65 episodes

If you’re looking for a supportive space to learn, grow and evolve as a photographer this podcast is for you! I’m Nicole Hill, your host, your peer AND your photography BFF.

As a fashion photographer, I’ve had my work in everything from magazine covers to campaigns around the world—And as an educator and creator of Horizon Found—I’ve helped thousands of women build photography businesses, gain confidence and find a joy they never thought was possible. They’ve transformed their lives through photography and I’m here to help you do the same.

Whether you’re a beginner photographer who just got their camera or an experienced professional looking for guidance to point you in the right direction, I’ve got you covered. My mission is to help you become the photographer you always dreamed of being, because I’m a firm believer that there’s enough room in this industry for every single one of us.

There are no secrets here! When you join me each week, you’ll learn through raw & real coaching, inspiration, guidance, strategies and actionable advice, to help you build the life of your dreams starting today. It’s time to let go of the stress, overwhelm and fear. Get ready to feel empowered, to laugh and to rethink everything you thought was possible, because you are capable of SO much more than you think.

Welcome to The Photographer’s Podcast!

The Photographer's Podcast Nicole Hill - Horizon Found Photography Education

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    • 4.9 • 76 Ratings

If you’re looking for a supportive space to learn, grow and evolve as a photographer this podcast is for you! I’m Nicole Hill, your host, your peer AND your photography BFF.

As a fashion photographer, I’ve had my work in everything from magazine covers to campaigns around the world—And as an educator and creator of Horizon Found—I’ve helped thousands of women build photography businesses, gain confidence and find a joy they never thought was possible. They’ve transformed their lives through photography and I’m here to help you do the same.

Whether you’re a beginner photographer who just got their camera or an experienced professional looking for guidance to point you in the right direction, I’ve got you covered. My mission is to help you become the photographer you always dreamed of being, because I’m a firm believer that there’s enough room in this industry for every single one of us.

There are no secrets here! When you join me each week, you’ll learn through raw & real coaching, inspiration, guidance, strategies and actionable advice, to help you build the life of your dreams starting today. It’s time to let go of the stress, overwhelm and fear. Get ready to feel empowered, to laugh and to rethink everything you thought was possible, because you are capable of SO much more than you think.

Welcome to The Photographer’s Podcast!

    64: *Student Success* How She Turned a Christmas Gift Into a Full Time Career With Claudia Segui

    64: *Student Success* How She Turned a Christmas Gift Into a Full Time Career With Claudia Segui

    I’m baaaaaackkkk (with two new best friends) ...
    You heard that right, The Photographer’s Podcast is BACK! 
    But before we get into it, I want to thank you for being here, for allowing me this season of rest as I adjust to this new mom life. I’d be lying if I said I was actually adjusted by now. This is a process that’s gonna take time, and I’m enjoying the freedom and flexibility I have as a photographer to take it all in without having to rush back into work. So, thank you.
    Being a photographer who’s in control of their own schedule, flexibility and freedom, is truly a gift. And I don’t take that lightly.
    I wanted to properly kick things off by welcoming TPP alumni Claudia Segui to the podcast!
    Claudia is an incredible wedding photographer originally from Cuba who’s currently living in South Florida. She is a mom of two, a wife, an inspiring artist and a hilarious, welcoming and talented photographer.
    Claudia never imagined she would become a photographer. She spent most days in the courtroom working as a stenographer. But when she found herself going through a tough time, feeling stressed out about her day job, her husband suggested photography as a release. After receiving a camera as a christmas gift, she was hooked, until she tried to use it…
    “I thought the camera was broken, I was like… it has to be, I can’t be that bad.”
    Then Claudia joined The Photographer’s Path… and everything changed.
    Today, she’s sharing exactly how much that Christmas gift changed her life.
    Claudia is a perfect example of what happens when you follow your inspiration.
    In this episode, she talks about:
    ➡️ How she booked her first wedding of 2024 in Hawaii
    ➡️ What she does to stand out as a photographer
    ➡️ How she breaks the ice with new clients to ensure a smooth wedding day
    ➡️ What she did to find her niche and style
    ➡️ Advice for aspiring photographers, and so much more...
    Check out Claudia's amazing work here: https://www.instagram.com/claudiaseguiphotography
    SIGN UP FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S PATH WAITLIST DOORS OPEN SPRING 2024: https://www.horizonfound.com/path
    GRAB OUR FREE MANUAL MODE CHEAT SHEET: https://resources.horizonfound.com/
    FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/horizonfound
    JOIN THE HORIZON FOUND COMMUNITY: https://www.facebook.com/groups/477523419716008/
    WHAT'S YOUR SECRET PHOTOGRAPHY SUPERPOWER? TAKE THE QUIZ! https://horizonfound.com/quiz

