Author Archives: johnmireles

About johnmireles

Photographer, writer, thinker, climber, outrigger canoeist, bad guitar player and even worse singer.

Why Print Sales Matter

My recent post “I Declare War on David Jay” has taken off way beyond anything I expected. I’m grateful for all the supporting comments but also thankful for all the opposing voices as well. A healthy, professional discussion benefits us … Continue reading

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I Declare War on David Jay (and his Self-Serving PASS System)

Hopefully, you know me for my level-headed and impartial analysis of the photography business. Forget that. Today I’m going to go off on someone who is not only doing a disservice to the industry that he purports to serve, he’s … Continue reading

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A Great Lesson in Setting Prices and Understanding Costs

I’ve been in the middle of writing my latest book, “How to Price Wedding Photography” so it’s been tough for me to switch gears and update the blog here. I just came across this New York Times Small Business section … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Continued Success in the Photography Business

We used to say I could walk all night, and we could and we did Down that gravel road, to that tiny town, and the door always opened Now we say I could walk all night. It’s not true We … Continue reading

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The Story of My First Camera

I don’t believe in fate or “it was meant to be” or that life has any meaning other than that which we extract from it after the fact. Sometimes though, events leave even the most die hard pragmatist like my … Continue reading

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Back from the Bakken – Lessons Learned from Photographing in the Oil Fields of North Dakota

I’m back safe and sound after a couple of long days of driving back to San Diego from my personal project of photographing in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. As I drove through the unending rolling hills of … Continue reading

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The Widow’s Mite

In a sense, I’ve been schooled. It’s not easy to come into an oil town and get the sort of access that I’d like. As much as I’d like to walk onto a drilling site and start shooting photos of … Continue reading

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