The Think Stupid-Simple Podcast

The Think Stupid-Simple Podcast

Pye Jirsa, world renowned photographer and educator, brings you unabridged, authentic conversations about life with industry leaders from across the globe.... Show More

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February 26, 2021 118 min
Frederick Van Johnson is the voice behind This Week in Photography. With a background as a photojournalist for the Air Force and his footprints deep in the heart of Silicon Valley, having worked for behemoths including Adobe and Apple, Frederick has experienced the best and worst of the tech industry and eventually found his voice through his own podcast. Since Frederick stepped in as the host, TWiP has grown to become one of the m...
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Jared Gant is a Colorado based wedding photographer. Not only has he created a successful and sustainable photography business that brings in a quarter million dollars in annual revenue, he has a keen sense of efficiency and developed a workflow that allows him to operate his business at a fraction of the time with extraordinarily effective methods of acquiring clients. Today, he is extending his business expertise and teaming up w...
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With a career spanning over three decades, Joel Grimes sits in the upper echelon of commercial and advertising photographers working today. Joel quickly rose to prominence with his technical proficiency and constant creative curiosity and has continued to innovate and adapt his skills alongside the evolution of photography from film to digital, building a massively successful brand and creating stunning work that continues to push ...
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Lauri Laukkanen is an advertising photographer and director who has seamlessly transitioned into the Head of Virtual Production for ZOAN. Since 2012 he’s worked with brands like Apple, Paramount, Polar, Finavia and PWC to name a few. In 2020, he directed JVG, one of the largest virtual reality concerts ever produced for Finland’s May Day. JVG garnered a live-audience of over 700,000 people and was viewed by nearly 24% of the entire...
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Mike Kelley is known as one of the world’s top architectural photographers. His work has attracted clients that include Tesla Motors, Herman Miller, and Arquitectonica just to name a few. His obsession with aviation led to a series of personal work or “airportraits” that has been published in virtually every major outlet, and featured in museums throughout the world. Mike is also one of the top online educators in the photography i...
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Spencer Boerup is the owner and founder of MagMod. With a background in wedding photography, Spencer saw the need for better flash modification tools. MagMod released their first products in 2013 on Kickstarter and was an instant success. They exceeded their backing goal by 600% receiving over $200,000 in initial sales. From then MagMod has gone on to revolutionize the way photographers approach lighting.

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In the world of photography, there are few photographers more recognizable than Sue Bryce. With over 30 years of experience, Sue’s distinct style and approach to contemporary glamour portraits have become the modern face of portraiture. From having owned and operated her own 7-figure photography studio to now teaching tens of thousands of photographers around the world how to do the same, Sue is the force behind Sue Bryce Education...
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Jeremy Blossom is a former reality TV star and is the co-founder of Strikepoint Media. Founded in 2013, Strikepoint Media is a digital marketing agency that specializes in lead generation, funnel building and media buying for significant growth. His company has generated over $750 million dollars in sales for their clients and annual agency revenue exceeds $27 million dollars.

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Sam Hurd is one of the most influential portrait and wedding photographers of the past decade. Sam is also one of the most sought out educators. From in-person workshop experiences to online education through Sam’s Patreon membership, photographers want to learn how Sam sees the world. His unique approach to photography has yielded multiple techniques and styles that have become ubiquitous with his name. In this episode, we’re gett...
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We’re going to try something different in this episode. Jas Panag is a long-time friend who I’ve been recently coaching and working with. In one of our recent conversations, I realized that a lot of the things we were discussing might be helpful to others. I asked Jas if he’d be willing to bring our conversations and coaching sessions onto the podcast and he agreed. Jas has had a lot of difficult and incredible experiences througho...
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Charmi Patel Pena is a photographer, industry leader and educator, as well as an ambassador for Nikon USA. Charmi specializes in Southeast Asian weddings and her work has created happy clients and garnered industry awards and accolades from around the world. As an educator, Charmi has taught on platforms like Creative Live, WPPI, Mystic, and is presently an SLR Lounge Educational Ambassador. In addition to her photography and educa...
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Patrick hall is a photographer, educator, and entrepreneur. In 2010, Patrick and his partner Lee started Fstoppers.com. Fstoppers started out as a simple place for creative professionals to learn photography and cinematography from behind the scenes videos. Fast forward 10 years, today Fstoppers gets around 3-5 million unique visitors a month. Today Patrick/Lee run Fstoppers full-time and split their time between home in Puerto Ric...
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Lindsay Adler is an American portrait and fashion photographer based out of New York. In addition to an extensive body of work, she’s also known as one of the most prolific educators in the photography industry. She’s one of the most popular instructors on Creative Live, has her own extensive library of education, and can be found regularly teaching at tradeshows and conferences. In 2020, Lindsay also became the first woman to win ...
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Today's guest, Pei Ketron, is a photographer, educator and speaker who presently works on the Adobe Lightroom team. Her photographs and travel photography have garnered significant attention around the globe. She was born in Taiwan, but grew up on the Navajo Nation in Arizona within a biracial household. This along with her BA in Psychology and MA in Special Education and Assistive Technology gives her a unique perspective and ...
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Giva the “Arm Collector” Santana is a retired mixed martial artist who fought in Bellator, ShoXC and M-1 Global. He’s a decorated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor with over 30 years of experience and having won numerous world championship titles. Giva is the co-founder and head instructor at One Jiu Jitsu, one of the best gyms in California. You can also find Giva regularly on UFC as a coach and corner for many of the world’s best mi...
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Clark Stacey is the co-founder and CEO of WildWorks, and has over 23 years of experience in video game development. His company's online playground for kids, Animal Jam, blends safe social gameplay with educational content and hands-on wildlife conservation. Today Animal Jam boasts over 100 million worldwide players.

➜Learn more about Clark and WildWorks at: https://www.wildworks.com/#welcome

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Lee Morris is a photographer, online educator, and entrepreneur. In 2010, Lee and his partner Patrick Hall founded the website Fstoppers.com, a website dedicated to helping inspire photographers and cinematographers. Today, Fstoppers gets around 3-5 million unique visitors per month. Their YouTube channel is approaching one million subscribers, and their premium education is in a league of its own.

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Today's guest, Goli Kalkhoran, is a former Federal Public Defender with a focus on death row defense. Feeling drained and demoralized, Goli left law to become an entrepreneur. With time her decision led to a successful business and the birth of a podcast and platform called “Lessons from a Quitter.” It’s a place where she teaches and coaches others on how to intelligently leave unfulfilling careers in order to chase meaning and...
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