123 episodes

Join us for a candid conversation about photography and business. We are women entrepreneurs who talk about business, networking, workflow, client relationships and more. We're not afraid to share our own ups and downs and we'll help you tackle yours. We'll have guest speakers & answer listener questions, all while giving you tips & tricks to help get you through the year! Hosted by Kate Mills (San Diego based portrait photographer) & Julie Ferneau (San Diego and destination wedding photographer)

PhotoSpark Julie Ferneau & Kate Mills

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.9, 85 Ratings

Join us for a candid conversation about photography and business. We are women entrepreneurs who talk about business, networking, workflow, client relationships and more. We're not afraid to share our own ups and downs and we'll help you tackle yours. We'll have guest speakers & answer listener questions, all while giving you tips & tricks to help get you through the year! Hosted by Kate Mills (San Diego based portrait photographer) & Julie Ferneau (San Diego and destination wedding photographer)

    Episode 122: Diversity, Inclusivity, & Allyship

    Episode 122: Diversity, Inclusivity, & Allyship

    As business owners, it can be scary to be vocal about "controversial" topics. However, it's important to note that issues like race, human rights, and social justice are NOT controversial. They are incredibly important to recognize, talk about, and continue to educate ourselves on. We've always spoken the importance of letting your values show in your business, and standing up for what you believe it. With the current climate, it's even MORE so. We looked around recently & realized our photography community here in San Diego is VERY predominantly white. We've joined the conversation on ways to fix that, but honestly, we didn't really know the right way to go about it. And, we figured, as 2 white people, we definitely are not qualified to lead this discussion. We brought in Renata Williams of Lebanon Valley College & Faith Tiemann of SUNY Oneonta to help us break down exactly HOW to have conversations about diversity, be more inclusive, & talk about race in general.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 121: PhotoSpark Updates & What's To Come!

    Episode 121: PhotoSpark Updates & What's To Come!

    Hello everyone! We missed you! Truth be told, we are both going through some crazy changes in our lives & schedules, and point blank, we've kinda ignored the podcast. We are SO sorry we've left you hanging, but we are back & we have some awesome episodes on the way!
    We just wanted to update you guys with what we've been up to & our stance on things like the EIDL loan, unemployment, and social distancing sessions/weddings. There is a LOT going on in the world today, and we are here for it and for YOU!

    • 41 min
    Episode 120: Front Porch Sessions- Do or Don't?

    Episode 120: Front Porch Sessions- Do or Don't?

    Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple weeks, you've likely seen Front Porch Sessions on Facebook. These are professional sessions of families at home on their porch. They've been highly controversial in the photography world; some people are loving them & finding ways to supplement their income or donate profits to causes, and other people are slamming them HARD, saying they are unprofessional and even illegal. So where do we lie on Front Porch Sessions? Are these a do or a don't?

    • 27 min
    Coronavirus Series PART 2- Contracts, communication, & cash flow

    Coronavirus Series PART 2- Contracts, communication, & cash flow

    In Part Two of our Coronavirus Series, we chat with Braden Drake all about contracts, client communication, & cash flow. He brought super valuable information to this show, and helped us with things we should add to our contracts for the future, ways to speak with your clients about your policies, and ways to help your cash flow during the Coronavirus crisis.

    • 32 min
    Coronavirus Series PART 1- Survival Tips for Photographers

    Coronavirus Series PART 1- Survival Tips for Photographers

    We don't even really know where to begin! We do know that COVID19 is a topic on everyone's mind, and we don't want to add to the panic or give anyone anxiety, but the truth of the matter is it's affecting small businesses on a level we've never seen before, and we know you're likely being affected. Wedding & portrait photographers alike are dealing with cancellations, reschedules, and a decline in inquiries. We wanted to reach out to you & provide some help and encouragement. Here are some survival tips for photographers dealing with COVID19.

    • 32 min
    BONUS EPISODE: Website launch & rapid fire questions w/ Julie!

    BONUS EPISODE: Website launch & rapid fire questions w/ Julie!

    We are SO excited to launch our brand new website redesign today! We didn't have a regular episode scheduled but we decided to pop on really quick to chat about the rebrand & as a bonus, throw Julie Ferneau some random rapid fire questions!

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

JoshCrist ,

Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🙌

Whether you’re well established as a photographer, or just getting started carving out a profitable niche that’s ready to grow - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Julie and Kate do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving photography business, and life you can be proud of - from leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

Desi Bueno ,

I’m living and breathing everything PhotoSpark!!!

I am almost 2 years into my business venture of photography, and I am so thankful for this podcast! So much wisdom handed down through the podcast and it also has me literally laughing and agreeing/ talking to my self out loud. I’m in the middle of binge listening and so happy there will be a season 3 even though I’m not done yet with 2. You ladies rock!!!!!

Alicia States ,

So valuable!

I’ve been looooving this podcast! As a photography business owner this is informative, inspiring and encouraging!

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