March 11, 2022

The value of professional redundancies

EP 63: Identifying potential points of failure can be just as critical to success as developing great work. It's not a matter of if, but when a mistake is made or a piece of gear is broken, and it is …

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March 4, 2022

Should I buy or should I lease?

EP 62: The benefits to owning gear are numerous, but it is not without challenges either. Not every small business owner has the funds to drop down a large lump sum of money to acquire the tools needed to do …

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Feb. 25, 2022

Why your conduct is just as important as your work

EP 61: Conduct is just as important to your branding as your style, your creativity, and your hustle. It is not about what you think your brand should be, but rather how the customer, client, or colleague experiences your b...

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Feb. 18, 2022

How insurance creates assurance

EP 60: Working photographers are not always guaranteed safe haven from accidents, theft, or damage. Some might even say, these possibilities simply come with the territory. In this episode, I talk about how playing solid ...

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Feb. 11, 2022

How bad were my first jobs?

EP 59: Oh the aches and pains of learning on the fly. These hardships are both excruciating reminders of what could have been, as well as the perfect lessons to guide us on our path forward. In this episode, I'll …

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Feb. 4, 2022

To stage, or not to stage; a look into photojournalistic ethics

EP 58: With the label of "visual creator" or "visual storyteller" being so broad, it covers a number of sins like photo manipulation and influencing a scene. But when you cross over to photojournalism, the emphasis on truth...

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Jan. 28, 2022

My favorite rule of lighting

EP 57: Whether we are aware of it or not, we often abide by conventional wisdom for lighting. A softbox is used for portraits, a beauty dish for beauty, a reflector for contrast. But is following these formulas really what...

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Jan. 21, 2022

What is so important about the cost of doing business?

"If you know your costs, you have key information that's going to fund many of your decisions going forward; you can build confidence in your pricing, you have more strength in your negotiations, you have more justification, to walk away …

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Jan. 14, 2022

Paypal, Venmo, Zelle, and the 1099-K

"This law should not impact your overall business, unless you're conducting under the table transactions on the reg, which I've already mentioned, is not so legal, the IRS law states that you have to report all income for your business."

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Jan. 7, 2022

Why do we fail to reach our goals?

💯 💯 💯 "Identify what is important to you, and occasionally prioritize that over what might be urgent to you."

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Dec. 31, 2021

Why every freelancer needs a business credit card

💯 💯 💯 "In order to manage your business with as much ease as possible, you need to be practiced in a broader concept of finance, which is to separate your personal money from your business money."

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Dec. 24, 2021

What should you major in to be a photographer?

💯 💯 💯 "learn how to write an article, learn how to interview people learn how to be an editor, and determine what the publication needs photographically versus just seeing it from the photographer's vantage point."

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Dec. 17, 2021

3 Ways to thank your clients at the end of the year

💯💯💯"Visualize how seriously some photographers prioritize their relationships, you should take that part of the process and apply it to your business."

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Dec. 10, 2021

Is it time to raise your rates?

💯 💯 💯 "As a freelancer, no one else is going to willingly increase your rates. The only person that has the power to do that is you."

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Dec. 3, 2021

Relocating a freelancing business

💯 💯 💯 "When your costs go up and your client work goes down, you want to do the best that you can to maximize your time efficiency."

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Nov. 26, 2021

Choosing gratitude over entitlement

💯 💯 💯 "gratitude, truth be told is not innate. It isn't something that you're born with, it's a learned behavior. And I think that surprises people when you tell them that, but that is why gratitude must be practiced."

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Nov. 19, 2021

How to make the most out of living with your parents

💯 💯 💯 "If you're living rent free, you have this rare opportunity to kill off debt so much faster than the average working professional who has five times a living expenses as you do."

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Nov. 12, 2021

When is the right time to quit?

💯💯💯 "Is your photography improving? Is your understanding of backend business getting more advanced? Are you working well with people? If the answer is yes, then don't give up on that. When you have a good process, trust that process."

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Nov. 5, 2021

5 Areas of your business to spend fearlessly on

💯 💯 💯 "We as a community are really way too quick to spend 1000s and 1000s of dollars on equipment and not a penny on marketing."

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Oct. 29, 2021

Should I track my mileage?

💯 💯 💯 "Don't overpay in taxes. Keep what is yours. Learn how deductions can help reduce your taxable income, it is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal."

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Oct. 22, 2021

Matt Brown: 10 things every photographer should know

💯 💯 💯 "It's not about the gear at all in any way. No one's gonna hire you because you had a 600, no one's gonna hire you because you have a phase one, but both those you can rent, …

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Oct. 15, 2021

What is self-employment tax?

💯 💯 💯 "you're not just an employee, but the business owner as well. So naturally, you're going to be responsible for 100% of your Social Security and Medicare costs, as opposed to just fronting 50%."

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Oct. 8, 2021

What is your credit score telling you?

💯 💯 💯 "a credit score is a numerical measurement of risk that a borrower poses to a lender, basically, it's an indication of how likely you are to repay a loan on time. The higher number that you have, …

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Oct. 1, 2021

10 Reasons to start your podcast

💯 💯 💯 "There are over 1 billion Instagram accounts, there are over 600 million blogs, and over 37 million YouTube channels, all of which are growing each and every day. You know how many podcasts are out there? Under …

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