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CREATIVE RISING

the podcast

A show about what it's really like to run a PHOTOGRAPHY business

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  Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 405 [INTERVIEW] With the majority of big weddings either postponing to next year or pivoting to smaller celebrations in 2020, wedding photographers have had to learn how to pivot their businesses to offer coverage for elopements and small intimate weddings – many for the first

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  Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 404 [TRAINING] If you’ve hung around us Youngrens in 2020, then you’ve heard us talking about time management, specifically the block scheduling system that we’ve created and teach to all of our students in our Thrive Business Intensive. On today’s show, I’m expanding on the

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  Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 403 [TRAINING] For many many years in our business, controlling my email inbox was a battle that I fought nonstop. A full inbox would cause so much stress in my life, that it’s the #1 thing that pulled me away from important work – things

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 402 [INTERVIEW] If you’ve spent hours curating your Instagram feed and gotten little to no results for your business, you’re not alone. Instagram easily sucks hours of valuable time from your days and bring very little in return, and Devin Robinson argues it’s probably because you’re

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  Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 401 [NARRATIVE] As a wedding photographer in 2020, how often do you get asked, “So how has COVID affected your business this year?” So often, there’s the surface answer to that question (ie “everything’s fine,” “we’ll get through it”) and then there’s the REAL answer

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 312 (BONUS) [TRAINING] During this time of quarantine, one of the best things for you to focus on as a wedding photographer is to make sure your website is looking amazing. But what exactly makes a website ‘amazing’? How do you know if what you’re showing

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  Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 311 (BONUS) [TRAINING] As this episode goes live, we’re deep into quarantine life because of COVID-19 and while most of the world has had to figure out how to work from home, wedding photographers are no strangers to it. However, as client work has come

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 310 [NARRATIVE] Two weeks ago, Jeff and I were completely checked out on a two week vacation on Kauai. No phones, no media, no news. But when we landed back in San Diego, Coronavirus hit the U.S. And within a week, our revenue stopped, our state

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 309 [TRAINING] Asset management is something that can get very confusing very quickly, which is why most of us put this part of our business on the back burner for far too long. But every time we photograph a wedding or session, we need to know

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  Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 308 [INTERVIEW] Natalie Franke co-founded the Rising Tide Society in 2015 out of a deep personal need for community with other creative entrepreneurs. She felt desperately alone and knew that others must feel the same way, too. Since then, the Rising Tide Society has become

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  Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 307 [TRAINING] Want to know the best advice we ever received in our business? It was to FIRE OURSELVES.  As wedding photographers, we wear a lot of hats. We’re bookkeepers, salespeople, accountants, and marketers just to name a few. But if you want to run

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 306 [TRAINING] You take amazing photos, but when the words on your website don’t match up to your gorgeous photographs, it will cost you. Big time. The copy on your website can either set you apart or blend you in with the crowd, so it’s critical

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 305 [NARRATIVE] This week, we’re taking you behind the scenes to experience what a typical work week looks like here at The Youngrens. In true entrepreneur fashion though, this week was anything by typical. We have a lot happening behind the scenes here at the studio,

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 304 [NARRATIVE] It’s no secret that our businesses rely on social media to get in front of the brides and grooms we most want to photograph. But it’s also no secret that many of us struggle with distraction, comparison, and insecurity when scrolling our feeds. Social

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 303 [TRAINING] Launching a wedding photography business is daunting, no matter when you do it. But in today’s world, it can be overwhelming to know what exactly you should do to get your photo business off the ground. We know there’s a lot of you out

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  Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 302 [TRAINING] We all know that booking weddings is vital to running our business. But for most of us, sales is our least favorite part of the job. I get it. Client meetings with our couples were always so much fun for me… until we

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 301 [TRAINING] Let’s be real. Time management is hard. I have a lot I want to accomplish in the next twelve months, and I bet you do, too. But let’s be honest. New Year’s goals can fizzle out quickly. There’s so many things that demand your

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 209 [NARRATIVE] Are you shooting weddings you don’t love but still booking them only because they pay the bills? Do you want to completely change your style, but you’re afraid that no one will book you if you do? For years, Duke Khodaverdian (of Duke Images)

