140 episodes

A Business Podcast for Creatives: including interviews of successful entrepreneurs, business advice, and a ton of stories on failures and lessons learned. This podcast is dedicated to embracing imperfection and pushing others to pursue their creative passion!

Mistakes Make Magic Catherine Guidry: Entrepreneur and Photographer

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 119 Ratings

A Business Podcast for Creatives: including interviews of successful entrepreneurs, business advice, and a ton of stories on failures and lessons learned. This podcast is dedicated to embracing imperfection and pushing others to pursue their creative passion!

    141: How to Put Together a Wedding Photography Timeline

    141: How to Put Together a Wedding Photography Timeline

    Have you ever felt super nervous trying to create a wedding timeline and shot list? 😓 Not every wedding will come with a wedding planner so it’s important we know how to step up and take on this task.

    I know how that feels. I’ve been there! But I’m here to tell you that every bit of planning and preparation is worth it! I’ve been photographing weddings for a while – almost 15 years – so it’s safe to say I’ve created a timeline or two.

    If you’re early on in your career and you’ve never put a timeline together, this week’s YouTube video is what you need.

    In the video, you’ll learn:

    📸 my step-by-step process to creating a timeline📸 the logistics and “what-if?” answers you need for a calm, easy wedding day📸 a sample timeline and shot list you can steal for YOUR clients!

    • 14 min
    140: Wedding Photography for Beginners: What to Know Before Your First Wedding

    140: Wedding Photography for Beginners: What to Know Before Your First Wedding

    Are you preparing to photograph your first ever wedding?!

    I know what that feels like. Even though my very first wedding was in the Fall of 2008 and it feels like AGES ago… I can still remember all the events of that day like it was yesterday.

    I still remember the feeling of being SO nervous, but absolutely loving it. I knew deep down this was what I wanted to do.

    And if you’re reading this, I have no doubt you know this is what you want to do, too! 📸

    If you’re preparing to photograph your first wedding, this week’s YouTube video for you. In the video, you’ll learn:

    📸 Everything I talk to the client about before the wedding (so you’re prepared for anything!)📸 How to work with a wedding planner so everyone’s on the same page📸 My best tips for rave client reviews and referrals in the weeks following the wedding

    • 18 min
    139: Voxer: The Communication App You Need

    139: Voxer: The Communication App You Need

    Whether you’re a business owner, a creative, or someone in the wedding photography industry, I want to share my favorite communication app with you – because I KNOW you can benefit from it! (I am in no way affiliated with this company; I am only sharing because I love it that much!)

    Voxer is like if iMessage and a walkie-talkie had a baby… but with so many benefits! In this week’s YouTube video, you’ll get:

    📸 why Voxer is perfect for communicating with big groups of wedding photographers, vendors, friends, and family📸 how to utilize the app for big projects and long conversations📸 why you need Voxer to keep track of your ideas on the go

    • 9 min
    138: 8 Ways to Improve Your Flatlays

    138: 8 Ways to Improve Your Flatlays

    Do you struggle to make flatlays? Are you unsure how to style your images in a beautiful, eye-catching, and consistent way? Your clients will want to remember every detail of their special day. They’ll want to see the textures on the invitation and the fonts that were used… and it’s our responsibility as photographers to make sure we capture that.

    After many years of trial and error, I’ve figured out some flatlay hacks that have made everything easier! Today, I’ll give you my best tips on how to improve your flatlays to create strong images your clients will cherish. In this week’s YouTube video, you’ll learn:

    🌹the best way to get great lighting 🌹my best tools for gorgeous flatlays (with money-saving tips!)🌹the easiest ways to make your flatlays look more professional

    • 10 min
    137: 5 Must-Have Tips to Uplevel Your Photography Business

    137: 5 Must-Have Tips to Uplevel Your Photography Business

    Can I let you in on a secret?

    Whether you’ve been in business for 1 year, 5 years, or 30 years… there’s ALWAYS room to learn, improve, and grow your photography business!

    And if you ever get to a place where you feel like you’ve “made it” and there’s nothing else to learn… well, you might as well just assume the business is on its way out 🤷🏼‍♀️

    If you want to take your wedding photography business to the next level, here are my 5 MUST-HAVES to make that growth 🌱

    In the video, you’ll get the:

    👉🏼   key to getting client raving reviews and referrals👉🏼   best programs to streamline client organization👉🏼   ways you can get inspired and reinvigorated in your business

    • 9 min
    136: Everything You Need to Know to Become a Full Time Wedding Photographer

    136: Everything You Need to Know to Become a Full Time Wedding Photographer

    Congratulations to you! 🥳 If you’re here, you’ve either started a wedding photography business, or you’re considering starting one! And if you’re the latter, consider this a nudge in the right direction. 😉 After photographing weddings for 15 years, I can say it’s an incredibly rewarding career. It has truly changed my heart, and become a very profitable and sustainable business. It’s allowed me to work full time, buy our home, and do things I’ve always dreamed of doing. If you follow the steps necessary to become a full time wedding photographer, I know this can happen for you, too! But it’s important to start your business off on the right foot.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

MrsDollyMama ,

Love this Podcast

I am so happy I discovered Catherine’s podcast! I happened to find it because I am a working mom with a full time family branding photography business and I loved her episode where she had a panel of other working moms who are also juggling running successful businesses.

It was incredibly encouraging to listen to, and it was a great reminder that I am not alone in my business journey (there are other moms out there too who are in the same boat as me!)

Thank you Catherine!

ChrisTina Marie 805 ,

Love love love

I've really taken alot away from this podcast. There is alot of tangible advice and motivation that failures are just getting you closer to a better success. Catherine conducts the interviews flawlessly, love her questions and conversations with her guests.

Twinfiddler2 ,

Most Well Rounded Business Podcast

This has got to be one of the most enjoyable ways to learn about running a small business. Although geared toward photographers, there are so many other aspects that are covered in the interviews that are conducted. I have learned so much and been so inspired by every one of these episodes, whether in my field of family photography or not. Give it a listen; you won’t be disappointed!

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