Episode 198: Creating a Powerful International Elopement Experience – Rochelle Cheever

Elopement Experience - Rochelle Cheever

Does being an international elopement photographer sound like a dream, but you have no idea what it takes or where to get started?

Let us introduce you to elopement expert, Rochelle Cheever as she shares about creating a powerful elopement experience for her clients and how a knowledge of international destinations can set you apart. Listen in as she provides the elements to creating an lasting experience that will be more than your clients ever dreamed.

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About Rochelle: Rochelle Cheever is a destination wedding photographer from Italy, currently living in San Diego, California and traveling the globe to capture couples in love. For more than a decade she’s traveled the world perfecting the art of adventure and capturing exotic elopements and intimate weddings on camera. She blends the sensitivity of a portrait painter with the beauty of fine art photography, transcending the commercial and transforming your memories into a masterpiece.

Time Technique: Take advantage of work vacations: vacations that align with your work travel.

Book Recommendation: The Artists Way by Julia Cameron: bit.ly/bp-artistsway

Brand Position: Destination Wedding Photographer for Wanderlust Couples

The Gear Bag: Kontax 645 with 80mm and 58mm + Light Meter

Key Elements of A Powerful Elopement Experience:
1. Determine if their a good fit for your brand through conversation.
2. Listen to their story to determine the best venue for their elopement.
3. Connect them with the vendors in the area that you prefer to work with: planners, makeup artists, etc.
4. Become familiar with areas so you can make recommendations on the style that the couple is choosing.

Rochelle’s Book:
Italy, A Romantic Journey – rochellecheever.com/book
Coming January 2019: The Elopement Experience – rochellecheever.com/the-elopement-experience-ebook

Links
rochellecheever.com
rochellecheeverprints.com
facebook.com/aromanticjourney
instagram.com/rochellecheever
pinterest.com/rochellecheever
Kennykim.com
yoga.com
Gaia.com
convertkit.com
bit.ly/bp-portra400

Episode 192: 3 Elements of Good Commercial Portraiture – Lynsey Weatherspoon

Commercial Portraiture

Are you looking to break into commercial and editorial photography, but unsure of how to capture truly authentic images of your clients for publication?

In episode 192 of the Bokeh Podcast, Lynsey Weatherspoon breaks down 3 important elements of her commercial portrait sessions that enable her to capture beautiful images that show the true personality of her subject.

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.

Time Technique: Making an effort to rest and spend time building relationships.

Book Recommendation: Black Women Photographers – bit.ly/bp-bwp

The Lesson: You’re going to have a year where nothing happens.

Advice: Connect with photographers who are where you want to be.

Brand Position: Commercial portraits that tell a story.

The Gear Bag:
Canon 5D Mk IV with 24-70mm f2.8
Canon 5D Mk III with 70-200mm

3 Elements of Good Commercial Portraiture:
1. Psychology
2. Lighting
3. Research

Breakdown of Psychology:
1. Be vulnerable with your clients.
2. Care about your clients so they’ll relax.
3. Warm your clients up by talking them through the session so they’ll be natural with you.

Breakdown of Lighting:
1. Simple is best with soft lighting. (Interfit S1 with Boom)
2. Focus on the personality of the client.
3. “Let the person shine… not the lighting!”

Breakdown of Research:
1. Look for photos of the client you’ll be shooting so you don’t recreate photos that have already been taken. This allows you to use your own creative eye to create.
2. Look for articles about the client so you’ll have something to talk about or have a direction in which you’ll take the shoot.
3. Get what the client wants and what you want for your portfolio.

Links:
lynseyweatherspoon.com
instagram.com/lnweatherspoon
facebook.com/lnweatherspoon
photokina.com
interfitphoto.com
Photek Softlighter: bit.ly/bp-photek

Episode 184: Does Specializing Matter? – Morgan Mendez

Specializing

Are you looking to grow your photography business in one area, but nervous about specializing and missing opportunities?

In episode 184 of the Bokeh Podcast, Morgan Mendez of Lady Ilg Photography shares how specializing in your business can actually set you up for success! Listen in as she explains the importance of specializing and how to determine what niche you choose!

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.

Time Technique:
Outsource the things that don’t require you
Batch Work

Mentioned in this Episode:
Thomas Flint

Why Specializing Matters:
1. It gives your clients a reason to trust you without ever having worked with you, because they can see that you’re a master in your craft and you know what you’re doing.
2. It opens the door for you to educate other business owners in your specialize area.
3. It allows for more filtered referrals when your clients know what you focus on in your business.

How to Determine Your Specialty:
1. Do I feel as though my business could sustain itself if I had to take time off?
2. Am I passionate about what I’m doing?
3. Is what I’m doing lighting my bulb?

Links
ladyilgphotography.com
instagram.com/ladyilg
facebook.com/LadyIlgPhotography
The Art of Specializing: ladyilgphotography.com/specialize
bit.ly/workflowwednesday
imdb.com/apps
Amazon Prime: Jack Ryan
The Glass Castle
How I Built This

Episode 159: Fine Art Photography: The Process – Trynh Krajanowski

Are you capturing art that your couples will want to display for years to come?

In episode 159 of the Bokeh Podcast, Trynh Krajanowski shares her approach to creating fine art for her clients from taking the photo to post-production. Listen as she dives into her love for film photography and shares about her upcoming workshop in California this fall.

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.

Time Technique: Using a CRM, Wanderlust, and Google Calendar to track everything.

The Lesson: Find the right people to work with and delegate the work to.

Brand Position: Natural, simple, and luxury are engrained into images without having to say it.

The Gear Bag:
Contax 645 w/ 80 mm and 140mm
Canon 5Dmkiii
85mm
100mm
200mm

Register for The California Fine Art Photography Workshop.

Mentioned in this Episode:
wunderlist.com
Todoist.com
17hats.com
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer: bit.ly/bp-untethered
breethe.com
Good to Great by Jim Collins: bit.ly/bp-goodtogreat
Work Rules by Laszlo Bock: bit.ly/bp-workrules
Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller: bit.ly/bp-storybrand
photovisionprints.com
lucymunozphotography.com
sirenfloralco.com
sarahkaylove.com

Links
Trynhphoto.com
instagram.com/Trynhphoto
instagram.com/Trynhstudio