How would you feel if another creative were to challenge the way you think and work as a photographer? Would you be prepared to accept you may be doing things wrong in your business? Could you accept there are ways you can improve everything you're doing? Be ready to feel challenged by Joao in this episode – I wasn't and I'm still struggling with the changes I need to make.
João de Medeiros grabbed my attention when I saw a camera gear post on the Japan Camera-Hunter blog. In his camera bag were old film cameras, a sony digital camera and a bunch of manual focus lenses!
I searched around to look at his wedding photography work and loved it. I couldn't pin down a particular style because there was a bit of everything which seems to go entirely against the “niche down and find your style” that a lot of professional photographers and business experts are preaching today.
A little more searching and I came across a series of blog comments which I loved. Each was full of strong opinion. Nothing rude or vindictive just a solid opinion from someone comfortable doing what they do… successfully… and in manual.
Here’s some of what we cover:
- Why Joao has such strong opinions about other photographers
- Thoughts on photography today
- Can any photography really be considered art?
- From art student to wedding photographer
- How Joao is building his wedding photography business
- Why you must study and observe your competition
- Why engagement sessions are a total waste of time
- To be successful at photography you need to think without money being your influence
- How Joao found clients despite the lack of a wedding portfolio
- Why mirrorless cameras are Joao's preference for documentary wedding photography
- Autofocus is not 100% reliable so why not use manual focus
- The skill set required to manually focusing weddings and why you should have them
- Wedding photography style and how to find yours
- Most modern photographers don't know the basics of photography
- Why photographers must learn the history of photography
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 episode where you can hear lots more content from where we dive deeper into some of the earlier topics plus some new ones that I pushed hard for that include:
- If you don't know how to shoot a Rolleiflex or a Leica M, you should rethink your business approach or photography technique
- Why you should never rely on modern cameras to enhance your photography skills
- How to never missed a critical shot when shooting a wedding scene
- How Joao selects what lense to use
- How to shoot faster in manual focus
- Why the skill of manual focusing is worth learning today
- How manual focus opens a new world in composition and creative skills
- Automation makes every photographer lazy
- Why clients are booking Joao
- Wedding photography pricing
- Why Joao has no plans of increasing his pricing
- You don't need to be well-known to succeed in your photography business
- Relying on referrals to bring in new clients
- Why you need to have a great social media presence
- Why Joao hates lists
- Why wedding photography workshops are a total waste of your time
- Learning photography can be achieved by simply asking honest questions
- Why Joao hates wedding photo albums
- The best thing Joao has done for his business
- Joao's number one marketing tool
If you're on the fence about becoming a premium member, join with the $1 trial today and get access to the FULL interview with João de Medeiros, get access to an amazing back catalogue of interviews and ALL future interviews delivered automatically to your phone or tablet.
Plus, access to a members only Facebook group where we take learning and community to a whole new level.
What is your big takeaway?
Following this interview, I’d love to know what your biggest takeaway is – what is the one thing that you’d like to implement or learnt from what was shared? Let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comments below.
Manual focus is not only about control. It's about composition – João de Medeiros
If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask João or if you just want to say thanks for coming on the show, feel free to add them below.
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 means 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 https://photobizx.com/itunes 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 like I have with the review below:
Great podcast – superb host, brilliant guests!
In iTunes by Barry Forshaw of Barry Forshaw Photography in the UK.
I’m a voracious podcast listener, and of all the podcasts I listen to, Photobiz Xposed is the one I look forward to most every week.
Andrew is a superb host. He gets right to the point and drills down to the nitty-gritty, finding out specific information for his listeners, all with a great, conversational tone.
The range of guests is excellent – from seasoned industry pros to relatively new photographers.
The extras for the paid version are well worth it.
It’s the sort of podcast that you can listen to multiple times, and I often do, with pen and paper to hand and a list of new practices to implement.
Long may it continue!
You shouldn't look for beautiful things but you should search for feelings, emotions, relations – João de Medeiros
Black Friday Special for 12 months Premium Membership
There's never been a special for the premium membership but I'm planning one for the upcoming Black Friday weekend – Friday 27th November till Monday 30th November 2015.
There will be a massive 40% off for that one weekend only and only for the 12 month subscription.
Normally priced at $200USD, the special price will be $120USD. Again, this will be the only special for the year and it's only for the one weekend.
I'll send links to the special sign up page to anyone on my email list which you can get on by simply downloading my free ebook – How To Book More Portraits Than You Ever Thought Possible.
Existing premium members, feel free to cancel your existing subscription and sign up for the special price if that suits you. Instructions on cancelling your membership can be found here: https://photobizx.com/premium-membership-cancel
You have one day to make an impression, a lasting impression – João de Medeiros
New Facebook Group for Premium Members
The new Facebook Group for Premium members has kicked off and is going amazingly well. The camaraderie, help, support, questions and answers have been overwhelmingly good.
I think the successor of the group has a lot to do with everyone's common interest to build a better photography business and the fact everyone is at a different level means the range of topics and help really has been exceptional.
Members will have noticed more and more interview guests have been joining and participating in the discussions which just adds another level of value completely.
Having the Group as part of the Premium Membership has just added a whole new level of value – I love that!
In the last episode, I mentioned productivity and asked if you had any tips, ideas or software you could recommend to help. Here's an email from wedding photographer Clint Bargen of Clint Bargen Photography from North Vancouver in Canada:
Just listening to your podcast while I finish up some wedding photos. Love the show! I look forward to it every week.
You mentioned this week something about internet productivity, that's a struggle I definitely have as well!
One super helpful app is called “Freedom” and it allows you to completely turn off your internet for a set amount of time. I use it almost every day and I highly recommend it.
Anyway, just wanted to let you know about that. Now back to the slog!
I've downloaded and installed the software and it works great! I'm not yet in the habit of remembering to turn it on yet but plan to make it a habit.
There are free and paid versions. I spoke to Clint and he's using the paid version and highly recommends the extra features. Details on pricing are here: https://freedom.to/welcome
Art is not a competition – João de Medeiros
Facebook Re-marketing Offer from Kerry Fitzgibbon
Following the last episode with Kerry Fitzgibbon which was heavily focussed on Facebook Advertising and remarking, there have been a lot of comments, emails and messages about the technical aspect of what Kerry was teaching.
As good as Kerry was at explaining how to set up remarking yourself, it was technical and there were a lot of steps. In saying that – there is no doubt the power of remarking will help any photographer improve their bookings.
I did ask Kerry if she had some specific training for listeners and she has come through… Big time!
She has made her remarking training available to listeners for $197 (normally $500!) to you.
Click here to get the training – Social Media Plus One – Remarking Training
Links to people, places and things mentioned in this episode:
Freedom Software for productivity and turning off apps or internet access all together
Thank you again for listening to the show and thanks to Joao for sharing so much about his photography, his business and for inspiring me (you too hopefully) to keep learning, keep improving and never ever forget about the history of what we do as photographers today.
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