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118: Andrew Darlow- Hot Tips for Photographers

This week, I’m joined by renaissance man, Andrew Darlow. He is a New Jersey-based photographer, author, and digital workflow coach.

For over 25 years, he has helped people capture, edit, print, and backup their irreplaceable photographs and other media. His work has appeared in many publications and media outlets, including People Magazine, Animal Planet, Rangefinder, and Professional Photographer Magazine.
He is also editor of The Imaging Buffet, an online resource with news, reviews, and interviews covering the subjects of photography, printing, and new media. And author of four award-winning books. He is grateful for every minute of his busy career and it shows!
He has amassed tons of knowledge throughout his career and happily sprinkles it throughout this interview.

You won’t want to miss:
-The apps he can’t live without.
-The affordable gear he recommends that’s sure to make your work life easier.
=His top iPhone tips and tricks.
-His mindset tip for preventing negative thoughts from creeping in.

Andrew has had tons of cool experiences and I loved hearing all about the tips he has learned along the way. I promise you won’t want to miss this episode!

Connect with Andrew

Website http://www.andrewdarlow.com
Instagram instagram.com/andrewdarlow
E-mail adarlow@gmail.com
Twitter: @AndrewDarlow
Facebook (personal page): facebook.com/adarlow
Facebook (business page): facebook.com/andrewdarlow

117: Luci Dumas- Are You Good Enough?

“I’m smart enough, I’m good enough and doggonit, I am worth it”…Stuart Smalley/Al Franken

What makes you good enough?
And good enough for what?
-to make money with your photographs?
-compared to others?
-to make people happy?

And what are your fears if you are not good enough?
-being judged or worse yet, rejected?

This solo episode is an exploration into our worries that we many not be good enough as photographers to reach our goals, or get paid well, or satisfy our clients. This is not an easy topic but if I give you the simple answer it is that if someone pays you and enjoys what you create, you are good enough. And f they don’t, it may be because you haven’t marketed well or learned how to let people know the value of what you create for them…not because your work is not up to par.

As artists, it is so common to take everything personally. We want people to love what we do so we feel better about ourselves. But as business people, we need to be client centered, serving them and giving them something priceless, that increased their joy, feel more love, have more moments of beauty..

This episode also includes 7 ways to be more competent as photographers so what we create for clients continues to improve. Using that hunger to be the best we can be is a positive for sure but remember this…
“comparison is the thief of joy”! Do your thing, don’t judge yourself or your work by what you see others create. You have a unique talent, personality, and perspective to share with the world.


116: Erin Bonilla-The High Volume/High Average Pet Studio

Erin Bonilla joins me on the podcast this week. To put it mildly, Erin’s photography business is off the charts successful. And I’m beyond proud of her. She’s special to me because she’s a coaching client of mine.

Erin’s following her passion and it is working!

Bonilla Pet Studio employs a team of 3 photographers, 2 salespeople, plus other support staff. Their entire team is made up of 16 amazing pet-loving people. She is opening a second location
In the fall and plans to have more in the future.

You won’t want to miss:

The reason Erin isn’t afraid to take risks.
The many ways that Erin puts her clients first.
What in the world a guinea garden is.
Why Erin is a big fan of direct response marketing.
Her method for making important business decisions.
Her take on having a coach and whether it was worth it.

Erin’s business has grown very quickly. She has had to hit the ground running and make some big decisions quickly. She shares what has worked for her.

This episode is also a great way for you to decide if coaching might benefit you. It’s your chance to pull the curtain.

Connect with Erin

Website Custom Portraits of the Whole Family | Bonilla Pet Studio
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bonillapetstudio/
Facebook Bonilla Pet Studio

115: Christy Jaynes-Reinvention and Transformation

This week I chat with the wonderful, Christy Jaynes. Christy is my own coach, who played a pivotal role in guiding me to start this podcast!

Christy is a coach who specialized in mid-life transformations. She uses her superpowers to help clients like me achieve their dreams and live the life they’ve always wanted.

One of the things I love about Christy is that she practices what she preaches. As someone that has reinvented her life more than once, she has discovered that it’s all the quality of the small moments between our big successes that add up to a good life, true satisfaction, and real abundance.

Besides helping people through their mid-life transformations Christy has done many other cool things. She is also a certified parenting coach, has worked in web design, interior design, and social media.

Don’t skip any parts of this conversation. Chrisy gives out lots of mind-blowing insights. Enjoy!

You won’t want to miss:

Why achieving your dreams requires flexibility.
How to make fear work for you.
The reason you need to replace negative thoughts ASAP.
How one lunch changed Christy’s career.
How to harness the power of a simple decision.

Christy knows a thing or two about how to make changes that have a BIG, positive impact on your life. You don’t want to miss a minute of what she has to say!

Connect with Christy

Website https://www.midlifetransformations.com/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mid_life_coach/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/christy.s.jaynes
E-mail Christy@midlifetransformations.com

114: Safina Duke-Mind Your Money Mindset

This week’s show is all about the benjamins.

I chatted with coach Safina Duke about money mindset. She wants you to know your worth and embrace it! It’s time to let go of all those icky feelings we have surrounding money.

