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The Media 1099 Podcast

The Media 1099 Podcast

By Media 1099
The Media 1099 Podcast is created for the freelance photographer and videographer in mind. With freelancing becoming a more and more dominant presence in the industry, understanding the road of a 1099 life is all the more important. Join us for insight on industry trends, business practices, and insightful interviews with top level creatives. Episodes include topics such as photography, videography, content creation, marketing, branding, pricing, copyrighting, licensing, intellectual property, negotiation, insurance, sole proprietorship, entrepreneurship, personal finance, and taxation.
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Tyler Douglas Interview
Tyler Douglas is an experienced art director and sports & active lifestyle photographer, specializing in peak athletic expression in the outdoors and environmental portraits.  We sat down with him to talk about photography, art direction and his creative process in the field. @la_photog_tyler
January 12, 2021
Lifestyle Photography with Genevieve Davis
What does it take to kickstart a photography career?  Today we talk to lifestyle photographer, Genevieve Davis, about how her passion for motorcycles and travel opened up the doors to a flourishing photography career.  Talking Points:  How connecting with projects you are passionate about will create opportunities.  "an object in motion, stays in motion". How freelance life requires mentally preparing for a slow time, for a long time. Why creating high value starts with your self perception first. IG: @genevieve_davis
September 15, 2020
Media 1099 Book Club #3
Similar to having accountability partners, creating your very own book club can be a great way to stay motivated in your self-education.  Today, we're going over some of the books that have stuck with us this year.  
August 26, 2020
"Creating a Fantastic Wedding Experience for Your Client" with Amber Garrett
How do I create a client-experience so positive, that 3rd party marketing organically does all the work for me?  In our latest creative interview with Las Vegas wedding-photojournalist, Amber Garrett, we discuss how she built her wedding photography business from the ground up and what it takes to deliver a unique and valuable experience for your couples. Website: Instagram: @ambergarrettphoto Facebook: Amber Garrett Photography Twitter: @amgarrettphoto Amber's Wedding Photography Mentorship 👉👉👉  Click Here
August 14, 2020
Economic Projections
Understanding what the economy is doing can improve your freelancing business decisions.  In this episode, we’re discussing both large and small scale economic issues in the country; diving into some US recession history, what the stock market is telling us, and how we aim to handle our personal economy and job opportunities amidst all of it.   This episode is now available on Youtube!  Be sure to check it out at
August 01, 2020
Artist Talk with Photojournalist, Michael Goulding
Excited to launch our latest interview with award winning Southern California photojournalist, Michael Goulding.  In this episode, we discuss Mike's background in newspapers, covering everything from Olympic games to social protests, building a well-rounded portfolio, and understanding the ethical boundaries and responsibilities of a journalist going into the field.    WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: @goulding_photos
July 20, 2020
2020 Quarter 2 Review
Q2 of 2020 has been one of the most interesting quarters to date.  We're not only assessing our goals, but also reflecting on the current events of the last few months.  It has been a testing time for so many, and we hope everyone comes out of this a better person.  
June 20, 2020
"Bee Fearless and Create" with Photographer, Bee Alyssa Trofort
Fitness and athletic photographer, Bee Alyssa Trofort, joins the show to talk about her journey through college, internships, and developing bi-coastal client work.  She dives into building her glam squad, her favorite lens and modifier, and her mood board building process for clients and athletes.  Most importantly, she gives us a glimpse into creating a fun and successful career path. @bee_alyssatrofort @beefearlessncreate
May 13, 2020
Artist Talk with Photographer, Aaron Anderson
Portrait photographer, Aaron Anderson, joins our studio to discuss  a number of topics on style and crafting personal projects; from budgeting to scouting to connecting with his subjects before the shoot.  We also discuss Aaron's schooling, his start in the industry, and his attention to art and lifestyle design.  This is a can't miss episode!  Thank you Aaron for joining us! Website Youtube Instagram @aaronandersonvisuals Twitter @a2foto Facebook
April 29, 2020
Quaran-"TIME" Management
If there is a silver lining to being quarantined, it is the opportunity to reinvest your time in productive ways you otherwise couldn't.  What struggles are you facing managing your time?  Today, we're discussing some of strategies that have worked for us to stay on point as best we can.   Link to "Ivy League Classes" :
April 09, 2020
Reviewing Our 2020 Q1 Goals
We're reviewing our Q1 goals for 2020 and penciling in our Q2 goals.  Don't be afraid to lock in your short term goals on paper and share them with an accountability partner.  It has the power to turn your aspirations into achievements.  "Anything that can be measured can be improved" - James Patrick.  
