Episode 219: How to Create Love-Soaked Family Portraits – Brooke Schultz

Love-Soaked Family Portraits

Are your family portraits missing connection between your subjects?

In episode 219 of the Bokeh Podcast, Brooke Schultz shares three simple ways you can adjust your approach to family portraits to capture love-soaked and soulful images.

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:
Automation is the magic sauce for solopreneurship.
Batch work can help save you time.

Book Recommendations: The Big Leap by Gay Hendrix – bit.ly/bp-bigleap

The Gear Bag:
Pentax 645 N2 w/ 75mm 1.2
Nikon F100 w/ Sigma Art 1.4

Brand Position: Soulful Family Photographer

The Lesson: You’re going to fail and you’re going to look stupid, but be willing to show up for that.

What story do you want to tell about what a family is?

How to Get Love-Soaked Family Portraits:
1. Create connection through touching heads.
2. Expect things to go wrong so you can prepare to handle anything that could come up.
3. Invent games out of simple poses, so it will make the session fun.

Links:
instagram.com/brookebschultz
Brookeschultzphotography.com
http://brookeschultzphotography.com/bokeh
Kartra.com
MadMimi.com
meetedgar.com
Palousemindfulness.com
The Untethered Soul – Michael Singer – bit.ly/bp-untethered

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 217: Establishing a Niche for Your Photography Business – Kaycee Lunde

Establishing A Niche

We’ve all heard the term “niching down,” but have you considered how you could apply the concept to your business?

In episode 215 of the Bokeh Podcast, Kaycee Lunde shares how she combined her passion for farming and photography to find her niche in country weddings. Listen in as Kaycee shares about life on the farm, branding her business to attract her ideal clients, and how you can discover a niche that combines your passions.

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: Create systems in your business so you can spend more time out of your business.

How to Focus on Being Centered:
Long-range planning and saying no to overbooking yourself.
Take a Sabbatical.
Book a mobile massage therapist to come to you.

The Lesson: Give yourself grace.

The Gear Bag: Canon 5D Mark IV & Canon 6D w/ 70-200mm f2.8 and Sigma Art 35mm, 50mm, & 85mm

Mentioned in this Episode:
Brands that Book with Davey Jones
Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher
Ty’s Tech Line

Links:
kayceeann.com
instagram.com/kayceeannfarm
17hats.com
Brookstone Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager with Heat & Automated Programs
Planoly
Tonicsiteshop.com

Episode 212: Workflow Wednesday: Creating a Boutique Senior Photography Experience – Renee Bowen

Boutique Senior Photography Experience

Calling all senior portrait photographers! Are you offering a boutique experience that provides a valuable and memorable experience for your clients?

In episode 212 of Bokeh Podcast, our hosts and special guest, Renee Bowen discuss the opportunities that providing a boutique experience can bring to your business! Listen in to learn how she created a efficient workflow that also created value proposition in her business for her clients.

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
@hayleegaffin
photographersedit.com
@photogsedit
bokehpodcast.com
@bokehpodcast
reneebowen.com
@reneebowen

January’s Workflow Wednesday Theme: Client Experience

Renee’s Boutique Senior Photography Experience:
1. An inquiry comes through the website into Tave.
2.Renee sends out a template email to the potential client with her signature Senior Portrait Magazine that includes all the pricing and information and frequently asked questions, along with links for her site and instagram (and highlights) with all the information of how and why Renee does what she does.  It’s a gateway into knowing who she is – as well as sharing pricing.
3. After a few emails/follow up, they’re booked.  This process can be automated, but Renee prefers to have a little dialogue with the client beforehand; and helps them figure out which session would be best for them.
4. Once booked, Renee sends a physical Welcome Packet (includes a digital copy as well) that includes samples announcements, branded swag, and album ordering information – the most important thing here being the How To Prep info (what to wear/what to expect with hair/makeup, etc.) – A few weeks before the session, she sends out an email preparing them for the session. This includes information on what to wear, a hair and makeup guide, and any additional session information.
5. The in-person ordering session is also scheduled and on the calendar.
6. On the day of the shoot, hair and makeup are provided. While getting hair and makeup done, Renee is looking through the outfits the client brought, deciding which would look best at each location.
7. On the evening of the session, Renee will send out a thank you email with a sneak peak and a review request while the emotion of the day is still very fresh in everyone’s minds.
8. On the day of the in-person ordering session, Renee requests the parents to be present to make the major decisions (she encourages them to be present through the whole experience to enjoy the images as much as the senior) – all this communication is via email and very detailed.
9. Renee walks them through the ordering and the final order is placed that day.
10. Web-sized images via an app is delivered the evening of the appointment – everything they order is available in low res form so they can post on social media.  (with detailed instructions on how to tag her in the caption).
11. Order goes into production; 99% of her clients buy an album, she then uses fundy to design the album.  (All her prints and products are done by WHCC)
12. Album proofs are sent, along with any other proofs (announcements, collages)
13. Once approved, everything goes to print.
14. Items arrive and she make social media posts about them or blogs; she will always do an insta story video of the album! (She has highlights on her instagram for albums and “grad swag”.)
15. Everything is packaged in branded packaging and client picks up.

Links:
reneebowen.com
instagram.com/reneebowen
Tave.com
Renee’s Makeup Guide
Renee’s Facebook Group