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Are you craving freedom and flexibility in your business? Listen to what Nathan Holritz has to say about direction, perspective and finding the freedom you crave.

Guest Bio:
Nathan Holritz is an entrepreneur based in Chattanooga, TN. Starting in professional photography 11 years ago, Nathan helped bring a modern style of premium wedding photography to the Chattanooga market via Holritz Photography.

While helping run Holritz Photography, Nathan saw both a personal and industry need for a company that could handle the post-processing of the thousands of images photographed at weddings. He created Photographer’s Edit, a company geared toward providing a simple solution for professional photographers to outsource this post-processing following weddings and large events. The company was launched in 2008, and has continued to grow since.

In addition to Photographer’s Edit, Nathan runs a lifestyle brand at ihavealife.com, helping photographers and other entrepreneurs regain and maintain the freedom that can come from running their own business.

Take Away Tips:
-Why simplifying your business creates the freedom you crave,
-How to get a ‘big picture’ view for focused direction,
-How asking why is the key to finding perspective.

Links mentioned:
Nathan Holritz’s website
Photographers Edit
I have a Life

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Are you craving freedom and flexibility in your business? Listen to what Nathan Holritz (owner of Photographers Edit) has to say about direction, perspective and finding the freedom you crave.

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Want to know how to design the life and business you really want? Watch today’s show with Leah Remillét to find out how she manages her family while building a thriving business…

Guest Bio:
Leah Remillét is a success strategist who believes that being realistic about your dreams is comply unreasonable. Leah currently lives in Seattle, WA. (but doesn’t drink caffeine), with her amazing husband and 3 enchanting children. She is a world renounced expert in the photography space and has been featured in Forbes, Professional Photographer and dozens more publications as well as taken the stage all over the United States to help photographers Thrive as Entrepreneurs.

Take Away Tips:
-How designing the life that you want to live is the first step to success,
-How giving up things that hold you back allows you to be more of you,
-How letting go of mental blocks moves you forward.

Links mentioned:
Go4ProPhotos website
Leah Remillet Photography
Theme Forest website templates
99 Designs
Etsy Website Templates

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Want to know how to design the life and business you really want? Watch today's show with success strategist Leah Remillét to find out how she manages her family while building a thriving business.

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Want to know how to build a thriving and profitable photography business? Listen to what our guest Alison Carlino reveals about her keys to keeping her studio buzzing and profitable all year round.

Take Away Tips:
-Why it’s important to target the right clients,
-How to discover your signature style,
-How delegating is the key to growth,
-Why connecting on a personal level with your clients is important for business,
-Why focusing on the business side of business is vital to success.

Links mentioned:
Alison Carlino’s Photography website

Guest Bio:
Alison Carlino photographs weddings, seniors, portraits, and fashion in the Houston, TX area and beyond. Alison is known for her bold color, dramatic lighting, and fashion forward style of posing. She taught at WPPI Las Vegas in 2012 and at SWPP London in 2013 and January 2014. As a former master degreed teacher, Alison is able to relate to students both technically and personally. In her tenth year of business, she hosts her own workshops in her Richmond studio and around the Houston, TX area. She has been published in local magazines as well as The Knot Texas, Rangefinder, the Rangefinder Show Guide 2012, and the SWPP Show Guide. She partners with Houston Camera Exchange to teach workshops and recently landed the contract as the Official Photographer for the Houston Astros and Minute Maid Park. Carlino’s Photography celebrates 11 years in the business in 2014.

With thanks to our friends at Video Pixie for editing this episode.

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Alison has kindly donated a one hour mentor and image critique/review valued at $150. To be eligible to win enter below, you only have 7 days to act!

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Pricing for Profit with Bryan Caporicci

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You don’t have a business if you can’t make a profit. You just have an expensive hobby. That’s the raw truth.

Want to know how to price your photography business for profit so you can stay in business?

