Look Beyond Photography: Inspiration and Insight for Photographers

  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 44 “Keep On Swingin'” - Cold, hard, fact…not everything we do in life is going to be a success. There will be times in life that we have to fight for.  As a photography business entrepreneur, our crowd especially see ups and downs.  I’ve seen so many solid photographers give up on their career because making a go at it […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 43 “Play Nice” - In this business, you’ll find that being a good sport goes a long way. There’s an old saying that goes, “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”  In general, we use this to refer to our attitude in how we treat someone in order to get what we want. But how often do […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 42 “Poisonous” - It’s hard to admit, but sometimes we allow things into our life and business that are just poisonous. Sometimes it’s attitude.  The way we think completely motivates the way we feel…and the way we feel motivates the way we act.  So our attitude becomes a direct hinge-pin that can affect our entire persona.  One of […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 41 “Learning to Say “No”” - Seems counterintuitive, but one of the hardest lessons we learn in business is when to say “no”. When we start out, we’re convinced that we need to take every job or assignment that anyone is willing to throw at us.  Seniors?  Yep.  Weddings?  Yep.  Families?  Yep.  Sports teams?  Yep.  Cars?  Yep.  Pets?  You betcha!  I […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 40 “More Important Than Money” - Lately I’ve been too focused on trying to make money, rather than simply pursuing the road that God has laid out before me. Now I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to try to make money. I mean, we have families to support and bills to pay…but the problems arise when money becomes more of […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 39 “Future Unknown” - At times, I have these glimpses where I feel like things are coming together and I’m able to see my future in front of me, but to be honest, most of the year is a real struggle. The truth is, it’s not easy to keep it together. Running a small business means there’s no such […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 38 “The Power of Encouragement” - Sometimes, the difference between failure and success can be as simple as an encouraging word. We underestimate the power of influence we have on those around us.  …and as we all know, “with great power, comes great responsibility.”  But far too often we overlook our responsibility to use this power on those that may benefit […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 37 “Objects in Motion” - Something we learned in science class can be much more valuable than you may think. This is indeed a trying time we live in.  Not just in photography, but in life.  There are so many things going on that it can be very easy to get distracted from our goals, many times to the point […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 36 “Level Ten and Loving It” - Ever notice how goals seem so achievable at the beginning, but next to impossible after some time? We’ve all been there.  For many of us it comes around every January 1.  We look to our New Year’s Resolution as a way to set a goal for the upcoming year.  It could be a weight loss […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 35 “It’s Just Not Fair” - Do you ever feel like all of your hard work goes unnoticed and that others seem to get by in photography so easily? As modern day photographers, we’re part of an industry that’s been in a constant flux of change…and not always for the better.  One of the biggest concerns currently on most photographer’s minds […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 34 “Frightened, But Not Afraid” - Do you find the thought of being a full-time photographer frightening?  If so, welcome to the club! There’s a lot to be scared of when you take the leap into photography full-time.  It’s a world with an unknown future…and if there’s anything we humans fear the most, it’s the unknown.  Sure, there are things we […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 33 “Uncertain Times” - Sometimes, despite our best laid plans, we simply don’t know what the future has in store for us. There are times in our life where we’re certain of what we should be doing and see the path laid out clearly before us.  Other times however, the path is not so clear.  I’ve found the latter […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 32 “Born. Exist. Die.” - Most of our lives can be summed up in this…”we’re born, we exist, we die.”  Two of these are out of our control…but it’s that bit in the middle where we have some wiggle room. January is a time where we contemplate new goals and plans for the year.  If we’re serious, we resolve within […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 31 “Idle Hands” - Winter can bring about a slow season for many photographers, but beware of what all this free time can bring. There are mixed emotions for a lot of us when winter rolls in.  On one hand, many of us have been busy playing catch up from fall (our craziest time of the year)…so we look […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 30 “Tell Me How Super I Am” - There’s nothing quite like having all of your friends and family constantly tell you how great of a photographer you are to turn you into a really bad photographer! Now, there’s nothing wrong with some encouragement.  We all need it on a regular basis.  