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Show 11: So much to do but so little time!

13 Mar

This week’s show is all about time management. As emerging photographers, we are often starting our business alongside an existing career and as we also have personal commitments thrown into the mix too, it can get pretty stressful and its easy to feel pretty overwhelmed with everything we have to do. So either if you’re an emerging photographer experiencing these kinds of issues or already running a successful business, but still cannot see the wood for the trees, this show is just for you!

Firstly, joining me this week is Dr Mike Clayton. Mike is a successful speaker and author of such fantastic books as Brilliant Time Management and Brilliant Influence which have proved hugely successful in the business community. Mike will be guiding us through some useful ideas and practices for taking a step back and re-evalutating what we should be doing, rather than what we think we should be doing.

Then we have emerging photographer Claudia Carter from Carter Imaging in Edinburgh, UK. Claudia has set herself the target of building up a strong portfolio in order to form a business in 2011. Alongside this Claudia also runs Photography Events UK, a fantastic resource for the photographic community whereby photographers can locate photography related events in the UK.

As always, we’d love to hear your questions for any of my guests. You can connect with us by tweeting your questions to @photonightlive by 5pm (GMT) on Monday 11th April 2011 with the hashtag #Time.

The show will go out on Friday 15th April from 7pm (GMT).

We’d also absolutely love to hear your views, comments and feedback on this show, so please leave your comments in the space below.


Show 08: Blogging 101 – Showcasing your life online

11 Mar

This week’s show is all about Blogging! As Photographers, a regular blog is so integral to our armoury it can often be overwhelming when starting out as it is all about, of course, putting yourself out there.

And boy have I gone to the top of the tree with this one!…..thank me later.. ;-)

Firstly, joining me this week is the uber-blogger herself Kat Williams from the hugely successful Rock n Roll Bride. Kat will be taking us through her rise to becoming one of the world’s most influential bloggers whilst answering some of our questions and throwing some advice in for good measure.

Then we have the fantastic Ali Lovegrove from Ali Lovegrove Photography. Ali is an emerging photographer from Lincoln, UK who has quickly built up an impressive portfolio and blog, showcasing her love of photography. Ali contacted me earlier this week after Kat and I put a few Tweets out asking for guys to come forward who were in the early days of their blogging and really could do with some guidance. We were so impressed with Ali’s submission that we just had to introduce her to you guys.

(Also a BIG thank you to all of you who also sent submissions in to me. You should have all got an email back now, so like I say, if you wanna be involved in a future show, I’d LOVE to hear your ideas).

As always, we’d love to hear your questions for any of my guests. You can connect with us by tweeting your questions to @photonightlive by 5pm (GMT) on Wednesday 23rd March 2011.

The show will go out on Friday 25th March from 7pm (GMT).

We’d also absolutely love to hear your views, comments and feedback on this show, so please leave your comments in the space below.

*Picture of Kat Williams courtesy of Devlin Photos.


Show 07: How not to be like everybody else and succeed as YOU!

10 Mar

This week’s show is all about succeeding as YOU! As emerging photographers, we sometimes get too caught up in ‘what we should be doing’ to be successful. With everyone having an opinion as you frantically find your feet, it can be pretty overwhelming and a lot of the time we miss the fact that the only way we can truly be successful both professionally and personally is when we are ourselves.

This week, it’s a little bit different. No emerging photographers, but two guys at the top of their game who I just HAD to pull together for this discussion!

Firstly, joining me this week is David Esquire from Esquire Photography. David is an awesome wedding photographer from Orange County, USA who has a larger than life, fun persona which is really infectious and great to be around. With a photographic background spanning three decades, David’s career has seen him photograph weddings, veer off into another direction photographing extreme sports in the 90’s and then back again shooting weddings bringing a fabulous signature style and ‘good time guy’ attitude in all that he does.

Then we have the ace Richard P Walton from Photo Graffiti in Newport, South Wales. Richard has had an amazing start to his career seeing him receive commissions from fashion magazines, high street clothing and footwear brands as well as many fashion assignments for Voice magazine and also MTV. In January this year, Richard was also crowned ‘Overall Portrait Winner’ of the International SWPP 20×16 Print Competition 2011. His no holds-barred approach to what he does allows him to keep producing his signature style of imagery which continues to gain him both artistic and commercial praise.

We’d also absolutely love to hear your views, comments and feedback on this show, so please leave your comments in the space below.


Show 06: So You Want to be a Boudoir Photographer?

6 Mar

This week’s show is all about Boudoir Photography. It’s a genre that I’m seeing more and more existing photographers branching out to, so I’m really excited about the three guests we have on this week.

We will be discussing all you need to know from starting out, making the right connections and having the right attitude, all the way through to getting those all important shoots themselves.

Firstly, joining me this week are not one, but TWO fabulous guests! I’m so stoked to really have some of the best boudoir photographers on the planet in Marissa Boucher & Kimberlee West, owners & creators of THE BOUDOIR DIVAS studio in San Diego, USA. These ladies have a truly awesome portfolio, run a very successful studio and also provide some fantastic resources for upcoming boudoir photographers.

Then we have emerging boudoir photographer Sara Thomas from from Suffolk, UK. You may have already come across Sara’s work as she is already an awesome wedding and portrait photographer with a beautiful, timeless style to her work. Sara is now wanting to branch out into offering boudoir photography to her female clients, so I’m sure she’ll have a ton of questions to ask Marissa and Kimberlee.

We’d love to hear your views, comments and feedback on this show, so please leave your comments in the space below.


