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Since the start of the pandemic, I've been asked multiple times about how to start a podcast. One of those enquiries came from PhotoBizX member and documentary wedding photographer, Simon Hawkins from the UK. His makeup artist wife, Katie Hawkins, was interested in starting not one but two podcasts.

We jumped on a call and recorded our conversation, covering everything you wanted to know about starting a podcast – to promote and grow your business.

If you've ever considered recording interviews, starting a podcast, YouTube Channel or any project to grow your photography business and get more well known in your local community, the world or potentially bring in an income from your online exploits, this interview will get you started on the right foot.

Here's some more of what we cover in the interview:

  • A brief introduction to Katie's business
  • Why Katie wants to start a podcast
  • What Katie is looking to get out of podcasting
  • Looking at long term goals for your business before starting your project
  • Basics of a podcast setup
  • Where and how to record interviews online
  • The need to edit
  • The best microphone to use for podcasting
  • The better quality your audio, more people will enjoy listening and stick around
  • Always remember to hit the record button before starting your interviews
  • What software to use to edit audio files
  • Where to source jingles for your podcast
  • What are ID3 tags and why you need them
  • The best place to upload your podcast
  • Hosting services for podcasts
  • How long does it take to edit and publish podcasts?
  • Shownotes
  • Transcriptions
  • Dealing with release forms or permissions for guests interviews
  • How to address guests requesting to cut certain parts of the interview
  • The importance of content rather than a finely polished product
  • Being consistent with your podcast release dates
  • The importance of naming your podcasts
  • Andrew's biggest regrets with running his podcast
  • Andrew's most successful podcast
  • Get your guests to implement new learnings or techniques listeners can use
  • Interview strategies

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What’s on Offer for Premium Members

If you’re a premium member, you should have received an email with links to your version of this interview – the full length and more revealing version where you hear the absolute best tips and advice from every guest.

If you’re on the fence about becoming a premium member, join with the $1 trial today and get access to the FULL interviews each week, get access to an amazing back catalogue of interviews and ALL future interviews delivered automatically to your phone or tablet.

Plus special member-only interviews.

You'll also receive access to the members-only Secret Facebook Group where you can connect with other Premium Members and interview guests to help, support and motivate you to take ideas you hear in each episode and put them into action. There are also FB live video tutorials, role-play interviews and special live interviews happening in the group. You will not find more friendly, more motivated, caring and sharing photographers online.

Seriously, that's not all.

In addition to everything above, you'll get access to and instructions on forming or joining a MasterMind Group with other premium members. These groups are super motivating, make you accountable and build friendships with other pro photographers with similar motives to you – to build a more successful photography business.

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What is your big takeaway?

Following this interview, I’d love to know if you're taking anything away from what Katie, Simon or Andrew shared. Is there something you heard that excited or motivated you to the point where you thought, yeah, I'm going to do that! If so, let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comments below, let me know what your takeaways were, what you plan to implement in your business as a result of what you heard in today's episode.

If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Katie and Simon or if you just want to say thanks for coming on the show, feel free to add them in the comments area below.

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iTunes Reviews and Shout-outs

Each week I check for any new iTunes reviews and it's always a buzz to receive these… for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, it's confirmation that I'm on the right track with the interviews and that they really are helping you improve your photography business. That's awesome!

Secondly, iTunes is the biggest search engine when it comes to podcasts and it's your reviews and ratings that help other photographers find PhotoBizX. More listeners mean more interviews and ultimately a better show.

If you have left a review in the past, thank you! If you haven't and you'd like to, head to and you can leave some honest feedback and a rating which will help both me and the show and I'll be sure to thank you on the show and add a link to your website or blog if you let me know the URL of your website and your name.

Alternatively, if you've left a review for PhotoBizX and are looking for more backlinks to help your SEO, leave a review for the new Photography Xperiment Podcast and email me your keywords or keyword phrase and where you'd like me to link to.

Another great way to get a backlink to your site is to send a video testimonial. It doesn't need to be fancy and your phone will be perfect. Click record and tell me how PhotoBizX has made a difference to you and your photography business.

