Creativity as a Business Strategy
Mar14

Creativity as a Business Strategy

Last Monday, I offered a few business tips and I received many comments about offering additional tips from my from my upcoming book, A Life In Photography. One of the first questions people ask me is  how I pronounce my name (it’s Fa-race). The second question is where do I find my models, that’s followed by where the ideas for the stories/blog posts I write come from. Sometimes, I get ideas from you, like the question...

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Reality Check: A Few Business Tips
Mar07

Reality Check: A Few Business Tips

Over the years I’ve seen many great photographer’s businesses fail because will they were skilled image maker, they didn’t have any business sense. Similarly, I’ve seen more than a few mildly talented photographers become huge successes because they know how to sell. Of course there are some great photographers who are also great at business and you probably already know their names but the truth is that they...

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Change is Inevitable; Embrace it
Jan11

Change is Inevitable; Embrace it

“If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we are going.”—Professor Irwin Corey If there is one constant theme running through the complaints I hear from photographers is that there is too much change. I believe that it isn’t just what seems like a never-ending parade of new product introduction that concerns them but the pace of these changes. Just about the time you think you finally got the handle on all these digital...

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Publish Your Own Photo Book
Jan07

Publish Your Own Photo Book

Blurb.com is a website that lets you produce your own photo books in quantities as few as one.  I’ve always wanted to publish a coffee table book and Blurb lets you do that without suffering the multiple indignities of receiving enough rejection slips from publishers to wallpaper your bathroom. The Blurb website lets you create many different sizes in hard cover with a dust jacket or softbound versions. The most important thing to...

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Resolutions: Try Keeping Some Next Year
Jan01

Resolutions: Try Keeping Some Next Year

It may be hard to believe but not so long ago lots of Chicken Littles were predicting the end of civilization because, well, the Mayan calendar, told them so. But what about the forty or so other calendars that are in use around the world? In the holiday spirit, I’d like to present a few business-related relations that you might try keeping. Send regular marketing mailings to your existing as well as potential clients. Don’t have a...

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Three Important Photography Marketing Tips
Nov06

Three Important Photography Marketing Tips

Business Fridays is back during the month of November. In December I’ll be using Fridays for the annual Gift Guide features, but in the meantime kick back and pick up a few tips that should help your photo business grow and increase your profitability and productivity. Some photographers, including myself, are not naturally adept at marketing and, at the same time, not solvent enough to afford to hire a dedicated marketing or...

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Protecting Photography as Free Speech
Jan20

Protecting Photography as Free Speech

Along with many other, including my friend Jack Neubart, I’ve written about encounters with law enforcement over making photographs in public places. It seemed like photography was being treated as a crime and photographers as terrorists and it also seemed that wee didn’t have any friends that could help until now. On January 2, 2015 Steve Stockman (R  Texas) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives includes...

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