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Photography Branding 101

Some ways how to differentiate yourself as a photographer:

1. You are the ultimate brand

The first thing to consider is this: know that you are your own ultimate brand. Use your first and last name, and promote the hell out of yourself. The more shamelessly you could promote yourself, the better.

2. Being self-centered is more honest

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Traditional morality and ethics say that to be self-centered and self focused is evil. Note how the word selfish is synonymous with evil.

However, if your goal is to become all that you can be, it is all about you. Your photos, your ideas, your philosophy. The more opinionated you are without having to quote others, the better.

3. Choose a color

Very practical ideas: to best brand yourself, choose a color you want to become synonymous with. Choose a color you like, and a color what you feel best represents you.

For example, think about the color Tiffany blue, how Ferrari is red, how Lamborghini is yellow, etc. Also one of the best things I learned from the Phil Knight biography, shoe dog, is how he figure it out to make Nike sneaker boxes bright orange, to have them pop out of the shelves.

Arsbeta.com as green. ERIC KIM as crimson red. The spartan 300s as having the iconic red cape. Even the 300 film sequel, the heroes all wore geyser blue.

Even when you think about iconic cars, the Mazda Miata is being red. The Subaru WRX is being blue.

Or when you think about sports teams, the iconic purple and gold for the Lakers, the blue and orange for the Knicks, etc.

4. On becoming an individual

What is it that we most lack? Courage for an opinion without having to cut somebody else. Lack in our sense of authority without having credentials. My thought is the best credential is the stamp of your own approval, your own opinion.

You know you’ve become influential when people are curious what your own opinion is.

5. Own your own platform

Build your own self hosted website, that what you pay a monthly fee for. Own your own first and lastname.com.

For example, I own erickim.com (thank you Cindy).

With platforms, invest that which is open source, and that what you pay for. For example, I paid $200 for this premium WordPress theme, and I built up my website with the open source wordpress.org. I pay around $300 a month to host this website.

And that is the best investment you can make, instead of purchasing hardware, pay for online hosting services. For example, I also pay money for my dropbox pro account, my pro Google Drive account, and also extra money for additional Apple iCloud storage.

6. How to create a distinct style

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  • Dark skies over Tokyo repetition rain
  • dark-skies-over-tokyo-scaled
  • Paris tokyo blur

How do you get your photos to be recognized? A simple thought: stick with one camera, one lens, and one aesthetic for a very long time. Have people associate you with a certain aesthetic. For example, when we think about Daido Moriyama, we think of high black-and-white and gritty contrast photos.

And even with my own personal self, I best prefer high contrast black-and-white photos.

Until You Own Yourself You Can’t Be Free

Photography Entrepreneurship 101 by ERIC KIM

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Photography Entrepreneurship 101 Presentation by ERIC KIM


ENTREPRENEURSHIP by KIM

Until You Own Yourself You Can’t Be Free

Photography Entrepreneurship 101 by ERIC KIM

De-lamify the future.

