The Business Side of Colby Brown By Aaron Grimes

1 hr 25 min

Larry Becker sits down with professional photographer, photo educator and author, Colby Brown who specializes in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography. Over the course of 90 minutes Colby shares the story of how he got started in travel photography, the importance of immersing yourself in the cultures you cover, why being open to new opportunities is crucial to finding them, his perspective on choosing gear when traveling, and so much more!

Throughout his work one can see that he combines his love of the natural world with his fascination of the world’s diverse cultures. Each of his photographs tells a story of life on this planet. Colby has dedicated years of his life to combining his passion for photography with his love of travel and adventure. From diving the Great Barrier Reef to climbing peaks in the Himalayas. Surfing the breaks off the North Shore in Hawaii to ice climbing the glaciers of New Zealand. Through these experiences, he has learned the importance of compassion within this dynamic and complicated world we all live in. Lending a helping hand or even a smile can go a very long way. In 2010 Colby helped found Lespwa Haiti, an organization that sets out to bring back the focus on the rebuilding of Haiti. In 2011 Colby founded The Giving Lens, which blends photo education and giving back to local communities.

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A love of travel is at the core of Colby's passion for becoming a photographer. From there time, devotion to learning craft, being open to new opportunities, traveling extensively, and connecting with the right people opened new doors for building his business.
Immersing yourself in a foreign culture forces you to learn how to communicate and make connections with those around you. Those same skills are critical to building your business and brand as you are seeking opportunities for career development.
Being self-employed requires that you wear many hats. Finding ways to create multiple income streams helps you weather market fluctuations.
Being able to write is a strong compliment to being a travel photographer. Writing about your experiences, and being able to pitch stories to publications can help round out your income potential.
Knowing why you are getting involved with social media should drive which social media outlets make the most sense for you to invest your time. Colby closes this segment discussing how and why he started The Giving Lens.
Protecting your copyright is important for photographers, but Colby also feels it is important to have a balanced approach with the rest of your business. The interview wraps up with a discussion of photography gear.
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Aaron Grimes

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Loosely based in Los Angeles, Aaron Grimes is a filmmaker who spends most of his time on the road. Specializing in Aerial Photography his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, The Weather Channel, Right This Minute, as well as online through Gizmodo, Time, and Adobe’s blog. While aerial photography is not his primary focus the equipment...


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