March 27, 2020
An Intro to Intellectual Property with IP attorney, Andrew Nelson
As content creators, we live in a world of immediate publishing and rampant infringement.  Understanding Intellectual property is an important part about being a creative entrepreneur.  Today we're lucky to have IP attorney, Andrew Nelson, join the program to break down some intellectual property basics, from patents to trademarks to copyrights. email:  Instagram:  @anelson100
March 19, 2020
Freelancer's Take on COVID-19
The world economy has already seen changes as a result of the global pandemic, COVID-19.  We're discussing our first reactions to how this impacts the freelancing community and what to do with client loss.  
March 13, 2020
The Growing Pains of Podcasting
We've cleared 80 episodes producing this podcast, and none of it has been easy.  In this episode, we discuss the trials and tribulations of growing a podcast brand; from writing, to post production, to marketing, to monetization.    
March 04, 2020
Grow Your Networking Confidence
For a lot of us, networking face to face is not easy.  It makes us uncomfortable because we feel like we suck at it.  What do I say?  How do I stand?  What the hell do I do with my hands?  There's no one-size, fits all answer.  The ultimate solution is to continually go out and practice.  Today we're discussing a recent networking experience and the takeaways from it.  
February 26, 2020
De-Risking the Move to Self-Employment with Matthew Baker
Pushing all your chips in on self-employment comes with many challenges, both financially and personally.  Today, Matthew Baker, senior VP of Corporate Strategy and International expansion at Freshbooks accounting, will help you de-risk that move by prioritizing habits that have proven to work best for successful businesses and entrepreneurs.
February 17, 2020
Freelance Health
The transition into a full self-employed lifestyle can provide challenges for everyone.  How do you manage the time to build healthier habits that offset that unhealthy ones?  In this episode, we dive into our challenges that we've faced and how we aim to improve our physical, mental, and emotional freelancing health.
February 04, 2020
The Art of Proactive Marketing with photographer, James Patrick
In today's landscape, many photographers and creatives have a reactive marketing mindset, in which they post some form of promotion and expect to get calls flooding in asking for their work.  The reality is we have to be diligent, intentional, and proactive in our marketing approach.  Today we have award winning photographer and entrepreneur, James Patrick, joining the program to discuss marketing strategies that have helped him sustain a consistent six figure photography business year in and year out.   James Patrick's work can be seen at: Instagram @jpatrickphoto Beyond the Image Podcast
January 21, 2020
Simplifying Quarterly Taxes
Taxes can be intimidating for freelancers, particularly creative, right-brained ones.  Today we're trying to simplify quarterly taxes so that you can minimize financial stress and anguish.
January 15, 2020
Goal Setting in the New Year
Reflection is an important facet to your goal setting.  The successes and failures you experience will have a big impact on your direction going forward.  Today we're reviewing our 2019 and our goals for 2020.  
January 07, 2020
Social Media 2020
Algorithms are constantly changing for social media platforms, but the business models generally don't.  Their mindset is to keep you engaging with the app as long as possible.  The more time you spend on the app, the more ads you will be exposed to.  Understanding this is crucial to leveraging your own social media strategy.  Who is your audience?  What do they desire?  How can you get them to engage?  In this episode, we discuss some of our social media goals for 2020.  
