Thanks for joining us for Something New Every Week (SNEW), where we'll chat with industry leaders to learn what they're doing in their businesses that's helping them in their corner of the world!
INTERVIEW WITH SEAN BROWN
Sean is based out of Vancouver, WA and specializes in high school senior photography. Along with being published in numerous magazines, he has been named four years running as one of the Top 100 High School Senior Photographers in the nation by Senior Style Guide Magazine and one of the Top 25 Up & Coming Senior Photographers by The Twelfth Year and Modern Teen Style Magazine. Sean has been asked to speak at photography conferences and is an educator to other photographers. He loves teaching and helping other photographers by giving them the necessary tools to take their business to the next level.
INTERVIEW WITH WILL CADENA
Will Cadena is a photographer who combines a modern, edgy look with traditional photography. His experience has given him the knowledge of traditional photography, and the skills to know when and how to break those traditional rules and deliver a whole new look to his images, without retouching. He has been photographing clothing campaigns, high profile events, and much more for over a decade both here in the US and around the world.
As Cadena continues to grow as a photographer, he is also growing as an educator and an influential part of the photography community. He was one of B&H's featured photographers. He sees ..paying it forward.. as an important role of more seasoned photographers. He often talks about how he, himself continues to attend workshops because there is always something to learn. For this reason, he truly enjoys and values his opportunities to speak for some amazing companies, in amazing places! These include the Canon Experience Center in California, Fundy Inspiration Workshop to Inspire Disney's Fine Art photographers at Disney World, WPPI, ShutterFest, Photo Plus NY and Clickcon.
Cadena is honored to represent some of the top companies in the industry, and proud to be working with some up and coming companies, as well! Some of the companies Will is associated with are Westcott, Canon USA, Graphi Studios, Think Tank Photo, Wacom, Synology USA, Fundy designer, ProMediaGear, Sekonic, Elinchrom, XRite, Benro N-Vu & GNARBOX.
When asked... What do you like best about your career? Cadena replies... Exploring new locations and enjoying the beauty of the people and their surroundings… knowing when the client sees their photographs they are 'wowed' and beyond satisfied. I would have nothing less.”
INTERVIEW WITH SHANNON ATCHLEY
Atchley Photography is located in Bryant, AL. Shannon specializes in senior portraits and mentoring. She does all forms of lighting at her studio with an equal emphasis on natural and strobes.
INTERVIEW WITH LORI NORDSTROM
Hey Ya'll! I'm Lori. All the yada yada is below if you are interested, but I know that what you really care about is how I can help you! If you LOVE what you do and don't understand why you're not profitable, we need to talk.
When I work with photographers we get to know each other really well. I will help you to put systems in place and customize them to your strengths and personality. After our onboarding call, we will start with creating your profit plan. Next, we will map out the exact steps for you to take so that you are set up for success in reaching your goals! Creating a six-figure income isn't difficult when you have a system and clear path to walk.
Lori’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications including Rangefinder, Professional Photographer and Behind the Shutter. She has earned her Masters and Craftsman degrees from PPA, is a CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) and an Approved Business Instructor through PPA. PPA named Lori Nordstrom Studio a US top producing studio for over 10 years.
Soon after getting involved in print competition in 2000 (yikes! that's a long time ago!), Lori was asked to speak at her own Iowa State Convention. Since then, she has gone on to present programs and workshops in all 50 US states and around the world. Seen on CreativeLive and PhotoVision as well as national and international stages, Lori is now a sought after business coach helping creative entrepreneurs reach their goals as multiple six-figure earners.
Lori is the author of “Maximizing Profits: A Practical Guide for Photographers”.
A note from Lori: I am so grateful for the photographic industry and honored by the awards, recognition and opportunities, but most importantly my fulfillment comes from God first, family second (including 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren) and third, being a part of helping other creatives reach their goals and live their best life.
