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Entering the Age of Collaboration

By Strictly Business Blog

As photographers have been working as One Man Shows since the very early beginnings of photography, “Team Work” is not a native concept to us, but it certainly has to be explored, in this time and age where all business models are crumbling, and new markets and new ways of making money are being created. Digital Photography easily fits this description.  Images in Motion fit this description. The iPad and all coming tablets fit this…

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Career planning: The long and Winding Road

By Strictly Business Blog

If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there. ~Lewis Carroll Yes, it’s good to have a focused and well-thought-out career plan. It’s far better than not knowing where you want to go. However, a career plan to “become rich and famous” isn’t quite specific enough But even if you know exactly what you want (e.g. become a commercial and editorial food photographer), it’s a mistake to think that knowing where…

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See the Ball

By Strictly Business Blog

“See the ball, hit the ball” is a saying in baseball that over simplifies the concept, but it’s true.  If you aren’t seeing what you want to hit, you’ll never connect.  You’ll swing blindly, just hoping to hit something… anything.   Career planning is seeing the end result so that you can make the needed steps to get there. Remember when you were looking at photography as a career and you started to make the plan…

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Focus on the Things that Do Not Change

By Strictly Business Blog

It’s a real challenge trying to plan your career during a time of economic uncertainty and rapid technological change. To plan most effectively, begin with those elements that change the least—your creative goals, financial aspirations and current costs of doing business. Use these as a baseline for evaluating each new opportunity. Only jump on a new opportunity or change your business’ direction when it: – is more profitable in the short and long term than…

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We All Get Lost Without a Map (and every once in awhile that is a good thing)

By Strictly Business Blog

Setting out towards the career you want is like planning a long trip.  It requires a balance of forethought and flexibility.  Just as with any adventure, stumbling blindly into unfamiliar territory without a map or a clue is not likely to result in wild success.  Consider your photographic path and ask yourself a few questions: Where do you want to end up?  When do you want to get there?  What are you going to need…

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“If you don’t know where you’re going…you might not get there.” – Yogi Berra

By Strictly Business Blog

In 1989, at age 24, I started a photography studio with my partner, Mike Starke. We began by building a portfolio filled with images that looked “commercial.” These generic, safe images demonstrated our technical skills in lighting and using a view camera but left nothing to differentiate our studio but location and price. For three years, we worked 12-14 hour days, 7 days per week building a business that barely supported us, producing images that…

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