308: Brady McCloskey – How to create strong relationships with your industry peers and build your network

Episode #308: Interview with Brady McCloskey (28 minutes)

Discussion Topics

  1. Collaborating with peers
  2. growing your network
  3. sharing ideas
  4. building strong relationships

Brady McCloskey

Professional Wedding, Portrait, and Commercial photographer

Based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, Brady McCloskey is a professional wedding, portrait, and commercial photographer. Photographing since 2011, Brady’s work showcases subjects in a clean, natural, and authentic way. Through a relaxed and friendly approach, he creates a fun and casual experience for every client. Brady is a self-taught photographer with a business degree from the University of Prince Edward Island. Recently named one of Canada’s top 25 most inspiring photographers by Weddingbells Magazine, he is on a mission to strengthen and improve his business every day, all while having fun. In his downtime, Brady loves to travel frequently, cook & host, spend time on the beaches of PEI, ski, bike, and drink good beer with great friends.

Summary of Discussion Topics:

  • No one has the magic formula to build a successful business. It’s all about how hard you work.
  • Sharing ideas with your peers will help you both grow in your business if done right.
  • Those that act are often the ones who have the most success.
  • Networking with your peers is a great way to feel part of a community and bounce new ideas off each other.
  • It’s important to make connections with your peers in person at events or workshops.
  • There is a huge opportunity for online networking using social media tools. Try adding your peers on Facebook, get involved in their lives and businesses before reaching out.
  • People will start to realize that you are genuine and not out to try and steal their ideas.
  • There is a lot to learn from someone in the same boat as you. It helps to make you feel like you’re not fighting the battle on your own.
  • Focus on building strong relationships with peers and your business will be stronger in the long run.
  • Photography is a very socially driven field. It’s important to put yourself out there and make connections with both your peers and clients in order to be successful.

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Links and Resources:

Brady’s website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest

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