Wedding season is in full swing and thanks to last year’s pause in events, photographers are booked solid in 2021 and beyond. As delightful as it is to have a full calendar, the grind of the busy season can take its toll on your mood and enthusiasm. Zookbinders had put together a list of podcasts for professional photographers that will keep you sharp and motivated!
Continuing education is a must for anyone who wants to grow as an artist and as a business owner. Whether you are a year into your career or a seasoned veteran, learning enriches the mind. Many times, workshops and lectures can create new opportunities that you may not have considered before. You may get insight into pricing professional wedding albums, learn new strategies for marketing, or discover a new wedding album design service.
Attending a workshop is great, but the logistics of traveling to a mastermind class or convention can take up too many resources. Why not gather some new intel by listening to podcasts? Podcasts are a super convenient way to learn from industry experts in a casual setting, on your own time, and for free. Plus, they are pretty entertaining!
When to Listen
Take a Stroll
It’s said that multitasking is a myth and that you can’t do two things at the same time. However, have you walked and listened to music before? Then swap out the tunes for a podcast and get your steps in while learning. If you get distracted by a squirrel on your walk, just hit replay and you’ll be up to speed.
Just like any talk radio or news station, a podcast can keep things interesting when you’re out driving around, especially on longer trips. Taking a kid to college, traveling to visit family, or just enduring rush hour can be a great time to check out a few podcasts for professional photographers looking for inspiration on the go.
Photography and editing go hand in hand. For all the hours spent on your feet capturing the perfect images for a wedding album, you’ll find yourself culling and editing for nearly the same amount. (Unless of course, you outsource.) Try playing a podcast during your screen time. When you’re working your creative magic on your images in Lightroom you might find some inspiration to define your style and brand.
There are quite a few options out there but here are four of our most recommended podcasts for professional photographers in no particular order.
Want to be entertained? Booray Perry and Gary Hughs have opinions and experiences that they aren’t afraid to share. These guys are fully invested in the photography industry’s excellence and education. But really it is their storytelling that makes this such a fun listen! Get ready to ROTFL
Mary Fisk-Taylor and Kira Derrtberry dive deep into business practices, marketing, gear, stumbling blocks, and keeping things all in balance. They are frank and funny. Both women are currently on the Professional Photographer of America’s Board of Directors and have a wealth of knowledge to share. Their conversation is down-to-earth and candid. Listening is like having a glass of wine with close friends.
Jack Hartzman has more than 30 years behind the lens. His decades of education and experience have led him to be a coach and mentor to many in the industry. His podcast includes interviews with business owners throughout the entertainment and hospitality industry. Here’s one of his recent episodes with Zookbinders CEO Mark Zucker, talking about MCVO Talent, a boutique outsourcing company that Mark is spearheading.
Ben Hartley the founder of Style and Story Creatives is PASSIONATE with a capital P! His enthusiasm and positivity are truly contagious. If you bottle his energy you could probably shoot three 16-hour weddings back to back and then go out dancing. Ben talks about business mentality; how to be confident, how to deal with objections, how to communicate, and how to keep your mindset focused on abundance rather than scarcity.
Zookbinders truly appreciated all the hardworking photographers out there. We hope you’ll be enriched by some of these podcasts for professional photographers and we can’t wait to see those album orders coming in!