December 24, 2019
Media 1099 Book Club, part 2
What have we been reading since we last got together to talk books?  Join us to find out what reading material has inspired us in the latest Media 1099 book club episode.   Michael's Books: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert Finish by Jon Acuff Robert's Books: The Tao of Seneca; Practical Letters from a Stoic Master Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: The Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn American Indian Myths & Legends by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz
December 12, 2019
How To Manage Your Freelancing Cash Flow
Have you ever wondered what cash flow was?  Have you ever wondered how a business could be profitable but run out of money?  We're diving in on why cash flow is super important for full time freelancers.  Grasp this concept, and you can prevent irreparable damages to your 1099 business.  
December 05, 2019
Black Friday Strategies
Be careful with consumerism freelancers!  It's the holiday season, and it's easy to be tempted by the many "great" deals popping up in your emails and social feeds.   As full time 1099's, it's important to understand how important your money is and how fast you can burn through it if you spend frivolously.  Are there alternatives to spending the money you worked so hard for that will reinvest into your business?  Can we minimize gift giving or spend more on less tangible assets, like marketing and production speed?  In this episode, we discuss what our plans are for this holiday season and some of the pitfalls that ailed us in the past.  
November 25, 2019
Interview with Photographer, Matt Brown; part 1
The first part of our wonderful in-depth interview with commercial/editorial photographer, Matt Brown.  We sat down to discuss his upbringing in photography, his approach to business, and his many opinions on the evolving photography industry.  Part 1 includes the following topics, conversations and more;   - Photography upbringing - Sneaking into the Superbowl - Side hustles and financial discipline - Finding the right equipment - Mentorship; being critiqued and becoming a critic - Working for the Anaheim Angels - An honest take on the sports photography industry - Feeding the social media beast - Setting your rates at dirt cheap - What colleges fail to teach young artists
November 20, 2019
Interview with photographer, Matt Brown; Part 2
In part 2 of our in-depth interview with commercial/editorial photographer, Matt Brown, we dive into building new skill sets to keep you in demand, and developing creativity outside of photography to keep you fresh.  Part 2 includes the following topics and conversations; - Gaining inspiration  - Sharpening the saw outside of photography - Learning business - What pictures are off limits - Portrait talk - Game day run down of a team photographer - Family balance - Best investment you can make
November 20, 2019
Adobe Max 2019
Today, we're talking about the 2019 Adobe Max Conference and how these products and services can help us create better content.  
November 11, 2019
What's Happening in Print Journalism?
In recent weeks, we’ve noticed some major shake ups in the journalism industry, with a couple major publications taking aggressive action in regard to its employees.  Sports Illustrated laid off many of its journalists recently, and in contrast, the LA Times has agreed to improved terms for its employees.  Today, we’re going to discuss some of these trends and what it means for current and aspiring journalists.
October 30, 2019
Are We Reaching Our Goals?
It's that time of year where Robert and Michael review their 2019 progress as accountability partners.  Have the goals been met?  Have the goals been surpassed?  Have the goals changed?  Is the podcast where they want it to be?  Is goal setting even the best method to achieve success?  Tune in to listen to their discussion on habit building and goal setting.  
October 24, 2019
Interview with Content Creator and Entrepreneur, Ty Washington
We're so excited to bring on more creative guests today, especially ones with business savvy.  Ty Washington, managing partner of Wave Tech Media, joins the podcast to discusses his journey from starting a small photography business in college to developing it into a full service multimedia firm.   We talk leadership, team building, strong entrepreneurship traits, and his firm's emphasis on strategic communications, photography, videography, graphic design, and social media strategy and implementation.
October 12, 2019
Roundtable Discussion with Photographer, Benedick David
Today, our friend and colleague, Benedick David, dropped by the Media 1099 studio to talk about getting into professional photography. We riffed on a bunch of topics, ranging from client pricing, to relocating to a new market, to pre-shoot anxiety and much more. Benedick’s work can be seen on Instagram at benedickdavidphotography
October 03, 2019
How Does California AB5 Impact Creative Freelancers?
