Episode 225: How to Photograph Unique Engagement Sessions – Jesse and Moira LaPlante

Jesse & Moira LaPlante Headshot for Bokeh Podcast Episode

Are you creating unique, original work that helps you stand out in a market where everyone is a photographer?

In episode 225 of the Bokeh Podcast, Jesse and Moira LaPlante discuss why and how they created unique sessions, called Alt Sessions, focusing on the important interests of their couples! Listen in as they share their process with Alt Sessions and four key ideas to creating a unique experience.

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: Mental Health Monday – Force yourself to do something fun one day a week.

Book Recommendations: 
Outliers by Malcom Gladwell: bit.ly/bp-outliers
The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut: bit.ly/bp-SirensTitan
One Perfect Day by Rebecca Mead: bit.ly/bp-OnePerfectDay

The Lesson: Find your niche & don’t try to copy others.

Tenebrism: Violent contrasts of dark and light.

Brand Position: Striving to take unique photos

The Gear Bag: MagModifiers & Godox AD200

The Alt Session Process:
1. Start each process with a “good fit” phone call to explain the idea behind the Alt Session.
2. Once booked, schedule another phone call that allows you to get to know them so you can plan a unique session for them.
3. Set the expectation that this is unique and anything can happen.
4. Bond with your couple through the experience.

4 Key Ideas to Creating Unique Sessions:
1. Start shooting for yourself, because you’ll start attracting like-minded clients and it will make your job so much more enjoyable.
2. Don’t worry about what the wedding industry tells you to do.
3. Don’t feel like you have to take every single client that comes to your door.
4. Listen to your client without expectations of what they’ll say so that you can truly get to know them.

Connect:
jlaplante.com
instagram.com/j.laplante.photo
Iconoclasm Workshop: jlaplante.com/workshops

Links:
Mating in Captivity – Esther Perel: bit.ly/bp-micaptivity
Ted Talk – The Secret to Desire in a Long Term Relationship : bit.ly/bp-TedTalkEP1
Ted Talk – Rethinking Infedelity: bit.ly/bp-TedTalkEP2
Kurt Vonnegut: vonnegutlibrary.org
Ray Bradbury
Philip K Dick
The Darkest Hour
Pride & Prejudice
To the Wonder

Episode 218: Workflow Wednesday: How to Pose Your Boudoir Clients – Traci Miller

Boudoir Client Experience

Are you creating a comfortable and inviting environment for your boudoir clients to experience?

In episode 218 of Bokeh Podcast, our hosts and special guest, Traci Miller of Indium Boudoir discuss the importance of making your client feel natural in a very intimate setting! Listen in as Traci shares her full client experience from start to finish, and highlights some of her go-to poses for boudoir photography!

The audio from Workflow Wednesday episodes is from our weekly Facebook Live videos. Tune in live on Wednesdays at 2:00PM EST, at facebook.com/photogsedit

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.

Connect:
richsmithphotography.net
@richsmithphoto
@heathersmithrsp
@nathanholritz
nathan@photographersedit.com
@hayleegaffin
haylee@photographersedit.com
photographersedit.com
@photogsedit
bokehpodcast.com
@bokehpodcast
indiumboudoir.com
instagram.com/indiumboudoir

January’s Workflow Wednesday Theme: Client Experience

Create a Relaxing Environment:
1. Tour the studio to give an idea of where they’ll be.
2. Offer wine or water for comfort.
3. Create casual conversation with them during hair and makeup.
4. Play music they enjoy the whole time.

Key Principals for Posing:
1. Encourage them to arch their back consistently.
2. Have them keep their lips apart during poses.
3. Ensure your lighting is flattering their figure and highlighting features.

Link:
Ore Adesena Episode: bit.ly/bp-200
Photomechanic: camerabits.com

 

Episode 216: Short-Term Vision Setting – Jaime Gordon

Vision Setting

Do you get overwhelmed when it comes to focusing on the goals you create for yourself and struggle with actually accomplishing what you set out to do?

In episode 216 of the Bokeh Podcast, transformational life coach, Jaime Gordon joins us to share the components of creating a vision (rather than goal), and the long-term impact that short-term vision casting can make in your life and business. Listen in to as she explains how you can transform your view on goal-setting by adjusting the way you’re approaching the process.

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: Wake up 45 minutes before everyone else to journal have time to reflect on yourself and the things you’re thankful for.

Book Recommendation: Three Laws of Performance by Steve Zaffron & Dave Logan: bit.ly/bp-3laws

The Components of Vision:
1. Includes future-based language.
2. Clear and and specific with measurable results.
3. Action steps and how you’ll get there.
4. Include completion dates for each action step and final completion.
5. Add in a way of being or a posture of the heart that will support your vision.

Links
jaimegordonlifecoaching.com
instagram.com/jaimegordonlifecoaching
Bombsell Business Podcast Episode: bit.ly/bp-bbp63
The Untethered Soul – Michael Singer: bit.ly/bp-untethered

Episode 215: Workflow Wednesday: Creating a Personalized Experience for Your Couples – Ryn Loren, Nathan, Haylee, Heather, & Rich

Client Experience - Couples

Are you creating a personalized experience for your couples that begins the moment they inquire with you?

In episode 215 of Bokeh Podcast, our hosts and special guest, Ryn Loren discuss how you can make small adjustments to your workflow to create a unique and personalized experience for your clients! Listen in as Ryn walks through how she approaches her sessions, the personal touches she puts on her experience, and how she connects with her clients on Instagram!

The audio from Workflow Wednesday episodes is from our weekly Facebook Live videos. Tune in live on Wednesdays at 2:00PM EST, at facebook.com/photogsedit

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.

Connect:
richsmithphotography.net
@richsmithphoto
@heathersmithrsp
@nathanholritz
nathan@photographersedit.com
@hayleegaffin
haylee@photographersedit.com
photographersedit.com
@photogsedit
bokehpodcast.com
@bokehpodcast
rynlorenphotography.com
@rynloren

January’s Workflow Wednesday Theme: Client Experience

The Inquiry Form
1. Include a scale of readiness that’s personalized to your interests to understand how invested your potential client already is in you!
2. Allow your potential client to ramble on with details about their love story.
3. Pose a question that highlights your client’s favorite type of gift.

Connecting with Clients
To better connect with clients, Ryn likes to go out for drinks before the session to really get to know the clients! This helps them feel comfortable when she asks them to do funny prompts, like waffle and jello.