Author: Ben Shanbrom

How Cultural Photography Became This Freelance Photographer’s Niche

Calin Strajescu is an explorer and visual storyteller with interests in documenting daily life, the humanities and culture. Beauty has captivated him since childhood — particularly when he discovered his parents’ old National Geographic magazines. Strajescu never expected to break into cultural photography, nor did he imagine he would ever be published by the same magazine that placed the love of wanderlust in his heart. What pulled you toward cultural photography? It has always been a dream of mine to combine traveling with a job that could sustain it. In the beginning of my career I was attracted to the studio and portraiture photography, but it didn’t take long...

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The Best Marketplaces for Independent Consulting Jobs

A few years ago Bloomberg posed the question, “Why hire an MBA, when you can rent one?“ With 85% of surveyed business executives voicing their intent to expand their use of freelancers in 2017, it seems the corporate world has taken this question to heart. This means serious opportunity for individuals in the independent consulting market. As more niche professionals graduate from the standard work track to the new horizons of the gig economy, they need more help navigating the complex nuances of the independent consulting space. This means finding creative ways to get the work volume they need to profitably sustain their new careers. We...

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How A Freelance Illustrator Primes His Creativity

Dejvid Knezevic is a freelance illustrator and designer from Slovenia. Over the years he has honed a unique style inspired by the concept of human thoughts and emotions conveyed in a visual environment. Tell us about your freelance illustrator services. What’s your niche? My specialty is illustration work in a very specific style — ink illustrations finished with digital elements. I always look for a story in a piece of artwork. I find them to be most important, so every art or design piece has to have some symbolism, some concept or story behind it. I find that to be the...

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A Freelance Documentary Photographer Talks “Getting Out There”

Todd Henry is a freelance documentary photographer originally from Pennsylvania, who now resides in Auckland, New Zealand.  He enjoys shooting documentary style photographs, as you can see from his Soply portfolio. He says he particularly enjoys learning about other cultures, skateboarding and traveling. Tell us about your services and your clients. What’s your specialty? I provide a variety of photographic services to clients including lifestyle photo shoots, some light commercial work, as well as photographic coverage of events. I would say that my specialization lies in the documentary photography/ visual storytelling realm.  I really enjoy shedding light on lesser-known issues and topics,...

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Demystifying Consultant Pricing Models (Finally)

Last time we discussed how to figure out the value you provide to your clients with four simple questions. Once you understand your own value, you can approach your work for your clients and your negotiations from a position of confidence. But consultant pricing can still be a mystery for many solos. The default starting point for freelancers is typically an hourly rate — that’s probably the way you’ve been paid in previous jobs. Alternatively, you may be considering trying flat-rate pricing or value-based pricing. You’ve probably heard more established freelancers talking about both of those approaches — though they both...

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