Podcast 20 – An Interview with Damien Lovegrove

We’re back once again with another superb, open and insightful interview with another leading photographer. Today our guest is UK based photographer, trainer, teacher and writer; Damien Lovegrove

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I was keen to find a guest who had ‘been there, done that’ – someone with plenty of experience who could speak with conviction about the photography industry today. Recently, we’ve had discussions in the Ready Steady Pro Facebook community about how the industry seems to have changed in recent years, so I thought what better way to find out for sure than to have someone of Damien’s calibre and experience on the show.

Damien started his life with cameras (in a professional sense) by going to work for the BBC as a trainee camera operator, before working his way up. As you’ll hear in this interview Damien went on to leave the BBC, start an incredibly successful wedding photography business, which ran for 10 years before Damien conciously, and intentionally decided to change direction in order to get weekends and time back in his life. Damien bought a business consultant on board to aid in the change of career from photographer, to writer, to trainer.

Michael Says:

“I first came across Damien many years ago, when i first got into photography myself. In the UK, unlike the US & Australia, we don’t really have many ‘big names’ when it comes to well-known photographers. We have a few, but not many. Well, of the few we do have Damien almost certainly is one of them. I found Damien’s teaching style to be very accessible and easy to take on board, but Damien also shows with his work that he has conviction in what he teaches. Damien is a photographer who has ‘been there and done that’ and as a result was someone I knew would be an excellent guest for the show. I’m really pleased that Damien has agreed to join me to discuss his career share with us some of the things he knows…”

Damien speaks openly about having multiple, passive revenue streams and so much more. This interview is a real-must listen!

As well as all of the wisdom and knowledge shared, Damien was also very generous and shared a discount code offering all RSP listeners 50% off all videos on his website (see the link below).

You really do need to have your notepad to hand, because the gems are dropped thick and fast in this episode!

Links to most of what is mentioned in this episode can be found below in the ‘Show Notes’ section

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This weeks Topic

  • Changing Careers
  • Passive Revenue Streams
  • Relationship with FujiFilm
  • Wedding Photography is a retail business

Today’s Little Gems

50% off all videos in Damien’s shop. Just enter ‘readysteady’ at the checkout.
Note: This is a one-time-use voucher and can be redeemed against one checkout transaction. If you would like to purchase multiple videos please purchase them at the same time using this voucher code to receive your 50% discount


Show Notes / Links


This weeks Hosts

Michael Rammell
Damien Lovegrove

Podcast 19 – An Interview with Rahim Mastafa of SugarboxStudios

Following on from the successful return of the podcast with episode 18 – This episode finds us picking the brains of Cardiff based Sports Portrait Photographer Rahim Mastafa of SugarBoxStudios.

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Today’s interview is something a little different from Ready Steady Pro. The Ready Steady Pro Community and a large body of the listeners are, as you may expect, Wedding and Portrait Photographers. But, Rahim, who describes himself as a Sports Portrait Photographer, photographs – as you’d expect – sportsmen and women, Personal Trainers, Bodybuilders and even Olympic Athletes!

Even if you’re not into Portraiture or if your immediate reaction is that this episode won’t be relevant to you – think again. The fact that we’re talking about a slightly different niche to usual makes this episode no-less relevant to you as Rahim gives us a wonderful insight into his working strategy that includes almost exclusively using social media (Instagram and Facebook in particular) and practically forgoing a website and a blog. This unorthodox approach probably wouldn’t be the advice of many experienced business coaches, but Rahim is going against the grain and this approach is gaining him clients…fast! Despite only having gotten into this niche some 18 months ago and only picking up a camera around 2 years ago Rahim is making his own success and gaining traction and notoriety that many would take a decade to achieve.

Michael says:

“I first came across Rahim when he joined the RSP community on Facebook and saw that he was shooting something slightly different to most – sports, fitness and body building. It was interesting and refreshing to see something new in my news feed. But more than that though Rahim’s personality comes across very well on Social Media and that is something that isn’t always easy to achieve, even if you are being yourself and being genuine. When I saw Rahim post a selfie outside a David Lloyd Gym telling us he had just finished a meeting with them I was intrigued – Rahim seemed like a go-getter who hunted down business and ‘Hustled’. I had to know more and so I invited him on the show. I expected Rahim to be a great guest…but he exceeded my expectations!”

Be sure to stick around to the end to find out how you can appear on the show and get involved and also to hear some shout outs to those who have left iTunes reviews!

You really do need to have your notepad to hand, because the gems are dropped thick and fast in this episode!

Links to most of what is mentioned in this episode can be found below in the ‘Show Notes’ section

Here’s some more of Rahim’s work and be sure to check him out on Social Media where you can find more of his work.