The problem however is that when the only feedback we get […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 29 “I Should Be Further Along” - Do you ever feel like you should be closer to meeting your goals by now…but you’re just not there yet? I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been here.  For some of us, it’s more often than not.  We can look back a year ago, three years ago, five years ago, and remember […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 28 “Let the Artist Speak” - What does your work say about you?  When you tell the story of your work, does it have an original voice…or does it sound the same as a thousand others in your social media feed? One of the most difficult things about being a photographer is figuring out your “style” or adding qualities that make […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 27 “Join the Crowd” - When you’re dealing with the stress of being of photographer, trust me…you’re not alone! In fact, I could make some predictions about how you’re feeling in your career choice right now.  More than likely, you feel like you’re not good enough.  You wonder if you’ll ever be able to take photos like some of the […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 26 “You Couldn’t Be More Wrong” - Do you know what your definition of success is?  I’ll bet dollars to donuts that you are quite possibly, completely wrong! We are constantly trying to chase our dreams of success.  Photographers are no different.  The main thing we tend to miss altogether however, is that each one of us should  be defining success completely […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 25 “Is This Right for Me?” - At some point we all ask ourselves the question, “Is what I’m doing with my life right for me?” Today’s post is going to incorporate even more biblical themes and spiritual thoughts than my typical posts.  If that sort of thing offends you, well then I suggest you keep reading anyways.  Because this is one […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 24 “Where Did the Love Go?” - So you’ve taken your passion and turned it into a career…only to find that you’re not feeling too passionate about it anymore.  Now what? We all go through it, perhaps some more than others, but I’m right there with you.  I can remember when the thought of being a photographer brought me so much joy. […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 23 “Why Didn’t I Think of That?” - How many times do you see something that someone else has done and think “why didn’t I think of that?”  Well for me, it’s a lot! As humans, why do we find it so necessary to compare ourselves to everyone around us?  As photographers, we’re constantly putting our work up against everyone else and trying […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 22 “The Secret Ingredient” - Running a photography business isn’t just about what other people want.  It’s about what you can offer. It’s personal and it’s different for everyone.  Sure, there are things we can all do that are the same and are proven to help us be more successful…but it’s not copy and paste.  There’s a lot of photographers […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 21 “Slaying the Green-Eyed Monster” - At some point we all face this monster rearing its ugly head…and if we don’t cut it off, we stand to spiral into a pit of self-loathing and depression. Most people tend to romanticize the idea of being a photographer.  They think it means we spend most of our time walking along the beach, snapping […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 20 “You Screwed Up…Now What?” - If you were to tell me that you’ve never screwed up in your photography or business, I’d say that you’re either a liar or you’re not telling the truth!  (Because that’s the only option there is.) The fact is, we all make mistakes from time to time.  It’s part of the “human condition”.  If you’re […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 19 “What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do” - Sometimes we all just feel lost and don’t know what to do next.  One thing I can say for certain…if you don’t know what to do, the worst thing you can do, is to do nothing! The photography industry can often be a cryptic and confusing place to call home.  There are a thousand different […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 18 “Coming Up Short” - It’s a harsh reality and not something we like to think about, but let’s face it…at some time, in some area of life, you’re simply going to fall short of your goals. Too many times we let the fear of failing stop us from trying to succeed.  We become complacent, unmotivated and lethargic.  It’s hard […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 17 “Take the Good with the Bad” - It’s a harsh reality, but in this life we have things that are good and things that are bad…and more often than not, you can’t have one without the other. When I was a kid, we used to watch the TV show “The Facts of Life”, whose theme song went a little something like “You […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 16 “Don’t Panic…Just Reboot” - How many of you remember the infamous Windows “Blue Screen of Death”? Coming from a background in IT, I can say there’s something you learn very quickly.  When it comes to fixing a large number of computer problems, glitches, crashes, and general nonsensical-ness on behalf of your operating system, the initial go-to troubleshooting step is always […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 15 “Don’t Get Me Started” - You wanna know what I hate about the photography business?  Ugh, don’t get me started! How often do you feel like this?  Most of us have that one button that gets pressed, and when it does it ruins the rest of our day.  