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EP118 Admit It, Own It, Fix It

EP118 Admit It, Own It, Fix It

January 12, 2022

It's 2022 and I have to say it's starting off in a very positive mood!  Admittedly New Year didn't go quite to plan, thanks to Covid and family injury, but other than that all good.

And besides, my Nikon Z9 has arrived and I am now having a ball with what can only be described as the best camera I've ever had the pleasure to use.  More on that in this and future podcasts!

We had a wonderful email today from a client saying how happy she was with everything we'd done - a truly lovely email to receive!  But here's the thing: during this particular job, a mistake had crept in.  They sometimes do; we are a team of humans!  But how we dealt with it, how we managed it, how we reacted to that client and made sure we did everything possible to apologise and fix it, well that made all the difference.

And we have an email to prove it!

Running a business is never going to be easy but dealing with mistakes has to be at the very heart of what you do.  

Just remember: Admit It, Own It, Fix It.

Enjoy!

Cheers
P.


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EP117 Interview With Grays Of Westminster

EP117 Interview With Grays Of Westminster

December 22, 2021

Well, this is the last episode of 2021.  Unless I find a moment to drag myself away from the turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, cheese, Quality Street, sherry, wine, stuffing, more turkey, more cheese and maybe just a tad more sherry.  Oh go on then, if I must, best make it a small one.

In this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Grays Of Westminster - a legendary shop of all things Nikon.  I am speaking with Becky and Kon from the shop who not only run rings around me with their knowledge of Nikon gear but are two of the nicest people you can imagine!  It is a lovely interview, irrespective of the camera brand you use. Mostly we chat kit, customer service and the imminent Z9!

In the interview, I ask them both for the book recommendations.

Kon recommended Wonderland, by Annie Leibovitz

‘Looking back at my work, I see that fashion has always been there,’ Annie Leibovitz observes in the preface to Wonderland. ‘Fashion plays a part in the scheme of everything, but photography always comes first for me. The photograph is the most important part.  And photography is so big that it can encompass journalism, portraiture, reportage, family photographs, fashion ... My work for Vogue fueled the fire for a kind of photography that I might not otherwise have explored.’ 

Becky recommended The Real Deal, by Jo McNally

'Joe writes about everything from the crucial ability to know how to use (and make!) window light to the importance of creating long-term relationships built on trust; from lessons learned after a day in the field to the need to follow your imagination wherever it takes you; from the random and lucky moments that propel one s career to the wonders and pitfalls of today s camera technology. For every mention of f-stops and shutter speeds, there is equal discussion about the importance of access, the occasional moment of hubris, and the idea of becoming iconic. Before Joe was a celebrated and award-winning photographer, before he was a well-respected educator and author of multiple bestselling books, he was just Joe, hustling every day, from one assignment to the next, piecing together a portfolio, a skill set, a reputation, a career. He imagined a life and then took pictures of it. Here are a few frames.'

I'll be adding them to the library!

If you'd like to see some of their videos, they can be found on YouTube (or just search for 'Grays Of Westminster')

Have a wonderful Christmas, one and all and here's to a happy New Year!

Enjoy!

Cheers
P.


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EP116 Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow: Your Business Is An Engine

EP116 Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow: Your Business Is An Engine

November 25, 2021

Suck, squeeze, bang, blow: four words that drive an engine.  OK, so maybe an obtuse analogy but a business is much like a power unit - once it's running, it doesn't take too much to keep it going but you need to keep it fuelled and maintained.  Ignore these things at your own peril!

Enjoy!

Cheers
P.


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EP115 On Why Mirrorless Is About To Come Of Age - The Nikon Z9

EP115 On Why Mirrorless Is About To Come Of Age - The Nikon Z9

November 14, 2021

So it's Sunday as I both record and write this and I'm having a frankly chilled day.  Not that this is in any way your worry, but I thought I'd tell you.

This episode is a rebuttal of my own grumpy podcast (EP113) when I seem to have spent most of it muttering about my Z7ii and how it isn't quite there yet.  Well, this one is the other extreme - here are the reasons I think mirrorless and, by extension, the Nikon Z9 is about to come of age.  If the spec of the Z9 is correct (I don't have my hands on one yet - it's ordered and paid for but could be a while) then this camera won't just be the pinnacle of mirrorless as we know it, it will be the start of a whole new generation of cameras and capability.  Seriously.  

I also give a shameless (and, just to be clear, unpaid) plug for the wonderful institution that is Grays Of Westminster - simply the best Nikon shop in the world.  I should add, I don't know if there are other dedicated Nikon shops in the world.  I don't care if there are: Grays would still come out on top. It is truly like Ollivander's Wand Shop in Harry Potter. But with lenses not wands. And customer service that is every bit as personal.

If you're curious they can be found at https://www.graysofwestminster.co.uk/ and they also have a fabulous range of 2nd hand kit in their online store. 

Enjoy!