There are new changes to California employment law with the AB5 going into effect at the start of 2020.  With this bill, California businesses will face more scrutiny and restrictions in how they classify their workers.  Are you an independent contractor or an employee?  In this episode, we talk casually about our initial thoughts and how this may or may not impact the creative freelancing community.  
September 20, 2019
An Interview with USA Today Photographer, Robert Hanashiro
An introspective look at the newspaper industry and the 30 year career of USA Today Photographer, Robert Hanashiro.  Whether it's transitioning from film to digital, or from the Olympics to the Academy Awards, Robert's career has seen a little bit of everything.  Tune in to hear this revealing interview with the wonderfully charming, Robert Hanashiro.   Instagram; @kahunabert
August 21, 2019
How to Build Your Asset Column with Passive Income
If you are the only asset in your business, you are not an entrepreneur.  You are a contractor and a freelancer.  And if that is ok with you, more power to you.  We love the freelance life.  But we're also striving for more.  In this episode, we discuss how we can increase our asset column in simple ways and create multiple revenue streams to sustain better business.  
August 14, 2019
Freelancing And Saving Money Is Not Impossible
Have you heard the saying "saving is for losers"?  The premise behind this message is simple; the average interest rate for a savings account earns you on average a 0.09% return, while the national rate of inflation sits at 3.22%, so each year you're effectively losing money.  And as true as that may be, we still whole heartedly believe in learning to save money regardless.  Cash reserves and proper funding for emergencies and big purchases can be incredibly helpful in sustaining a healthy freelancing business.  
August 08, 2019
Interview with photographer, Matt Gush
It's always great to get talent in the studio, and today, we're lucky enough to have LA photographer, Matt Gush, join the podcast to talk about juggling the college marketing circuit, profiting from stock photography, pursuing photography projects in archaeology and freelancing everywhere in between.  Matt's work can be seen on instagram at @mattgush.  
July 31, 2019
Minimalism and Photography
Minimalism can be summed up as the the pursuit of less in an effort to live a more purposeful and free life.  While minimalism is most commonly associated with eliminating physical items from your home and work place, the same concept can be applied to your creativity and thought.  Today we're discussing some of these concepts, and how focusing on fewer tasks can lead to better productivity, and how a smaller artistic palette can actually spurn more imagination. 
July 24, 2019
Writing Better Estimates and Invoices
Improving the quality of your pricing estimates and invoices doesn't seem super glamorous, but it can help you stand out from the crowd and build trust with your clients.  It can even help you get paid faster and more reliably.  In this episode, we discuss some tips and tricks to help you be more professional in your paperwork.
July 17, 2019
2019 First Half Year Review
How are you meeting the goals you set for yourself at the start of the year?  Are you creating more, are you improving your business?  In this episode, Michael and Robert discuss the first half year and what areas they're looking to improve on for the rest of 2019.  
July 10, 2019
Videography Freelancing with Justin Ogden
Freelancing as a still photographer can be challenging when clients constantly seek out visual innovation outside of traditional photography services .  Providing videography in conjunction with your photography can be a great way to provide clients with more value, while also boosting your own brand as a true visual creative.  In this episode, we talk with freelance filmmaker/photographer, Justin Ogden, who has a diverse visual background ranging everywhere from camera operator to director of photography.  Tune into this interview to hear his insight on how being a jack of all trades keeps him in demand as a commodity both in and out of Hollywood.   Justin's Website: Justin's Instagram: Apartment 11
June 11, 2019
Is There Really Any Harm in Working for Free?
Most creative freelancers start off with a proposal of trading work for experience, rather than money.  Maybe it will help you build relationships and get your foot in the door, or maybe it will platoon your career before it ever gets started.  In this episode, we address whether working for free is a universal evil, or a beneficial stepping stone to gain much needed experience.  
