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The Future-Proof Entrepreneur: A Journey of Art and Business

For Photographers, Manifesting Photographer Podcast Show Notes

Manifesting Photographer Podcast Show Notes

In this article, we will explore the insights and experiences of Summer Grace, a wedding photographer and educator in the wedding industry. Summer shares her thoughts on the importance of building a sustainable business, the power of breath work, and her upcoming coaching program on marketing. We will delve into the themes of longevity, creativity, and the balance between art and entrepreneurship.

Introduction: The Intersection of Art and Business

Summer Grace, a wedding photographer and educator based in LA, has embarked on a journey to create a future-proof business. She recognizes the need for sustainability and longevity in an industry that often sees photographers burn out within a few years. Summer’s focus is on building a business that can thrive even if something were to happen to her, allowing her to step back and enjoy the fruits of her labor.

The Power of Breathwork: A Surprising Discovery

During a recent vision casting trip, Summer stumbled upon the practice of breathwork. Initially skeptical, she decided to give it a try and was amazed by the transformative experience it provided. Breathwork helped her overcome panic attacks and anxiety, opening up new possibilities for her mental and emotional well-being. Summer now believes that breathwork has the potential to heal and provide spiritual insights, and she plans to incorporate it into her personal and professional life.

Balancing Art and Entrepreneurship: The Journey of a Creative Mind

As an artist at heart, Summer has always grappled with the intersection of art and entrepreneurship. She initially struggled to find her place in the wedding industry, questioning whether she was seen as an influencer or an artist. However, she has come to realize that her true art lies in the business side of photography. By focusing on building a strong foundation, effective communication with clients, and creating a sustainable business model, Summer believes she can produce her best work and provide a fulfilling experience for her clients.

The Importance of Marketing: A Path to Long-Term Stability

Summer recognizes the crucial role of marketing in building a successful photography business. She has witnessed photographers with large social media followings struggle to generate leads, while others with smaller followings thrive due to effective marketing strategies. Summer’s upcoming coaching program on marketing aims to help photographers of all levels grow their businesses and achieve long-term stability. By focusing on lead generation, pricing strategies, and building a strong brand, Summer hopes to empower photographers to take control of their businesses and create a sustainable future.

The Power of Community: Collaboration and Support

In addition to marketing, Summer emphasizes the importance of building a supportive community. Through her coaching program, she aims to create a space where photographers can connect, learn from each other, and hold each other accountable. By fostering a sense of camaraderie and providing ongoing support, Summer believes that photographers can overcome challenges and achieve their goals together.

Looking Ahead: The Future of Summer Grace

As Summer looks to the future, she envisions a multifaceted career that combines her love for photography, education, and creativity. She plans to tap back into her editorial fashion side, exploring new avenues for artistic expression. Additionally, she aims to release more educational content, including courses and resources that empower photographers to grow their businesses and pursue their dreams.

Conclusion: The Journey Continues

Summer Grace’s journey as a wedding photographer and educator is a testament to the power of combining art and entrepreneurship. By prioritizing sustainability, embracing new practices like breathwork, and focusing on marketing and community building, Summer is paving the way for a successful and fulfilling career. As she continues to evolve and explore new opportunities, Summer remains committed to helping fellow artists thrive and create their own future-proof businesses.

About The Guest(s):

Summer Grace is a wedding photographer and educator based in Los Angeles. She is known for her unique and artistic approach to photography and has a passion for helping other photographers succeed in their businesses.


Summer Grace shares her journey as a wedding photographer and entrepreneur, discussing the importance of building a sustainable and long-lasting business. She talks about her recent vision casting trip and the transformative experience she had with breath work. Summer also discusses the balance between her artistic side and her entrepreneurial mindset, and how she uses her business skills to support her art. She announces the launch of her coaching program on marketing and shares her plans for the future, including tapping back into her editorial fashion side and releasing more educational content.

Key Takeaways:

  • Building a sustainable business requires long-term planning and a focus on longevity.
  • Breath work can have a profound impact on mental health and well-being.
  • Balancing art and entrepreneurship is possible by using business skills to support artistic endeavors.
  • Marketing is a crucial aspect of running a successful photography business.
  • Having multiple streams of income and a strong team can help ensure long-term stability.


  • “I genuinely do think what I came to realize was that my art is business and doing it well, ethically, communicating well with my clients, giving them the experience they truly deserve and that kind of overflowing into my work.” – Summer Grace
  • “Business marketing skills, like art is from the heart, but skills are learnable.” – Summer Grace
  • “You should have so many inquiries that you don’t even notice when someone goes to you because it’s not a big deal and you literally shouldn’t notice it.” – Summer Grace
  • “Marketing is not just what you’re worth, it’s what people are willing to pay.” – Summer Grace
  • “I love helping artists actually make it. That is so fun.” – Summer Grace

Did you miss last week’s podcast? Check it out here!

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