Episode 422: Leave No Trace – Maddie Mae

leave no trace

Have you considered the impacts your business leaves on the environment? From where you’re shooting to how you’re sharing about it, you have more influence than you may think!

In episode 422 of the Bokeh Podcast, Maddie Mae joins us to discuss how the Leave No Trace movement focuses on teaching the best practices we can follow to both enjoy and protect the outdoors simultaneously. Listen in as she shares seven important principles to consider in order to leave no trace and help create a positive impact on the land you’re visiting while photographing your clients.

Bonus: Make sure you check out her course, How to Leave No Trace, to learn more about ensuring your business is taking care of our world!

The Bokeh Podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Editing for the Professional Photographer and Miilu: The Simplest Way to Create and Manage Timelines and Shot Lists for the Events You’re Photographing.  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: The difference between your client’s expectations vs what you deliver. (2:16)

Marketing Miopia (5:02)

Outsourcing/Delegation: What are the core competencies that have to be done by me? (7:16)

The Passion Behind Leave No Trace (18:57)

Awareness in the Environment (27:06)

What is Leave No Trace? (36:55)

7 Principles to Leave No Trace (55:19)
1. Plan and prepare
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
3. Disposing of waste properly
4. Leave what you find
5. Minimize campfire impacts
6. Respect wildlife
7. Be considerate of others

Links
adventureinstead.com
instagram.com/adventureinstead
Adventureinstead.com/academy
instagram.com/adventureinsteadacademy
Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/weddingsandwanderlust
Episode 315
The Access Fund
Paige Griffith

Episode 415: Creating a Niche: All-Inclusive Elopements – Samantha Josette Ward

all-inclusive elopements

With elopements becoming more prominent in the wedding industry, have you considered how you could provide an exclusive service for you clients?

In episode 415 of the Bokeh Podcast, Samantha Josette Ward joins us to share how she found her niche in all-inclusive elopements, where she’s the primary (and often only) vendor that a couple books. Listen in as she shares how she approaches the planning process to create this unique service for her clients.

The Bokeh Podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Editing for the Professional Photographer and Miilu: The Simplest Way to Create and Manage Timelines and Shot Lists for the Events You’re Photographing.  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.

Experience: (1:55)
Photography 5 years
Wedding industry 10 years
Customer Experience: Treat your couples more like friends and less like clients. (2:13)
Delegation/Outsourcing: Housecleaner and grocery delivery. (8:44)
Pinterest Related Episodes:
Inspiration: Traveling and magazines. (12:57)
Book Recommendations: Girl, Stop Apologizing (14:53)
Brand Position: All-inclusive elopement packages (photography, planning, design, florals, officiating, hair & makeup, etc). (17:39)
Design in Elopements (12:11)
Defining a Niche Brand Position (24:24)
Becoming Ordained (26:11)
Workflows to Maximize Profit (31:33)
Links

Episode 315: How to Plan an Elopement for Your Clients – Maddie Mae

Elopement

Are you ready to take your elopements to the next level for your couples by planning a unique experience that will leave their day stress-free?

In episode 315 of the Bokeh Podcast, Maddie Mae describes how her team utilizes their experience to guide clients while planning their elopements. Listen in as she shares how you can get started in creating amazing elopement experiences for your couples.

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.

Specializing in Elopements (4:48)

Brand Position: Elopement photographers and guides to your wildly different wedding experience that is completely yours. (13:40)

Advice for Photographers: Use your creativity as an asset, not just with your work, but in your business and marketing. (24:07)

Time Technique: Don’t be afraid to ask for help and create a team. (30:24)

Book Recommendation: (38:13)
Blue Ocean Strategy – bit.ly/bp-blueoceanstrategy
Building a Storybrand by Donald Miller – bit.ly/bp-storybrand
Start With Why by Simon Sinek – bit.ly/bp-startwithwhy
Scary Close by Donald Miller – bit.ly/bp-scaryclose

The Gear Bag: (42:46)
Nude Leggings – bit.ly/bp-fleeceleggings

The State of the Industry | Elopement Photography (46:45)
No industry standards.

Getting Started in Elopement Photography:
Niche Down – There are so many types of elopements.
Build your portfolio on your own travels
Second shoot lots of weddings.
Travel with your gear.
Create valuable content.

Why Maddie Added Guiding to Her Services: (1:00:34)
It allowed her to create a better experience for her clients.

Maddie’s Favorite Question to Ask Her Couples: (1:09:26)
Why did you decide to elope?

Links:
adventureinstead.com
instagram.com/adventureinstead
adventureinsteadacademy.com
Lateral Thinking by Edward Bono – bit.ly/bp-lateralthinking

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

Elopement Experience

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.

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.

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
Gaia.com
convertkit.com
bit.ly/bp-portra400