This week’s guest Bryan Caporicci reveals five influencing factors that will make or break your business…

Take Away Tips:
-Why you need to use 5 influencing factors to determine what you pricing should be,
-Why it’s important to start at the end first,
-How to value your time properly,
-Why planning is the key to success.

Links mentioned:
Sprouting Photographer website
Pricing for Profit eBook
Bryan’s photography

Guest Bio:
Bryan Caporicci is an award winning Fuji X-Photographer specializing in wedding and portraits based in Fonthill, Canada. In 2011 he was awarded his Craftsman of Photographic Arts (CPA) by the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), making him one of the youngest photographers in Canada to receive this level of achievement.

Bryan runs a popular educational website called Sprouting Photographer. He writes in-depth, how-to articles that revolve about the business of being creative. It has a suite of free pricing calculators and other tools that are available to help with the mechanics of running a photography business. The Sprouting Photographer podcast has been on the home page in iTunes ever since it’s launch. On the show, Bryan interviews thought-leader all about business-specific topics as they relate to photography.

He is the co-author of the book “Pricing for Profit” about the nuts and bolts of pricing photography for a sustainable and long-lasting career. The book has been adapted by several colleges and educational facilities as a part of their course content and textbook.

With thanks to our friends at Video Pixie for sponsoring this episode.

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Bryan has kindly donated an eBook ‘Pricing for Profit’ valued at $29. To be eligible to win enter below, you only have 7 days to act!
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Want to know how to get social media to work for your business? Watch today’s show with Lena Kotler-Wallace to find out her tips for mobilizing social media…

Guest Bio:
With nothing more than a dream and some sexy stockings, Lena created her ideal job as a social media strategist for a fancy salon chain, driving traffic and sales with an insightful understanding of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest. Lena is the mastermind behind Modophile, an innovative project attracting the attention of her favorite clothing brand. She spent a year as the promotions liaison for Bang! Arts, and another year as a culinary creative studying pastry at Art Institute of Atlanta. With decades-old connections to Atlanta’s mysterious theater community, a passion for aerial arts, and approximately 16 different hair colors under her belt, there’s very little Lena hasn’t done.

When not navigating the waters of social media, Lena spends her time navigating the waters of motherhood and the modern marriage. If she’s lucky she gets to play her ukulele, drink a glass of her favorite whiskey (2 cubes please and thank you) and read a book or two.

Take Away Tips:
-’Likes’ is popularity but is not the important part of building an audience but rather engagement is.
-Have a plan for what you post on social media.
-Use the 70/30/10 rule of adding value first.
-Use questions people love answering questions.
-Posting consistently is really important e.g. 5 days a week.
-Best times to post is to test it, generally before 10am, at lunch time & after dinner time.
-Be intentful and know what your objective is.
-The big 3 are great traffic generators (Twitter, Facebook & Pinterest).
-One percent of engagement is a big success!
-Using keywords and hashtags on Pinterest is huge for finding followers.
-Don’t use hashtags on Twitter for a better click through rate (but look for trending hashtags and align your message with them).
-Tell your story.

Links mentioned:
Lena Kotler-Wallace’s website
Phylavox on Pinterest
Phylavox on Twitter
Buffer Scheduling App
Hootsuite

With thanks to our friends at Video Pixie for sponsoring this episode.

Goodie Giveaway:
Lena has kindly donated a Social Media Check-Up valued at $125. To be eligible to win enter below, you only have 7 days to act!

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How do you make more money in your photography business?

Watch today’s show with Lori Nordstrom to find out the keys to profitability and success.

Guest Bio:
Lori Nordstrom {M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI} owns a boutique studio specializing in children and family portraits located in the picturesque town of Winterset, Iowa . Lori began her career photographing her own kids in her backyard over 15 years ago, and is now known not only for her simple and sweet portraits of children, but as a leader in the photography industry in the areas of business, marketing and sales. Lori is a PPA approved business instructor and marketing consultant for Studio Management Services. Sharing with other photographers and small business owners is one of the things she most enjoys.

