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As creative freelancers, it can be a lonely and isolating place running your own business. The Photo Report focuses on the art and business of photography with interviews of top photographers talking the journey the've been on to get where they are.

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As creative freelancers, it can be a lonely and isolating place running your own business. The Photo Report focuses on the art and business of photography with interviews of top photographers talking the journey the've been on to get where they are.

    045 - Level up your Business with Sam Jacobson

    045 - Level up your Business with Sam Jacobson

    "If you're not good at running the business side of things, you are pretty much just spending a bunch of time in a hobby." - Sam Jacobson

    How do you get to the next level?

    Sam Jacobson will dive deep into this topic. Sam is a wedding sales expert. He guides pros in all fields and markets to get website visitors to become clients.

    You will hear him share how you can go from a $6,500 price range to the $10,000 price range.

    Also, Sam will teach you on how to answer client’s pricing questions.

    Lastly, you will hear important information about the whole sales process and how to approach customers or clients that you are trying to sell to.  

    Enjoy!

    In this episode, Sam discusses


    The importance of understanding a buyer’s journey stages

    How to respond to pricing questions

    Proven ways to make you stand out from competitors

    One key to improving the buyer experience

    How to take your business to the next level


    Resources:

    https://www.ideactionconsulting.com/freeadvice

    Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller
    Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller
    Building a StoryBrand with Donald Miller

    The SPIN Selling Fieldbook: Practical Tools, Methods, Exercises, and Resources by Neil Rackham

    CustomerCentric Selling by Michael Bosworth



    Connect with Sam:

    Website -https://www.ideactionconsulting.com

    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ideactionconsulting/


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    • 37 min
    044 - Running a Profitable Business with Jenni Thye

    044 - Running a Profitable Business with Jenni Thye

    "Always evaluate your past in order to take steps towards your future" - Jenni Tyhe

    How am I going to be profitable is an important question that gets overlooked often.

    Jenni Thye tackles those big questions in today's episode.

    Jenni is an Arizona based wedding planner. She has a background in pre-law, teaching, and event planning.

    In this episode, Jenni discusses

    - How she works as an event planner while taking her pre-law degree. 

    - Transitioning from being an educator to starting her own business.  

    - Jenni’s market research on wedding planning before starting her own business plan. 

    - Her anxiety about the idea of, “this one person who was a wedding planner”. 

    - Why she prefers having team members than working independently.


    Enjoy!

    Follow Jenni Tyhe on Instagram: @imoni_events

    Visit her website at http://imonievents.com/


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    • 48 min
    043 How to Rise Above the Competition with Lance Nicoll

    043 How to Rise Above the Competition with Lance Nicoll

    "Your being successful at that thing, your failing at that thing, that's not who you are, whether you want it to be or not. You're a million other things" - Lance Nicoll

    Have you ever tried to tackle the bigger questions about failure, success, and the journey to rise against the competition?

    Lance Nicoll tackles those big questions in today's episode.

    Lance is a New Orleans based wedding photographer. He has a background in teaching, graphic arts, and competitive wrestling.



    In this episode, Lance discusses 

    - How he started as a graphic designer and as an educator and how he transitioned into photography.

    - The struggle of booking gigs as a freelance photographer.

    - Shooting for himself and what drives him as a photographer to create amazing images.

    - Developing his brand and the search for his ideal client.

    - His views on success and failure, and how it has changed over time.



    Enjoy! 



    Follow Lance Nicoll on Instagram: @lancenicoll

    Visit his website at https://lancenicoll.com/ 


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    • 1 hr 18 min
    042 Embracing Your Balance with Nikki Santerre

    042 Embracing Your Balance with Nikki Santerre

    "My mother is my best friend. She is my hero. I strive every day to be more like her." - Nikki Santerre.

    Nothing can compare to being a mother, and capturing that experience on film is not an easy task. Ever wondered how a professional does it?

    In this episode, Nikki discusses her process of capturing the season of motherhood and her own experience as a mother.

    Nikki is a Virginia based fine art/film hybrid photographer. She specializes in shooting weddings and portraits of mothers and their babies.



    In this episode, Nikki talks about:

    - How she got started with motherhood photoshoots after her own struggles with infertility. 

    - Her unique way of capturing the season of motherhood in her shoots 

    - Elevating her brand to the next level 

    - Co-founding The Hybrid Atelier, an educational platform for photographers who are interested in hybrid photography 

    - Nikki’s description of her ideal photography client 

    - The joys of being a mother and how she deals with the challenges it brings 

    - Balancing and loving being a photographer and a mother



    Enjoy!

    Follow Nikki Santerre on Instagram: @nikkisanterre

    Visit her website at https://nikkisanterre.com/


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    • 1 hr 18 min
    041 Creating Client Experience with Chris J. Evans

    041 Creating Client Experience with Chris J. Evans

    “When they are able to look at a photo of themselves, and they see something in that image, a reflection of themselves that they have never seen before, that is what inspires me to just literally go to work every single day.” - Chris J Evans



    Ever wondered how professionals handle high volume wedding shoots and still deliver a unique experience to clients?



    Chris J Evans will answer that, and more in today's episode.



    With over a hundred wedding shoots every year, photographer Chris J Evans and his amazing crew have found their success in Maui, Hawaii.  A fashion photographer and a former touring musician, Chris creates a unique experience for his wedding shoots.



    In this episode, Chris J. Evans talks about

    - Starting his company and growing his wedding photography business.

    - The workflow and the art of managing his time to accommodate the high volume wedding shoots that his company does every year.

    - Learn how being a musician has helped Chris present himself and the experience he brings as a wedding photographer.

    - Chris discusses the challenges that come with the high volume wedding and how his crew helps him handle that.

    - Discover how Chris established his style, look, and voice in the wedding photography world.

    - Find out how Chris manages work-life balance amidst his tight work schedule.

    - Chris talks about how building relationships with the community continues to inspire him and keeps him from burning out.



    Enjoy!



    Follow Chris J. Evans on Instagram: @chrisjevansphoto

    Visit his website at https://www.chrisjevans.com/


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    • 32 min
    040 Sparking Creativity with Wendy Laurel

    040 Sparking Creativity with Wendy Laurel

    "If you don't push boundaries, you're going nowhere." - Wendy Laurel.



    Have you ever wondered how experimental photography could boost your creativity and add a range of emotions on your photos?



    Wonder no more, this episode Wendy will answer it for you. 



    As a Maui based photographer, she shoots for weddings, families, and local clients throughout Hawaii. Wendy expresses her creativity through experimental photography that she achieves over a variety of techniques that she discusses in detail on this episode.



    In this episode, Wendy Laurel discusses

    - How she uses experimental photography to heighten the emotion in her shots.

    - Learn Wendy's methodology on how she delivers her clients’ expectations while adding in her own creative style

    - Getting started with experimental photography through lomos, holgas, light leaks, cross processing, and film souping

    - Find out the art of pushing boundaries to keep your shoots fresh

    - Discover how to have fun and enjoy photography 



    Prepare to be inspired!



    Follow Wendy Laurel on Instagram: @wendylaurel

    Visit her website at https://www.wendylaurel.com/ 


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    • 35 min

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