Ninja Cast is produced by Studio Ninja - an innovative studio management software built for photographers & videographers. Listen and learn as Sally and her guests help you build your brand, discover new marketing ideas, refine your systems and workflows and inspire you to grow a sustainable photography business all while enjoying a healthy work / life balance.
114: Bill Manning - The Rebirth of Film Photography & The Benefits Of Hybrid Shooting
33:33Bill Manning is an Atlanta-based portrait photographer and host of the successful Podcast and YouTube channel, “Studio C-41: One Hour Photo.’ Bill has been an active member of the film photography community sharing his passion and knowledge in film photography for nearly a decade with a goal to inspire others to creatively use analog photography in the digital age.
113: Billy Bone - Why Meta Ads Are The Future & How To Create Scroll Stopping Content
40:53Billy has been shooting weddings as a Videographer for over seven years and primarily uses social media to generate most of his bookings.Recognising that many in the wedding industry were struggling to generate leads and bookings through social media, Billy joined forces with Jamie Ahmed & together they launched a Facebook group in March 2023, "Get Seen, Get Booked for Wedding Photographers & Videographers," the group focuses on helping its members leverage social media to attract couples who are planning their weddings.
112: Sandra Chau - How To Build A Strong Visual Brand & A Cohesive Identity
24:48Sandra is a creative director and a stylist. Known for her minimalist design aesthetic, Sandra takes a thoughtful and intentional approach to design and connect brands to their customers by elevating their imagery in new and exciting ways. Combining her discerning stylist’s eye and creative director’s intuition with a meticulous attention to detail from her past life as a lawyer, Sandra’s ability to get to the heart of a brand is exceptional. Sandra is passionate about cultivating an experience for your brand with sophisticated and show-stopping visuals. She is all about aesthetic and emotion - about portraying a thoughtful brand - but being bold and taking strategic risks at the same time.
111: Julie Muir - Tips For Introverted Wedding Pros & Running Your Business Authentically
40:03Julie Muir, is an Irish Celebrant based in Newcastle, Australia which means she has a beautiful Irish accent and a knack for storytelling. She is a heart-led creative who enjoys writing beautiful ceremonies infused with a bit of humour. As a celebrant, her goal is always to tell meaningful, emotional stories that resonate and delight. She enjoys getting to know her clients so that their ceremony is a true reflection of who they are as people. She asks the right questions in the right way, really listening, and often reading between the lines. Julie prefers engaging in deep discussions rather than engaging in small talk. As you’ve probably figured out Julie Muir is an introvert who has successfully overcome her fear of not being extroverted or funny enough. She embraced her introverted nature and accepted who she truly was. And, not surprisingly, it made running her business a whole lot easier. She came to recognise the power of playing to her own strengths, rather than constantly comparing herself to others. She has demonstrated that success in the wedding industry is not limited to outgoing personalities alone. Now, driven by a passion to help other introverted business owners thrive in the wedding industry, she seeks to share her experiences and insights. As a celebrant mentor, Julie Muir helps up and coming celebrants build sustainable business that don't burn them out. Additionally, she is the creator of a one-of-a-kind Comedy Writing Workshop for Celebrants making her a pioneer in the field.
110: Stacey Rolfe - Level Up Your Client Experience & Create A Sustainable Business
54:27Stacey is a full time family photographer, mum of two, ex-lawyer, and efficiency aficionado. Her photography style is casual, bright and fun, capturing families just as they are. Founder of Tog Hub, Stacey brings photographers together to harness the power of community, share knowledge, and build successful, sustainable, and joyful businesses.