June 05, 2019
The Importance of Creating Work/Life Balance
Being an entrepreneur or self employed professional can often require a lot of personal sacrifices in order to achieve your goals, but it doesn't have to be soul crushing either.  If you don't have much free time, it's important to manufacture more of it to allocate towards recharging your batteries and exercising personal growth.  In this episode, we discuss how time away from work has helped us improve our careers and balance our lives. 
May 29, 2019
The Media 1099 Book Club
We're diving into the first ever Media 1099 Book Club gathering, where we find out what Michael and Robert are currently reading and how it pertains to their battles as freelancers.  
May 21, 2019
The Sports Shooter Academy Workshop
Stuck in a rut?  Try workshopping your career.  Benjamin Franklin once said "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."  Whether you're a photographer, designer, or musician, workshops are incredible and easily one of the fastest ways to reach your artistic and networking goals.  They can provide a level of education, inspiration, and camaraderie that learning on your own sometimes falls short of.  In this episode, we discuss our time at Sports Shooter Academy, one of the premier photography workshops in the country, and how it continues to bear fruit in our careers even years past.      
May 15, 2019
Two Designers Walk Into A Podcast
Today we're talking with graphic designers, Justine Taylor, and Blanca Navarro about building a freelancing mindset.  
May 07, 2019
Freelancers vs Debt
Today, debt has become the most aggressively marketed product in the history of the world.  If you were born after 1970, chances are you've grown up your whole life, seeing it as a "way of life".  It can create tremendous growth for many, by providing opportunities to attend colleges and universities otherwise inaccessible, or to build and scale businesses that just need some leverage to penetrate the market.  While those areas of need are valid,  without the appropriate respect or proper management of debt, your business and personal life can be platooned by its crushing weight.  In this episode, we'll talk about everything from student loans to credit cards to car payments, and how freelancers can set themselves up better for a healthier life and business.
May 01, 2019
2019 1st Quarter Review
A lot of people set goals for themselves at the start of the new year, and we're no different.  With the tax filing deadline coming up, we thought it would be a great time to review our first quarter and see where we are in terms of reaching our goals.  
April 09, 2019
How We Created Our Podcast
With such a low entry cost to production and a variety of affordable equipment at your disposal, starting your own podcast has never been as easy as it is right now.  As we celebrate our first benchmark (episode #50!), we review our entry into podcasting and the many lessons learned.  If you're looking to start one of your own, we hope this inspires you.  
April 02, 2019
The Power of Positive Thinking
Being a freelancer can be a lonely process at times.  It's a lifestyle that can evoke fulfillment and joy, but simultaneously induce anxiety, stress, and even depression.  In this episode, we dive into some concepts on how to maintain a positive mindset in a frequently negative world.    
March 27, 2019
Photography and Direct Mail Marketing
Advertising your photography services through Direct Mail Marketing may not be the trendiest, nor cost effective, method in the Social Media era, but it seems to be an effective one for many freelancers and small business owners all the same.  But what's the ROI?  How many leads will I convert and how fast will this turnaround be?  In this episode, we discuss the benefits of print promo and direct mail marketing to really zero in on your dream client list.  Big shoutout to the folks at Modern Postcard for helping us out with the education and inspiration to take our games to the next level!   
March 20, 2019
Streamlining a Better Workflow
One of the hardest aspects of freelancing is streamlining workflow and managing your time amidst the chaos of a free flowing business.  How do you get the day started?  How do you respond to emails as efficiently as possible?  The success and failure of your business is largely dependent on the effort you put in, but sometimes we just need a little help.  In this episode, Robert and Michael discuss some workflow strategies that can help people improve  efficiency, from setting up code replacements prior to an event to labeling gear for faster studio production.     
March 13, 2019
Freelancing In The Gig Economy
The  growth of the Gig Economy is rapidly redefining the American workforce each and everyday, and it's forcing every generation to reconsider the traditional corporate working model for their careers.  Working hard and climbing the ladder has long been a traditional mindset, but it no longer seems to be the dominant paradigm for economic growth, let alone the majority perspective among Millennials and Gen Z's.  In this episode, Robert and Michael discuss their thoughts on this cultural shift and how today's content creators can take advantage of an era that's built for freelance success.   