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This weeks Topic

  • Fitness, Sports & Body Building Photography
  • Getting business and finding clients
  • Simple lighting setups make for a better client experience
  • Viral Social Media Strategies – Working where your clients are hanging out online
  • Not really needing or using a website or blog
  • Working for Free
  • Setting up shoots and creating opportunities

Today’s Little Gems

Rahim’s advice this week was simply to go out and make it happen. Organise shoots and fulfill them. Work for free when needed to get a portfolio. Send photographs to magazines and newspapers. Do what it takes to get yourself known and just do the work. We make our own success and we create our own opportunities – so no excuses: go out and do it!


Show Notes / Links


This weeks Hosts

Michael Rammell
Rahim Mastafa

Podcast 18 – An Interview with Neil Buchan-Grant

It’s not every day that you get to spend a day with the British Press Travel Photographer of the Year, but that’s just what I did on a sunny Saturday in June.

I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down to talk about all sorts with the one and only Neil Buchan-Grant; British Press Travel Photographer of the Year, Olympus Ambassador and all-round nice guy.

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This conversation was long-in-the works. I actually first came across Neil’s work almost by accident and very much unknowingly: Whilst looking at all of the mirrorless cameras on the market to see what they were all about I found an advert from Olympus in a photography magazine; it was to promote an offer they had on one of their OM-D cameras and the photograph that accompanied this advert was of an extremely beautiful young lady, photographed in black and white. She is wearing a masquerade mask and is beautifully lit in a soft and pleasing way. It’s an amazing photograph and really caught my eye.

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This was the work of Neil Buchan-Grant. But I didn’t know it at that stage.

As my research into mirrorless continued I then found a blog post, titled: “Shooting in New York with the Olympus OMD EM1” showing off some more of Neil’s work. I wasn’t just mesmorised because the photographs were amazing, I was truly taken aback by the fact they were made with an Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera. Now, after having picked one up myself I’m not surprised at all as to what they’re capable of, but non-the-less and camera aside Neil’s work continues to really impress me and has set a new benchmark in my eyes. “I have to interview this guy!” I thought.

Then I heard Neil was going to be at the UK Photography Show and arranged an Interview. That wasn’t to be however – Our paths didn’t cross owing to different schedules on the day. So eventually Neil and I arranged a day in the summer where I travelled to Winchester to Neil’s house to meet the man himself and chew the fat. This interview features so many insights into the way Neil has earned his photographic success so far, including entering competitions and just putting himself out there and getting things done. What I really took away from this conversation was that if you want to achieve something, anything, you have to go out and do it. We talk about this and so much more, which is why this episode is around 2 hours long – so you may end up listening in parts, but it’s all worth it from start to finish.

Links to most of what is mentioned in this episode can be found below in the ‘Show Notes’ section

Here’s some more of Neil’s work and be sure to check out his website which features even more amazing photographs.

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This weeks Topic

  • Travel Photography
  • Olympus Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Cameras
  • Entering Competitions
  • Printing
  • Getting your work out there
  • Working with models
  • Practise, craft and perfection

An Interview with Steve Saporito


Today’s Little Gems

http://buchangrant.com/


Show Notes / Links


This weeks Hosts

Michael Rammell
Neil Buchan-Grant

Podcast 17 – An Interview with Steve Saporito

After moving my office into it’s new home (again) I’m back with Episode 17 – an Interview with the one and only Steve Saporito.

I don’t want to say too much about this episode here, because I honestly won’t do it justice. All I can say is that as someone who gives a lot of thought to photography and the business of photography, I thought I was pretty well placed to offer guidance and support to others – Steve showed me how big a gap in my own knowledge and thinking there actually is.

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In this episode we cover the idea that common sense in not common. If you don’t want to sell a certain product, don’t display it! If you care more, you’ll be successful. Don’t write people off (like I do, all too often). We also touch on the subject of pricing too, which is a real eye opener!

Notepads to hand! Open your minds and let Steve Saporito on in to help you out!

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This weeks Topic

An Interview with Steve Saporito


Today’s Little Gems

http://stevesaporito.com/ 


Show Notes / Links

The Portrait Doctor
SquareSpace


This weeks Hosts

Michael Rammell
Steve Saporito

Podcast 16 – An Interview with David DuChemin

Episode 16 of the Ready Steady Pro Podcast brings you the first Interview since Michael has returned from his break. This week on the podcast Michael chats with the one and only David DuChemin.

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If you’ve not heard of David DuChemin then you need to firstly listen to this interview, but also check him out online. David owns the amazing Craft & Vision eBook company. C&V are, in my mind, the best photography book company out there. The C&V books are not only amazingly finished and full of so much quality, but they’re usually only $5 too! David himself is a very humble and intelligent gentleman and I really enjoyed this interview.

