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Ask the Photographers

Ask the Photographers! A podcast featuring all things photography and your questions about it. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will from Pittsburgh, PA. Questions you'd like answered? Email us at hello@askthephotographers.com
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May 30, 2019

In this episode, we talk about how our culture views weddings, photographer horror stories, and the pressure to take photos during our personal time. We also answer a listener question about 401ks. Tune in!

 

This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

May 30, 2019
The incredible Rachel Rowland is back at the Ask the Photographers recording studio talking kids, Enneagrams, budgeting, celebratory dancing, retainer fees, and more! We also chat through editing, outsourcing, and branding, as well as finances and social media. Best of all, we demystify this whole “ideal client” thing. Take a listen! https://rachelrowland.com/

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This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

May 30, 2019

In this episode, we answer listener questions like “Are you able to be a hit without a social media following?” We discuss the idea of deleting Facebook and being famous in the age of social media. We also talk about the saturation of photographers and the effect iPhones have had on the industry.

 This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

May 30, 2019

In this one, we talk through a plethora of topics you may also be wondering about! Is a financial advisor a good idea? Would hiring someone to help you make you more or less busy? We also explore the idea of microfame as well as email lists (are they worth it?) 

This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

May 30, 2019

It’s been a while, but this episode is PACKED with content. We talk about workflow, outsourcing, and 2nd shooters. We also talked about things we learned in 2018 and the goals we made for 2019.

This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Jul 11, 2018

A lot of content on this one! Steven & I are catching up on everything. It starts slow, but we really get into it after a few minutes.

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This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

May 22, 2018

New questions!! 

Jeannine Bonadio

Would you or have you given a discount if a wedding couple offered to pay in cash for their package?

Allisha Olechovski

What do you think about tricks and camera toys like prisms and pipes?

What is your workflow/turn-around time and how do you feel the next day after a wedding?

Amanda Wilson

How about when you go to a popular location and run into tons of other photographers in front of your client?

Worst/best thing you’ve eaten at a wedding?

Royal wedding fallout?

Trish

Can I use Tave with my GoDaddy website?

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This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

 

 

 

May 16, 2018

Tons of content here! Male vs Female 2nd photographers, IG drama, staying motivated, and rising to the challenge.

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Check out our sponsor! https://www.instagram.com/retro_photo_lancaster/

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This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Apr 16, 2018

Male v Female photographer perceptions and real-life struggles!!

Welcome back!! This one gets wild. Four photographers discussing photography life/business and everything that comes with it. We hope you find this insightful as we pull back the curtain on what it's really like to make a living with a camera. 

We cover taking better photos, keeping things sharp, BIG differences in style, PDF v PDA, #metoo, not making enough money, TAXES, s-corps, LLCs, etc.

What else do we talk about in this episode? I honestly don't even know, that's why you need to listen and find out! 

Find out more about Rachel & Merritt on IG.

https://www.instagram.com/rachelrowlandphotography/

https://www.instagram.com/merrittleephoto/

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Also, don't forget to reach out to Mike at Retro Photo if you're looking for film gear! https://www.instagram.com/retro_photo_lancaster/

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This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Apr 16, 2018

4 Photographers discussing photography life/business and everything that comes with it. We hope you find this insightful as we pull back the curtain on what it's really like to make a living with a camera.

We cover loneliness working from home, staying inspired & learning, Instagram (hate/love), raising kids, sexual harassment, and just getting better.

What else do we talk about in this episode? I honestly don't even know, that's why you need to listen and find out! 

Find out more about Rachel & Merritt on IG.

https://www.instagram.com/rachelrowlandphotography/

https://www.instagram.com/merrittleephoto/

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Also, don't forget to reach out to Mike at Retro Photo if you're looking for film gear! https://www.instagram.com/retro_photo_lancaster/

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This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Mar 28, 2018

WTF, this episode. We talk about ghosts and stuff for a bit. Then we really get into client gifts and clients who cancel. 

Thanks for checking out the show! Also, check out our sponsor, https://www.instagram.com/retro_photo_lancaster/ for your next camera.

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This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Mar 21, 2018

Check out our sponsor on IG! https://www.instagram.com/retro_photo_lancaster/

Tell him ATP sent you and he'll hook you up :)

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Here is another whiskey episode!!

We talk about a whole bunch of stuff, and you might just love it. Also, if anyone wants to buy us a drink... we'll send you our PayPal link ;)

This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Mar 13, 2018

Check out our sponsor on IG!

https://www.instagram.com/retro_photo_lancaster/

Tell him ATP sent you and he'll hook you up :)

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This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Feb 28, 2018

We’re back from vacation!