Show 05: PNL Essentials – Book Keeping, Accountancy & Tax

28 Feb


This weeks show is the first of a new type of feature that we’ll be running every now and then called ‘PNL Essentials’. The purpose of these shows will be for me to just sit down with a service professional that we deal with from time to time in the photo industry to give you guys a good basic grounding on their services and to give YOU GUYS the chance to tweet in any questions you may have that are currently on your mind.

In the future I’ll be chatting with Wedding Planners, Web Designers, Marketers, Album Designers, Album Suppliers etc etc to give you guys good basic knowledge of the services they provide in the industry. Basically, its the kind of resource that I would have given my right arm for when starting out as many are not regularly published in the photographic media.

So, this week we’ll be bringing the sexy back to all things book keeping, accounting and Tax related! Its one of those areas which send most photographers running at the first mention, so we’re going to be breaking it down for you and giving you some awesome content to take away.

We are going to be joined by Keith Mortimer, a qualified accountant and partner of Kathryn Andrews over at Willow Tree Photography in Hampshire, UK.

As always, I’d love to hear your comments and feedback AND feel free to carry on the conversation! You can do all this by using the comments area below. Enjoy! RD


Show 04: Creating Opportunity (..and other leaps of faith)

21 Feb

Hey Guys, this week’s show is all about seizing the moment, creating opportunity and being in control of your own destiny.

Joining me this week is Emma Case, the awesome wedding photographer from Birmingham, UK. Emma’s distinctive vintage style made her an overnight sensation on the blogs after she submitted her images from a friends wedding to Kat at Rock n Roll Bride. From this point onwards, the work started pouring in and she is currently one of the most followed wedding photographers online.

Then we have emerging photographer Kerrie Mitchell, from Essex, UK. Kerrie is a fantastic Wedding & Portrait Photographer who, like Emma, is relatively new to the industry but is quickly building a fantastic body of work with her own signature style.

We’d also absolutely love to hear your views, comments and feedback on this show, so please leave your comments in the space below.


Show 03: Karma Community

11 Feb

Please Note: So this week I had my first international show. We experienced some bandwidth issues and so some of the audio in the show above is a little noisy. I’m going to be working on that this week to try and clean it up a little better in order to re-post, but please feel free to check out the above, in the mean time, if you want to just crank up the volume at your end. Thanks for your patience, RD.

This week’s show is all about giving back and the positive impact it can have on both those around you and your own life and business. We’ll also be talking about how you can use social media to leverage these pursuits to their full advantage.

Joining me this week is Dane Sanders, an international wedding photographer, author and educator from Newport Beach, USA, who will soon be over in the UK for a fantastic speaking event and two-day workshop.

In 2010, Photo District News named Dane Sanders one of the 30 most influential living photographers of the last decade. He has been featured in numerous publications including Rangefinder and Professional Photographer magazines and has also produced hundreds of video podcasts – including his free weekly AskDane.com broadcast – to help photographers get the essential insights and tools they need to flourish as professional creatives.

Dane is the author of two books: Fast Track Photographer: Leverage Your Unique Strengths for a More Successful Photography Business and The Fast Track Photographer Business Plan: Build a Successful Photography Venture from the Ground Up – both published by Amphoto/Random House. He’s also the creator of the Photographer DNA (pDNA) and Business Stress Test (bST) assessment tools.

Then we have emerging Wedding photographer and podcaster Adam Hobden, from Essex, UK. Adam is a pro-active Wedding Photographer and more recently Podcaster with his successful podcast The ‘Wedding Photography Business’ which charts his progress in the industry and has proven a real hit with up and coming photographers who can relate to his real-life experiences.

We’d also absolutely love to hear your views, comments and feedback on this show, so please leave your comments in the space below.


Show 02: So You Want to be a Live Music Photographer?

5 Feb


This week’s show is all about live music photography. It’s something that I’m really passionate about and so I’m really excited the two guests we have on. We will be discussing all you need to know from starting out, making the right connections and having the right attitude, all the way through to getting those all important gigs themselves.

Firstly, joining me this week is pro live music photographer Steve Gerrard, who in the past has photographed the likes of U2, Jay-Z, Kings of Leon & Elton John to name but a few, for publications like Kerrang!, NME & Rocksound magazine. Steve is based in Birmingham, UK and is also the founder of Birmingham Live which was launched to help upcoming music photographers and writers gain exposure. Steve is also a prolific Wedding & Portrait photographer.

Then we have emerging music photographer Jenn O’Neill from Bury St Edmunds, UK. Jenn has already been making waves with her photography, seeing her photograph the likes of Grace Jones, The Editors & Florence and the Machine. Jenn has also already had work published in The Sun Newspaper & BBC Online.

As mentioned on the show, Steve runs some fantastic workshops from his studio in Birmingham on both music photography and wedding photography, so if you’d like to take your skills to the next level – check them out!

We’d also absolutely love to hear your views, comments and feedback on this show, so please leave your comments in the space below.

Photo of Jenn O’Neil courtesy of ‘Flob’


Show 01 : The Importance of Training

31 Jan

This week’s show is all about training. Whether it be practical photography training or learning how to shape your business, a good training foundation is key when starting out as a photographer.

Joining me this week is pro wedding photographer Jeff Turnbull, who also runs Excel Photography Training in Essex, UK and emerging pro photographer James Neale who is based in Norfolk, UK.

I hope you enjoy this week’s show and would love to hear your comments/feedback by using the comments section below.


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