We talk about David packing his life into a Land Rover, falling off a wall in Italy, starting all over again, starting an eBook company as a happy accident, we talk about inspiration, creativity, vision, business, his appearance on Creative Live and so much more. I can’t believe we didn’t go on for 3 hours with this chat.

There are also lots of news and announcements at the end of today’s show too, including lots of ways you can too can get involved with Ready Steady Pro such as Photographer In Focus, Photography Q&A and how you can apply to appear as a guest on the show!

It’s good to be back! So get ready for another cracking episode. Notepads to hand!

Sit back and enjoy this episode of Ready, Steady Pro! Click the link below to listen / download the podcast. You can also watch the original Google+ Hangout on YouTube (but you will miss out on all of Michael’s news & updates


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This weeks Topic

An Interview with David DuChemin


Today’s Little Gems

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Vision Driven Photography – Creative Live
The Created Image Video Series Volume 1
Vision Mongers by David DuChemin


Show Notes / Links

Craft & Vision
SquareSpace
An Interview with David DuChemin – Original YouTube Broadcast


This weeks Hosts

Michael Rammell
David DuChemin

Podcast 15 – Gear for Photographers: What’s in our camera bags?

We’re back! Let’s get back into the swing of things with this really apt song!

It’s been far to long I know! But The Ready Steady Pro Photography Podcast is back! Episode 15 see’s us returning with a show recorded back in mind January. I was once again joined by the old guard (old as in they’ve been on the show before, not actually old) to talk about what gear we have in our bags. My guests for this episode include Rob Grimes, Lel Hurst, Neil Graham and Lee Jones.

Each of my guests today views the gear in their bags in a slightly different way and put emphasis on different items too. We talk about lenses and bodies, of course, but also other items and accessories you should have along with you on a wedding day. The subject of third party lenses comes up too when Rob touches on why he uses Sigma. I also ask my guests to talk about what items they easily could have done without when they first started and also to talk about the items they absolutely could not do without if push came to shove.

There are also lots of news and announcements at the end of today’s show too, including lots of ways you can too can get involved with Ready Steady Pro such as Photographer In Focus, Photography Q&A and how you can apply to appear as a guest on the show!

It’s good to be back! So get ready for another cracking episode. Notepads to hand!

Sit back and enjoy this episode of Ready, Steady Pro! Click the link below to listen / download the podcast.


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This weeks Topic

Round Table Discussion: “What’s in our camera bags?”


Today’s Little Gems

Rob Grimes: Focal Lens Calibration Software
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el Hurst: BoredPanda.com – Beautiful, Artistic & Fun. Check out this website
Neil Graham: SLR Lounges Complete review of Canon Lenses: Which lenses are best?
Neil Graham: Gordon Parks (found through Ted Forbes) – Check out his work
Lee Jones: Ready Steady Pro Facebook community – come along and join the Facebook community
Michael Rammell: One Camera One Lens by Paul Griffiths


Show Notes / Links

Sigma Lenses
SquareSpace


This weeks Hosts

Michael Rammell
Lee Jones
Lel Hurst
Neil Graham
Rob Grimes

Get Involved with Ready Steady Pro

Ready Steady Pro isn’t just a podcast and a blog. It’s a community of photographers who are all looking to learn and help each other out on the path to photographic success. Whether you’re looking to build a successful business or just improve your photography; Ready Steady Pro aims to be the resource to help you towards those goals.We want to help give back to you – the listeners of the Podcast, the readers of the blog and the contributors to the ever-growing and wonderful Ready Steady pro Group. So, here’s how you get involved with Ready Steady Pro and get yourself some more exposure out there on the World Wide Web:

Photography Q&A

In 2014 we launched the Ready Steady Pro Q&A Series. A simple, weekly feature on the blog where we ask 5 questions and share your answers with the world. The questions are always the same and excessive typing is encouraged!

RSP Q&A

Appear on the Podcast

Anyone can appear on the show, either as part of one of our great round-table discussions or for a one on one interview. If you’re up for a chat for all the world to listen to just fill out this form here: Appear on the Show

Ready Steady Pro HQ
Ready Steady Pro HQ

Write for Ready Steady Pro or Re-blog one of your posts

If you would like to Write for Ready Steady Pro It’s really easy to do – Just head over to the ‘Get Involved’ page and click ‘Write for Ready Steady Pro‘. Complete the form and we’ll send you all the details you’ll need.

Photographer In Focus

Each week we choose a photographer from a list of applicants a shine a light on their website and their work! It’s our way of saying thank you for joining the community and taking part! Apply here to appear as the ‘Photographer in Focus’

Photographer in Focus

Ask a Question

Or, just contact us if you have any questions

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