INTERVIEW WITH TYLER WIRKEN
Voted one of the “Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World” by American Photo magazine, Tyler Started out as a newspaper photographer and discovered a passion for documentary photography early in his career and never looked back.
After 10 years in the wedding and family business, he found himself questioning a lot of conventional ideas about weddings. That’s when he asked himself– why am I doing this?
He believes those why questions help him create more meaningful photographs that go beyond just the surface and allows him to make images that truly matter. Rooted in the ethics of journalism he uses those techniques learned from his photojournalism experience and applies that same approach to his documentary and family projects.
Jeff and Lori own indigosilver studio in Wilmington NC, offering boutique boudoir portraiture and wedding photography. They also own and operate The Shoot Space, their educational outreach for photographers. The Shoot Space is a community-oriented studio offering workshops, tutorials, photographers’ contracts, and online educational content for photographers.
INTERVIEW WITH THOMAS NGUYEN
Thomas Nguyen lives in Cincinnati, OH., but travels around the country as his senior photography allows him to do so. He has a unique approach at what he does. He believes in keeping things fun and fresh! He genuinely cares about every senior he works with. His intention is unwavering: to create a unique and memorable experience that each senior will fall in love with forever.
INTERVIEW WITH BEN CHRISMAN
Ben Chrisman is an award-winning documentary, wedding and portrait photographer with Chrisman Studios and King and Fields Studios in Charleston, SC. Ben has consistently been named one of the top photographers in the world since 2008, and has photographed in over 30 countries. As a leader in the photographic community, he speaks and teaches internationally at conferences and workshops throughout the year when he's not in the studio or on assignment.
INTERVIEW WITH GARON COOPER
Garon found a passion for storytelling and began his career in filmmaking in 2010 with a focus on weddings and commercial work. As he transitioned into the world of photography, he brought along his cinematic style to fuse into his images. He now offers a variety of photo and cinematographic experiences to a variety of clients across genres - whether they be brides, CEO's, high school seniors, or moms.
INTERVIEW WITH RAQUITA HENDERSON
I'm way too awesome for a single about me page, but we can try right?
Finding the right person to spend forever with tends to feel like the easy part once you’ve started to plan a wedding. I get that, and I want to make it as easy as I can to help you decide if I am the right fit for you.
I’m fly jeans and twitter. I'm social justice and social media. I’m pixie sticks and Bissingers. I’m Chuck Taylors and Red Bottoms. I’m Nerf guns and 2-D fighter video games. I’m Haagen-Dazs and home made cookies. I’m old school hip hop and 80’s hair/rock bands. (Poison, anyone?) I’m graffiti walls and fields of wild flowers. I’m mohawks and up dos with the pretty little wispy strands.
INTERVIEW WITH THE BODY
Matthew Kemmetmueller is the Owner/Lead Photographer of Kemmetmueller Photography Inc., based just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Matthew was first introduced to this industry from his father who started Kemmetmueller Photography Inc. in 1972. He manages one of the area's largest studios photographing thousands of high school seniors, families, babies, and weddings; as well as, managing a high-caliber, volume sports business. In 2010, Matthew took full ownership of the studio from his father and began to focus on growing it into new directions.
INTERVIEW WITH JENN LEWIS
Jenn is an award-winning portrait photographer based in Clemmons, North Carolina who concentrates on seniors and headshots. She began her photography business over 12 years ago as a “mom with a camera”. With a determined work ethic and tenacious personality, she grew her part-time business from her living room to her full-time 1600 square foot studio while multiplying her sales average by 10. She is an army of one, but her ADHD helps her to multitask like a BOSS.
Jenn loves this relationship-based business. She lives to attend conferences where she has learned great business practices like combining good sales techniques and a great experience all while taking killer photos. But the networking (which usually takes place at the bar) might just be her favorite part. :)
Jenn is easily recognized by her crazy curly hair, which has been rumored to give her superpowers in her sales room. She enjoys road trips, long walks on the beach, and pink Starbursts.