    • 1 hr 3 min
    63: What to Do When a Client Asks for Your RAW Files + WE'RE GOING ON A BREAK!

    63: What to Do When a Client Asks for Your RAW Files + WE'RE GOING ON A BREAK!

    Most photographers at one point or another have been hit with the dreaded question…
    “Hey, do you think you could send me the raw files from our shoot?!”
    It’s like a dagger in every photographer's heart…
    We’re immediately plagued with questions like…
    Did they hate the photos?
    Did they hate the editing?
    Did they hate the colors?!
    Do they hate ME?!
    It’s enough to make us spiral out of control.
    But it doesn’t have to be like that.
    I’ve experienced this question several times throughout my career and I’ve happily given clients my raw files, and I’ve happily NOT given clients my raw files.
    It’s a complicated question with so much to unpack, and it’s something many of my students in The Photographer’s Path have asked me about.
    So today I’m sharing my insight with you…
    Inside the episode you’ll find:
    Examples of what you can say when a client asks this question What this question really means about you as a photographer Advice on how to clearly communicate with your clients Tips on how to prevent this from happening again I’ve also got some big news I’m sharing in the episode as well
    ​News that involves our new social media course and how we’re gonna be approaching the podcast for the next two months...
    SIGN UP FOR THE WAITLIST FOR OUR SOCIAL MEDIA COURSE HERE  https://www.horizonfound.com/smc
    SIGN UP FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S PATH WAITLIST DOORS OPEN SPRING 2024: https://www.horizonfound.com/path
    GRAB OUR FREE MANUAL MODE CHEAT SHEET: https://resources.horizonfound.com/
    FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/horizonfound
    JOIN THE HORIZON FOUND COMMUNITY: https://www.facebook.com/groups/477523419716008/
    WHAT'S YOUR SECRET PHOTOGRAPHY SUPERPOWER? TAKE THE QUIZ! https://horizonfound.com/quiz

    • 49 min
    62: *Student Success* Less Time in the Office, More Time Behind the Lens: How She Made Her Career Pivot While Still Working Part-Time With Wedding Photographer Jordan Stratton

    62: *Student Success* Less Time in the Office, More Time Behind the Lens: How She Made Her Career Pivot While Still Working Part-Time With Wedding Photographer Jordan Stratton

    Get ready for the therapy session you didn’t realize you needed today!
    I’m so excited to be sharing an Instagram Live I had last month with the amazing Jordan Stratton, an alumni from The Photographer’s Path. Jordan is an incredible wedding photographer from Oklahoma and I can’t wait for you to get to know her today.
    Jordan started TPP in Fall of 2022. A few weeks after joining, she quit her full-time job of 8 years to pursue photography. Talk about a MAJOR CHANGE right?! Some of you might be sweating just thinking about this transition.
    But Jordan didn’t just blindly quit, she knew what she was doing. She quit her full-time job to work part-time while she actively pursued her photography dreams at the same time.
    But the best part?! She quit her part-time job and it only took her 8 months to become a FULL-TIME WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER! WHAT!?!
    Jordan's story is such an inspiration because it shows that there are so many different paths to take that can lead to your dreams and that not any one journey is the same as the next.
    You can make your dreams happen in a way that works for you.
    So, if photography is a dream in your heart, but quitting your day job seems out of reach, I hope this episode inspires you and shows you what’s possible when you say yes!!
    Check out Jordan's amazing work here: https://www.instagram.com/jstrattonphoto/
    SIGN UP FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S PATH WAITLIST DOORS OPEN SPRING 2024: https://www.horizonfound.com/path
    GRAB OUR FREE MANUAL MODE CHEAT SHEET: https://resources.horizonfound.com/
    FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/horizonfound
    JOIN THE HORIZON FOUND COMMUNITY: https://www.facebook.com/groups/477523419716008/
    WHAT'S YOUR SECRET PHOTOGRAPHY SUPERPOWER? TAKE THE QUIZ! https://horizonfound.com/quiz