Maybe for some it’s something to do with bookkeeping, or others in […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 14 “Happiness is…” - One of the most illusive personal goals in today’s society is “happiness”…yet so many people are just so, unhappy. We all define it differently, but when it comes down to it there’s really one thing we all want and have in common.  We want to be happy.  We want to stop wishing, hoping and stressing […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 13 “It’s Not What You Know…” - It’s not what you know, it’s who you know! We’ve all heard that phrase a lot, but I wonder how often we stop to really think about that?  It’s probably most heard in the corporate world when we think of making the right “connections” to get ahead.  I’ve witnessed it first hand…we all have at […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 12 “Who Cares What They Think!” - One thing is for sure, there’s no shortage of opinions on how you should be running your business! If you’re just starting out in photography, you’ll soon discover that everyone you know suddenly seems to be an expert at business and is more than happy to tell you how you should be running yours.  Truth […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 11 “Why So Serious?” - Lets admit it, we all want to be viewed a certain way. Each of us has this notion in our head about who we think we are and how we want others to perceive us. We like to believe that this type of social behavior ends after high school and that we’re not interested in […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 10 “Not Alone” - One of the most difficult elements of becoming a full-time photographer is the sense of loneliness it can bring. It seems counter-intuitive really.  After all, if we’re photographing clients and working with new people, then why would we ever feel alone?  Well, in that respect, we don’t…but when it comes to running a photography business, […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 9 “Stressed Out” - “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”  Whoever coined that phrase was clueless! A photography business can be greatly rewarding, but it can also be a nightmare.  Much of that depends on our perception of our business and how we choose to operate.  Let’s set the record straight though…if […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 8 “Be a Failure” - In a world where everyone is telling you that you need to work hard and be successful, I say “work hard and be a failure”! Now I’m not saying to go out there and try to fail at what you do.  What I am saying however is to accept who you are, which is a […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 7 “You’re Listening to Liars” - When we look back on our lives, the biggest regrets we’ll ever have are chances never taken. Life has a way of making us feel, well…”stuck”.  Some people feel stuck in a job, stuck in a home, stuck in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, stuck in a bad financial situation, the list could go on. […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 6 “You’re A Quitter” - Let’s face it, you’re a quitter.  The sooner you realize that, the sooner you can move on. I know it sounds harsh, but it’s true.  It’s just part of who we are.  At some point in life, everyone quits something…either because it is too difficult, the timing is not right, they don’t have the resources […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 5 “Creating Creativity” - “I’m just not that creative.”  “I wish I were more creative.”  “I have trouble coming up with new ideas.”  Do these phrases feel familiar? One of most common questions I get asked is, “Where do you get your creativity?”  My honest answer…I really don’t think I am very creative.  It’s something I struggle with as […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 4 “Who Are You?” - Believe it or not, who you are may not be who you want to be. On this road to finding our own way in photography, there are an ample number of speed bumps along the way.  So many times, it feels like we’re being counter-productive and we have trouble even taking ourselves seriously as photographers […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 3 “Close Your Eyes” - Our love of photography is killing us from the inside out, but there’s something you can do to fight this sickness. Just close your eyes.  This may sound counter-intuitive.  I mean, we are photographers for Pete’s sake!  Our job is to open our eyes to the people and places around us and to capture them […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 2 “Finding Your Voice” - Photography is a trap that lures you in just long enough to crush your soul.  If you haven’t felt that way, give it a minute…your turn is coming. For some reason, there is a mysterious allure to photography that draws people in by the truck loads.  I think this is because we live in a […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Episode 1 “Why Me?” - You’re probably asking yourself, “What makes you think you’re qualified to help me?”  Well don’t worry, I’ve asked myself that same question many times over before deciding to do this, and here’s my answer: For some reason, there’s a truth that people often like to ignore (and photographers are no exception). That truth is this; […]
  • Look Beyond Photography: Introduction - What’s the point of all this struggle? Don’t you feel that way sometimes? As photographers, we’ve entered this career path because we were in love with the process of image creation and enamored by the possibility of creating images for a living. However, somewhere along the line, we lose that enthusiasm and our spark of […]