Archive for June, 2014


Posted: June 30th, 2014

This weekend, those of us in the United States will celebrate Independence Day. Like nearly all of the photographers I know, independence is practically a defining characteristic for me.  Whether you’re in the United States or not, I hope you’ll take a few minutes this week to think about what being an independent creator means [...]

Three Reads of Varying Breeziness

Posted: June 27th, 2014

[by Colleen Wainwright] I’ve been laid up with an annoying illness for about a month now, but my loss of ambulatory excitement will hopefully be your gain in interesting picks for summer reading. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt is peppered with excellent characters–scoundrels and angels and lost souls and an anxious killer–and a few [...]

In My Book Queue This Summer

Posted: June 26th, 2014

[by Richard Kelly] These days I bounce between reading printed books to reading on my iPad. I like both for different types of books and different types of reading. I have always been a reader with a number of books in progress, not to mention my magazines, blogs and newspaper adventures. This summer I am [...]

Enhanced Consciousness = More Creativity

Posted: June 25th, 2014

[by Tom Kennedy] This summer, I’m reading books by creative talents I admire to see what insights they offer about the creative process and how they gain the inspiration to get started. By chance, I started with Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity by David Lynch, one of my favorite filmmakers. Part autobiography, [...]

Freak Out! And Show It!

Posted: June 24th, 2014

[by Charles Gupton] If you’re the owner of a small business, it’s easy to feel isolated – on the margins of activity – from time to time. As an artist working in the commercial field, I’ve frequently felt like the misfit in the room of corporate suits. The trick in that situation is to turn [...]

Summer Reading

Posted: June 24th, 2014

For many of us, the summer slowdown provides the perfect time to catch up on some great reading.  This week, our contributors hook you up with great reads that will help you grow your business, hone your craft and rejuvenate your spirit. Enjoy! ~ Judy Herrmann, editor

A Great Week for Business

Posted: June 23rd, 2014

Don’t miss the final Business as unUsual of the season. Join us Wednesday! Your Cohesive Vision with Tom Kennedy, Kennedy Multimedia Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern Professional photographers live and die by their portfolios – that small collection of hand-picked images that convince the buyer to reach out…or move on.  A [...]

Consolidating Overhead with a Home + Studio Solution

Posted: June 20th, 2014

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] Sometime around 2006, I opened my dream studio. It was a renovated warehouse, a relatively large studio space with a circular cyc wall that I had built and a second large area so we could have multiple sets at once. It was about the time that I really got the studio functional, though, [...]

3 Steps To Get Your Overhead Under Control!

Posted: June 19th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] There is an old story from ancient Greece about a young man, Damocles, who is invited to switch places with the king. He jumps at the opportunity, but as a condition to ruling, he finds a giant sword suspended by a single strand of hair overhead. Needless to say, he quit being [...]

How Can You Make Your Small Business Look Bigger?

Posted: June 18th, 2014

[by Rosh Sillars] Marketing your company can be costly.  Half measures will lead to poor results. What can a small business do? You may have heard of the term remarketing, but maybe you’re not sure what it’s all about.  Some people have a negative reflex when they hear the term, thinking of those darn ads [...]

Managing Your Business Overhead

Posted: June 17th, 2014

[by Todd Joyce] Managing money can be especially difficult when self employed. You’re never sure how much is coming in and when, which can make managing your overhead expenses one of the hardest parts of running your own business. I have a friend who’s a structural engineer.  He uses phrases like “sustained loads” and “stress [...]

Managing Overhead

Posted: June 17th, 2014

Like most everyone else in today’s economy, photographers are having to learn how to do more with less.  This week, our contributors share tips and insights into how to keep those pesky overhead costs under control. ~ Judy Herrmann, Editor

Grow Your Business

Posted: June 16th, 2014

We’ve got some great programs lined up that will help you prepare for the future, refine your vision, build a better business and gain important new skills. Don’t miss the final evolution/revolution of the season. Join us tomorrow! Photography & Technology – Preparing for Change featuring Taylor Davidson & Paul Melcher Tuesday, June 17, 2014 [...]

