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.


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.


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.


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


Show Notes / Links

This weeks Hosts

Michael Rammell
Neil Buchan-Grant

2013 Stitcher Awards – Vote for RSP

The Stitcher Awards are here! In celebration and recognition of another banner year in talk radio and podcasting, Stitcher is hosting the 2nd Annual Stitcher Awards

Stitcher Awards 2013

Ready Steady Pro needs your help! Since the start of September 2013 we’ve recorded 12 episodes, been downloaded over 4,000 times, provided over 15 hours of listening pleasure and as a result of all of that we’ve built a totally free library of over 35 amazing photography-related gems for you. Each and every week we talk photography, the business of photography and so much more on the show. So we’re asking you: Vote for Ready Steady Pro!” in the Stitcher Awards 2013.

Nominations will be open until December 24th so vote now!

Stitcher Podcast Awards - Nominate us!

According to Stitcher:

“Winners and finalists will be featured at the show and on a special Stitcher Station and will enjoy featured placements across social media and press. Finalists will be announced on December 31st. There will be 6 finalists in each category. Selections will be based on the total number of nominations and Stitcher List ranking…Nominations will be open until December 24th, 2013

You can vote for Ready Steady Pro in of any of the categories that Stitcher have open for this years awards. You can submit a vote for each category too, so you can mention Ready Steady Pro in more than one way. Why not vote for RSP as ‘Best Overall Show’, ‘Most Original Show’, ‘Best Interview of the year’ and even ‘Best new show’? All you have to do is visit the Awards page and type ‘Ready Steady Pro’ into each box. It should automatically appear for you to select and then click ‘Submit’. That’s it. That’s your vote done! (Pssst…you can also vote for the show more than once! But…not on the same day). So, if you really love what we’ve got going here you can head over to the vote page and submit as many times as you like!

Radio ThumbsI’ve always said if we can grow the show and get more listeners we can improve the content, get bigger and better guests and give more back to you guys: The Listeners. That’s what it’s all about.

We’ve been very fortunate so far to have great guests on the show for interviews, such as Andrew Hellmich and world-famous photographer Frank Doorhoff .W’re not stopping there though: we’ve also got David DuChemin (See CreativeLive and Craft & Vision) and Martin Bailey lined up for appearances in the new year too. Those guys and so many more are going to be coming on the show in 2014 in what will surely be a huge year for the Podcast.

Lets get started

So, vote for Ready Steady Pro in the Stitcher awards. Help us get our message out there to help and inspire more new photographers coming into the industry. Help us to grow the show. Your time is much appreciated. These votes, comments and reviews on other platforms is forever appreciated.

If you vote for the show let me know using a comment below, or by sending me an email (michael@rammellphotography.com). Everyone who votes for the show will get a mention on the Podcast (even if we get hundreds of votes! I’ll mention you all!)