Tip #17 Second shooting for weddings. One of the best schooling.

29 Pixel Studios Photography Videography TiP 29 Pixel Studios Photography Videography TiPFree tip entry from my upcoming book on Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Videographer! If you would like more info, free samples and release date please contact me today!

This tip applies to photographers and videographers alike. So many people who start in both photography and videography  fields want to start by offering weddings. Everyone knows that these events pay well and there are always people looking for these services. This is pretty insane if you ask me.


Episode 15 – Interview with High School Senior, Josh Bell

Business tips for photographers, videographers, graphic designers - This episode is brought to you by www.29pixelstudios.comWe run a little long in Episode 15 – Interview with High School Senior, Josh Bell

Josh is a graduating senior in Kansas City and has worked with me on a few projects at an intern/learning roll. He has chops, check out Afternoon in KC! But, has not been accepted (to go straight into anyways) in any of the three schools he applied.

The big question… what now? Go to a fall back college? A community college? Straight into work? Move to a different location?! We talk about ALL OF THAT in this longer than usual episode!

This episode is brought to you by www.29pixelstudios.com

Episode 14 – How much should I charge?

Episode 14 – How much should I charge? This, is THE question everyone asks.

Honestly, 80% of the time if someone is asking for advice/guidance. It is “How much should I charge.” is what is asked.

Bad news first. This question is something that freelancers with years of experience still spend time trying to figure out. Good news. It’s something that you can adjust frequently. So, let’s get to fine tuning it.

BLUF: The answer to How much should I charge? Is as easy as whatever people are willing to pay. (BTW, BLUF stands for Bottom Line Up Front… (and BTW, By The Way. *wink*))

How much should I charge

Episode 13 – Resource edition: Books of 2016

So many of us want to read more as a new years resolution and its a great goal. Well, 2016 was a great year for my ‘to-read’ list. Here are my top recommendations for books!


The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. Read THIS book, this year! A+ material in my opinion. I’ll probably revisit this book every year!

Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story by Steve Kamb. Steve is the mastermind behind Nerd Fitnesss and if you are a geek (or a nerd) this book is FOR YOU! Why are we leveling up our characters and not ourselves. This is not a fitness book, but more of a self-help book specifically for ME. *probably you too.

Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash by Joe McNally, is more for photographers that are not afraid of flash. Yeah, I’m talking to YOU… the one who says “I’m more of a ‘natural light’ photographer. In ALL my contacts, I’ve met maybe two photographers who are REALLY good with ‘natural light’ the rest are simply terrified of flash. I did a more in depth review on my personal blog.

Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. I’m a big fan of Michael Hyatt. His wisdom and willingness to share is admirable. I cannot remember when I first heard about this book, but immediately put it at the top of the queue and  so glad I did. Another self-help book that is geared towards those who feel like they have ‘drifted off course’ and looking to right the ship!

Other books from 2016 and their ratings

(B+) The Opposite of Spoiled – Raising Kids Who are grounded generous and smart about money.
(B+) Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone
(B+) The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws Of Business Success – Brian Tracy
(B) Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
(B) 60-Minute CEO: Mastering Leadership an Hour at a Time by Dick Cross
(C) The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
(D) The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Resource edition: Books of 2016

Episode 11 – Finding Creative Success host Matt Peet!

Matt Peet joins business tips for creatives for episode 11! Getting to know each other before the show, Matt and I have a TON in common.

Matt Peet joins business tips for creatives on episode 11One big difference though, is Matt made the jump to full-time freelancing much faster than I did and is KILLING it! Listen to how he knew it was time to take the leap!

“The cemeteries are full of indispensable men.” – Get over giving up creative control.

Subscribe to his podcast HERE! : https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/finding-creative-success/id1130721318?mt=2

Quick notes: Big thanks to Matt for backing up this recording as mine failed! He uses http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/ also, his recommendation for an app you can’t live without is https://www.17hats.com.

Episode sponsored by 29 Pixel Studios

Quick Tip – Buying used gear

Only buy used items from places you can return them to! My #1 recommendation is BH Photo. Classic example, I just sent a Ronin-M back because they forgot to disconnect it from the previous user’s account. Horary.

Nevertheless, this is a perfect example of why to make sure there is a return policy on used gear. If someone bought this off eBay, and had no luck returning it, then sold on craigslist… someone is going to get screwed!

Pixel Punisher shares social media thoughts

29 Pixel Studios, a Kansas City Video Production company chimes in on social media.

From 29 Pixel Studios‘ Pixel Punisher – Paige!

Social media is something most people do everyday, sometimes all day. There is a huge difference in posting personal social media vs posting for a business. While you may spend all day watching cat videos (or hairstyle tutorials in my case) and posting pictures of your plate (either with or without food since that is a new trend for some reason) it is all kinds of crazy different when you are doing it for a business.

Suddenly you will need to become an expert on how twitter works. But you learn things like a tweet is only alive in twitterverse for about 19 seconds before it’s time of death can be officially declared. Facebook is a little longer, and Instagram longer than that.

Learning what tags will get people to look at your stuff and what wording and imagery will get people to interact with your posts. Like did you know people will engage with images that have more red in them than any other color? Or that photos work better than text to grab someone’s attention?

Social media for a business is a full time job! It’s a lot of work, posting constantly, making things different enough that people are interested but similar enough that people know your work is consistent. It’s reading your target audience and seeing if it matches up with who you want to be your target to be.

Pixel Punisher shares social media thoughts and quick tip


Episode 10 – Game developer Randy Ritnour gives tips!

Game Developer tips by Randy Ritnour! Game developer tips by Randy Ritnour29 Pixel Studios was hired to help a KickStarter project for the Takamo Universe! 29 Pixel was responsible for recording the legendary Kevin J. Anderson and capturing b-roll at World Con.

During some down time, I asked Randy if I could interview him to share some business tips for creatives that might be in game development. He graciously shared some time and we captured it with video as well!

The Kickstarter project was a SUCCESS! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/takamo/kevin-j-anderson-presents-empires-rift-by-steve-rz follow them HERE: http://www.takamouniverse.com/