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The Creative Freelancer

David Bracetty: The Creative Freelancer Podcast – David is a photographer and director based out of Allentown, PA. David began photographing in 2006 and since then has worked with clients such as New Balance, Nike, Puma, Brooks, Adidas and many more. The Creative Freelancer is meant to inspire, motivate and educate photographers and directors. Our episodes feature directors, photographers, DP’s and Producers to help listeners understand what it takes to make it in this industry.   Head over to our website for show notes, links and to see samples of each guest’s work : https://www.thecreativefreelancer.com

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Zoe Rain | Hard Work and Getting Lucky

Seattle born Zoe Rain has already accomplished a lot in her young, creative career. By the age of 20, she was touring the world with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis as their official photographer. The list of artists she’s worked with include Lorde, Chance the Rapper, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus and more. Now based in Chicago, Zoe lives in the same studio where she shoots editorial covers and personal projects in her dream loft/studio setup.In our convo, Zoe and I discuss the importance of establishing connections and how she handles herself on tour, on set and what this experience has been like for her so far. She shares artists she was starstruck by, what’s in her DM’s and answer some of aspiring concert photographer’s questions. I hope you enjoy this episode Zoe Rain as much as I did.Zoe Rain Quotes “It’s so cliche but those are the moments under high stress that you’re going to figure it out.”“It was a really good avenue looking back. It really taught me how to shoot in harsh conditions. Like very contrasted or dark light with fast movement with unpredictable people with crowds and loud noises and having to climb over things to get shots.  Its kinda like a field guide to shooting.““I got to shoot portraits of Ed Sheeran those are things that are very lucky situations and moments I was lucky to be in an I feel like I happen to keep being in those situations”“And also being super supportive online and voicing constantly saying the nicest things and after certain point you either have to believe it or continue to say “nah, nah, I’m shitty”“I try to be a very humble person and take everything into perspective so I’m always going to be super critical of myself but the support’s been helpful for that negative voice in my head.”“I wanted work with dolphins but thank God I didn’t because Seaworld is horrible”“It’s a combination of luck and hard work of course”“It’s not a natural thing to be a celebrity”“I don’t want to be forgettable by the work that they see my do.”“The only seperation between people that people that make it and the people that don’t I feel is the people give up, get discouraged and stop shooting. The ones that stick around and fight through it; You’re gonna eventually make it get better and figure it out.” “My number one goal is to make people look beautiful, no matter what” What you'll learn 2:20- How Zoe learned to shoot3:24- Getting her foot in the door6:00- Where Zoe found confidence early in her career7:06 Growing as a photographer9:00 Zoe’s approach to assignments11:20 Growing up13:07 Making a connection15:06 Mistakes aspiring concert photographers make18:17 Staying positive and making $$$23:22 Marketing and finding work25:00 Looking back at old work26:26 On getting a studio28:57 Planned vs organic poses30:00 Connecting with talent 33:20 Updating Website and Instagram34:59 On Shooting Music Videos38:57 Starstuck42:14  DM’s on Instagram44:32 Upgrading you camera45:40 Finding Inspiration47:15 What’s next?48:19 Zoe’s latest work Links 'n Stuff Zoe’s WebsiteZoe Rain InstagramThe Rain Studio | ChicagoMacklemore InstagramRyan Lewis InstagramWolf Prints The post Zoe Rain | Hard Work and Getting Lucky appeared first on The Creative Freelancer.


11 Sep 2017

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Clay Cook | Building Your First Print Portfolio

Welcome fellow photographers to another hot one! On this podcast episode we feature Louisville based commercial and editorial photographer Clay Cook. I was on Instagram an saw that he just recently teamed up with Wonderful Machine and Mullenberg Designs to print and produce his first official looking print portfolio. This obviously leads me to question how did he find work before this portfolio? I also ask questions like what has been the biggest win for him in marketing himself and securing paying clients. Clay also mentions how his role as an educator/ influencer comes into play and how one should go about earning a sponsorship. This is a great resource for anyone looking to print their first professional portfolio and gives insight as to the timeline, cost and what to expect. Listen to Clay Cook Click to Hear Full Episode What you will learn3:28 What did you have in place before you new print portfolio? The problem with good enough5:32 How do you get your portfolio to “bounce around”? Forming Strategic Relationships8:00 Confidence to share your work10:57 How did you get work without portfolio? Advice for finding work without a print portfolio.12:21 Growing beyond the local market14:49 Marketing Strategy16:00 How does you being an educator factor into your marketing?19:13  Details of first sponsorship 22:02 How did Agency Access help you?26:49 What was it like turning over every photo you’ve ever shot27:49 Surprise of opening up first edit29:49 What it means vs how it looks31:55 Printing/ binding of print portfolio34:17 Determining the size of portfolio 36:04 Overall cost of new portfolio38:00 Are you happy with the print portfolio?40:28 Name something you don’t need as a photographer to succeed,44:36 How important is a social following?47:40 What upcoming events you have coming up?! Show Links Clay Cook PortfolioClay Cook InstagramWonderful MachineMullenberg DesignsWolf PrintsFOUND Photoplus ExpoCreative LiveFStoppers Tutorial Clay Cook Quotes “I go through these phases where I don’t like anything.”“Sponsorships don’t happen overnight, it’s definitely something that happens over years.”“You’ve got to consider who’s looking at this portfolio”“Subject matter plays #1 in photographers. What it means vs how it looks.”“Now I prefer imagery that speaks to me rather than looks good.”“A website is 100% vital in this day an age. A blog is even more vital.” Listen to Episode Below Don't forget to subscribe The post Clay Cook | Building Your First Print Portfolio appeared first on The Creative Freelancer.


