Picturing Success Blog

rick sammon & larry becker talk with the best photographers in the world

083 Clay Blackmore – Rick talks with fellow Canon Explorer of Light Clay Blackmore about how he runs a successful wedding and portrait business – and more

Today, wedding photography is more competitive than ever and Clay offers amazing insights!

You not only need to be a good photographer and videographer, you need to be a good businessperson – and perhaps most important, you need the customer to love you. Clay has mastered all of the above.

 In this episode, Clay Blackmore and Rick talk about many things, including, “All You Need is Love.” Clay loves the photo industry, his clients – and himself . . . which we think you will find interesting and informative. Clay also talks about the photographers who have influenced his work, award-winning work that is sought out by many in the Washington, DC area.


082 Jeff Cable – From the Olympics to Africa to Costa Rica, Jeff shoots it all

Jeff Cable’s photo philosophy is similar to Rick’s. His specialty is not specializing!

Photographing the Olympics, wildlife in Africa and Costa Rica and bar and bat mitzvah in California, Jeff does it all! 

Jeff and Rick talk about the ups and downs of making pictures at the Olympics and on safari in Africa/Costa Rica and at bar and bat mitzvah in California. They also touch on social media, including how to react when one gets blasted, as both Rick and Jeff – and all top pros – have been.

If you ever dreamed of being a photographer at the Olympics, leading photo tour around the world, or being a successful commercial photographer here at home, you’ve come to the right place. This seasoned pro shares his unique insight into the pro side of photography, helping us all to be better photographers.





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081 Steve Brazill v2.0 – Rock star photographer, pro radio host talks with Rick Sammon

Back for round 2, Steve Brazill talks with Rick and shares insights all about success

Rock star photographer, pro radio host (one of the best in the business) and heck of a nice guy Steve Brazill returns to the podcast to talk about success – success beyond just making pictures.

Steve, host of the super-popular “Behind the Shot” podcast, and Rick talk about the “Attributes of Success” – confidence, persistence, craziness, problem solving and communication – and how success means different things to different people.

Larry and I like to take the podcast beyond the photo aspects of photography. That’s why we have guests like Steve Brazill on the show to talk about other aspects – important aspects – that affect our photography – and our life.


Behind the Shot Podcast

Social Media (Personal / Podcast)




080 Rick Sammon – Fresh from A Canyons Roadtrip

Rick is just back from shooting a workshop style class for Kelby One and he unpacks lots of lessons from the road

Larry and Rick unpack Rick’s latest road trip that resulted in GORGEOUS images. Larry plays interviewer this time and Rick is the interviewee.

Loads of discussions and you’ve got to check out Rick’s portfolio from this trip here:


079 Don Carter – Rick interviews NANPA former president and excellent wildlife photographer Don Carter

Interviewed shortly after Rick and Don returned from the NANAP Celebration in Jackson Hold, WY.

Rick and Don talk about the popularity of wildlife and landscape photography, and Don gives some insight into the benefits of joining NANPA, which includes attending events, receiving their newsletter and participating in on-going educational events.

Rick and Don also talk about NANPA’s scholarship program, which is available to high school and college students who are interested in wildlife conservation. And of course, Don gives tips on bird and mammal photography. Interested in protecting your intellectual properties? Rick and Don cover that, too.

078 Brandon Heiss from Westcott Talks Lighting and Gear with Larry

Brandon Heiss is a talented photographer and he’s immersed in the photo industry. This time out he shares some great insights.

Larry and Brandon have been friends for a lot of years because they both have been deeply involved in the photography industry. Brandon shares his path to his current position as Marketing Director with one of the most respected lighting companies on the planet, FJ Westcott.


077 Levi Sim — Rick Interviews Levi Sim ­ a talented part of the Photo Focus team &­ a dude who is big on education and inspiration

Levi shares his thoughts on the importance of a personal project, running a small business, networking and developing a style

Levi stands out from the crowd at Photoshop World ­ not only because he is super talented, but because he is one of the best­ dressed instructors. It may sound funny, but Levi feels, as Rick does, that dressing up and showing up is half the battle. Rick and Levi talk about famed photographers Karsh of Ottawa and Ansel Adams. This dynamic duo also discuss photo processing and the art and science of pulilometrics ­ the study of how the size of the subject’s pupil affects the viewer’s perception of the subject in a photograph.


076 Troy Plota – The Man Behind Plotaverse Motion Art, Is Our Guest Today

Troy sits down with Larry for a conversation about really standing out from the crowd with motion art

Troy Christopher Plota is the person behind the motion art software called Plotaverse and Plotagraph. 

Photographers are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd and that’s getting harder and harder to do. From his home base in Maui, Troy joins Larry for a conversation about the software and some of the experiences people are having when it comes to using this new approach to motion art.


Troy’s portfolio 

075 Quil Lemons – Rick interviews the youngest – and one of the most talented and original guests we’ve had on the podcast

Today, many photographers try their hardest to be like other photographers. Quil Lemons is an exception.

Quil follows his heart and creates images that actually come from the heart. Learn how this up and coming photographer uses his film, yes film, camera to create his art.

Many photographers strive to get discovered, copying the work of others. Quil Lemons, who Rick learned about from Linda Marshall, one of Rick’s photo workshop participants and a guest on our show, does the opposite. He comes up with creative ideas and executes them exquisitely.

Quil’s social media is all

074 Brian Worley, working in the United Kingdom, is a Canon guru

Brian knows just about everything there is to know about Canon cameras, lenses and accessories

Even if you use another brand of camera, you’ll learn a lot from this interview with this high-tech photo maven. Brian trained with the late Chuck Westfall of Canon USA, and like Rick, thinks of Chuck to be one of the best of the best in our industry.

Afraid of speedlites? Fear not! Brian has some easy to follow tips for you. Need advice on choosing a lens. Brian helps there, too. He also talks about how newer lenses talk to newer cameras better than older cameras and lenses communicated. And, if you have a dog, Brian share some tips on dog photography, too!

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