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 208 [NARRATIVE] Mary Marantz has run a highly successful photography business for over a decade. In fact, it’s the kind of thriving business that most wedding photographers dream of having. But she’s decided to leave photography success behind and follow a calling she’s had since she

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 207 Jeff and I are incredibly open and honest on this show about the behind scenes struggles and challenges of running a photography business, but there are still a lot of things you don’t know about me, Erin, as a person. In order for you to

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 206 [TRAINING] This is the big question on every photographer’s mind… How do I get MORE INQUIRIES?? If it’s booking season, and you’re looking at an empty contact form with no leads coming in, it can make you feel anxious at best and downright terrified at

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 205 Are you a married photography team? Anyone that is married will tell you that marriage itself is already challenging enough, but then add on top of that running a photography business together and it feels like you’re out in the wilderness. You’re not

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  Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 204 [TRAINING] Are you thinking about hiring an associate photographer to shoot under your brand? Or wondering if it’s really the right move for your business… or a big mistake? We see photographers get caught up in this question all the time, and we want

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 203 Do you have a hard time with failure? Does the thought of failing hold you back from the things you most want to do? Jeff and I would say ‘yes’ to both of those questions. And we’re tired of it. In this episode, we talk

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 202 [TRAINING] If you’re frustrated with your wedding days always running late, which means you’re not getting enough time for photos and your couple feels rushed all day long, then it’s time to take control of the wedding day schedule. In this episode, I’m walking you

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 201 [NARRATIVE EPISODE] Running a photography business is hard. Running a photography business while raising kids under three years old is even harder. There’s so many questions about how to handle it all as a new parent: How do you carve out time to

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 109 [TRAINING EPISODE] You’re working a full time job, but you’re also running a creative business on the side that’s growing rapidly. In fact, you’re spending just as much time on your “side hustle” as your day job, and you’re starting to make some good money,

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  Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 108 [NARRATIVE EPISODE] In early 2019, we signed a lease on a brand new studio – an empty 4,000 square foot warehouse with industrial offices and a massive garage. We spent the next six months moving, renovating, and building out this new space

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 107 [TRAINING EPISODE] Responding to inquiries is frustrating. Especially when most of your leads don’t ever write back. How can you get people to respond? How should you follow up? How often should you follow up? I mean, you don’t want to be that

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 106 [INTERVIEW EPISODE] What are you believing to be true right now that is keeping you out of your vision? What could be just as true, if not MORE true, than that? These are questions that transformational life coach, Julia Woods, asks all the

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 105 [TRAINING EPISODE] As a photographer, if your business is going to survive, you need to deliver two things: Beautiful images A great client experience However, its so easy to get overwhelmed in the day to day running of your business that your client experience is

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 104 [INTERVIEW EPISODE] Do you overwork? Shay Cochrane would say it’s harder to admit than we think. In an industry where fear, distraction, and social validation drive us to spend more time at our laptops, it’s more important than ever for creativepreneurs to prioritize

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 103  [NARRATIVE EPISODE] I shouted from the rooftops that I was launching a podcast… but then I didn’t… for two years. It was embarrassing, defeating, and discouraging. I made all kinds of excuses. I blamed life, circumstances, miscarriages, and the business as all of

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode 102 [TRAINING EPISODE] Does your social media look less like a strategy and more like throwing a wet paper towel against a wall and seeing what sticks? Do you feel like no matter what you do, you never seem to get the right followers

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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify Creative Rising Episode #101 [TRAINING EPISODE] Are you a wedding photographer that’s ready to finally start shooting the clients you want? Are you wondering how to actually find them and book them? Before the world travels, the dream weddings, and the commercial studio that brings in over

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ABOUT THE YOUNGRENS

We’re Jeff and Erin Youngren, a hubby and wifey team that helps wedding photographers get better clients and build their dream businesses. Educators, BFF's, and mama + daddy to James, we’re obsessed with traveling, podcasts, Oreos (Erin) and whiskey (Jeff).

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