ARTrepreneurs is a weekly podcast that inspires photographers and visual artists to manifest their best creative lives. We're sitting down with an amazing community of visual artists to talk about process, business, and the lessons they've learned along the way.

Recent Episodes


Uh oh...your client has run out of money...

May 13, 2022

EP 72: The longer I've freelanced, the more common I've seen this occurrence among industry colleagues. Their clients, my clients, your clients, have seemingly run into a snag, and payment for your services, low and behol…


First impressions of mirrorless cameras

May 6, 2022

EP 71: After working exclusively with DSLRs for the past decade, I've finally accommodated mirrorless camera bodies in my workflow. Even though I may be late to the game on this, I'm providing my first impressions on the f…


Is there anything we can do about hyper inflation?

April 29, 2022

EP 70: Facing 8.5% inflation rates is no easy pill to swallow. Regardless of how we got here, we have our own choices to make to combat these stealth taxes as best as we can. In this episode, I'll talk about a few proacti…


Should I be using an Employer Identification Number instead of my Social Security number?

April 22, 2022

EP 69: We constantly fill out forms that require a Tax ID, whether it's for business, for banking, or for taxes. The question is whether or not there is a better and safer alternative to putting our social security number …


Intro to Quarterly Taxes Pt. 2: How do you calculate what you owe and how do you pay?

April 15, 2022

EP 68: We are continuing our investigation on quarterly estimated payments for 1099 creatives, and in this episode, we break down simple ways to calculate what you owe in taxes, and how to pay. S…


Intro to Quarterly Taxes Pt. 1: What are they and who are they for?

April 8, 2022

EP 67: Freelancing and full-time employment vary in a number of different ways, and one of the most important differences to note is how you manage your taxes. While employees have taxes withheld, freelancers do not. In t…


Why wedding photographers love prime lenses

April 1, 2022

EP 66: The debate between prime lenses and zoom lenses can be both sensible and fickle at the same time. Each photographer has his/her own vision, and not every scenario calls for a universal standard. But it does seem as …


Does it really take money, to make money?

March 25, 2022

EP 65: We've all been told, that it takes money, to make money. And while some facets of that may ring true, it might not be a universal truth, nor might it be a valid self-narrative for any entrepreneur to uphold. In this…


Who owns the copyright when you take a picture?

March 18, 2022

EP 64: Copyright law is extensive and occasionally difficult to wrap one's head around. There are progressively more and more scenarios that dilute the waters we swim in as creators in a digital sharing era. But a basic gr…

Recent Blog Posts


Recently, we fielded a voicemail question by one of our listeners, John Deven, on how to reboot a freelance business when moving out of the country. …


What a thrill, we just did our first crossover feature with a fellow podcaster, and who better to collaborate with than a good friend and colleague, phot…

Are you tired of creating new estimates and invoices?

Hey everyone, I just wanted to provide photographers out there a little help if you're distressed about creating estimates and invoices all the time.&nbs…

About the Host

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Michael Der


Hi Artrepreneurs! My name is Michael Der and I am the creator and host of this humble show. I have been a self-employed commercial and editorial photographer for the past 7 years, working with a variety of corporate and individual entities to improve their visual brand.

The lessons I've learned in becoming a business owner have been painstaking on many levels, and it is my goal to provide you with some of the insight I wish I received when starting out. Whether you are a hobbyist or a semi-pro, or a recent graduate or a second career creative, I hope you come away inspired to live your best creative life.

Welcome to Artrepreneurs!
Michael Der