• Andy Nixon says:


    I enjoyed reading the book and yet felt that there was little in it for the nature or fine art photographer. What did I miss?


  • Dan Bailey says:

    Andy, thanks for your comment. Yes, Dane’s approach is specifically targeted towards portrait and wedding photographers. He’s not an outdoor or nature shooter, but that doesn’t mean that the book isn’t relevant to people like you or me. As I mentioned in my post, the book really shines with the pDNA test and the self directed exercise that Dane outlines for thinking up new creative opportunities for yourself and your business. It really gets you thinking about how you can adapt your own business model to fit your own style and to the changing economy and industry.

    Stick with it and really spend some time with the test analysis and the self directed exercise. Ideas will come!

  • Andy Nixon says:

    Thanks Dan – I’m encouraged that you found it useful. I’ll go back and give it another go. Perhaps I’ll be more receptive this time!

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Right on, Andy. As with anything, effective results depend on what you put into the process. Good luck!

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  • Matt says:

    Hi Dan! Great review of Dane’s books. I had recently purchased Fast Track Photographer Business Plan and started reading it and then read your review here and decided to pick up the other book and start there. I’m glad I did as I found the book really opened up my mind especially after taking the pDNA and reading the results. It really helped me better realize where my strengths are and gave me ideas on how to better utilize them. Like you I gained quite a bit of personal insight and I continue to go through the self directed exercises.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Matt, thanks for the comment. Glad you found the book useful. I actually met Dane at PhotoPlus Expo last month and he’s a super nice guy. I told him how much his pDNA test helped me. Email him and let him know what it did for you, he’d appreciate the feedback.

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