Episode 291: Removing the Hierarchy from the Photography Industry – Co Hodges

Photography Hierarchy

Have you ever felt disconnected from or left out of the photography community based on your skill level or experience?

In episode 291 of the Bokeh Podcast, Co Hodges of Unraveled Academy shares her thoughts on building an inclusive community and overcoming hierarchy in the photography industry. Listen in as she discusses the significance of relationships and authenticity in community building.

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: All artists of all walks of life can come to learn, grow, and connect with others, where students and teachers are on the same level. (2:26)

Book Recommendations Pt. 1: Start With Why (4:14)

Advice for Photographers: There will always be another mountain to climb and conquer, but enjoy the one you’re facing now. (5:49)

Technique for Time: Create dedicated office hours. (10:33)

Book Recommendations Pt. 2: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (15:50)

Spectrum Inspired: To raise awareness and de-stigmatize autism spectrum disorders. (18:40)

The Gear Bag: Monopod (23:29)

Hierarchy in the Photography Industry: Stems from “fan-girling” over artists in the community, who then allow themselves to be put on a pedestal. (26:30)

Overcoming the Hierarchy: Adding Value (31:16)

Significance of Relationships (34:49)

Significance of Authenticity (36:36)

Sharing Vulnerable Parts of You: (39:50)
1. Write down 100 things that make you up as a person.
2. Cross out anything you wouldn’t be willing to share online.
3. Use the remaining things to open the doors to your vulnerability.

Links
coleenhodges.com
instagram.com/co_hodges
theunraveledacademy.com
instagram.com/unraveledacademy
Let’s Get Unraveled Podcast – bit.ly/bp-unraveledpod
Nathan’s Episode on Let’s Get Unraveled – bit.ly/bp-unraveled-nathan
theunraveledacademy@gmail.com

Episode 289: Strategic Relationships to Grow Your Wedding Business – Chris J Evans

Strategic Relationships

Are you making an effort to build real relationships with more than just the clients in your photography business?

In episode 289 of the Bokeh Podcast, Chris J Evans discusses the importance of creating lasting, meaningful connections with other vendors, and the importance of gratitude in networking. Listen in as he shares his top three strategic relationships, along with how he builds and nurtures each of them.

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: Where fashion, nature, and weddings collide. An editorial style wedding photographer. (7:21)

Content Recommendation: (22:49)
Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek – bit.ly/bp-leaderseatlast
The Art of War by Sun Tzu – bit.ly/bp-artofwar
The Power of Broke by Daymond John – bit.ly/bp-powerofbroke

The Gear Bag: (26:58)
Kenneth Cole Bag – Vintage Lace bails, hand-dyed silk ribbons, prisms, dress hanger, and a deck of cards.

Networking with Vendors: (29:29)
Tag vendors on Instagram when you work with them.
Reach out to vendors you want to work with.
Continue email communication with the vendors you want to work with on a monthly basis.

Chris’ Top 3 Relationships for Networking (35:12)
1. Pacific Coast Wedding Magazine Editor (Robin)
2. Venue Owner (Sylvia)
3. Blog & Magazine Editors

Developing & Maintaining Relationships – Word Association: (45:25)
1. Follow Up
2. Networking Events
3. Personal Interaction
4. Ongoing Communications

The Importance of Gratitude (56:54)

Links
instagram.com/chrisjevansphoto
chrisjevans.com
Santabarbaraweddingcompany.com
bit.ly/bp186

Episode 276: Creating Community Through Co-Working – Gene Yoon

Co-Working

Does entrepreneurship leave you feeling disconnected from a community in your local market?

In episode 276 of the Bokeh Podcast, Gene Yoon shares how he collaborated with a few friends to create a co-working space that was influenced by the concept of community. Listen in as Gene shares some of the biggest lessons he’s learned from running a co-working space, along with how you can get started creating one today!

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: Capturing creative, yet natural imagery with a photojournalistic style. (1:18)

Advice for Photographers: Having a community based mentality will take you very far. (4:10)

Technique for Time: Be intentional about the time you’re carving out in your schedule. (5:26)

Content Recommendations: Youtube & Other Photographers (10:43)

The Gear Bag: Small Bluetooth Speaker (14:32)

Creating a Community Through Co-Working (18:16)

Time Commitment to Running a co-Working Space: For the first year, Gene was working out of the space, while still furnishing it. (20:03)

Business Model: A co-working space that hosts event, workshops, co-working opportunities through memberships and punch passes. (21:40)

The Lesson: (28:15)
Make an attempt to connect with others.
Join other networking groups out there.

Links:
gene-yoon.com
instagram.com/geneyoon
creativeclubchicago.com

Episode 251: Reaching Your Clients Through Venues – Joe Dantone

venues-joe-dantone

Have you considered the positive impact your relationship with wedding venues can have on your photography business?

In episode 251 of the Bokeh Podcast, Joe Dantone discusses how networking with wedding venues can be an amazing asset in your marketing plan. Listen in as he shares how prioritizing these relationships has resulted in more booked weddings than any other referral source.

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: Have time to decompress with someone in your life before your day starts and set aside a special day each week with your family. (4:12)

Content Recommendations: Chase Jarvis & Pye Jirsa (6:48)

Advice for Photographers:
1.Make sure you have a good accountant. (10:30)
Bonus: Check out Joe’s accountant, Mike Clipper, on the Bokeh Podcast here: bit.ly/bp-153
2. Always ask questions, listen and observe, try new things and fail to learn. (11:22)

Brand Position: Documenting genuine moments, creatively. (14:11)

The Gear Bag: “The Frankenstein” (18:29)
Manfrotto Nano Clamp: bit.ly/bp-manfrotto
Phottix US-A3 Ball Head: bit.ly/bp-phottixswivel

Joe’s Business Backstory (22:54)

Why Venues? The first place that most couples go during wedding planning is their venue. If that venue recommends you, they already have a significant amount of trust in you. (24:25)

How to Stand Out With Venues: (31:15)
1. Follow Up with the Venue: Right after the wedding is done, send the coordinator an email letting them know that you’ll send the images over shortly to use with an appreciation note.
2. Show Up and Connect: Hand deliver the images so you can put your face out there.
3. Give in Appreciation: Deliver a thank you gift at the end of the year as an Thank You

Links:
joedantone.com
Instagram.com/joedantone_photography
fb.com/joedantonephotography
dantonecreative.com
instagram.com/dantone_creative
instagram.com/jdpfamilies