Lori has always had a heart for children and believes in giving back. In 2010 she began her own non-profit organization, Dando Amor (Giving Love) who’s mission is working with orphaned children. You can find out more about Dando Amor at www.dandoamor.org

Lori has earned several Kodak Gallery, Fuji Masterpiece, and PPA Loan Collection awards for her images and storybooks. See more of Lori’s work at www.nordstromphoto.com or photographer business resources at www.phototalk.biz

Take Away Tips:
-It’s unnecessary to want a studio space it’s a giant overhead
-Profitability is most important not your sales average
-Proper planning is the key
-Ask yourself what you want to profit from your business
-What is the number you want to make as a salary?
-Marketing is all about who you know
-Get in front of your people by defining your target market
-Ask where are they spending time and money
-Reach beyond your excuses there are always ways to make it happen

Links mentioned:
Lori Nordstrom’s photography website
PhotoTalk Biz
Dando Amor Charity
Youtility: Why Smart Marketing Is about Help Not Hype
Success Summit for Photographers

With thanks to our friends at Video Pixie for sponsoring this episode.

Goodie Giveaway:
Lori has kindly donated a 1 Year membership to PhotoTalk.biz (Monthly Business Coaching for Portrait Photographers) worth $399. To be eligible to win enter below, you only have 7 days to act!

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SUCCESS SUMMIT

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve been selected as a speaker for the Success Summit for Photographers on June 24-26th 2014 and I would love for you to attend as my guest.

This is a 3-day VIRTUAL business summit with the industry’s hottest speakers and some select business experts outside the industry.

If you’re tired of struggling with your photography business, the Success Summit for Photographers can change your life. And the best part is that it’s 100% FREE!

Join us from the comfort of your own home or office to learn valuable business strategies that leverage your creative spirit and the artistry of your work. Select any or all of the 15 training sessions that are right for you. The list of speakers includes…

Michael Port (Book Yourself Solid), Sally Hogshead (Fascinate), Jeremy Cowart (Photographer & Philanthropist), Jeffrey Shaw, Lori Nordstrom, Beth Forester, Blair Phillips, Gary Hughes, Jen Basford, Sal Cincotta, Skip Cohen, Joy Vertz, Julia Kelleher, Tim & Bev Walden, and myself Mimika Cooney.

It doesn’t matter if you’re starting out or ready to take things to the next level, the Success Summit is for YOU! This is strictly business – no cameras necessary.

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How do you create longevity in a competitive industry and a noteworthy reputation? Watch today’s show with Cliff Mautner to find out what he has done over his 30 year photography career to remain successful.

Guest Bio:
Cliff Mautner’s career in photographer spans 31 years. After 15 years and 6000 assignments as a photojournalist with the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as shooting for an eclectic array of commercial clients ranging from Comcast to Subaru, Cliff launched his wedding photography career. After 850 weddings or so and many years later, he hasn’t looked back. He’s perhaps best known for his ability to utilize some of the most difficult lighting conditions imaginable to create quality images and for his diligence in capturing beautiful, meaningful moments.

Cliff is a proud Nikon Ambassador to the United States, was named one of the top ten wedding photographers in the world by American PHOTO magazine, won the WPPI grand award for Photojournalism, received the 2012 Nikon WPPI photographer of the year award, and in 2013 was honored with the International Photographic Council’s Leadership award at the United Nations.This past February, Cliff received the lifetime achievement award from WPPI. Cliff’s dedication to his clients is paramount, as he continues to shoot 50 or so weddings per year.

He’s also the founder of the highly successful “Lighting and Skill set Bootcamp”- a workshop that’s drawn students from over 40 countries, and it’s dedicated to empowering photographers with the skills needed to acquire a style of their own. He’s married to his beautiful best friend, Susan Stripling Mautner, and he’s the proud father of twin daughters, Samantha and Alison, and stepdaughters, Emma and Olivia.

