From Pawn Shop Employee to Professional Photographer
The Studio Takeover Podcast
by Cat Ford-Coates
5d ago
As a husband, father, and employee to an Artist! Simon is a humble man taking his folio building and learning through CreativeLive (courses by John Cornicello) quite seriously, but after encouragement from his friend Angie Whitten and guidance from Saray Taylor-Roman and myself with The Consultation Collection stepped into TFP (trade) sessions into charging sustainable pricing and giving an amazing experience alongside incredible imagery! Sue Bryce even said to him "You're an amazing artist, you have beautiful work...but it needs to be consistent. You show me you can be consistent." and Simon ..read more
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Tap Into Love: Uncovering More of Who You Are with Emily Pearl
The Studio Takeover Podcast
by Cat Ford-Coates
1w ago
"Enthusiasm" is from the Latin root "Enthios" which means: to be filled with a Godlike energy. Emily Pearl IS a very enthusiastic person. When she lights up, she ⭐️LIGHTS⭐️ UP. And it is THAT energy that not only draws her portrait clients to her, but powers the work she creates. It is how she taps into love to CREATE. Emily and Cat talk and dance through faith, manifestation, love, and the business of fine art portrait through the heart of community, exploration, and decision. Many of us are "starting": sometimes from scratch, sometimes starting "again", and sometimes starting "over" and navi ..read more
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Uncovering Your Style in Your Work AND Your Business with Ben Marcum
The Studio Takeover Podcast
by Cat Ford-Coates
2w ago
As a man in the boudoir photography world Ben has been very intentional with how he shows up for his clients in creating safe environments, a clinical approach, and assuredly in his marketing to educate his audience about his work. He's uncovered and developed his style, at first through emulation of photographers before him like Peter Hurley and Sue Bryce and learned that he needed to learn to create work HE loved creating and experiencing as ART.  His number one rule in his marketing is to give good information and not focus only on "Selling" your sessions. Share about your perspectiv ..read more
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Your Freedom on Your Terms with Hadonica Murphy
The Studio Takeover Podcast
by Cat Ford-Coates
3w ago
What you allow for yourself is up to you. Coming from a career as a nurse practitioner into full time as a portrait photographer, Hadonica has grown her business to support how she wants to live her life. She's been able to leave nursing and expand into two locations, and she now leverages her portrait business and revenue into real estate to build her personal wealth. "We can make as much or as little as we want to..." Look to be more in your life and use THAT to receive and build more FOR your life. Find Hadonica here: website https://www.hadonicasphotography.com/ instagram https://www.ins ..read more
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You Are Not Alone with Judith Dineen
The Studio Takeover Podcast
by Cat Ford-Coates
1M ago
Being an entrepreneur can be isolating. You're trying to figurer out all the "things", and you can feel like you are alone. Judith was courageous enough to bring her startup portrait business and share her story, and even receive mentoring from Cat Ford-Coates to be shared on the Takeover podcast so that she has some direction moving forward. You don't HAVE to know all the things at first, but putting a sustainable infrastructure in place is paramount to your foundation and your capacity to survive the trials and tribulations of beginning. In this conve Are you needing perspective or insight i ..read more
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Putting People In The Bank through connection, joy, and service with Angie Whitten
The Studio Takeover Podcast
by Cat Ford-Coates
1M ago
My mentor has always said "You will learn more about who you are as a person when you start and learn to run a business (successful and unsuccessful)." And today we are talking with Angie Whitten who leans INTO that motto to grow and scale her portrait business and who she is as a person. She shares her journey from the auto industry and how her husband encouraged her to move into the photo space and she has taken that as an opportunity to serve her community in Washington state, travel the world, and live her life on her terms. Angie Whitten is this beautiful person who is always looking to i ..read more
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Building a Sustainable Portrait Business with a Full Time Position with Ashanta Staten
The Studio Takeover Podcast
by Cat Ford-Coates
1M ago
Ashanta Staten from But a Moment Photography in the Raleigh area of North Carolina is building her business while working in a full time position outside of photo to maintain her security as she grows her business sustainably. She began as many of us do in weddings and quickly discovered that weddings were not where she wanted to focus. During the Covid pandemic she pivoted into newborns and through her own search for business sustainability through platforms like CreativeLive, YouTube, The Portrait System which is where she then found permission to direct her energies into portrait. Ashanta h ..read more
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The Connection Between Body and Business with Teri Hofford
The Studio Takeover Podcast
by Cat Ford-Coates
1M ago
"Why do I tie my identity to the economic value of my business?"  Separating yourSELF from your business and trusting that the body knows. Asking curious questions instead of feeding into your fears to uncover your own leadership as an entrepreneur. Teri shares her journey and evolution of her own self awareness through entrepreneurship as a photographer and educator and addresses how she responded to issues in her business because of fear and how those choices were not sustainable nor did they serve her overall purpose. Reacting to futuristic anxieties (things that had not yet occurred ..read more
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"Is Burnout Addiction?" and "La Dolce Vita" with Kara Marie
The Studio Takeover Podcast
by Cat Ford-Coates
2M ago
Shift the obsession to YOUR own self care from the addiction of your ambition (#attacked) Kara Marie, yes, is an amazing fine art nude and boudoir photographer, an ex-pat American (with her family) living in Italy and a powerful speaker and educator; not only in the space of photo but in burn out. Her story is fascinating and her openness refreshing. Join us as we deep dive into the cycle of burnout; recognizing your patterns in your practice of self awareness to get a REAL handle on the reigns of where you are believing your self sacrifice will somehow serve you or the world. La Dolce Vita: V ..read more
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Growth and Thriving in a Portrait Business through Connection with Bethany Johs
The Studio Takeover Podcast
by Cat Ford-Coates
2M ago
I first met Bethany in a workshop with Sue Bryce just outside of Versailles in France (NBD right?) and have watched her grow her business year after year. Join us as we talk through how she shifted her perspective around campaigns to showcase her 40 Over 40 safely during a pandemic and discovered how that connection with the women in her community was sorely needed and she watched it explode her business. She breaks down cross promotion, staffing these events (now that they are annual), how to network effectively in ANY room based off of what energizes you, and how she has grown her business f ..read more
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