473 episodes

The Beginner Photography Podcast is a free weekly podcast hosted by professional photographer Raymond Hatfield who interviews world class photographers of all genres who share what they wish they knew when they got started so you can grow your creative photography skills faster! The podcast is brought to you by CloudSpot.io, the client gallery system that is always #EmpoweringPhotographers

The Beginner Photography Podcast Raymond Hatfield

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The Beginner Photography Podcast is a free weekly podcast hosted by professional photographer Raymond Hatfield who interviews world class photographers of all genres who share what they wish they knew when they got started so you can grow your creative photography skills faster! The podcast is brought to you by CloudSpot.io, the client gallery system that is always #EmpoweringPhotographers

    463: Abby Grace - Crafting Purposeful Branding Image: Intention Over Aesthetics

    463: Abby Grace - Crafting Purposeful Branding Image: Intention Over Aesthetics

    In Today's Episode of the podcast I chat with Branding Photographer Abby Grace, and you'll discover how to infuse your photography with genuine storytelling, service, and strategy that will transform your brand photography from generic to truly compelling.
    The Big Ideas:
    Embrace the Power of Visual Storytelling: Elevate your brand photographs from mere snapshots to narrative-rich visuals that connect deeply with your audience.Service Over Shots: Begin your photography journey by serving others, and the quality of your portfolio will naturally follow.Strategic Planning Pays Off: Thorough preparation and research before shoots ensure that your photos align with your client’s branding goals.Learn from Experience: Pursue opportunities to work alongside a mentor and capture real-time events to refine your anticipation and execution in photography.Photography Action Plan
    Engage with Clients Before the Shoot: Schedule a consultation call to understand your client's brand, their vision, and the message they want to communicate through the images. Prepare a detailed questionnaire for your clients to fill out, capturing essential information about their brand identity, target audience, and the feelings they want to evoke with their photography.Craft a Strategic Shot List: Research your client's industry and competitors to identify visual gaps and opportunities for their brand photography to stand out. Curate a shot list that includes diverse scenes, from close-ups of the client's work process to wider shots that encompass their work environment, ensuring variety and depth in your portfolio.Master Your Camera’s Manual Settings: Take time to practice with your camera, experimenting with different ISO, aperture, and shutter speed settings to see how they affect the outcome of your photos. Challenge yourself to shoot in manual mode during your next few sessions to build your confidence in adjusting settings on the fly and understanding the lighting conditions.Conduct a Beta Client Session: Identify potential beta clients in your network who might benefit from your services and approach them with a tailored pitch offering a session that aligns with your portfolio goals. Execute the session with the same professionalism and dedication as a paid shoot, ensuring valuable experience and quality images that reflect both your skill and your client’s brand.Analyze and Reflect Post-Shoot: Review the images from your session with a critical eye, assessing whether each photo aligns with the client's brand story and goals. Select the strongest images to show your client and gather feedback on what worked and what could be improved, using this information to refine your process for future sessions.Resources:
    Follow Abby on Instagram - hGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/
    Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/
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    Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/
    Thanks for listening & keep shooting!

    • 53 min
    462: Sandra Coan - 4 Steps Process for Photographers to Beat Imposter Syndrome

    462: Sandra Coan - 4 Steps Process for Photographers to Beat Imposter Syndrome

    In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with family and newborn photographer Sandra Coan about the transformative power of combining business acuity with creative mastery, and how dedication to learning can lead to your breakthrough in photography.
    The Big Ideas:
    Persistence Pays Off: Your early struggles can become valuable lessons. Each setback is a step toward your future success. Investing in Education Equates to Business Growth: Business and marketing knowledge are just as crucial as your art. Learning outside your field can provide unique insights. Commit to self-improvement for sustained profitability.Mastering Lighting Defines Your Style: Technical skills in lighting can elevate your work. A signature style helps you stand out in the market. Expertise builds confidence and reduces imposter syndrome.Community and Mentorship Propel You Forward: Supportive networks provide encouragement and advice. Sharing experiences enriches the whole photography community. Collaboration can often lead to unexpected opportunities.Photography Action Plan:
    Invest in Your Business Skills: Take an online course or workshop. Focus on improving your business acumen for your photography venture. This can include marketing, branding, or financial management. Read business-related books. Select books that are specific to photography businesses or service-based entrepreneurship to enhance your understanding of the industry.Develop Your Lighting Techniques: Practice with different lighting. Experiment with both natural light and off-camera flashes to understand how lighting affects your shots. Seek feedback on lighting. Share your work with a photography group or a mentor to receive constructive criticism on your lighting choices and improve your skills.Enhance Your Technical Knowledge: Enroll in photography technique classes. Choose courses that will close the creative gap, such as composition, color theory, or post-processing. Regular practice sessions. Dedicate time each week to practice new techniques, ensuring you become confident and proficient in your craft.Build Confidence through Validation: Participate in portfolio reviews. Use these opportunities to gain professional feedback, which will help validate your skills and direct your learning efforts. Join a photography community and engage with a supportive group that can provide ongoing encouragement and critical insights into your work.Resources:
    Check out Sandra Coan's Certification Program - https://sandracoanstudios.com/Follow Sandra on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sandracoan/Listen to Sandras Unpopular Opinions Podcast - httpGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/
    Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/
    Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast!


    Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/
    Thanks for listening & keep shooting!

    • 50 min
    461: Vinny Pugliese - How Connection Can Revolutionize Your Photography: From Rejection to Recognition

    461: Vinny Pugliese - How Connection Can Revolutionize Your Photography: From Rejection to Recognition

    In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with Wedding and Sports photographer Vinny Pugliese, who shares how to transform your photography passion into a prosperous career with patience and genuine connections.
    The Big Ideas:
    Embrace the Long Game: Remember, success comes from consistent effort over time, not overnight. Your patience will be rewarded.Lean into Rejection: Critiques aren't setbacks; they're opportunities for growth. Let feedback elevate your standards and your work.Build with Character: Your personality and ability to connect genuinely are as important as your photography skills in building your business.Maintain Curiosity: Keep a beginner's mindset to foster learning and innovation. Stay curious, it's the foundation for your evolution as a photographer.Photography Action Plan:
    Set Realistic Timelines for Mastery: Give yourself permission to learn at your own pace by setting time-bound goals that allow for gradual improvement without pressure. Review and adjust your timelines as you progress, ensuring they remain challenging yet achievable to keep you motivated.Consistently Practice Key Photography Skills: Commit to daily practice, even if it's just for a short period, focusing on areas like lighting, composition, and background to enhance image quality. Document your progress in a journal or blog to reflect on improvements and areas that need further attention.Seek Constructive Criticism and Act on It: Find a mentor or a peer group willing to provide honest, constructive feedback on your work to help you recognize your strengths and weaknesses. Implement the feedback thoughtfully into your practice, using it as a roadmap for your photographic development.Prioritize Building Connections within the Industry: Attend networking events and engage with experienced photographers, potential mentors, and peers to broaden your industry knowledge and create opportunities for collaboration. Cultivate relationships by offering your skills to more experienced photographers, which can lead to exposure, referrals, and valuable on-the-job learning.Expand Your Business Acumen Alongside Your Craft: Educate yourself on the business side of photography, which includes marketing, client management, and financial planning. Develop a business plan that outlines how you'll transition from practicing photography as a hobby to making it a sustainable career, considering how you'll finance your business and attract clients.Resources:
    "The Wealth of Connection" by Vinny Pugliese available on AmazonVinny Pugliese's website for entrepreneurs - www.totallifefreedom.comGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/
    Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/
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    Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/
    Thanks for listening & keep shooting!

    • 52 min
    460: Scott Wyden Kivowitz - Capture More, Edit Less: Lightning Fast Photo Editing with Imagen AI

    460: Scott Wyden Kivowitz - Capture More, Edit Less: Lightning Fast Photo Editing with Imagen AI

    In today's episode of the Beginner Photography Podcast, I chat with photographer Scott Wyden Kivowitz about harnessing AI to revolutionize your photo editing, freeing up valuable time dive deeper into creativity and business growth.
    The Big Ideas:
    Embrace Change for Creative Freedom: AI tools like Imagen AI can automate the mundane, leaving you with more time for creativity.Learn from the Past, Leverage the Future: Understanding film's discipline enhances your appreciation, but AI's speed and ease can transform your workflow.The Ethical Use of AI is Empowering: Using AI to edit isn't cheating; it's smart business, letting you focus on shooting and final touches.Personal Development is Key: Stay curious about emerging tech. Tools like Imagine can adapt to personal styles, helping you evolve.Photography Action Plan:
    Explore AI Editing Tools: Sign up for Imagen AI's free trial at https://imagen-ai.com/ to familiarize yourself with automated photo editing and experience how it can expedite your workflow. Select a recent batch of photos and use Imagen AI's profile to edit them, observing the time you save and the quality of the output.Enhance Your Photography Skills: Dedicate time each week to practice shooting in different lighting conditions to understand your camera's capabilities and how to adjust settings for the perfect shot. Analyze your photos post-shoot to identify areas for improvement, then apply those insights to refine your technique in your next session.Leverage AI for Business Efficiency: Implement AI note-taking software in your client meetings to ensure you capture all requirements without losing focus on the conversation. Reinvest the time saved by using AI tools into marketing efforts or client engagement to grow your photography business.Educate Yourself on the Evolution of Photography: Delve into the history of photography, including the discipline of film, to deepen your appreciation and understanding of the craft's foundations. Experiment with different styles and techniques from history, then fuse them with modern technology to create a unique aesthetic in your work.Invest in Continuous Learning: Subscribe to photography podcasts and join online photography communities to stay informed about the latest trends, tools, and techniques to continually evolve your craft. Set aside regular intervals to review and practice what you've learned from these resources to integrate this knowledge practically into your photography projects.Resources:
    Try out Imagen AI photo editor - https://imagen-ai.com/Listen to the Workflows for Photographers PodcastGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/
    Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/
    Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast!


    Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/
    Thanks for listening & keep shooting!