Take Away Tips:
-There is no such thing as high end
-Don’t despise small beginnings
-Keep pushing through
-Think of taking pictures that will stand the test of time
-If you have to think about shutter speeds and F stops you have more work to do
-You have to see it in your minds eye
-There are no templates or recipes for success
-Shoot for the clients needs first not just yourself & ask what can I give my client?
-The #1 tip for success is to take care of your existing clients
-To emulate someone else’s style is a mistake
-Customer service and relationships is more important than the images themselves!

Links mentioned:
Cliff Mautner’s photography website
Cliff Mautner’s Lighting & Skillset Bootcamp
Cliff Mautner’s courses on Kelby Training

With thanks to our friends at Video Pixie for editing this episode.

Goodie Giveaway:
Cliff has kindly donated TWO DVD’s from his Kelby Training instructional series. To be eligible to win enter below, you only have 7 days to act!

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How do you create longevity in a competitive industry and a noteworthy reputation? Watch today's show with Nikon Ambassador and renown wedding photographer, Cliff Mautner, to find out what he has done over his 30 year photography career to remain successful.
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How do you bring your life (and photography business) together without losing your mind? Watch today’s show with Tamara Lackey to find out her tips for better work/life balance.

Guest Bio:
Tamara Lackey is a portrait photographer whose work has been seen in dozens of media outlets, including O Magazine, Men’s Journal and on the Today Show. Host of the reDefine Show and author of books like Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography, Envisioning Family and The Posing Playbook, Tamara was most recently the subject of Nikon’s 5-part series on portrait photography. Tamara is one of 20 Nikon USA Ambassadors and the recipient of the 2014 WPPI Adorama Inspire Award, awarded to artists who inspire not just through their creative work but their life.

Take Away Tips:
-You have to be where you are in the moment
-Ask yourself “Am I really the one who should be doing this?”
-Planning around the family is worth it
-Shooting on a strict schedule makes you more desirable
-Referrals are huge for generating business
-Expressing what you like with enthusiasm goes much further than you think
-Lock yourself away and write down what it is you want for your life and DO IT!!!
-Investing in yourself as a human being pays off as a business person

Links mentioned:
Tamara Lackey’s photography website
Tamara Lackey’s teaching website
Tamara Lackey’s “reDefine” TV show

With thanks to our friends at Video Pixie for sponsoring this episode.

Goodie Giveaway:
Tamara has kindly donated her “The Posing Playbook” a digital download worth $89. To be eligible to win enter below, you only have 7 days to act!

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How do you bring your life (and photography business) together without losing your mind? Watch today's show with Nikon ambassador photographer, speaker and trainer Tamara Lackey to find out her tips for better work/life balance.
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How do you balance work, family and life and create success? Watch today’s show with Rachel Brenke to find out how this busy mom of 4 and successful photographer does it all.

Guest Bio:
Rachel Brenke is a business consultant with many hats including author, photographer,
lawyer, business consultant, social media marketing strategist, just to name a few. She has spoken on CreativeLive and at WPPI. Her business consulting firm, TheLawTog, is currently helping creative industry professionals all over the world initiate, strategize and implement strategic business and marketing plans through various mediums of consulting resources.

Take Away Tips:
-Working with clients who value your time and your values
-It doesn’t have to be no just not right now and offer options
-Prioritize things and make a list of what needs to get done
-Accepting when you need help
-Put yourself in the path so people can find you don’t just wait for things to happen
-Don’t be afraid to change and grow

Links mentioned:
Rachel Brenke’s website
The Law Tog website

With thanks to our friends at Video Pixie for sponsoring this episode.

Goodie Giveaway:
Rachel has kindly donated a Portrait Contract Bundle worth $319. To be eligible to win enter below, you only have 7 days to act!

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How do you balance work, family and life and create success? Watch today's show with Rachel Brenke to find out how this busy mom of 4 and successful photographer does it all.
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