Show #20–Morgan Kervin

Host Mike Howard is joined by co-host Tim Kemperle and Kathleen Bowie for Show #20.  Our guest is the very talented photographer Morgan Kervin.


Show Notes:



Questions for Morgan

  • Why are you quitting the business?
    • Not quitting entirely
    • Will do shoots I want to do
    • Time takes up so much time that i am missing the pivotal moments with my young children
    • Looking to step back for around a year to a year and a half
    • Upon return I will have my ideas set for how to maintain a profitable business
    • Still getting clients on a daily basis to make an exception
  • How do you chose your locations?
    • I work on a military base so my clients generally come from here
  • Are you worried about losing your client base?
    • Working on a military base my clients generally roll over every two and a half years so I need to get new clients
    • Not going to fall off the map…still engaging clients
    • Typically take off January through March anyway
    • Will continue to show portfolio
  • Are you worried about up and coming photographers
    • Not really.  I am hired for the photographer that i am…there are plenty of photographers out there…we are different
  • Workshop – $60 one time charge for a six week course (26% discount through December 13th for $44.40) which is for the January 15th and March 1st course
    • Course is laid out…can’t speed ahead
    • Once a week there is an assignment that has to do with the weekly assignment
    • Critique the work…very important for honest feedback
    • Don’t take friends / clients opinion…get someone with some expertise to critique and someone that doesn’t know you that isn’t afraid to help you improve
    • What is the time commitment…reading time is around ten minutes?  Can be extended
    • There is a limit of participants that can be involved
  • Noticed Morgan uses Square Perfect Studio lights…how many are used and where positioned.  All dependent on subject:
    • Newborns, 45 degrees to side
    • Families, Two…umbrella to right and soft box (4-5 feet high) to the left (6 feet high)
    • Will also use natural light depending on circumstances
  • How long to learn how to use studio lights?  Around six months to feel comfortable
  • Back drops and floor drops – Bad Sass
  • White Balancing – Typically use Auto White Balance unless there is a dominant color.  In the studio I know the White Balance and set for the same.
  • Looking to start two additional workshops:
    • Photoshop
    • Photoshop Elements
  • What level of critique would be included in a workshop
    • Explained the good things (eyes are in focus) but need to get down lower to take a perspective picture.  Looking to get away from the snapshot.  Change the story that is being told.
  • Do you do your own taxes?
    • Yes, My parents own their own business and have taught me how to do my own taxes.
    • Utilize a spreadsheet
  • How do you market your business / workshops?
    • Business Cards at locations people visit
  • What have you learned?
    • Offering CD’s is not a good thing – photos are not printed
    • Want clients to have a wall gallery, print and hold on forever, pass down to generations
    • Don’t mind watermarking photos for the clients to share
    • Photos are kept stored on external hard drive
    • Price myself where I need to be to create a store front

TIP OF THE WEEK:  Utilize a knee pad to allow self to get lower to the ground without causing pain.

  • Besides camera and lenses what must you have with you:
    • Lens Friend
    • Bottle of Water
    • Towel (Dad will sweat)
    • Tissues
  • Kathelen
    • Wipes
    • Tissues
  • Tim
    • Lens Pen
  • Mike










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About geephotant

geephotant (Geek-Photographer-Accountant) (aka. Mike Howard) is the creator of Nov Studios and the jpeg2RAW podcast. Mike is an accountant by day as the Controller for a large US based corporation. By night, he is a geek and has appeared on the Home Server Show Podcast & the BYOB podcast ( both found at He has also appeared on the Home Tech Show podcast ( and is now a regular guest on that show. Mike's true passion is photography and shoots when ever he can find time. As an amateur photographer, he is always looking to learn more about the craft.

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