10 Books Every Photographer Needs On Her Book Shelf

I’ve always loved to read.

Even as a little girl I remember getting in trouble for reading too much. Haha! Let me rephrase that. Mom would fuss at me because I literally could not put a book down to walk across the house. She was always worried I was going to trip or run into a wall :)

Back then it was Little House On The Prairie and Nancy Drew mysteries, but today it is mostly business books. They fascinate me. I love learning and growing. Honestly, I think that’s what has helped my photography business more than anything over the years.


Stretching myself, growing as a leader, learning from leaders outside of my industry has challenged me in more ways that I could ever count. I am eternally grateful to the authors who have poured their heart and soul into these amazing books for entrepreneurs like me and you.

If you are a photographer, creative entrepreneur or business owner of any kind really, be sure to set aside some time each week for some professional development by diving into some of these books!

Here are 10 books I believe every entrepreneur should have on her book shelf:

People Over Profit



Who Moved My Cheese


Traction: Get A Grip On Your Business

The 4 Hour Workweek

Leaders Eat Last

Make It Happen

Getting Things Done

Now, get to reading girl!

Set yourself a goal and get those read next year. One a month with a little wiggle room. You will be amazed at how much you will change as a person and business owner.

Don’t like to read? How about listening?

I hear ya! With my busy schedule it is tough to sit down to read like I used to. That’s why I love Audible. I can get through a book in half the time it would take me to read it. Sometimes I’ll even put one on if I’m going for a run. But mostly I just listen to 90’s rap. Just sayin.

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My Favorite Podcasts for Photographers

I confess.   I am a podcast junkie and admittedly, I'd love to have one myself one of these days.  

My favorite podcasts for creative entrepreneurs | Podcasts for mompreneurs | Work At Home Mom Life | Working From Home | Creative Business Tips | Podcasts for creatives


A few of my all time favorite podcasts:

The Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher

Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield

The BossMom Podcast with Dana Malstaff

The Ellechat Podcast with Lauren Hooker

The Influencer Podcast with Julie Soloman

The Strategy Hour with Abagail Pumphrey and Emylee Williams

Certified Madness Podcast with Brittney Kluse, True Moua, Holli True and Jolene Dombrowski

Do It Scared with Ruth Soukup

Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis


Because I like so many different podcasts I have to be creative about how and where I get to listen to them.  Here's a few places I fill my idle time:

  1. In the car (obviously). This is my favorite place because it fills the time and really makes me feel like I'm being productive with my time.

  2. On the elliptical or when I'm just doing some low key workout like stretching or weight resistant exercises.

  3. In the shower (haha). I bought myself this handy little waterproof bluetooth speaker and it's so awesome!

  4. In the laundry room. This one needs no explanation I'm sure ladies :)


So there ya go.  I hope you find some of these podcasts helpful.  Am I missing out on some great ones?  I'd love to know what you're listening to lately.  Leave a comment below and tell me which podcasts you love!