    • 45 min
    459: Julie Christie - Capturing Connection: Harnessing Your Unique Personality in Photography

    459: Julie Christie - Capturing Connection: Harnessing Your Unique Personality in Photography

    In Today's Episode of the podcast I chat with Julie Christie about creating engaging content, especially for family photographers. We discuss the impact of connection content, building trust with the audience, and the value of authority content. You'll learn how to develop a photography brand with a personality, appeal to introverts in business, and strategically navigate the balance between connection and sales content in your marketing efforts.
    The Big Ideas:
    Connection Content: Share glimpses of your values and personality without revealing private details to build trust and likability with your audience.Brand Personality: Create a photography brand that reflects your values and personality, emphasizing connection with the audience over price or quality.Introverts in Business: Market with integrity, emphasize empathy, and cater to like-minded introverts in your marketing to build trust and loyalty.Authority Content: Utilize website for authority content to address buyer's questions and concerns, efficiently converting them into customers.Implementation Plan:
    1: Create Connection Content:
    Julie emphasizes the power of showing your personality and values through connection content to engage your audience, especially for family photographers. This approach helps clients feel like they know you, which can be a strong factor in their decision to book your services. Photographers can harness this insight by showcasing behind-the-scenes snippets of their work life, sharing personal but not private anecdotes, or even their philosophy on capturing precious family moments.
    Exercise: Share a brief story or insight on your social media that relates to why you love capturing family moments. It could be a throwback to your childhood family photos, a recent warm interaction with a client, or why you cherish the candid in-between moments. This helps potential clients see the person behind the lens and fosters a sense of familiarity and trust.
    2: Showcase Authority:
    As per Julie's experience, authority content might not rake in high engagement but is crucial for conversion. It establishes you as a knowledgeable expert, which can be especially persuasive when potential clients are considering who to trust with their memories.
    Exercise: Write a blog post or create an infographic for your website that answers a common photography-related question you've encountered, such as "How to prepare your kids for a photo session" or "The best time of day for outdoor family photos." Include helpful tips that showcase your expertise and experience.
    3: Embrace the Learning Curve: 
    There are so many advantages to the mistakes you make in the journey of growth as a photographer. For new photographers, this lesson is vital: being unafraid to make and learn from mistakes is what ultimately refines your craft.
    Exercise: Select a
    Grab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/
    Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/
    Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast!


    Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/
    Thanks for listening & keep shooting!

    • 47 min
    458: Rachael Boer - A Beginner's Guide to Marketing in Photography: Mastering the Art of Self-Promotion

    458: Rachael Boer - A Beginner's Guide to Marketing in Photography: Mastering the Art of Self-Promotion

    In  today's episode of the podcast, I chat with family, wedding, and headshot photographer Rachael Boer, who shares how to turn your photography passion into a thriving business starts with networking, managing fear, and delivering an exceptional client experience.
    The Big Ideas
    Cultivate Passion into Profit: Your enthusiasm for photography can attract clients; let your passion shine through.Embrace the Butterflies: Feeling nervous signals you care about your work; use it to fuel your drive for excellence.Client Experience is King: Provide memorable services that go beyond the photo, making your business unforgettable.Marketing is a Relationship Game: Build genuine connections and watch your client base grow organically.Action Plan:
    Build Your Portfolio: Arrange free photo sessions with friends and family to showcase your skills across a variety of subjects and settings.Develop Networking Skills: Attend local networking events, such as those hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, to connect with potential clients and other professionals.Overcome On-site Challenges: Practice shooting in unfamiliar environments, such as friends' homes, to become adaptable to varied lighting and space conditions.Market Your Services Creatively: Start gathering business cards at events and add new contacts to your mailing list for ongoing communication about your services and special offers.Invest in Self-Education: Dedicate time each week to reading books or online resources that cover both the technical aspects of photography and business operations, including marketing and sales.Resources:
    Rachael Boer's Website and Educational Resources: http://rachelboer.comGrab your free 52 Lightroom Presets athttp://freephotographypresets.com/
    Get Back your Family Time and Start Building Your Dream Photography Business for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/
    Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast!


    Join the free Beginner Photography Podcast Community at https://beginnerphotopod.com/group Send in your Photo Questions to get answered on the show - https://beginnerphotopod.com/qa Grab your free camera setting cheatsheet - https://perfectcamerasettings.com/
    Thanks for listening & keep shooting!

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

PJ shoots ,

A fantastic podcast

Found this while searching one day. A great show and a great community Learning environment. Have listen to some great advise and excellent guests

Ian Braithwaite ,

Great Podcast

Learn and expand you photography journey with Raymond and his guests. Great knowledge and tips found here.

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Popular, but still underrated

Hey Ray and the team, just thought I’d drop by and say thank you for all the info and conversation on all topics photography! As someone with ADHD, my attention and interests can change more than the weather, but photography has always been there on and off for the last ten or so years. Hitting 28 this year and hearing this podcast, all being that I’m (only) fifty or so episodes in, plus listening to the new ones I realise this is a passion I will follow and id just like to say a big thank you for alll the time and information you’re putting out for us all. I look forward to all the future podcasts and when I land the dream job in night club event work, I will be sure to hit you guys up with some progress. <3

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