Every week, I am going to write a quick blog post for this little educational blog of mine. This week, I’m going to share something I’m a little obsessed with: podcasts.
I was a podcast fanatic before Serial was even a glimmer in Sarah Koenig’s eye.
But back then I was just listening to fun podcasts, like This American Life and Joy the Baker. I still listen to podcasts just for entertainment, but I also listen to some that are focused on business.
It’s kind of awesome that I can be driving around town and getting inspired by entrepreneurs and photographers. By the time I get home, I’m ready to get down to business. (heh heh)
Here are a few of my favorite business podcasts:
Photo Game Changers
Photo Game Changers had to be first on my list. The folks that put it together, Jasser Abu-Giemi and Twyla Lapointe, are the same people who put on Canada Photo Convention. CPC really deserves its own blog post some day.
These podcasts are interviews with a wide variety of photographers, from weddings to boudoir to family. Jasser and Twyla are business people, through and through, so that’s the main focus when they interview these artists. It’s not about how to take better pictures, but about how to create a better business for yourself.
Being an artist often means having a hard time knowing how to approach business. I know I thought it was just about the art. You guys – it’s not. If you ignore the business side of things, eventually you won’t enjoy the art either. When your art becomes something you do out of desperation to pay the bills, you’ll start wondering why you even became a photographer in the first place.
Two of my favorite episodes are:
Episode 13 – Dana Pugh – Taking Care of the Customer – She’s just so happy and optimistic and a killer business woman! I got to see her speak at CPC 2015 and she’s fantastic.
Episode 41 – Jamie Hyatt – Grow & Learn as a Process – Jamie has amazing business advice AND we became friends at CPC so it was so cool to hear her interview!
The Tim Ferriss Show
I own Tim Ferriss’s book, The Four Hour Workweek, but to be honest, I really haven’t read it. Sometimes, I get business books that I’m just not in the right mindset for yet. I think that’s the case with this one.
I also don’t listen to this podcast very often, BUT – there are some great ones! My dad is a business owner too, and when he hears a good episode, he sends it my way.
So, my favorites are the 3 my dad has sent my way:
#168: Dissecting the Success of Malcolm Gladwell – Gladwell is a researcher of social sciences and is just an interesting guy to listen to.
#166: How Creatives Should Negotiate – This is actually a recording of a workshop given by Ramit Sethi on CreativeLive.com (another great resource for photographers!). Tons of great advice in this one!
#138: How Seth Godin Manages His Life — Rules, Principles, and Obsessions – Oh, Seth Godin. The master of business and blogging. I could (and probably will) listen to this one 100 times.
Way Up North
The guys of Nordica put together the Way Up North Conference. Each speaker gets interviewed for this podcast. It’s not about business or the technical photography details. Instead, it’s about getting to know the speakers as people.
It’s inspiring to hear that everyone’s story is different. Everyone gets into wedding photography in their own way and then follows their own path.
I can’t choose favorites with this one. I really think you should probably just listen to all of them.
the epic podcast
Sam Hurd and Nathan Mitchell are friends and wedding photographers in the DC area. They have discussions about gear, workflow, Game of Thrones, you name it. They even did a podcast while shooting a wedding together.
A couple of my favorites are:
1 The One About Wedding Photography – It’s always a good idea to start at the beginning. Get to know Sam and Nathan and what their podcast is like by checking this one out.
12 The One Live From A Wedding – Yeah, so they recorded this when they had free moments at a wedding. Kind of rad, right?
Those are my favorite business podcasts for photographers! Let me know in the comments if you have any favorites that I missed. I’m always looking for more of them!
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