Mastering Portrait Photography Podcast
EP112 Interview With Julia Fensom, Sleep Consultant And Author

EP112 Interview With Julia Fensom, Sleep Consultant And Author

October 6, 2021
I knew this would be an entertaining podcast and so it proved to be: Julia Fensom, author of With Sleep I Can Do Anything: The First Year - A Manual is always funny, energetic and full of ideas.  So this interview was always going to be interesting - and long!  When the two of us get together it is always a very funny hour or two, laughing about life, having families and running a small business.
 
While, admittedly, we do talk a bit about babies (and photographing them), mostly the interview is about life, business and what it takes to work well with clients (some of whom are only a few weeks old!)
 
As usual, I asked Julia to nominate a book - or maybe two - that could be added to the ever-expanding library of interesting reads:
 
Cribsheet By Emily Oster
A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1788164490/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_QMAF854F9DEE3JCQ8QVY
Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0141983760/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_1TYQTNRNTM1PX0JYZ81X
 
Both these links will take you to the Amazon book store but I am sure they are available elsewhere!
 
Also, it would be remiss if I didn't include Julia's own book:
With sleep, I can do anything: The first year - A manual
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1983378925/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_C8XC47XMX02A5NRK4VKA
 
So with 90 minutes of listening time, this might not fit within your regular commute but, hopefully, it'll be interesting enough to pick back up on the way home!
 
Enjoy!
 

Cheers
P.


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EP108 On Treating Each Client Like They’re You’re ONLY Client

EP108 On Treating Each Client Like They’re You’re ONLY Client

July 9, 2021

Have you ever stood back and thought about how you feel when your suppliers forget that, while you may be one of the thousands of customers to them, they are the ONLY supplier to you?  It has always irritated me that companies forget themselves and send out blanket messages that remind me that I am just one of their masses, yet another annoying customer - possibly the worst message you can possibly receive.   

The asymmetry of that relationship between a client and a company is really at the heart of customer service: making sure that your clients feel truly unique is one of the keys to a successful business.

Enjoy!

Cheers
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EP107 On The Importance Of Polished Shoes

EP107 On The Importance Of Polished Shoes

June 19, 2021

As a kid, I hated polishing my shoes.  Every week, on a Sunday evening before school, I would be sent out, brushes in hand, to put some shine on my trusty (and boring) Clarke's shoes.

These days, I do it religiously before each and every wedding.  And I do it willingly.

In this episode, I muse about that and why such inconsequential details matter so much.

Enjoy!

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EP106 On Taking Pride In Everything You Do

EP106 On Taking Pride In Everything You Do

June 6, 2021

In this episode, sponsored by Panasonic eneloop Pro Rechargeable Batteries, I am pondering on the difference between being 'proud' and 'taking pride' in everything you do.  A subtle but important distinction - particularly if you're British and have been brought up that pride always comes before a fall!

Some ideas about how to get around that familiar feeling of not wanting to brag about your images - tell the client how amazing they look instead!  Much more comfortable for us Brits and has the added bonus of making the client feel great too!

Enjoy!

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EP105 On Using Your Own Portfolio To Inspire YOU!

EP105 On Using Your Own Portfolio To Inspire YOU!

May 22, 2021

In this episode I'm back in the Land Rover Defender heading out to buy our evening's supper: fish'n'chips!  We were due to go and sit on a hill side and eat them with a pint of beer but, sadly, the brassic weather has other ideas.  Instead, I am pootling through Midsommer Murders territory on a wet and wild Friday evening.

In this episode, sponsored by Panasonic Eneloop Pro Batteries, I have an idea about how you might use your own portfolio - the images that you've taken that you love - to inspire you and keep you energised ready for whatever walks through the door.

Enjoy!

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EP103 On The Witchery Of Words (And The Power Of The Positive)

EP103 On The Witchery Of Words (And The Power Of The Positive)

May 1, 2021

Have you ever wondered how just a few words can make your day or break your heart?  In this episode I ponder on how words are the backbone of portrait photography: during the shoot, they're the only thing you have!