March 06, 2019
SEO For Photographers
We all have to reach out to prospectives to get leads, but now and then it's great to be found.  In this episode, we dive in on building up our S.E.O game through keywording, archiving and organic networking.  
February 26, 2019
The Creative Plateau
It's not easy taking our work to the next level, whatever level that may be.  Hitting that creative wall and and trying to break through can be exhausting and frustrating when you feel like you keep producing the same caliber of work.  In this episode, Michael and Robert talk about elevating past their creative plateaus.     
February 19, 2019
Sole Proprietor Taxes
It's tax season baby!  It's that time of year where 1099's have been hitting your doorstep and you need to start setting aside time to organize for the filing deadline.  But where to start?  What forms do I need to know?  Does self-employment tax apply to me?  How do I calculate how much to pay in quarterlies?  What can I write off?  In this episode, Michael and Robert bring up some of the most common tax questions freelancers have and attempt to simplify the complexities of sole proprietor tax laws.  
February 12, 2019
Why do We Suck at Networking?
Networking is a tough sell for creatives, but it's important in expanding your reach and accessibility.  In this episode, Michael and Robert discuss the challenges they've faced building professional relationships in the past and the measures they're taking to improve their future freelancing prosperity.
February 06, 2019
Managing Lifestyle Inflation
Ever notice that even with more income, your financial situation stays  exactly same?  A boost in clients didn't increase your net worth, it only added more expenses.  That big promotion was stymied by the new car or more frequent vacations.  Saving money is never exciting, particularly for new freelancers who want to pour all their earnings back into their business.  We've all heard the saying, "you got to spend money to make money", and certainly there are areas where that sentiment holds true.  However, if you apply that philosophy to your life all the time, you just keep matching, if not exceeding, your income with new expenses and liabilities.  In this episode, Michael and Robert discuss the dreaded "lifestyle-creep" and how discipline, not knowledge, will allow you to get ahead.   
January 29, 2019
Understanding Professional Photography Insurance
As self-employed creatives, insurance becomes a necessary measure for our profession.  In this episode, Michael and Robert discuss the role that professional liability insurance plays in their lives.  
January 22, 2019
How Should I Price My Photography?
Determining your rates as a creative freelancer is a constant learning experience.  Should you price yourself by hour or by flat rate?  What is a creative fee?  How should I be quoting my clients?  In this episode, Robert and Michael discuss their thoughts on pricing.   
January 15, 2019
The Holiday Hangover
A freelancer's daily rituals can be held hostage due to the steamrolling force of the holidays.  Whether it's our day to day operations being interrupted by family obligations, or our normal monthly expenses spiking up due to the increase of holiday sales, make no mistake, we feel it.  The Holiday Hangover is real.  In this episode, Michael and Robert discuss their experiences jumping back into the routine after their 2018 Holidays.  
January 08, 2019
Photography Resolutions
Adios 2018!  It's a new year with new resolutions.  In this episode, Robert and Michael discuss their 2019 goals for their business and personal lives.  
January 01, 2019
Will Freelancing Make me Happier?
Jumping into freelancing is not just a numbers game.  It's a true lifestyle to commit to.  The most important question in this quest is whether or not this lifestyle will make you happier.  In this episode, Robert and Michael discuss freelancing beyond the numbers.  
December 28, 2018
The Importance of Negotiation
Negotiating with prospective clients can be intimidating, but it shouldn't be terrifying. If anything, it should be an encouraging sign that a client wants to work with you. But the truth is, a lot of us aren't natural negotiators, and we accept the first offer thrown at us in fear of losing an opportunity. In this episode, Michael and Robert discuss the importance of negotiating and ways to make it a little more fruitful as you build your freelance career.