    • 1 hr 55 min
    61: How to Beat Burnout as a Photographer

    61: How to Beat Burnout as a Photographer

    If I could have told myself a year ago that today I'd be pregnant with 2 biscuits, welcoming an incredible new group of students into TPP, and sitting on my deck outside my cabin in Big Sur on MY BABYMOON, I’d have burst into tears.
     
    It’s all I wanted, you know? And it is STILL what I want. I’m so grateful, and so thankful, and so looking forward to what life has in store coming up.
     
    But, guess what? As it happens, I’m burned out.
    Fulfilled? 10000% Yesssss.

    But exhausted and burned out? Yusssss.
     
    Which is why Dustin and I are in Big Sur right now for a little babymoon and a little refresher, and I feel lighter already.
     
    As you read this, I’m probably eating a donut, sitting on the redwood deck, listening to the birds enjoying a crisp, quiet morning. Or maybe we’re having dinner on the cliffs, watching the sunset. Or maybe I’m zoning out listening to the sound of the dirt under our feet on hikes and the birds in the trees… whatever it is I’m taking a breath. I’m letting myself take a break and let nature fill me back up.
     
    Because that’s what we have to do sometimes.
     
    Which is why this week I thought it was the perfect time to dive deep into burnout on this week’s episode of the podcast.
     
    Because here’s the thing: Even though we LOVE the work we do — burnout still exists.
     
    And we owe it to ourselves to know how to support ourselves, to connect back to the things we love, and to feel better.
     
    So on this episode, you’ll hear:
    My own experience(s) — because there are several, trust me — with burnout How to zone in on your priorities (and align your life and business with them) A reminder that it’s okay feel burnout, it doesn’t mean photography isn’t meant for you And, more than anything, I hope this episode reminds you that you owe yourself MORE than living a life where your tank is always on empty and your lights are always flickering.
     
    Because you do.
     
    Please don’t sell yourself short of that, okay?
    SIGN UP FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S PATH WAITLIST DOORS OPEN SPRING 2024: https://www.horizonfound.com/path
    GRAB OUR FREE MANUAL MODE CHEAT SHEET: https://resources.horizonfound.com/
    FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/horizonfound
    JOIN THE HORIZON FOUND COMMUNITY: https://www.facebook.com/groups/477523419716008/
    WHAT'S YOUR SECRET PHOTOGRAPHY SUPERPOWER? TAKE THE QUIZ! https://horizonfound.com/quiz

    • 33 min
    60: I Cheated Death Location Scouting in Indonesia...

    60: I Cheated Death Location Scouting in Indonesia...

    Yes, you read that right.

    I dunno about you, but lately I've been feeling exhaused. I don't know if it's pregnancy exhaustion, work exhaustion, end of summer exhaustion, or all of the above ... but I've been tired. 
    So today, I thought it'd be fun to change the pace around here a little bit... 

    Today I'm sharing an epic adventure from the most challenging/dangerous experience I've ever encountered while location scouting.

