10 (the Mac version).  If you'd like to try it yourself, please use this link (there is no kickback or finance attached, but it does let the guys at ACDSee know that the referral has come from me and the Mastering Portrait Photography ...

EP133 Dealing With The Year Ahead With Joy And Positivity!

EP133 Dealing With The Year Ahead With Joy And Positivity! So it's 2023 already!  What happened to 2022?  This episode says a big thank you for 2022 and kicks off the year ahead with some thoughts on how to deal with so much negativity in the years and the media.  We're hitting it all with positivity, energy, creativity and laughter!  Well, you wouldn't expect anything different from us would you? We also say thanks to some incredible brands who have ...

EP112 Interview With Julia Fensom, Sleep Consultant And Author

I knew this would be an entertaining podcast and so it proved to be: Julia Fensom, author of With Sleep I Can Do Anything: The First Year – A Manual is always funny, energetic and full of ideas.  So this interview was always going to be interesting – and long!  When the two of us get together it is always a very funny hour or two, laughing about life, having families and running a small business. While, admittedly, we do …

EP110 Interview With Best Selling Author Eni Obi

Every day new clients, new stories, new laughter. That is the joy of a portrait photographer. At the end of a recent headshot session, it seemed a shame to stop the laughter. So we didn’t. Instead of packing up and going home, we plugged in some microphones and recorded a podcast. The portrait session had been sunny and full of stories and the interview is much the same! I love when that happens: you meet someone new and the session …

EP109 On Why Being Busy Creates Energy All Of Its Own

Dad was always right. Of course, it took me a decade or two to acknowledge that fact, but dad was always right. Of many pearls (of the wisdom variety) he threw in my direction, is this: if you want something doing, give it to someone who’s already busy. I don’t know if I believed it at the time. That’s the thing about fathers: you don’t like to tell them they’re right. But he always was. And on this one, he …

EP106 On Taking Pride In Everything You Do

In this episode, sponsored by Panasonic eneloop Pro Rechargeable Batteries, I am pondering on the difference between being ‘proud’ and ‘taking pride’ in everything you do.  A subtle but important distinction – particularly if you’re British and have been brought up that pride always comes before a fall! Some ideas about how to get around that familiar feeling of not wanting to brag about your images – tell the client how amazing they look instead!  Much more comfortable for us …

EP105 On Using Your Own Portfolio To Inspire YOU!

In this episode I’m back in the Land Rover Defender heading out to buy our evening’s supper: fish’n’chips!  We were due to go and sit on a hill side and eat them with a pint of beer but, sadly, the brassic weather has other ideas.  Instead, I am pootling through Midsommer Murders territory on a wet and wild Friday evening. In this episode, sponsored by Panasonic Eneloop Pro Batteries, I have an idea about how you might use your own …

EP102 On Leaving Lockdown And Loving To Laugh!

It’s been an amazing week and you can really feel the change in energy as the Covid lockdown is gradually eased.  Emails coming in, the phones are ringing, shoots are happening (rather than perpetually postponed) and in-person sales sessions are back and in full force! Yay! On the other hand, everything feels rusty, unfamiliar and slightly unnerving.  Weird. Getting back up to speed is going to be an exciting process for us here at the studio!  Every day is a …

EP100 An Evening In With My Missus: My Favourite Place To Be!

Well, it’s been 99 episodes to date, and now this, the 100th!  Whoever thought we’d get to that milestone?  Well, it’s entirely down to you amazing people, our subscribers and the feedback we get: that and the cathartic effect of chatting about life as a professional portrait photographer. Over the past 99 episodes, some of my favourites have been the various interviews with many more to come, and there isn’t anyone I’d rather be chatting with than my amazing wife …