Francis Bacon Disrupts His Plans

Posted: June 13th, 2014

[by Sean Kernan] Failure! When the topic was announced, it was oversubscribed at once and they had to add a week to accommodate the would-be writers. As I write this, my guess is that most of us will voice variations on the idea that what looks like failure isn’t necessarily failure at all, that it [...]

To Get Past It, Get Down With It

Posted: June 12th, 2014

[by Colleen Wainwright] You name it, I’ve blown it: marriage, career, the second-grade book report. (Note to self: do not start reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin the night before your report is due. Or, really, ever.) Nearly 20 years later, I can feel the sting of getting cut from my improv troupe’s “farm team”. If I [...]

Successfully Learning From Failures

Posted: June 11th, 2014

[by Charles Gupton] Several months ago, I made a huge, bumbling mistake. Recently, it reared it’s shaming head and bit me. My mistake was not delivering a proposal for a project we were hired to do. After being hired, I was asked for – and usually, routinely deliver – a written description of what our [...]

Embracing Failure

Posted: June 10th, 2014

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] I was raised in a cultural upbringing that taught me it was dangerous to dream too big, that we should not take risks and to always remain cautiously guarded. Unfortunately, I think that state of mind is all too common in our society. We are taught to avoid failure and by all [...]

Making Peace with Failure

Posted: June 9th, 2014

[by Tom Kennedy] Failure is perhaps the most dreaded word in our vocabulary as professional creative people. To many, the word conjures up painful experiences and devastating losses. It equals loss of income, self respect, and reputation. It can mean a loss of self esteem and self confidence. And it can be paralyzing to creative [...]

Revisiting Failure

Posted: June 9th, 2014

The topic of failure, which we covered here the last week of May, was so popular – and so important – that I decided it deserved a bit more time. This week, our contributors share further insights into the role of failure in a creative life.  ~Judy Herrmann, Editor

3 Inexpensive Tips to Stop Wasting Your Time to Make Money

Posted: June 6th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] Everyone of us has the exact same amount of time in a day. The difference is how we spend those 24 hours. Since we can’t buy more time, we need to leverage the time we’ve been given. Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast. Do it right the first time. The Navy Seals [...]

A Client’s “Virtual Presence Device”

Posted: June 5th, 2014

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] Many of my clients are not in the same town or even state as the projects I photograph for them. So, for them to travel to the site the day I’m photographing it can become a huge expense. Being sensitive to their budget, I have developed a service that many clients appreciate. [...]

Laziness As A Remedy For Stress

Posted: June 4th, 2014

[by Barry Schwartz] I’m lazy, always looking for the easier way. Problem is, the easier way takes so much work to set up it can really stress me out. It’s an engagement with neuroses (it takes a lot of work to be neurotic!). As far as clients go, my stress is not their problem; it’s [...]

Time is Money

Posted: June 3rd, 2014

[by Todd Joyce] One of my clients is a large law firm of about 160 lawyers. Their attorneys bill a minimum of $250 an hour in 6 minute increments. When we started the relationship, they were clear that we needed to be efficient with their time – wasting their attorneys’ time, cost the firm money. [...]

First, Inspect The Shed

Posted: June 2nd, 2014

[by Paul Oemig] As creative professionals, we are all farmers. We plan, we labor in cycles, and weather willing, we harvest. To help us tend to our fields, we rely on various tools and the experience of our fellow countrymen to not only help save us effort but to grow better produce. But just like the farmer [...]

Labor Saving Tools & Tricks

Posted: June 2nd, 2014

I don’t know a single photographer who isn’t always insanely busy.  When we have clients, we’re hopping to fulfill their needs and when we don’t have clients, we’re hopping even harder to land them.  This week, our contributors share some tips and tricks that will help you catch your breath.  ~Judy Herrmann, Editor