Photography Entrepreneurship 101 Presentation by ERIC KIM


ENTREPRENEURSHIP by KIM

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Entrepreneurship Philosophy

  1. BUILD YOURSELF.
  2. Bet on Your Own Coin.
  3. The Photographer Should Also Make His/Her Own Music?
  4. Mix Your Photos and Videos
  5. JUST PUBLISH IT.
  6. EMPOWER OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS.
  7. BECOME OUTSIDE THE BOX
  8. MOVE PEOPLE, MOVE PRODUCTS.
  9. SOCIAL MEDIA IS FRAGILE.
  10. Why Start a Photography Blog?
  11. Once You FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early), Then What?
  12. THE FUTURE IS PDF
  13. In Praise of Solo Photography Business Entrepreneurship
  14. LONGEVITY, DURABILITY AND SUCCESS
  15. Street Photography Philosophy Entrepreneurship
  16. YOU ARE THE PLATFORM
  17. JUST RISK IT.
  18. DON’T OPTIMIZE FOR THE ALGORITHM
  19. Scaleable Photography
  20. What Does it Mean to Become a Successful Photographer?
  21. 20 Photography Marketing, Branding, and Entrepreneurship Tips
  22. Create Your Own Social Media
  23. Individual Entrepreneurship
  24. YOU ARE THE ICON.
  25. BUILD!
  26. What is Success in Photography?
  27. EXTREME VISION
  28. Publish Fearlessly
  29. MAKE DOPE THINGS AND SHARE THEM WITH THE WORLD!
  30. THE AMBITIOUS PHOTOGRAPHER.
  31. PhotoLink
  32. Real World Applications
  33. You Are Your Own Ideal User
  34. What is Your Creative Vision?
  35. A More Dope, Prosperous Future for All Photographers
  36. CREATION & DISTRIBUTION.
  37. THE VALUE OF PHOTOS.
  38. How to Maximize Your Impact as a Photographer
  39. Why the World Needs More Bloggers
  40. DOMAIN EXPERTISE.
  41. The Joy of Speculation
  42. MAKE A NAME FOR YOURSELF.
  43. Propogate
  44. Meaningful Advantage or Not?
  45. PHOTO CREATOR.
  46. NOW IS YOUR DECISIVE MOMENT.
  47. I CANNOT BE IGNORED
  48. Photography Blogs are Highly *UNDERRATED*
  49. What is Your Competitive Advantage?
  50. Why 4K?
  51. Indirect Monetization
  52. The Future of Innovation in Photography
  53. Photography Innovation and Image Selection Idea: Let Google (YouTube) Suggested Thumbnail Pick Your Best Photo? 
  54. How to Identify Your Competitive Advantage
  55. In Praise of Insanely Fast Wifi
  56. DIGITAL PUBLISHING IS KING.
  57. The Stoic-Entrepreneurship Mindset
  58. Marketing Tips for Photographers
  59. STARK DIFFERENTIATION
  60. MAXIMALIST
  61. Visual Entrepreneurship
  62. On Becoming a Full-Stack Visual Entrepreneur
  63. Real Photographers Don’t Use Instagram
  64. Brave New World of Blogging
  65. Don’t Go to Photography School
  66. Mass Success is a Failure?
  67. How to Maximize Your Archimedes Lever in Life
  68. Maximize Your Archimedes Lever
  69. How to Create Value Out of Nothing
  70. The Best Brand is No Brand
  71. What Do We Entrepreneurs *Really* Want?
  72. You Were Destined to Do Great Things
  73. Just Share Your Photos on Your Own Blog
  74. Your Blog is the Ultimate Form of Social Media
  75. The Future of Websites and Blogs
  76. Create a Company
  77. Money Photography Project
  78. WHY IT IS GOOD TO CHARGE MONEY FOR YOUR SERVICES AND PRODUCTS
  79. Google and YouTube SEO (Search Engine Optimization) 101: How Would You Type It?
  80. WHY RIGHT NOW IS THE BEST TIME FOR YOU TO START YOUR SIDE HUSTLE
  81. Digital Photography is the Future
  82. NEVER STOP EXPERIMENTING!
  83. WHAT IS INNOVATION?
  84. A Non-Ownership Future
  85. CONTROL OVER MONEY
  86. Economic Constraints Are Creative Constraints
  87. Become a Sole-Proprietor
  88. Entrepreneurship is a Mindset
  89. How to Master Mac
  90. The Future of Lifestyle
  91. Necessity is the Mother of Innovation
