Episode 277: How to Get Unstuck – Madi & Micah May

How to Get Unstuck

Do you ever feel stuck in your business without any sense of control over the direction you’re going?

In episode 277 of the Bokeh Podcast, Madi and Micah May share the story of their struggle with stress, exhaustion, and complacency when things didn’t go as planned. Listen in as they share how they managed to move forward, along with a few steps you can take to get unstuck in your business.

The Bokeh Podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Editing for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer. You can also subscribe to the Bokeh podcast on the Apple podcast app, follow on Spotify, add to your playlist on Stitcher, or listen on Overcast.

Technique for Time: Workout every morning to be more alert and efficient. (3:16)

Book Recommendations: (6:36)
168 Hours – bit.ly/bp-168hours
Crash the Chatterbox – bit.ly/bp-chatterbox
Untethered Soul – bit.ly/bp-untethered

Advice for Photographers: Don’t be afraid to learn who you are, your strengths, and your weaknesses. (15:47)

Brand Position: Bringing personality to professional headshots. (19:33)

Madi & Micah’s Backstory (26:27)

Steps to Getting Unstuck: (32:44)
1. Realize when you need to ask for help and find a mentor(s).
2. Learn how to use your time well by setting good habits.
3. Hire experts for the things you don’t do well or don’t enjoy.

Books They’re Learning From: (40:48)
Never Split the Difference – bit.ly/bp-neversplit
Creativity Inc – bit.ly/bp-creativityinc
Building a Storybrand – bit.ly/bp-storybrand

Links:
maymedia.us
instagram.com/may_media_
Option B – bit.ly/bp-optionb
Tomas Flint’s Episode – bit.ly/bp-63

Episode 262: How to Be a Successful Part-Time Photographer – Seanna Leaf

Part-Time Photographer - Seanna Leaf

Are you feeling inadequate as a part-time photographer, due to the overwhelming thoughts that you’re not successful until you go full-time?

In episode 262 of the Bokeh Podcast, Seanna Leaf shares how she has found success in her business as a part-time photographer. Listen in as she explains how you should be the only person to determine what success looks like for your photography business, and how to define that success yourself.

The Bokeh Podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Editing for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer. You can also subscribe to the Bokeh podcast on the Apple podcast app, follow on Spotify, add to your playlist on Stitcher, or listen on Overcast.

Brand Position: Focusing on authentic and emotion-filled moments at weddings and between couples. (1:58)

Advice for Photographers: (6:02)
Try every kind of photography to find what you love.
Make meaningful connections in the industry.

Technique for Time: Create lists to stay organized. (9:57)
Google Lists – bit.ly/bp-googlelists
Todoist.com

Content Recommendations: (13:27)
Bokeh Podcast
The Photography Together Podcast by Kyle Yates
The Listening by Kayla Tene
The Business of Photography by Sprout Studio
Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher

The Gear Bag: Prisms (16:52)

“Lately I have been doing a lot of reflection on my life as a Social Worker and a photographer and realizing that at this point in my life I actually don’t want to be a full time photographer & that’s OKAY! I feel like we are always bombarded with the thoughts that if your not full-time your not ‘successful’ and I put that in quotes because truly we need to all determine what success looks like for ourselves.” – Seanna Leaf

Defining Your Own Success: (30:12)
1. Look inward, not outward.
2. Separate your goals into small and big goals, then celebrate them!

Links:
seannaleafphotography.com
instagram.com/seannaleafphotography
Allie Siarto – How to Sell WITHOUT IPS Episode – bit.ly/bp-249
nathan@photographersedit.com
Getting Things Done – bit.ly/bp-gettingthingsdone

Episode 255 – Restarting a Photography Business in a Small Town – Janean Gray

Restarting a Photography Business

Have you ever considered relocating your photography business to a smaller town? The process of starting over can be scary and overwhelming.

In episode 255 of the Bokeh Podcast, Janean Gray discusses how she successfully moved her business from a big city to a small town. Listen in as she shares the advice on how to get connected, build your brand before moving, then nurture relationships once you’ve relocated!

The Bokeh Podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Editing for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer. You can also subscribe to the Bokeh podcast on the Apple podcast app, follow on Spotify, add to your playlist on Stitcher, or listen on Overcast.

Technique for Time: (02:47)
1. Utilizing services and putting processes in place, like Photographer’s Edit and Honeybook.
2. Move your office to your studio.
3. Set aside time to do something for yourself, like running.

Book Recommendations: High Performance Habits by Brendan Bouchard –bit.ly/bp-high-performance-habits (10:57)

Advice for Photographers: Make friends with local photographers.

Brand Position: (20:08)
Newborn Photography – Timeless Newborn Photography with a Luxury Boutique Experience (20:37)
Wedding Photography – Luxury Country Weddings with a Mix Between Classic and Photojournalistic (21:49)

The Gear Bag: Pre-Sterilized Pacifiers (28:18)

I have learned that is it about building relationships and nurturing those relationships. (33:38)

Ways to Restart in a New Market: (35:18)
1. Facebook Groups

2. In-Person Networking Groups
3. Facebook Ads

A Look Inside Janean’s Facebook Ads: (39:41)
– Generic ads within a small radius around the town to women with small children to like her page.
– Boosting posts for open model calls for newborns to a generic area including “everyone.”
– Geo-targeting around a specific venue if there is a wedding expo going on, because there are brides in that area.

Where are Janean’s Clients? (41:29)
Newborn Clients are on Facebook
Wedding Clients are on Instagram

Testing Your Pricing Through Mini Sessions: Let your clients choose the number of digitals they want so you can see what is more popular and will sell better! (44:19)

Links: 
janeangrayphotography.com
Facebook – Janean Gray Photography at Magnolia Lane Studio: facebook.com/gainesvillephotographer
instagram.com/janeangrayphotography
blissfulbabyworkshops.com
Allison Chipman of Allie Marie Photography

Episode 248: Going Pro Without Getting Overwhelmed – Kishia Saffold

Going Pro - Kishia Saffold

Are you preparing to turn your photography hobby into a professional business, yet worry about getting overwhelmed?

In episode 248 of the Bokeh Podcast, Kishia Saffold of Short Stuff Photography discusses the workflow, systems, and marketing tips you need to implement into your business to avoid that feeling of overwhelm!

The Bokeh Podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Editing for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer. You can also subscribe to the Bokeh podcast on the Apple podcast app, follow on Spotify, add to your playlist on Stitcher, or listen on Overcast.

Technique for Time: Waking up at 4AM to go to the gym will keep you disciplined in all areas of your life. (2:33)

Book Recommendation: Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill – bit.ly/bp-thinkrichgrow (11:20)

Advice for Photographers: Don’t buy everything you see on youtube. (15:33)

Brand Position: Making people who aren’t photogenic feel comfortable in front of the camera with professional makeup and quick turn-around times. (17:59)

The Gear Bag: Prism (22:05)

Proudest Moment: Voted Best Photographer in her area last year.

Systems for an Efficient Business: (29:54)
tailwindapp.com
dubsado.com
paypal.com
dropbox.com
zoom.us

Marketing Tips for Photographers: (38:07)
1. Consistently Posting on Social Media
2. Television
3. Networking Opportunities

Links:
Shortstuffphotography.com
fb.com/shortstuffphotography
instagram.com/shortstuffphoto
orangetheoryfitness.com