In Conversation: Audio Lessons: Ep 01: Jenika McDavitt from Psychology for Photographers

This Audio Lesson conquers the inevitable:

What do you do when you are feeling stuck, discouraged, and have zero clients on the books?

Daunting feelings of inadequacy can paralyze us. The market is saturated. The business of photography is cut-throat and mean.  If you aren’t making six figures then you aren’t really doing it right…  If these thoughts have crossed your mind then you and I are buddies. There are some seriously rough patches in this venture we call photography. In this audio lesson sit down with me and Jenika as I pick her brilliant Ivy-League brain about everything from blogging mistakes, to life at Yale, all the way down to the nitty gritty of to re-focusing when big changes hit your life or business.

“Whatever it is you are trying to learn… if it’s shooting in manual, if it’s marketing…if it’s writing or blogging. There is no shame in falling down.  Because doing something incorrectly is a central and necessary part of the process to doing it correctly. You have to figure out how far you can lean before you fall. Falling IS doing it!” — Jenika McDavitt from Psychology for Photographers 

dividerTakeaways from this audio experience with Jenika:

“I need to look in a way that I am solving a PROBLEM for the people I serve.”

“After some success you sit down and think. Wow, I don’t think I can ever do that again. Have faith that once you FINISH something, that it will come again!”

“One of the biggest mis-justices a photographer can do on their blog is make every session post sound the SAME. ‘Oh, this was such a fun shoot, what a great family, we had so much fun…’ Little do you know that you are reinforcing your potential clients’ fears. They need to see/read something that is REAL.”

“You don’t need to be Tolstoy. I’m not teaching you to be Tolstoy. You do need to communicate what you do in a way that is interesting!”


Notes from this audio experience:

Irresistible Words: This is the e-course experience Sarah mentions as being the holy grail of efficient, effective, and feel-good-in-your-gut writing for your business. (Pssst.  It goes on SALE on May 31st…, so watch your email when it goes LIVE!) Jenika says, “When you read it, I want you to be able to write FASTER. I want to give people a place to start, because once people get started and have a clear structure in mind, they can fly with it!” Note: TPE is an affiliate of Psychology for Photographers, and receives a portion of sales referred by this page.

Psychology for Photographers is a must have resource for every photographer. There is no more blunt way to put it. Bookmark it. High-five it. Follow it. Whatever you have to do to make sure it stays on your radar!


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Sarah Grace Allred

Sarah Grace Allred

Mentoring flourishing photographers makes her heart sing, as well as collecting vintage Little Peoples, and devouring all things Drum Corp (check out and watch her inner-geek emerge!). Sarah believes in holding no secrets back when teaching and that photographs can truly change the spirit of your home sweet home.

Sarah Grace lives in Louisiana with her husband, loves-to-ride-the-bus-Kindergartener, and scrambled eggs lovin’ baby boy.
Sarah Grace Allred