  92. Once We Have an Easy Life, Then What?
  93. Why I Don’t Read Comments
  94. YouTube SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for Photographers
  95. How to Become a Self-Employed Photographer
  96. How to Live Big With Little Money
  97. Why Blogging, Vlogging and Internet Media is More Important than Ever
  98. No Marketing, No Future
  99. Photography Marketing 101
  100. Google and YouTube are King
  101. Why I’m So Suspicious of Everyone Online and on the Internet
  102. How to Become More Notorious
  103. Kaizen Approach to Blogging
  104. How to Master Marketing
  105. CREATE WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE SEE MANIFESTED IN THE WORLD!
  106. Anti Silicon-Valley Thinking
  107. Your Name
  108. In Praise of WordPress
  109. NEVER STOP POSTING
  110. Your Future Portfolio is a Website
  111. Infinite Runway
  112. ERIC KIM ATTITUDE
  113. Financial Independence as a Road to Freedom of Speech?
  114. WHY OPEN SOURCE IS THE FUTURE
  115. Just Post It.
  116. Posts Are Products
  117. Photography Entrepreneurship Ideas
  118. YOU ARE KING.
  119. You’re Always in BETA MODE
  120. Build Your Own Media Empire
  121. WHY I DON’T MONETIZE MY YOUTUBE VIDEOS
  122. Why I Became an Entrepreneur
  123. The Uber-Photographer
  124. Create What You Would Like to See Manifested in the World
  125. Create the Future
  126. Entrepreneurship is Best During Uncertain Times
  127. Photography Entrepreneurship 101 Presentation by ERIC KIM
  128. Your Body is the Brand
  129. Your Name is Your Brand
  130. Create Your Own Social Media Platform
  131. BUILD IT OR BUY IT?
  132. Sell Yourself
  133. Create New
  134. Insta-Slaves
  135. YOU CANNOT FAKE ENTHUSIASM
  136. Why Hybrid is the Future
  137. Don’t Censor Yourself
  138. HOW I MASTERED MARKETING
  139. ERIC KIM BLOGS
  140. If Someone Offers You Help, You’re Stupid to *NOT* Take It.
  141. SEEK GREAT, NOT PERFECT.
  142. How I Became So Famous
  143. Let Reality Mould Itself to You
  144. ANTI ENTITLEMENT MENTALITY
  145. Live Your Life as If You Were a Billionaire
  146. HOW I THINK DIFFERENT
  147. Impact, Influence, Reach: The Three Pillars of Marketing
  148. ERIC KIM SCHOOL
  149. Classicism.
  150. MY PHILOSOPHY OF MONEY
  151. Money is Movement
  152. Elitism 2.0
  153. Mass Market or Luxury Market?
  154. Why You Must Market Yourself
  155. Why You Must Start an Email Newsletter
  156. How Laptops Can Change the World
  157. What Do You Want to Become?
  158. What is Really Holding You Back in Life?
  159. Why I Write: Writing as Meta-Thinking
  160. ADVERTISE YOURSELF
  161. Use Your First and Last Name
  162. How Blogging Can Change the World
  163. In Praise of Liberty
  164. How I Write in Markdown
  165. How I Became So Influential on YouTube
  166. REVERSE FLEX
  167. What a Time to Be Alive in Today’s Brave New World of Photography
  168. HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF FROM OTHERS
  169. YOU CHOOSE YOU
  170. My Life Photography Entrepreneurship Story
  171. WHY I DON’T BELIEVE IN COLLABORATION
  172. My Entrepreneurship Mindset
  173. YOU’RE THE HERO IN THIS GAME OF LIFE
  174. My Money Philosophy
  175. Why Brand and Market Yourself?
  176. PROFESSIONALISM IS FOR SUCKERS
  177. Just Share What Works for You
  178. How to Create Your Own Platform
  179. Living in a Post Monetary Society
  180. In Praise of Blogging
  181. The Entrepreneurial Lifestyle is the Best Lifestyle
  182. Algorithm Slavery
  183. ANTI VIEWS
  184. Entrepreneurship is The Goal
  185. The Art of Blogging
  186. IN PRAISE OF PURSUING YOUR PASSION
  187. How to Make Great Titles