27 Sep 2017

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Philip Haynes | Putting in the Work and Staying Positive

Philip Hayes is a UK based commercial and advertising sports + lifestyle photographer… a pretty damn good one. Only 30, Philip somehow managed to compress 20 years worth of assisting, retouching, digi teching for others and signing with an Agency in the span of 10 years. As mentioned in our podcast together, “I was the guy that was in at 8am every morning and 8 am every night, working 20 hrs on the weekend and doing what I needed to get done in the evenings.”He straight hustled his face off for years, worked with what he had and hasn’t stopped since then.  Please listen all the way until the end as Philip Haynes unloads his wisdom, career experiences and outlines some valuable lessons he’s learned along the way. Get ready for the fire on this podcast interview with Philip Haynes.Timestamps 3:10- How did you get your first interests in photography5:03- How long did that DIY phase last and what kind of results were you getting?9:42- How did you tackle having diversified interests within photography?18:00- What did you transition look like from when you were shooting with DIY gear to having a portfolio you felt was worth sharing?21:27- Are those the projects that built your first book?29:43- Confidence37:15- What is Deng Camp and how did you get involved?45:00 What’s next? Show Links http://www.philiphaynes.com http://www.nua.ac.ukhttp://www.peterbaileyproductions.com/NY/https://www.the-aop.org/awards/the-photography-awards-2016/home http://chasejarvis.com http://strobist.blogspot.com http://www.rachellsmith.com/home/slider/ http://www.carlosserrao.com https://www.timtadder.com http://www.modelmayhem.com Phil Haynes Quotes “I was the guy that was in at 8am every morning and 8 am every night, working 20 hrs on the weekend and doing what I needed to get done in the evenings.”“There is no guarantee is there?  You go to university. It doesn’t mean you’re gonna have a job, let alone a job in your study.”“I made snoots, I made grids out of black straws, I made a ring flash.. I just hacked my way through things just to make pictures.”“So I had to learn to retouch through trial and error”“But soon realized nothing happens for you just because your good at University.”“From collecting dry-cleaning, to their archival system to what lunch they prefer to eat. For two years I was paid a horrible wage but was gifted an opportunity.” “My fiancé at the time was working weekends in retail so I decided I was going to do a test on Saturday and a test on Sunday. I did that every weekend for 6 months”“And I didn’t get it which was a massive kick in the bits but these things come and go.”“My mantra is, there’s more than enough work to go around.” 30:32“I wanna keep meeting whacky people that can do things that I can’t. That can help me interpret my own work in different ways and that I can help them interpret their own work in different ways.”“Life is too short no to enjoy what you are doing ” The post Philip Haynes | Putting in the Work and Staying Positive appeared first on The Creative Freelancer.


25 Aug 2017

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Anthony Supreme – Taking Chances + Building Relationships

