Photo Happy Hour

Photo Happy Hour

An irreverent and relevant chat about anything and everything professional photography related...and more! Loose, casual, and fun, your hosts Carl Caylor, Dan Frievalt, and Michael Mowbray tip back their favorite drinks and discuss photography. Insightful, sometimes intelligent, and always entertaining.

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April 26, 2021 61 min

Beep...beep...back that sweet stuff up. And of course we're talking about your files. This episode we talk about what to do...and what not to do. We do a lot of the latter, so learn from our laziness. Along the way we somehow make backing up sound sexy, and we broach the important question of: is it our responsibility to be the long-term storage for our client's photo files? It's an interesting discussion!

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This is the question we've all been asking ourselves for years. The answer is: Yes! Video is a great way to add to the client experience, it gives us a way to differentiate ourselves, and last but not least, it's an add-on that can increase sales. Give this episode a good listen as we lay down some wisdom for adding video to your photography studio.

Thank you to our podcast sponsor: Red Curl Creative. Save $97 on Kimberley&...

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April 6, 2021 54 min

Bright, bold, poppy color is trending like crazy right now. In this episode we explore some of the ways we are incorporating pops of color into our own work. And we chat about some of the exciting new options out there like colored LEDs where you can dial in pretty much any color you want.

Also, please join us in popping the bubbly as we celebrate the one year anniversary of the Photo Happy Hour podcast! Celebrate even more by picki...

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It's the off season for the three of us, so we've got a number of studio projects in the works. Everything from painting to studio samples to moving stuff around.  Do you have any changes planned for your space? Give this episode a listen as we share some good ideas in the midst of all the normal crap.

Along the way, Carl poses this important question: is it grey, or gray? Michael mentions why he doesn't price per sheet...

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March 2, 2021 68 min

Join us for a special interview episode where we chat with our good friend and great photographer, Kira Derryberry.  Kira is based in Tallahassee, Florida, where she photographs a range of family and corporate clients in her thriving photography studio. We cover a wide array of topics, from several unique ideas for corporate photography to her platform program at the recent ImagingUSA conference, as well as the benefits of having a...

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February 10, 2021 64 min

What's your favorite photographic product? Want to know what our are? We could just list them here, but where's the fun in that? In this episode we talk about our favorite products, where we get them from (or how we make them), and also how we sell them. Lots of great info!

Along the way we get a little sidetracked when Carl talks about "69ing" an image (he meant 86ing it -- look it up). Dan can't remember if he&...

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January 25, 2021 60 min

Got a serious case of FOMO? Maybe it's because you missed out on the best virtual conference we have seen to date: ImagingUSA at Home, put on by PPA. It was so good that it even had our own Dan Frievalt as a speaker, our own Carl Caylor as an instructor for the image competition class, and our own Michael Mowbray manning the virtual booth for MoLight. What more could you ask for? In this episode we chat about what went well, wh...

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January 15, 2021 74 min

We want to start off the New Year right with a positive episode full of love, fluffiness and good cheer. What better topic than sharing the photographers we stalk, er, follow and admire. Show these folks some love and check out their amazing work. We mention a ton of people...here are just a few, but be sure to listen to the episode to get the deets on everyone we mention.

  • Kathy Wierda, Erica Lane Harvey, George Mitchell, Tara Rudy,...
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    December 31, 2020 66 min

    Goodbye and good riddance to 2020...amiright?  Actually, not all was bad in 2020, so this week we take a look back at some of the interesting stuff that happened this year. And of course we go off on several fun tangents. Along the way we talk about cooking, Michael discovers that he is snooty about grilled cheese, Carl tries to pinch zoom a magazine, and Dan drops a ton of movie quotes.

    Here's how to make a Naughty Rudolph.

    Her...

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    December 14, 2020 51 min

    It's December, boys and girls, and you know what that means? Time to get totally nogged and do some important year ends tasks for your business. And take some time to relax. But really, do these other things, too. This week we give our tips for things that you should be looking at or doing before January 1 slides on in.

    Along the way, Dan confesses why he's been extra naughty this year. Michael talks about nogging. And Carl ...

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    December 4, 2020 64 min

    This episode is chock full of holiday cheer! And by the sound of it, the guys are chock full of cheer as well. ;)  Do you hear what I hear? True believers will hear the gentle tinkle of lots of great ideas for stuffing your stocking. Plus we share some valuable knowledge with you like...

    What should you do when a sommelier hands you a cork? And...
    What makes bourbon "bourbon"?

    Link to our sponsor: TCPPA
    Link to Dan's SU Ins...

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    So you'd like to learn a little bit about how print competition works? You came to the right place. This week we pull back the curtain on print competition and give you some insight from the judges' points of view. Hang onto your butts as we take a deep dive into the depths of print competition.

    This week you'll also hear the Legend of the Bar Squeeze.  Pop culture references include Titanic, Indiana Jones and the Last ...

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    I can sense as you listen to this at 2a.m. that you might be a little tired of staying up late editing and retouching your photos. Never fear, good photo citizen. There can be hope and a bright light at the end of the tunnel (check for trains first, just to be safe). If you haven't tried outsourcing, don't walk, run your fingers over your keyboard and go to the magic world of Rebooku at www.rebooku.com. All three of us outs...

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    October 27, 2020 52 min

    To paraphrase the great philosopher PeeWee Herman, as solo photographers we are loners, Dottie. Rebels. Because most of us work on our own, it's even more important that we reach out to connect with other weird folks like us. That's where the power of the photography community can help. There are many opportunities to connect and share with like-minded folks, and learn from what others have done to grow and improve. This we...

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    This week we chat with senior photographer and business/sales guru Jenn Lewis from Clemmons, North Carolina. In between a lot of laughs and fun we layout some solid business and sales advice that could help you increase your sales immediately. We also hear about Jenn's self challenge for October: add on $25k in sales in 30 days -- and the answer isn't doing 500 $50 mini sessions. Along the way we chat about about the pros a...

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    Movies not only entertain us, they can also inspire us as photographers. After all, as a photographer you are the director, cinematographer, set designer, prop master, and more for your clients. So it only makes sense to look to the movies for inspiration on lighting, color grading, composition and framing, storytelling, and so on. There really is a lot we can learn from watching a great movie. This week we chat about movies that i...

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    Words can be fun. In fact, some of us use them everyday! In this episode we interview photography copywriter extraordinaire Kimberley Anderson. A veteran of the grueling wedding photography wars, Kimberley pivoted pre-Covid to focus on her other passion: crafting the right words for photographers. In this episode you will learn what should be in your bio (and what should NOT be -- I'm looking at you, coffee and yoga), and what ...

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    It's hard to stay healthy when you're a photographer. From repetitive motion injuries, to bad backs and necks, to having to photograph weddings through sickness and pain, photography can definitely mess you up. In this episode we share some of our war stories and more importantly, wise tips for staying healthy. This week's random pop culture references include Muhammad Ali, monks in the middle ages, Ozzy Osbourne, and S...

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    What gnu things are you trying in your photography business? After all, could there be any better time to mix things up and try some new stuff? This week the guys chat about the new things they are working on and trying out. Give it a listen and maybe you'll be inspired to try something new as well.

    Along the way we give you a few tips about the California wine country, share our current binge shows, and learn that the best cig...

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    This may be the smartest episode we've done yet! Wise beyond his years, Dan McClanahan joins us to share his new commercial approach to senior photography. If you're not familiar with Dan's work, stop reading now and check it out. https://www.mcclanahanstudio.net/ Then come back and listen to this great interview. Thought provoking and hilarious throughout, you're going to want to listen and take notes. Topics we al...

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