 

This episode is all about documenting the family, being in the moment, and how to crush a client meeting. We get DEEP on this one, so buckle up.

ALSO, check out our show sponsor and give him a follow on IG: https://www.instagram.com/retro_photo_lancaster/

This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

 

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Jan 30, 2018

We're calling this the late night special, this one is wild fam!

Actually, we talk about a lot of really great stuff, including the following:

Delivery Boxes
Editing Times
Males v Female Photogs
Being Aggressive & Confident

We also answer a question from Trish of https://www.beatboxportraits.com/!

Are people dropping a good amount of coin on Presentation boxes, are they doing anything unique? Do they go as far as putting their branding on the actual shipping box they mailed to the client? 
I would love to know how everyone else in the country is running this side of their business compared to just what Texans are doing.

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Also, check out our podcast friends!

The Bearded Tog

The Epic Podcast

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This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Jan 23, 2018

This episode is jam-packed! We talk about Focus, Culling Secrets, Winter Weddings, Challenging Yourself, Blogging Every Wedding, Finding Your Client’s “Good Side”, Creeping on Clients, and Editing to Music. Hope you enjoy!

This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Dec 23, 2017

We had the pleasure of talking with Vincent Pugliesse who is a photographer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—just like us :)

He's been shooting weddings with his wife for years and is starting to transition into education and more. You can find out more about him here: http://thefreelancetribe.com/

Wedding/Sport work here: http://www.elizabethvincentphotography.com/

We love how he thinks differently and walks his own path. Very encouraging episode. Let us know what you think!

This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Dec 14, 2017

Rapid-fire questions in today's episode!! This is what a post asking for questions in our Facebook group looks like :)

Here is that book too! The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller 
Link: http://a.co/33VQ49D

Bryan Schneider 
How do you work off cookie table calories?
How much sleep do you get?
How do you keep life and tasks organized?
How do you do Google Adwords and not pay for irrelevant clicks?
Why are you podcasting at 8:00 am?!
What are you most excited to do in the slow season?

Amanda Wilson
End of the year expenses have to be bought by New Years to get into 2017 taxes - Is anyone making any big end of the year purchases?
How is your 2018 season filling up - are you noticing any trends?
What's the worst business deal/decision you ever made?
Are you paying to boost posts on social media?
If you weren't a photographer what would you be? Have you ever considered starting another business instead?

Jeannine Bonadio
What’s your favorite cookie at weddings?
Are you making any changes in your business in 2018? Maybe something you learned from your interviews and want to apply?

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This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Dec 7, 2017

This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

 

In today's episode, we cover taking control of the bridal party, impressing your future clients and getting back to people. We also touch on hustling, worst-case scenarios, and favorite coffees.

We are also thinking about starting one of those fancy Patreon pages. 

Here are the questions we got to!

Rachel K
Question: How many times do you talk/connect with your wedding clients during the time frame of after you book them but before their wedding date? For example, you book them in July but their wedding isn't until October of the following year.

Jeannine B
Question: How long do you expect a second shooter to keep images they have shot for you?

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Dec 1, 2017

We're answering questions from our Facebook Group today, AND if you're not already a member—you can find the link on our website!

This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Nov 16, 2017

This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know.

Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Oct 6, 2017

Abbey does it all. Runs a successful multi-photographer studio, owns multiple businesses, coaches, and still manages to be involved in the lives of her kids.

This episode is a real butt-kicker, something we all need every now and again.

You can find out more about Abbey and Seven Summers here: www.sevensummerscreative.com

This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.
Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com


Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com
Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Sep 12, 2017

This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Aug 22, 2017

SUPER informative interview with Ben! This guy is the real deal.

Not only does he crush the wedding game in OH, but he's teaching people how to build a successful photography business.

He's also running a free crash course! Check this out... 

http://www.sixfigurephotography.com/7daycrashcourse

http://www.stylestorycreative.com/

http://www.sixfigurephotography.com/blog/

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This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

Aug 9, 2017

This is Ask the Photographers! A show geared towards portrait & wedding photographers and their questions about business, art, cameras and all sorts of other stuff photographers want to know. Hosted by Steven Dray and Michael Will.

Check us out online at http://askthephotographers.com

Steven - http://stevendrayimages.com

Michael - http://michaelwillphotography.com

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