LA based director/photographer Anthony “Supreme” Thompson sat down with us this week to share his story of how he went from directing and producing music videos in North Carolina, to living out of his car in LA and landing the opportunity to photograph the cover of  J. Cole’s newest album “4 Your Eyez Only“. This Anthony Supreme interview is not one to miss!Anthony takes us through his journey and shows us the relationships he’s built along the way in his career. He also dives into why he left North Carolina for LA to live out of his Honda Element.The episode is an amazing source of motivation and inspiration for anyone looking to take a leap in their career and how to set yourself up to succeed. It shows us why genuine relationships are to critical to new opportunities and why gear matters less than you think.Below are a series of timestamps and questions we cover as well as the top quotes from this interview with Anthony Supreme. Feel free to explore the links to all of the other directors, artists and photographers he mentions and give him a follow on Instagram to stay tuned to his journey.Hope you enjoy the episode and please be sure to share with someone you know needs to hear this. Timestamps 1:10- How did you pick up this Director/ Photo mentality and what were your first couple years like?5:12 Did you pick up and leave Red Audio?6:00- Talk why LA vs Atlanta7:04- How did you teach yourself and what were you using?8:00- How did you meet Scott Lazer and Isaih Dante?8:48- Did you set up test shoots during that time?9:30- Talk about your story at the record store in Sydney12:23- How did you get to Sydney?13:10- How did you get on text message terms with Scott Lazer?15:25- Did you already have your portfolio before the opportunity with Cole came up?16:40- Talk about what you usually shoot on and what did you shoot Cole’s cover with?18:50- What would say to someone looking to make that jump to another city?22:15- Looking back now did you feel that things were taking forever or happening quickly?26:55- What was it like having J.Cole go through your pictures?27:57- How did you get the shot that ended up being the cover?32:45- How does one live out of their car in LA?42:30- What advice would you give to someone who knows what they want to do but they are still in college?48:00- Do they tell you their budget or give you the rate upfront for shooting a cover?50:45: Where do you see this going now? Show Notes + Links Anthony Supreme WebsiteInstagramTwitterDreamvilleScott LazerIsiah Donté LeeDeniro FarrarBryson TillerRo lexxxKR Photo Gear for J. Cole Cover 5d Mark II & IIIL Series lenses35mm Canon A1Disposable Polaroids 400 ISO Truth Bombs + Top Quotes “I mean I still live in my car, but I always find myself saving more money and be able to do the things I want to do.”- 3:50“I wanted to move to LA because of the weather, warm all year long” 6:27“I remember RCA asking “Could we get some of those photos so maybe we can use one for his album cover?” 10:12“I knew that this opportunity was pretty much what you prep your whole life in photography for so why would you half step it any, just got and have fun.” 18:19“There might be millions of photographers that are great at what they do but don’t have the opportunity yet but that doesn’t mean opportunity won’t come and just being patient about the opportunity” 22:03“If he’s back there (J. Cole) at 4 AM working on music and I’m up here looking at Facebook, then I’m doing something wrong. Maybe I should be working on something too. ” 24:00“I’m out of town on tour with Cole the next three months, do you want to stay at my crib?” 14:48Kareem from Russia- “The first day he got there, walking around DTLA and he randomly walked on set and just started working for free on a movie set. He had an AC belt or something like that. Just built a network talking to people on set. Fast forward now he’s working on the set of the Fast and Furious getting paid.” 20:30 “I looked up a bunch of YouTube videos of staying in a specific car.” 35:00“He emailed Birdman everyday for a year.”“Having a solid route and going place and sacrificing your playtime for work, while everyone is playing”- 38:57“You’re 19 yrs old, you really have no motherf*ckin excuse to not be learning” -41:31“Relationships really do take you a long way but sometimes you have to let relationships go too” 40:10“You need to come with me to set to learn and meet some people”“If you love what you do, then obviously, thats what you should be doing” 44:20“You have to make a choice in your mind at some point whether it’s something you really want to do or not.” 53:47 The post Anthony Supreme – Taking Chances + Building Relationships appeared first on The Creative Freelancer.


9 Dec 2016

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Brook Pifer – From Personal Project to Client

New York based lifestyle photographer Brook Pifer recently sat down on our podcast to talk shop. After meeting her at this year’s PhotoPlus Expo, we linked up and expanded on a few points mentioned during the conference and dug deep… like really deep.Brook was gracious enough to spend an hour with us answering specific questions regarding the execution of her projects and what happens step by step to get it out the door, physically in print or digitally sharing it online. We talk the importance of chemistry and vision on set, capturing moments as you see them happening and finally selecting specific images that best represent the project.Below are some time stamps and show notes regarding some of the topics covered as well as some truth bombs Brook dropped throughout the episode. This is a must listen to for anyone who is “stuck” and no creating work they love on their own. Please take a minute to share with a colleague or your friends on Twitter.Thanks for tuning in. Feel free to comment below and share your thoughts on what personal project you are inspired to do next! Brook Pifer Interview Timestamps 3:02- Shooting Lady Tramps   “Re picture grant”4:39- Tricky part of personal work 7:36- Deciding on budgets for personal projects 11:27- Found moments vs creative moments 14:03- Shooting project with client in mind 17:20- From shoot to editing and sequencing 19:20- Importance of a photo editor/consultant 25:03- Packaging a project into a promo 27:40- Response to Promo 29:00- Building the list 33:10- What things scream “This person doesn’t have their shit together”  34:54- What was marketing like before an agent 36:15- What is something you wish you would’ve done sooner? 38:10- Setting up a personal project  41:15- Did you go to school for this? 44:00- Why did you start shooting motion? 49:20 – Lighting round questions Show Notes + Links Brook Pifer WebsiteBrook Pifer InstagramSquad ProjectLady Tramps Truth Bombs “Never  allow waiting to become a habit. Life is happening now” -52:30 “Quality over quantity”“You’d be doing yourself a disservice to constantly compare yourself to other people”   42:27 “I think its more important to honor your voice as an artist” 43:12 “It is of your best interest to optimize the f**k out of your website.”– 33:42 “I think websites can be a huge waste of time if not done right”34:37 “I think if it’s a crappy photo, no one is going to care how much you polish the turd” 31:50 “One of the mistakes I made earliest in my career was not being consistent with my marketing” 25:30 “Do I have the body of work that supports me reaching out to my dream client?” 22:04  “It’s an investment in yourself as an artist and also an investment in your personal creativity.”  “It allowed me to get some of the technical aspects out of the way which would limit what I saw in my head and my heart for this project.”  5:25  “Equal parts instinct and equal parts insight” 12:27 The post Brook Pifer – From Personal Project to Client appeared first on The Creative Freelancer.


2 Dec 2016

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