Welcome to the Photographer’s Business Coach! I’ve been a photographer now for the past 22 years. In that time, I’ve shot big-budget ad campaigns, weddings of all shapes and sizes, portraits for families rich and not-so-rich and traveled the world photographing fantastic people and places. One lesson that I’ve learned over and over through the years is that the challenges of being a professional photographer often have nothing to do with photography. Rather they come from running a business and all the complications that arise from trying to get paid to do what you love.

The purpose of this blog is to put to use my many years of experience in the service of helping you to improve your business knowledge. I don’t like to mess around – I like to give advice that’s straightforward and detailed. There’s no easy answers in this business – just better ways of doing business that will make your life easier and hopefully bring in some more money.

To that end, I also have products available for sale on my website, PhotographersToolkit.com. I’m also available for consulting on issues pertaining to your photography and/or business. Whether it’s help with pricing issues, a portfolio review or figuring out the best strategy for business growth, my sage experience can help you make the right decision for your business.

Finally, if you like what you see or read, please leave a comment and share with your friends. My reward is your positive feedback. Enjoy!

John Mireles

13 Responses to ABOUT JOHN MIRELES

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  2. Susan R says:

    Came across you via Shakodo….Your work is amazing and your writing inspiring! Thank you for sharing your expertise! I look forward to learning more from you as I begin my new business; there is a lot to learn! It’s people like you who help to keep the integrity of the business in tact as new people enter it. This way, we can learn properly, from the masters.

  3. Karen says:

    Hi John, I am sure you have been ask this question one to many times.. Do you give photography courses for beginners. For somelike like me.. still every raw and learning stages?

  4. Hi, John
    I’m not a photographer. I’m a videographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Just wanted to let you know that your information on your blog can be applied to us videographers as well. I just added you to my feedly so I can keep up with the information that you are giving out. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  5. Brook E. Atkinson says:

    I am one of “those people” who bought a digital camera and now I think I am a photographer. With the industry being so saturated with “those people”, it is not only competitive and difficult to get into, it’s really difficult to get solid, valuable information, feedback, and advice. I am so glad that I found this site to feed my addiction for good photography business information. The more I learn, the more I learn that there is so much more that I need to learn.

    It started out to pass the time while I was sick. It turned out to be so therapeutic by redirecting my focus and getting the creative chemistry flowing, that it turned my health situation around resulting in a full recovery that nobody thought could happen. That’s when I started thinking about finding a way to use it to supplement my income so that I wouldn’t end up risking my health again. I needed to find a way to keep from going back to working the 100 hrs a week it took, in the physical and emotionally stressful environment of being a Paramedic, just to pay the bills.

  6. Joe Gunawan says:

    Hey John,
    I met you a while back ago at your SmugMug talk and I’ve been following your blog since then. I now write for SLR Lounge and I like to highlight some of your articles since I find them very useful.

    Additionally, I would love to review some of your Photographers’ Toolkit, ie Commercial Photography contracts. Let me know if we can do that, thanks!

  7. Deb DesMarteau says:

    Just so you know, your link above to the photographer’s tool kit is incorrect – you left out the “K” in kit. Great site.


  8. Spence says:

    Hi John, Great site. I’d like to be coached by you. How can that happen?

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