Here's the latest review:

★★★★★ Hooked on PhotoBizX

Via Facebook by Bristol boudoir photographer, Jo Meneer of Divine Divas in Bath, in the UK  on June 19, 2020.

I came across PhotobizX probably 3 years ago and have been hooked ever since.

Not only have the interviews been of high quality where Andrew has sourced successful photographers and unearthed what they do that makes them successful, so we can replicate. He has also interviewed the best educators in the business of photography and extracted what we should all be doing to improve our businesses, several of whom we have gone on to work with.

PhotobizX has definitely contributed to the success of our studio and continues to .

Thank you, Andrew 👏👏”

PhotoBizX Daily Vlog Challenge

Why utilise video in your photography business? The number one reason – to make a personal connection with our prospective client, faster than ever before.

You can do this with video on your website, email replies with video plus advertising and retargeting with video. 

There is no faster way to make a connection than you talking to your clients via video. 

If you generally book most of the clients you meet with face to face, imagine building that bond earlier in your process and before other local photographers. It'll mean more bookings for you. Fantastic right? As long as you can be yourself and make the same kind of connection you do in person. And you can! 

Want to learn how to get comfortable being yourself on camera?

This Challenge will get you there. 

The improvement and transformation in members videos has been extraordinary as we add something new to focus on throughout each module – from lighting, framing, eye contact, intro and outros – all with daily prompts.

Everyone involved is getting daily feedback, and it's easy to see the fun we're all having as we progress.

The next Challenge is starting soon! Click the link and add your details to get involved:

The way it works

  1. Watch the daily video (with topic/Challenge included) uploaded into a separate post each day – excluding weekends.
  2. Record your video reply and upload into the comments for that unit.
  3. Once your video is uploaded, leave comments or constructive feedback (if requested) on at least 2 videos from other participants. 
  4. Wait for feedback on your recording and implement suggestions into your next Challenge.

That's it, as simple as that. 😃😷👍

Evergreen Facebook Ad Funnels Course (Version 3) – AVAILABLE NOW

Join the totally rebuilt course with new and updated training, principles and strategies. PLUS – follow along, look over my shoulder and build your funnel as I build mine. Ask questions as you learn, inside the private Facebook Group.

What You Get:

  • Recorded training during an actual funnel build
  • Access to the lesson recordings
  •  Private FB Group for course members
  •  2 bonus tactics to build targeted custom audiences – one a little “grey hat” – if used incorrectly
  • FREE access to any future iterations of this course
  • Your specific questions answered

I'll cover FB ads as a strategy, not just a tactic and bringing it all together with your email marketing, branding and retargeting.

Also – I'll share a couple of more advanced strategies on audience building. One is a little ‘Gray' in its approach and not something I'll share on an open forum.

Cost is USD$137 for lifetime access – including access to the member's FB Group for course participants.

Here's what Elle Goss of Always Belle Photography says…

Hey guys, just thought I would update you on how I'm going in case you need some motivation to get started.

Last Monday I posted my copy ad to 7 audiences to test as per the course. On Friday I narrowed down to three audiences.

Results were: $120 spend, 16 enquiries, 4 bookings, $855 in booking fees collected.

5 enquiries I turned away as they were looking for June sessions, and I'm still following up with 7 more enquiries.

The course is easy to follow and pretty safe to say it's working well so far! With my average sale of just under $2k, the return on my investment is looking good!

Thank you Andrew!!!

Access the course here and build out your Ad funnel and be seen as the go-to photographer in your local area with this approach to brand based marketing:

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Links to people, places and things mentioned in this episode:

Katie Hawkins Website

Katie Hawkins on Facebook

Katie Hawkins on Instagram

Simon Hawkins Website

Simon Hawkins on Facebook

Simon Hawkins on Instagram


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Daily Vlog Challenge registration

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Thank you!

Thanks again for listening and thanks to Katie and Simon for coming on and asking the questions anyone interested in starting a podcast or project to grow their business would be interested to know and learn.

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions about this episode, please be sure to leave them below in the comment section of this post, and if you liked the episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post!

That’s it for me this week, hope everything is going well for you in life and business!

Thanks and speak soon