    *hint* - poisonous sea snake, komodo dragons and getting lost at sea. 
    In this episode, we're diving deep into the importance of location scouting and the preparation that needs to take place BEFORE your photoshoots. Location Scouting is an important part of the planning process that many photographers overlook—don't be one to skip this critical element! 
    Link to blog with photos from this experience https://horizonfound.com/location-scouting-komodo-islands/
    SIGN UP FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S PATH WAITLIST DOORS OPEN SPRING 2024: https://www.horizonfound.com/path
    GRAB OUR FREE MANUAL MODE CHEAT SHEET: https://resources.horizonfound.com/
    FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/horizonfound
    JOIN THE HORIZON FOUND COMMUNITY: https://www.facebook.com/groups/477523419716008/
    WHAT'S YOUR SECRET PHOTOGRAPHY SUPERPOWER? TAKE THE QUIZ! https://horizonfound.com/quiz

    • 43 min
    59: *Student Success* How She Quit Her Job of 10 Years to Become a Full-Time Portrait Photographer with Jennifer Morris

    59: *Student Success* How She Quit Her Job of 10 Years to Become a Full-Time Portrait Photographer with Jennifer Morris

    Today we're chatting with The Photographer’s Path Alumni, Jennifer Morris.
    It’s time for a raw honest conversation about life, business, and the process of leaving her full-time job of 10 years to become a photographer.
    Jenni is an amazing lifestyle photographer — she shoots families, newborns and portraits. She is all about authenticity and capturing life’s most precious moments.
    But Jenni's story didn’t come without its ups and downs. One in particular was in May of 2022, when Jenni was asked to set up a booth at an event to offer some mini sessions, she had an entire backdrop set up, she was ready, she was excited, she thought this was going to be a big moment for her and… no one signed up.
    "I was posting about it saying this is going to be so great. And no one signed up, I was so embarrassment.”That’s when Jenni realized, and these are the pivotal moments in a photographers career, the moments where you can choose to keep going or give up."
    This “failure” quickly became one of the most pivotal moments in Jenni’s career.
    “If I would have stopped at that moment I would not be here.”
    Fast forward to March of 2023, Jenni signed up for The Photographer’s Path and only FIVE MONTHS later she quit her job of 10 YEARS as a dental hygienist to become a FULL-TIME Photographer! Talk about transformation!
    If you’re feeling stuck at your current job, wondering if photography is something that’s right for you, I hope this episode gives you hope for what’s possible when you believe in yourself and go after your dreams.
    Check out Jenni's amazing work here
    https://www.instagram.com/jennifermorrisphotography/
    https://jennifermorrisphotography.zenfoliosite.com/
    SIGN UP FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S PATH WAITLIST DOORS OPEN SPRING 2024: https://www.horizonfound.com/path
    GRAB OUR FREE MANUAL MODE CHEAT SHEET: https://resources.horizonfound.com/
    FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/horizonfound
    JOIN THE HORIZON FOUND COMMUNITY: https://www.facebook.com/groups/477523419716008/
    WHAT'S YOUR SECRET PHOTOGRAPHY SUPERPOWER? TAKE THE QUIZ! https://horizonfound.com/quiz

    • 1 hr 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

mrochoa21 ,

I’ve Learned So Much!!

Nicole is an amazing photographer who knows her stuff!! She is such an inspiration and gives you a wealth of knowledge in each episode. She is also an amazing light of encouragement and a genuinely kind soul. Listening to the podcast is like listening to stories from a friend, she’s so clear and easy to understand when she breaks down technical stuff and is a fun and vibrant storyteller! Hands down the best photography podcast out there!!

Rai5632 ,

Nicole is Amazing!

This podcast is so good! Nicole is not only an amazing photographer who gives tons of tips and technical knowledge, she is also so inspirational! She is everyone’s ultimate hype-girl and you can tell that it’s genuine too- she truly wants everyone to succeed in this life and is trying to do everything she can to help us all!

Renata Rose ,

Photographer base camp ❤️

This podcast is like photographer base camp - no matter what I’m preparing for or curious about going out on my own, Nicole and the TPP fam are always there with great advice and a kind word to come back to when I need it. This is also one of the few podcasts I’ve found I can really listen to out of order and pick and choose what I want to listen to and when (although I do tune in weekly most times!) Nicole gives the best pep talks, is an incredible story teller, and guides photographers of all experience levels through things we face every day in this wild and wonderful line of work and art. A must-listen for anyone who’s thought about picking up a camera or shoots every day, hobbyists and professionals alike! Would recommend to a friend 10/10

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