Episode 395: Encouraging Inclusion in the Photography Industry (Part 2) – George Mitchell

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In light of the death of George Floyd and the events surrounding this tragedy, we felt it was important to continue our recent conversation with George Mitchell about inclusion in the photography industry.

In episode 395 of the Bokeh Podcast, Nathan and George discuss the significance of appropriate language when discussing race-related issues, the importance of not just talking about but doing something to encourage change in our culture, and specific steps that photographers can take to encourage progress.

At the Bokeh Podcast, we’re committed to creating a diverse and inclusive space on our platform for the voices of all photographers. We’ll continue to do our part in fighting to end racism and encourage inclusion and equality.

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.

Building Comfortable Conversations (1:54)

Processing Recent Events (3:51)

Allyship:
Listen and self reflection. (8:04)

Be Aware of Triggers (11:35)

Knowing When to Speak Up, Ask, and Listen (14:22)

Memorandums of Understandings: Actionable items that organizations are planning to take to help right the wrongs. (15:28)

Starting Conversations and Getting Involved (19:40)

Tangibly Show Support for the POC Community (26:58)
1. Reflect on your day to day dealings
– Is your organization diverse?
– Is there equity or true inclusion there?
2. Take actionable steps for change in your business (write it down).
3. Get involved in minority led organizations.
4. Diversify your portfolio.

Links
gmitchellphoto.com
instagram.com/GMitchellPhoto

Check out part one of my conversation with George in episode 378:

inclusion

Have you considered the impact you could have on the photography industry when it comes to diversity and inclusion?

In episode 378 of the Bokeh Podcast, George Mitchell joins us to discuss how the photography industry as a whole can take steps towards providing more inclusion for all people, and how you can take those practices and apply them to your own business. If you’re ready to help our industry become more inclusive, this episode is for you!

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.

Head to bokehpodcast.com/378 to see the full show notes from this episode.

Episode 378: Encouraging Inclusion in the Photography Industry – George Mitchell

inclusion

Have you considered the impact you could have on the photography industry when it comes to diversity and inclusion?

In episode 378 of the Bokeh Podcast, George Mitchell joins us to discuss how the photography industry as a whole can take steps towards providing more inclusion for all people, and how you can take those practices and apply them to your own business. If you’re ready to help our industry become more inclusive, this episode is for you!

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: Food, Beverage, and People (5:52)

Standing Out: Developing a unique style for your niche. (7:09)

Customer Experience: Flexibility, Timely Communication, (10:58)

Technique for Time: Take personal time and vacations to decompress. (16:32)

Delegation/Outsourcing: Handing off color correction, composite, and retouching that takes up time. (20:19)

Inspiration: Liquor stores, grocery stores, Pier One, Crate & Barrel, online shops, etc. (24:14)

 

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Book and Content Recommendations: (28:24)
Bokehpodcast.com
photographyspark.com
proedu.com
Planet Money by NPR – npr.org/sections/money
theknot.com
Business Wars – bit.ly/bp-businesswars
Road to Certification – bit.ly/bp-roadtocertification
Food Styling

Diversity in the Current State of the Photography Industry (33:21)

Inclusion in the Photography Industry (44:58)

Three Ways to Improve Inclusion:
1. Pull in more representation in demographics for your brand or conference.
2. Connect with people outside of your inner circle.
3. Reach outside of the “normal” talent pool.

Mentioned in this Episode:
Kesha Lambert – keshalambert.com
Kimberly Lee – kimberlyleephotography.com

Links
gmitchellphoto.com
instagram.com/GMitchellPhoto
Kesha’s Episode – bit.ly/bp-272
Multicultural Association of Professional Photographers – welovephotographers.com

Episode 354: How to Serve Your Clients Amidst Fearful Times – Taylor Ford

fearful times

Are you taking care of your clients during the fearful times surrounding COVID-19?

In episode 354 of the Bokeh Podcast, Taylor Ford joins us to share how she has made it a priority to serve her couples who are dealing with rescheduling or postponing their wedding right now. Listen in as she shares her proactive approach to being a pillar of strength for her couples who are being impacted by COVID-19.

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.

Customer Experience: Education & Expectations – Guide and show your clients what they need while listening to what they want. (2:55)

Brand Position: Timeless, Genuine, & Fun // The way photos should be. (6:44)

Delegation: (15:25)
Photographersedit.com
House Cleaning

Inspiration: Magazines and Traveling and Cooking (18:35)

Book Recommendations: Big Magic – bit.ly/bp-bigmagic (22:22)

bokehbookshelf.com

Taylor’s Reaction to COVID-19: Stay positive for couples without making them nervous. (29:20)

Three Ways to Serve Your Clients
1. Community – Create a facebook group for your couples.
2. Gifting – Send them a Starbucks gift card.
3. Time – Offering your services that don’t cost you out of pocket.

Links
taylorfordphotography.com
instagram.com/taylorfordphoto
Jamie Findlay’s Episode – bit.ly/bp-321

Episode 353: When Business Slows Down – David & Whitney Scott

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Has your business been impacted by unexpected slower seasons?

In episode 353 of the Bokeh Podcast, David and Whitney Scott join us to open up about their experience in business after the Joplin Tornado Tragedy, along with how the impacts are similar to what they’re experiencing with COVID-19. Listen in as they share steps you can take to still serve your clients and community, even when your business slows down.

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.

Based in: Northwest Arkansas (2:07)

Client Experience: Present yourself as an equal. (5:17)

Brand Position: Fun, generous, and expensive. (10:55)

Technique for Time: Limiting themselves to 1-2 clients per week. (17:33)

Delegating Your Work: Accounting and Projects (24:00)

Book Recommendations: (32:15)
4 Hour Work Week – bit.ly/bp-4hr
A Real Life by Ferenc Máté – bit.ly/bp-areallife

Bokehbookshelf.com

The Joplin Tornado Tragedy (37:38)

The Importance of Giving Back to the Community (46:55)

When Business Slows Down: (51:00)
1. Look for ways to serve the community at large.
2. Be intentional with your plan as a business to make improvements on your business.
3. Work on the relationships with your clients.

Tip: Support small businesses by purchasing gifts for your clients; this also shows your clients that you’re thinking of them during this time.

Links
Whitneyscottphotography.com
instagram.com/whitneyscottphotography
Black River Imaging
3xmsolution.com
facebook.com/3xmsolution
3xm Insiders Facebook Group – facebook.com/groups/121075548461035
Tribe of 5 – tribeof5.com
Amy & Tavis Episode 79 – bit.ly/bp-79