Episode 61: How to Build a Team of Photographers – Katie Snyder

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Are you overwhelmed with the number of bookings for your wedding and portrait business? What if you could share the workload with associate photographers?

In episode 61 of the Bokeh Podcast, Katie Snyder shares how she went from burnout to managing a team of successful photographers under her brand. She shares her journey to building a team of photographers, including her fears of letting go and her requirements for finding the right people for her team. Now, as a successful business owner, Katie credits much of the growth of her business to the amazing team she has the pleasure to work with.

The Bokeh podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Post-Production for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer. You can also subscribe to the Bokeh podcast on the Apple podcast app or add to your playlist on Stitcher.

About Katie Snyder: Katie Snyder is a photographer based out of Atlanta, where she resides with her husband, Dan. When they’re not in Atlanta, they’re touring with Dan’s band, Paper Lights. To accommodate the demand of her services and allow for flexibility in her career, Katie created a team of photographers to better serve her clients.

Katie’s Aha Moment: She didn’t have to do everything herself. Running a business can be overwhelming, but finding the tasks that you are passionate about can allow you to delegate tasks.

Katie’s Theory: Everyone is born creative.

Katie’s “Why” For Building A Team: Her drive for building the team came from her own burnout. As an entrepreneur, she found that she was working long hours every day, with very little time to spend with friends and family. Around her 30th birthday, she felt stuck and unsure of how she could continue. She wanted to find a way to make the business work for her. At that time, she had associate photographers who had been helping her with weddings when she decided to take a year off from shooting weddings herself.

Katie’s The Most Difficult Part of Having a Team: Learning how to communicate to the client that they will be getting a photographer that isn’t her, but they’ll be getting a photographer who is just as good, if not better.

Three Steps for Hiring the Right Photographers:
1. Personality – Find someone with a great personality that can handle the stress of a wedding day. Personality is more important than skill on some level.
2. Communication – How do they communicate with others and with you? Find someone who can respond promptly.
3. Skill Level – Find someone who is well versed in every lighting scenario.

Links:
KatieSnyder.com
Instagram: @katiesnyderphotography
Facebook: Katie Snyder Photography
Music: Paper Lights

Episode #60: Why Failing Is So Important – Torrey Fox

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Afraid to jump because you’re afraid of failing? While some failure is inevitable, not every failure will hurt you. In many cases, it can improve your business and yourself in more ways than one.

In episode 60 of the Bokeh Podcast, Torrey Fox shares her successes, failures, and everything in between that has helped guide her business to be what it is today. From trial and error, Torrey has found that taking jobs she knows fit her style will allow her and her clients to appreciate the work she is doing.

The Bokeh podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Post-Production for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer. You can also subscribe to the Bokeh podcast on the Apple podcast app or add to your playlist on Stitcher.

About Torrey Fox: Torrey Fox is a San Francisco based photographer who got started with photography in 2005. When she’s not shooting weddings, you can find her sipping wine with her boyfriend, traveling, and hiking.

Torrey’s Aha Moment: Stay motivated & grow more by continuing to use you camera. Pick it up, go out on your own, and take photos for yourself.

Tip for Creating Balance: Learn to say no. Once you realize what you want to focus on in your business and what fits your brand, you shouldn’t take on every request that comes your way.

Torrey’s Initial Mistake:
When she first started out, she was quiet behind the lens. She found that her lack of communication with her clients caused for pictures that didn’t match the style she wanted. To adjust, Torrey began talking to her clients from behind the camera and guiding the poses. After each session, she would write down what she did well at and what she could improve on in her next shoot.

Three Tips for Starting A Photography Business:
1. Manage client expectations.
2. Not everything you see online will work for you.
3. Do not overpromise just to book a client.

Links:
Torreyfoxphotography.com
Instagram: @torreyfox
Facebook: Torrey Fox Photography

Episode #59: The Ultimate Portrait Workflow – Erin Costa

Developing a portrait workflow can seem daunting when there is so much to do, but that reinforces the purpose of the steps and processes needed to be successful. From scheduling to the session,  processing, proofing, and selling, having a workflow can expedite the process, saving you time and money.

In episode 59 of the Bokeh Podcast, Erin Costa shares her simple workflow to portrait sessions. This workflow has enabled her to provide a niche service to vacationers in her area by shooting and delivering their portraits before they ever head home from vacation.

The Bokeh podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Post-Production for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer. You can also subscribe to the Bokeh podcast on the Apple podcast app or add to your playlist on Stitcher.

Show Notes:

Instagram: @erincostaphoto
SEO Services: Ben Turner at Turner Web Services

Episode #58: Balancing Motherhood with a Photography Business – Marquette Mower

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Motherhood isn’t always easy, especially when you’re trying to balance a family with your owning a photography business. Establishing a simple proactive workflow and task list can minimize the stress and eliminate the fear of not providing enough attention to one or the other.

In episode 58, Marquette Mower of Marquette LaRee shares how she went from playing tug of war between her family and business to a successful work-life balance by proactively setting expectations for herself and her clients.

The Bokeh podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Post-Production for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer. You can also subscribe to the Bokeh podcast on the Apple podcast app or add to your playlist on Stitcher.

Show Notes:
Marquettelaree.com
Instagram: @marquettelaree
Facebook: Marquette LaRee