Cheers
P.


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EP114 On Why The Studio Is NOT A Dull White Box

EP114 On Why The Studio Is NOT A Dull White Box

November 5, 2021

When I first set out in this crazy, camera-carrying career, I had mixed views about working in the studio - I much preferred being outside in natural light with the environment as my backdrop.  Over the years, that changed as I realised much of my cynicism was partly because I didn't understand it and partly because many of those who had taught me didn't excite me.

Now?  Well, now I think of studio portrait photography as some of the finest, most inspiring imagery you can imagine.

In this podcast, I try to explain why.

Enjoy!

Cheers
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EP113 On Moving To Mirrorless

EP113 On Moving To Mirrorless

October 31, 2021

Switching to a mirrorless system was always going to happen - SLRs (and their requisite mirrors) are slowly heading the same way as film, dark rooms, Black Forest gateaux, prawn cocktail and sandals with socks. Though I happen to love Black Forest gateaux. And film.  And the darkroom.  Prawn cocktails and sandals with socks, well they can stay in the history books!

Anyway, James Keen DM'd me on Instagram and asked for an update on my move to mirrorless and so, while clattering my way home in the Land Rover from a perfect Oxfordshire wedding, here are my thoughts.  With a few rattly sound effects in the background just for authenticity.

Enjoy!

Cheers
P.


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EP112 Interview With Julia Fensom, Sleep Consultant And Author

EP112 Interview With Julia Fensom, Sleep Consultant And Author

October 6, 2021
I knew this would be an entertaining podcast and so it proved to be: Julia Fensom, author of With Sleep I Can Do Anything: The First Year - A Manual is always funny, energetic and full of ideas.  So this interview was always going to be interesting - and long!  When the two of us get together it is always a very funny hour or two, laughing about life, having families and running a small business.
 
While, admittedly, we do talk a bit about babies (and photographing them), mostly the interview is about life, business and what it takes to work well with clients (some of whom are only a few weeks old!)
 
As usual, I asked Julia to nominate a book - or maybe two - that could be added to the ever-expanding library of interesting reads:
 
Cribsheet By Emily Oster
A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1788164490/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_QMAF854F9DEE3JCQ8QVY
Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0141983760/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_1TYQTNRNTM1PX0JYZ81X
 
Both these links will take you to the Amazon book store but I am sure they are available elsewhere!
 
Also, it would be remiss if I didn't include Julia's own book:
With sleep, I can do anything: The first year - A manual
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1983378925/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_C8XC47XMX02A5NRK4VKA
 
So with 90 minutes of listening time, this might not fit within your regular commute but, hopefully, it'll be interesting enough to pick back up on the way home!
 
Enjoy!
 

Cheers
P.


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EP111 On Technique vs Imagination

EP111 On Technique vs Imagination

September 23, 2021
I am so sorry it's been a couple of months since I last published an episode - a very busy few months here at the studio!
 
In this episode, numerous conversations at The UK Photography Show 2021 started me thinking about whether technique is more important than imagination (or vice versa).  
 
What do you think?  Let me know in the comments or drop me an email (paul@paulwilkinsonphotography.co.uk) - I'm genuinely curious!
 
Enjoy!
 

Cheers
P.


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EP110 Interview With Best Selling Author Eni Obi

EP110 Interview With Best Selling Author Eni Obi

July 28, 2021
 
Every day new clients, new stories, new laughter. That is the joy of a portrait photographer.
 
At the end of a recent headshot session, it seemed a shame to stop the laughter. So we didn't. Instead of packing up and going home, we plugged in some microphones and recorded a podcast. The portrait session had been sunny and full of stories and the interview is much the same!
 
I love when that happens: you meet someone new and the session flies past, with as much chat as creativity. Serendipity, karma, the luck of the righteous; whoever is looking after me, it is true that I get to meet and talk to some amazing people!
 
And Eni Obi, best-selling author, speaker and coach is one of those people.
 
The podcast touches on her life, her career, her book, her energy and her positivity.
 
If you're curious, her bestselling book, Your Life Is Calling: How To DO YOU And Live Without Regrets is available on Amazon.
 
Enjoy!
 

Cheers
P.


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EP109 On Why Being Busy Creates Energy All Of Its Own

EP109 On Why Being Busy Creates Energy All Of Its Own

July 19, 2021
Dad was always right. Of course, it took me a decade or two to acknowledge that fact, but dad was always right.
 
Of many pearls (of the wisdom variety) he threw in my direction, is this: if you want something doing, give it to someone who's already busy.
 
I don't know if I believed it at the time. That's the thing about fathers: you don't like to tell them they're right. But he always was.
 
And on this one, he was spot on.
 
If you want something doing, get someone who's already busy to do it.
 
Dad's wisdom extends to your business. The busier you are, the more you will get done. And, more importantly, the more people will book you.
 
Life is funny like that.
 

Cheers
P.


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