Episode 282: Pushing Through Vulnerability – Thu Tran

Vulnerability

As an entrepreneur,  you’re forced to face uncomfortable situations and be vulnerable in multiple areas of your business.

In episode 282 of the Bokeh Podcast, Thu Tran shares how she has confronted vulnerability with comparison on social media, criticism in her work, and letting go of control to outsource in her business. Listen in as she defines what it means to be vulnerable, how you can push through those feelings, and grow as a photographer and person.

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.

The Lesson: Learn to create a system for yourself and advertise early on. (9:01)

Technique for Time: Schedule everything in a block schedule.

Book Recommendations: (26:28)
Anything by Brene Brown – brenebrown.com
Essentialism by Greg McKeown – bit.ly/bp-essentialism
Scrum by Jeff Sutherland – bit.ly/bp-scrum
The Obstacle is the Way – bit.ly/bp-obstacle
Trillion Dollar Coach – bit.ly/bp-trilliondollar

The Gear Bag: (30:26)
Food & Dr. Pepper Chapstick

Thu on Defining Vulnerability: Taking a risk, putting yourself out there and not know the outcome.(38:07)

Nathan on Defining Vulnerability: Putting something out there for which you’re afraid to be judged for. (38:39)

How Codependency Relates to Vulnerability (43:19)

Facing the Comparison on Instagram (47:40)

Thu’s Areas of Vulnerability:
Social Media
Criticism
Outsourcing

Links:
2tphoto.com
instagram.com/thulegit
Reawaken the Giant Within – bit.ly/bp-reawaken

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 244: Personal Projects for Minimizing Burnout – Kelly Berry

Minimizing Burnout - Kelly Berry

Are you looking for ways to avoid burnout during your busy seasons?

In episode 244 of the Bokeh Podcast, Kelly Berry shares how incorporating personal projects into your workload can help combat burnout and fuel your passion for photography.

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: Getting up early to focus better. (2:06)

Staying Centered: This can be different for everyone, but for Kelly, riding horses and spending time outdoors. But also, just be inspired by what your clients are doing and saying. (07:05)

Book Recommendations: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – bit.ly/bp-bigmagic (11:45)

Advice for Photographers: Connect with as many creatives in your field as possible. (15:46)

Brand Position: Fine art photographer capturing editorial, engagements, and weddings.(18:36)

The Gear Bag: Canon 5D Mark III with ZEISS 50mm & Contax 645

Why Passion Projects? It fuels you and allows you to be creative without the pressure of work. (43:34)

Vero Workshops: A workshop that brings out the artist in you. (50:27)

Links:
Kellyberryphoto.com
instagram.com/kberryphoto
veroworkshop.com
instagram.com/workshopvero
pixieset.com<
pixellu.com/smartalbums

Episode 210: Taking Care of Our Mental Health – Vanessa Hicks

Mental Health

Are you overwhelmed from taking on too much work in your photography business, but are afraid to ask for help? As entrepreneurs, the state of your mental health should be a priority in your life and your business.

In episode 210 of the Bokeh Podcast, we’re joined by Vanessa Hicks to discuss the importance of taking your mental health seriously. Listen in as she opens up about her battle with anxiety and depression, and shares solutions to avoiding the six triggers of mental health challenges.

If you’re struggling with your mental health, we encourage you to find support or connect with the National Alliance on Mental Health.

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: Give yourself days off.

Book Recommendations:
168 Hours – bit.ly/bp-168hours
Girl Code by Cara Leyba – bit.ly/bp-girlcode

Advice for Photographers: Make sure the foundation of your home is sturdy before you take on this journey of entrepreneurship.

The Gear Bag: Canon bodies and Sigma lenses. (Sigma 35mm Art)

6 Triggers for Anxiety:
1. Stress & Lack of Self Care to Manage
2. Uncertainty
3. Social Isolation
4. Barriers to Mental Health Resources
5. Identity and Self-worth is Attached to Our Business
6. Shame & Feeling Alone

Solutions:
1. Find free time so you have a break between business and yourself.
2. Set specific and realistic goals for your business.
3. Connect with a community you can relate to.
4. Find free resources through Google.
5. Put yourself and your family first.
6. Vanessa is here, you’re not alone, reach out to her.

Links:
vanessahicksphotography.com
instagram.com/vanessahicksphotography
facebook.com/vanessahicksphotography
Defining Your Brand’s Position with Bonnie Bakhtiari – bit.ly/bp-110
How to Design Your Photography Business with Taylor Jones – bit.ly/bp-162
Developing a Distinct Photography Brand with Jess Onesto – bit.ly/bp-186
World Health Organization – who.int
honeybook.com/risingtide
Rising Tide Society Creative & Chronically Ill – bit.ly/bp-rtscci
Tony Robbins Reawaken the Giant Within – bit.ly/bp-reawaken