When Safina talks about money, I always listen. It’s her area of expertise, so you might want to do the same. She’s a popular money coach for photographers. After 6 years as a professional photographer, Safina knows exactly how to help her clients overcome their own mindset blocks so they can sell their work for more.

You won’t want to miss:

Why Safina ignored her parents’ advice.
The practical things you should be doing as a business owner.
Why money doesn’t have to be hard
How Safina funded her first camera.
What money really is.

You’re gonna wanna take notes while you listen. This episode has a ton of value!

So dig in and follow her suggestions. The sky’s the limit!

Connect with Safina

Website http://fringebysafina.com/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/fringephotography/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/moneyfreedomforphotographers
Podcast Money Freedom for Photographers

113: Luci Dumas-Organize Your Way!

Let’s face it… in order to have a successful business, making money, making our clients happy, and enjoying life we need to do a lot of stuff. All of it is important. If we take amazing photographs but take a year or never deliver what we promised to the clients, we are not doing our job…right?

We need to have a set of steps….a way of following this….time management habit…work habits…systems

This solo episode with Luci explores different ways to get things done, talks about workflow, and how different learning and processing styles will need different structures.

I share about
-time management and the “units” way to organize your time
-options to keep track of your production
-the Cake and Cringe Pyramid to discover what you need help with

One size does not fit all and learning what fits you can help you have an even more successful and satisfying business.

112: Craig Staley- Reputation Management

Craig Staley joins me on the podcast this week. Craig knows that talented photographers like us are kind of a big deal and he wants to make sure that everyone else knows it too. He offers some unique suggestions on how to make your brand more visible online.

Craig’s committed to helping small businesses like his, grow and reach their full potential. When he’s not hosting The Small Business School Podcast, you can find him running HG Site Design, where he helps clients improve their websites and grow their brands.

You won’t want to miss:

♦️ Why you need to claim your Google My Business page ASAP.
♦️ Ideas to actually get your clients to take the time to leave a review.
♦️ The reason your strategy is struggling.
♦️ How you can start small and adapt as you go.
♦️ The reason Craig thinks he looks bad in photos.

Craig wants us to protect our digital reputations. I gotta admit, he’s got some great advice on how to do just that. Tune in to hear what he has to say!

Connect with Craig

Website Home
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/craigstaley/,
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/craig.staley1
E-mail craig@hgsitedesign.com
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/craigmstaley/
Podcast Podcast

111: Ben Hartley- Chain Reaction Marketing and Wedding Photography Pricing

Ben Hartley joins me on the podcast this week. Ben is the founder of Style & Story, based in Columbus, OH which was named one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the country in 2017 and 2020. Ben also offers photographers free coaching inside his Facebook Mastermind Group and weekly Six Figure Photography Podcast.

Ben takes amazing photos but he’s also great at marketing and he thinks you can be too. Ben talks about why your marketing efforts aren’t working and why cohesion is the name of the game when it comes to business.

You won’t want to miss:

🔹 The best way Ben has found to package wedding photos.
🔹 How marketing can be a vehicle for helping others.
🔹 Why he’s sharing other vendors’ work on social media.
🔹 The reason your marketing isn’t working.
🔹 Why your one-dimensional marketing is a waste of time.

Ben’s generous with his knowledge in this episode, and drops tons of info about running a thriving and sustainable photography business. He’s passionate about helping other creatives do the same.

Connect with Ben

Website Coaching for Creatives | Ben Hartley
Instagram @jbenhartley
Facebook Facebook Groups
E-mail jbenhartley@gmail.com

110: Brad Barton- Creativity and Inspiration

This week’s guest is Brad Barton. He is a North Texas-based artist and an award-winning PPA Master Craftsman photographer. He tells people’s stories and captures their emotions in sometimes fantastical, sometimes bizarre, sometimes surreal ways. Using his imagination, camera, and digital tools, he has created work for clients big and small. His work has been published in nationally distributed books and magazines, has been featured in feature-length motion pictures, and has won numerous awards.

Brad talks about how he harnesses the power of creativity to go above and beyond what the client wants. Brad’s creative muscle is strong and he shares tips on what he does to keep it growing.

You won’t want to miss:
-How Brad uses creativity to find his ideal client
-Why you’ll find him roaming the aisles of Jo-Ann Fabrics
-Why it’s ok to do something different even if it means you might fail
-How to tap into your desire in order to do what excites you
-How Brad is expanding his own business

Brad embodies the saying “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”. You’ll enjoy Brad’s practical tips for expanding your imagination.

Connect with Brad
to download his game click here
Fairy Bargains

109: Luci Dumas- Four Agreements Part 2

I am super excited to share part 2 of my topic based on the book “The Four Agreements” with Don Miguel Ruiz. This small but powerful book has tools for living a great life and I take these lessons and show how we can use them in business.

I have said this many times…that business is a great way to grow and a person ,and growing past our fears and reactions that hold us back in life is a great way to be more successful in business. It is the gift of being self-employed.

The Four Agreements are:
1) Be impeccable with your word
2) Don’t take anything personally
3) Don’t make assumptions
4) Always do your best.

As I share my thoughts about 2, 3 and 4, I hope these tools become ingrained in your thinking and help you overcome challenges we all face.

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