December 17, 2018
To Social Media or Not to Social Media
Social Media is a time and energy consuming machine. Is it worth it? What's the ROI on social media marketing? Listen in and hear our take on how much time to spend on developing your marketing brand.
December 11, 2018
The Benefits of a Side Hustle
A large portion of creatives will start out balancing a full-time job with freelance projects on the side. Graphic designer, Blanca Navarro, rejoins the show to discuss the benefits, both financially and non-financially, of working both avenues as well as the importance of having an employer who respects your side hustle.
December 11, 2018
Freelancing 101 with Graphic Designer, Blanca Navarro.
Getting started as a freelancer can be the hardest part of a creative career. Graphic designer, Blanca Navarro, joins the show to share her insight on the value of a strong concept, taking on the right projects, and articulating to clients that you are the expert.
November 27, 2018
Marketing Strategies for the Holidays
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Perfect opportunity for us to discuss how we're going into the Holidays from both the creative and consumer side. Purchasing and marketing both require strategy, and if you want to take full advantage of the Holidays going forward, you'll need to start putting pen to paper early and start creating plans.
November 22, 2018
To Blog or Not to Blog?
If you're a full-time freelancer, you're already busy enough seeking out clients, drafting contracts, and working on your craft. Should you be spending your valuable time creating blogs, podcasts, and youtube videos instead of chasing down leads? In this episode, Robert and Michael discuss the pros and cons of creating content that may not promise any immediate financial return.
November 20, 2018
Is College Necessary to be a Creative Professional?
If you're looking to venture into creative career paths, what is the best way? What are the advantages and disadvantages of going to school for your art? In this episode, Robert and Michael give their insight into a tricky predicament for aspiring creatives.
November 13, 2018
The Importance of Maintaining Creativity
Most people think of themselves as creative, but not many people actively create. In this episode, Robert and Michael discuss how important it is to break free from the excuses we all use and how transformative creative action can be for your artistic arsenal.
October 29, 2018
Gear Takes up Space. How Do I manage?
Let's face the facts. We buy a lot of gear. Some of it is useful. Some of it is so important, we can't work without it. But there's enough that is extraneous crap too. In this episode, Michael and Robert talk about their experiences managing all the good, bad, and ugly equipment they've accumulated.
October 29, 2018
Photography Gear and Buzz Terms
Crop sensor vs Full Frame. Prime vs zoom lenses. Megapixel counts. Fast stops. What's really that important in equipment? Which direction should I go. In this episode, Michael and Robert discuss the 'how' and 'what' you shoot as the biggest factors in determining what features make the most sense for you.
October 29, 2018
Should I really care about Copyright?
As the years go on, companies seem to stipulate more and more Work For Hire terms from their photographers. With that being the case, should photographers view their copyright ownership as a thing of the past and let bygones be bygones, or should they be steadfast in their resolve and keep negotiating for ownership and turn clients down? Robert and Michael discuss the dilemma many photographers face when it comes to giving up copyrights.
October 29, 2018
Wedding Photography Workflow
It seems like every photographer, no matter what specialty, will be asked to photograph a wedding at some point. Whether you do or don't is entirely up to you, but if you do say yes, it's good to have a basic understanding of the overall workflow, from pricing to gear to deliverables. Listen to Robert and Michael discuss some strategies that may help you out for your first wedding shoot.
October 02, 2018
Deciphering the "Hero Shot"
Why are your clients asking for a "hero shot" and what do they mean by it? In this episode, Robert and Michael discuss the varying definitions of hero shots depending on the job, and how best to deliver the ideal images as a result of good client communication.
October 02, 2018
Hanging with Josh Barber; Part 2
Freelance photographers, Josh, Robert, and Michael, continue their conversation on building their careers and making the jump from amateur to professional photography.
September 24, 2018
Hanging with Josh Barber; Part 1.
Freelance photographer, Josh Barber, joins the program to discuss his journey from the East Coast to SoCal in pursuits of his photography goals. What was it like facing early challenges and what skills were needed to succeed in such a competitive market?