  188. Sole Proprietorship
  189. Just Build It.
  190. VIA NEGATIVA
  191. PROMOTE YOURSELF
  192. Become a Full-Stack Entrepreneur
  193. How to Entertain Others
  194. My Experience Teaching My First Online Photography Creativity Workshop on Zoom
  195. Humans Aren’t Lazy
  196. One Shot.
  197. THE BRAVE SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH
  198. The Brave New COVID Lifestyle
  199. Start Your Own Business
  200. Minimum Viable Income ( MVI)
  201. TRAINING.
  202. WHY VIDEO?
  203. How to Become Bolder
  204. You’ve Always Already Been a Photography Entrepreneur!
  205. The Future is All Digital Everything
  206. Digital Sharecropping
  207. DO IT FOR YOUR PAST AND FUTURE SELF
  208. In Praise of Buffer and Redundancy
  209. ASKING FOR PERMISSION IS FOR SUCKERS.
  210. POST-MONETARY SOCIETY.
  211. Advertise Your Own Stuff
  212. THE FUTURE IS DIGITAL.
  213. Simulated Universal Basic Income
  214. Is Losing Followers a Good Thing?
  215. How to Add to Economic Activity
  216. DIGITAL CAPITALISM
  217. MONEY IS MOVEMENT
  218. Anything is Possible
  219. BRAVE NEW WORLD OF DIGITAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  220. GENERATE
  221. How to Profit from Calamity
  222. Capitalism 2.0
  223. WHY I’M SO PASSIONATE ABOUT INFORMATION
  224. SOCIETY 2.0
  225. PHOENIX ENTREPENEURSHIP
  226. How to Make Art from Home
  227. BUY YOURSELF
  228. JUST BLOG IT.
  229. MARKET YOURSELF
  230. EXPENSIVE TALK
  231. SOCIAL MEDIA SLAVERY
  232. Who Are Your Ideal Followers?
  233. Why I Blog, Vlog, and Log
  234. Your Perspective is Irrefutable
  235. What are Your Hidden Powers?
  236. IMPACT MAXIMIZATION, not Profit Maximization
  237. Our Desire to Maximize Impact and Change
  238. 10 Rich Tips How to Make Money from Photography
  239. Create What You Would Love to Consume
  240. Publish is Pleasure
  241. Retire Now
  242. Do You Desire to Become the Best?
  243. Solo Entrepreneurship
  244. My Vision of Photography Entrepreneurship
  245. PUT YOUR NAME ON IT
  246. The Desire to Transcend Ourselves
  247. MONEY THOUGHTS
  248. How to Retire
  249. Via Negativa Productivity
  250. Why You Must Make Your Own Website
  251. Individuals over Companies
  252. Build Yourself
  253. Success is Survival
  254. Why You Shouldn’t Go to Photography or Art School
  255. How to Differentiate Yourself as a Photographer
  256. Surpass Yourself
  257. Can You Handle Extreme Freedom?
  258. Boutique or Mass Market?
  259. Proof of Concept
  260. Unified Field Theory for Photography
  261. Build a Company You’d Never Sell
  262. Play the Long Game
  263. Entrepreneurship and Art
  264. What is the Source of our Strength?
  265. What’s the Future for Photography?
  266. Full-Stack Visual Artist
  267. Why Scale?
  268. What is Your Unfair Advantage?
  269. Substance Marketing
  270. Share Your Dopeness with Others
  271. Frugality is Freedom
  272. Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for Entrepreneurship
  273. Don’t Follow or Predict Trends, Start Your Own Trend!
  274. If You’re Not Busy Growing, You’re Busy Dying
  275. Entrepreneurship born from Superabundance, not Need/Necessity
  276. Photography Entrepreneurship Philosophy
  277. How to Master Marketing in Photography
  278. Photography Entrepreneurship Tips and Ideas
  279. Is Hustle Sufficient Unto Success?
  280. Don’t do it for the money
  281. DIGITAL MARXISM
  282. Zen Entrepreneurship
  283. BOLDER IS BETTER.
  284. Streamers Shall Inherit the Earth

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  6. Money Ain’t Real
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