From the minute your client arrives, to the moment you're saying your goodbyes and waving them from your doorstep (you do actually make the effort to see them to their card don't you?!), it's your words and what you say with your body language that is going to make or break the shoot.  Yes, the images will ultimately be the thing you sell, but the experience and the way your client feels during the shoot are so much important than any pixels can be.

Words.  It's all in the witchery of the words.

I mention a piece of software called FoCal in the episode - this is a fantastic app for calibrating your lenses if you happen to own a Nikon or Canon camera (sorry Fuji, Sony, and Olympus users!)  It was recommended by one of our Mastering Portrait Photography members - Bob Foyers (https://foyers.photography/) and may be one of the most useful apps I will see all year! 

FoCal can be found here: https://www.reikanfocal.com/ You're welcome.  Oh, and thanks to Bob for mentioning it!

Cheers
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EP102 On Leaving Lockdown And Loving To Laugh!

EP102 On Leaving Lockdown And Loving To Laugh!

April 23, 2021

It's been an amazing week and you can really feel the change in energy as the Covid lockdown is gradually eased.  Emails coming in, the phones are ringing, shoots are happening (rather than perpetually postponed) and in-person sales sessions are back and in full force! Yay!

On the other hand, everything feels rusty, unfamiliar and slightly unnerving.  Weird. Getting back up to speed is going to be an exciting process for us here at the studio!  Every day is a school day huh?

As long as we're laughing all the way, things will be just fine!

Cheers
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EP99 Who Buys All The Ugly Cars?

EP99 Who Buys All The Ugly Cars?

March 12, 2021

One from the Land Rover this week - I recorded it while heading over to photograph puppies at the Hearing Dogs UK Charity.  Tough gig huh?

A bit of a rambly update, I admit, but the excitement of being out in the sunshine had taken hold. I was later to find that the sunshine belied just how cold it was!  That'll teach me not to forget my coat!  Anyway, that was later.  In this podcast, there is a short update on life, broken websites, flat batteries and scrubbing the studio spotless like a surgical theatre ready to be open for commercial clients.

The actual subject of this mobile recording, is "Who Buys All The Ugly Cars" (or, with a more business-style paraphrase, "There is a market for everything.")

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Enjoy!

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EP98 Keep It Simple!

EP98 Keep It Simple!

March 5, 2021

I admit this is a shorter episode than some - I am multitasking and getting prepped and rehearsed for the Graphistudio Live Lounge over the weekend - details can be found at https://www.graphistudio.com/en/accademia/

I'm on stage (as much as there is a stage of course) at 15:40 UK time (16:40 European time, 10:40 US Eastern) talking about shooting for album sales.  Would love to see you all there!  We could all go out for a drink at the bar afterwards... ....oh.... ...wait... nope, sadly not.

This podcast is about something I've always believed: keeping it simple!  Complexity rarely helps you, your photography or your business.  Keeping things nice and simple helps the shoot to flow and for your clients to enjoy their experience as much as possible.  At least that's true for portrait photography - it may not be so true if you're someone who shoots detailed products where a focus-stacking, light-stacking and hours of retouching are the norm!

For me?  Well I'm at my happiest when it's just me, my client, my camera and a little light.  Just perfect.

Enjoy!

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EP88 How Thinking Like A Musician Can Help Your Images

EP88 How Thinking Like A Musician Can Help Your Images

October 31, 2020

In this episode we look at ways of seeing your images as your clients will.  When I used to work in recording studios, we would dump a copy of the music track onto cassette (yes I am that old) and walk it out into the car park and sit in a band member's car, listening to the audio.  It was the best way to make sure it sounded good somewhere other than in a sophisticated mixing room! 

Making sure your images look great to your end client is much the same - but you don't need an old Ford Capri, a Sony Cassette deck and five sweaty musicians!

In this podcast I also mention (well, someone has to blow my trumpet!) the award we won a couple of weeks ago at the Master Photographers Association International Photography Awards - I won the title of 'Portrait Photography Of The Year' with this image of Carol.

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You can read the story on the BBC News website.

Enjoy!


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