September 24, 2018
Nikon Joins the Mirrorless Revolution!
In the last few years, the mirrorless camera has made huge strides in the market. Using Nikon's new Z Series as a launching off point, Robert and Michael discuss the benefits of working with a smaller and lighter footprint in the field, and whether this trend is a flash in the pan or here to stay.
September 05, 2018
Photography Lighting: Strobe vs Flash
Introducing lighting into your toolkit is one of the best ways to distinguish your work from other photographers, but where do you start? Do you go all in on strobe kits, or start out with small speedlites? In this episode, Robert and Michael discuss the pros and cons of big lights vs small lights, and the areas in which both are applied best.
September 05, 2018
Client Acquisition vs Client Retention
What does it cost to acquire and retain clients in the freelance world? Is one more important than the other? Which strategy has the greater return? In this episode, Robert and Michael discuss some marketing tips and principals on customer acquisition and retention.
September 05, 2018
"I'm So Busy, I Must Be Killing It!"
Is being busy all that it's cracked up to be? Is always shooting the best measure of success? Should I be working harder or smarter? In this episode, Robert and Michael discuss how always working jobs can lead to an imbalanced freelance life.
September 05, 2018
The Myth of Exposure
Exposure for compensation? Robert and Michael discuss the ramifications of working for free and the principals behind valuing your work.
September 05, 2018
Is There Life in Print Publications?
Robert and Michael have a casual conversation about the trends in the print world, how it affects the market, and its future outlook.
August 15, 2018
Everyone is a Photography Expert
Robert and Michael discuss the resources they use to expand their creative and business knowledge. From finance books to Youtube videos to photography workshops, there's no one way to do it. Listen in to these two freelancers on how they keep pursuing knowledge to make them better content creators.
August 15, 2018
So You Want to Build a Portfolio?
What's the best way to start a portfolio building process? Robert and Michael discuss portfolio and website techniques that attract clients and help you stand out as a professional. Listen in to two freelance perspectives on how to build an ideal portfolio, regardless of niche.
August 15, 2018
Traveling with Gear
Robert and Michael discuss how they pack their gear for a job. Whether they're jumping on a flight or packing things in the car, listen in to hear how much thought these two freelancers put into their travel assignments.
August 08, 2018
Everyone Works a "Bad" Gig
Robert and Michael discuss the inevitability of working bad jobs in the freelance market, the lessons they learn from taking them, and where they go from there.
August 08, 2018
Digital Workflow
Robert and Michael discuss how important it is to nail your post processing workflow. Join us to learn how these two freelance media creators save time editing, and spend more time shooting.
August 07, 2018
Prepping for a Photoshoot!
So you have a shoot coming up? How exciting! Robert and Michael, discuss the measures involved in preparing for a shoot. Whether it's a personal assignment or a paid job, every freelancer needs to be prepared with the right equipment, the right attitude, and the right precautions for preventing failure on the job.
August 07, 2018
Learning From Movies
Robert and Michael have a casual conversation about pulling inspiration from movies and putting it into their own work.
August 07, 2018
"If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now"
Experience is the greatest teacher, but true mentorship expedites the learning process. Robert and Michael discuss some of the best career advice they've received and how transformative it was for their creative and business growth.
August 07, 2018
The Photography Landscape
Robert and Michael discuss the ever evolving photography industry and the challenges that go into staying current in a "gig economy".
August 07, 2018
Creative Collaboration
Robert and Michael discuss why creative collaboration is so important to building a strong portfolio and a good foundation for snowballing your creativity.
August 07, 2018
Shiny New Toys
Photographers are gear junkies! Robert and Michael dive into the best and worst purchases they've made and what they would do differently if they were starting out today. Join us to learn how two freelancers have invested in their creative content businesses.
August 07, 2018
The Instagram Culture
Robert and Michael, talk about the evolving Instagram Culture that photographers live in, the ratio of consumption to contribution, and how best to brand your social media feed.
August 07, 2018