109: Stacey Owen - Perfecting The Sales Process & Social Media Struggles
42:14Stacey Owen—a leading lady of creativity!Stacey is not only a professional photographer, but she is also a co-founder of a non-profit co-working society and the founder & CEO of Pepper—an award-winning creative agency that provides modern marketing and content strategy to small businesses and entrepreneurs around the world.How does she do it?! Well, Pepper was created when Stacey was on the brink of burnout as a successful photographer (running Noir Stories and Stacey Krolow Photography) and was unable to find someone to outsource to who was specifically niched in the creative industry—someone who understood the creative mindset and how art is the passion that drives us.Light bulb! After exhausting all avenues and talking with other friends in the industry, she realized there was huge potential for starting her own company made up of badass marketers for creative-type business owners. While Pepper began as a virtual assistant company that worked with North American creative clients, in less than a year, the company went international and started working with clients around the world. Pepper is now a creative agency that provides services such as custom marketing strategies, SEO, branding, websites, social media management, blogging, newsletters, Pinterest, and more for creative entrepreneurs from many different industries, not just photography!In 2020, a lot of Pepper’s creative clients—who are largely in the wedding photography and videography industry—took a blow to their businesses due to the pandemic and Pepper wanted to do something to boost them up! This is where Conference + Chill: The Virtual Photo Gathering was born. It was one of the first of its kind! C+C was a live, virtual conference that began with a 4-day, virtual event in July of 2020 and ran for two years, providing positive energy and epic education that was accessible to everyone!Since then, Pepper has developed educational marketing courses through Pepper U. This do-it-yourself option for business owners allows entrepreneurs to learn at their own pace and acquire marketing tactics relevant to their businesses. But they didn't stop there! Pepper has also created individual courses tailored to address some of the most common questions we've received. These courses encompass education on Google Business Profile and Google Analytics. Pretty amazing, isn't it?Stacey is a passionate business owner and an entrepreneurial-minded go-getter! She is fuelled by the creative and brilliant brains that surround her, turning ideas into reality, and having meaningful conversations with cool individuals doing cool sh*t!
108: Ana Hinojosa - Expectations vs Surrender & Creating Healthy Habits
31:19Ana Hinojosa is a mexican photographer with a career spanning over 14 years, during which she has embarked on a remarkable journey across the globe. Her photography is far more than a profession; it's a profound mission to ignite the same love and joy for life in others that her mother's photographs of Ana's childhood once kindled within her own heart.Today, Ana finds herself nestled in the captivating colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where she has chosen to make her home base. She continues her quest to immortalize the essence of love stories and to capture the ephemeral moments that render our time in this world.Ana's relentless dedication to her craft has led to the creation of two extraordinary projects: "Amor, Amor" and "Amorcito Corazón." "Amorcito Corazon" holds a special place among them, as it embarks on a nomadic journey around the world. In this transformative workshop, Ana serves as a guide, helping participants discover their unique creative voices and empowering them to infuse creativity into both their work and their lives.
107: Prue Aja: How To Frame Your Future & Set Attainable Business Goals
25:48Prue Aja was one of Australia’s most in-demand portrait and branding photographers and for the past decade, she has helped impact-driven leaders and high profile entrepreneurs visually bring their personal brands to life. Today, she is sought after around the country for her innate ability to connect and capture the essence of an individual through imagery. She has been profiled in the media and images of her clients adorn the pages of well-known publications. Prue’s passion for visual storytelling is equal to her desire to help photographers grow a thriving sustainable business and offers mentoring and coaching through her Business Academy - The Go-to Photographer.
106: Moira La Plante - The Importance of Running Your Business Authentically & Why You Need High Touch Client Interactions
36:49Moira La Plante is a Colorado-based photographer who has been shooting weddings with her husband, Jesse, since 2008. After graduating from Georgetown University with a business degree, Moira honed her problem-solving skills by working in many different arenas - from academia to atmospheric science research to entrepreneurship - before migrating to the wedding industry.Last year, Moira was named one of the “25 Best Wedding Photographers in the World” by Fearless Photographers and (along with Jesse) “Photographer of the Year” by This is Reportage. She is an ambassador for MagMod, Geekoto, Cheetah Stand and DreambooksPro.
105: Myrna Daramy: Digital Media Optimisation & The Power of Image Search
30:49Myrna Daramy is a tech-savvy Marketing Strategist, and the founder of Myrna & Co, a technology coaching firm specializing in digital media marketing strategy, analytics, and ADA Compliance. Over the last 20 years, Myrna has educated over 500k professionals and transformed countless small business brands by combining her expertise in digital analytics, technology management, and SEO with a deep understanding of all things creative. She takes pride in helping her clients peel back the layers of their brand, utilize the latest and greatest technology tools, and return to them an optimized digital footprint that converts better than ever before.