Episode 285: How to Manage Kids During a Portrait Session – Katie Pearson

Kids Portrait Session

Photographing kids can be challenging, especially if you haven’t found the right techniques to manage them during a portrait session!

In episode 285 of the Bokeh Podcast, Katie Pearson shares 10 tips and tricks to handling rambunctious kids during a shoot! Listen in as she shares some of her funniest stories with photographing children and the gear she uses for entertainment!

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: My purpose is to capture love, relationships, and milestones in a fun and colorful way. “Let’s go outside and play!” (2:13)

Advice for Photographers: Customer service is a priority. Make sure your clients are happy from beginning to end. (7:18)

Technique for Time: Outsource your editing (9:41)

Book Recommendation:
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachael Hollis – bit.ly/bp-washface
bokehpodcast.com
creativelive.com

The Gear Bag: A small handbag full of travel items that act as an emergency kit. (17:19)

How Katie Started Photographing Children (19:01)

Crazy Scenarios from Sessions: (22:35)
A Kid & a Rosebush (22:35)
Runaway Child (23:22)

The Gear Bag for Kids: (25:27)
Bubbles
Stickers

Managing Kids During a Portrait Session: (25:27)
1. Carry interactive items in your gear bag like bubbles and stickers. (Ages 2-4)
2. Get shutter huggers for your camera. (Ages 6 months to 1 year)
3. Feather duster for tickling toes.
4. Act silly.
5. Download a fart app.
6. Utilize Youtube for entertainment. (Baby Shark and Cocoa Melon)
7. Have the child use the camera or be the assistant so they feel important.
8. When you initially meet the family, get on the child’s level, introduce yourself, and ask them to play.
9. Have patience and avoid showing frustration.
10. Direct them to jump, twirl, and walk around to make it more playful.

Links
devinereithphotography.com
instagram.com/devinereithphotography

Episode 271: How to Leave a Mark on the World – Michelle Ellsworth

Leave a Mark

Do you long to make a lasting impact on your community, but struggle with  building a business model to reflect your overall concept?

In episode 271 of the Bokeh Podcast, Michelle Ellsworth opens up about the unimaginable loss that led her to make a mark on the world with her photography business. Listen in as she shares the heartfelt story behind her why, along with the steps you can take to make a lasting impact with your brand.

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.

Based in: Salt Lake City, UT

Focused on: Families, children, and senior portraits.

Brand Position: We believe every family has a story worth telling, each child has a childhood worth remembering and all relationships have a love worth showcasing. (3:30)

Book Recommendation: Building a Storybrand (5:17)

Storybrand Worksheet – mystorybrand.com

The Lesson: Adopt an “I don’t know how to do it, yet” mentality. (9:03)

Technique for Time: Always be present in whatever it is that you’re doing, create boundaries, and block off your time. (12:02)

The Gear Bag: JBL Portable Speaker (19:04)

Michelle’s Story: After a heartbreaking loss, Michelle realized what moments she would go back and relive; that’s what she provides to her clients. (30:41)

Steps to Implementing Your Mission Into Your Business:
1. Find your remark-ability factor; this eradicates all competition.
2. Get creative in all areas of your business.
3. Become humble and willing to learn.
4. Take action; when you become stagnant, you want to take action.
5. Get involved with community.
6. Have a mindset shift to more community and less competition. You do you.

Links:
Permissiontoremember.com
permissiontoremember.org
instagram.com/permission_to_remember
Start with Why by Simon Sinek – bit.ly/bp-startwithwhy
Ted Talk with Simon Sinek – bit.ly/bp-simon-ted
The Seven Decisions by Andy Andrews – bit.ly/bp-7decisions

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

Advice for Photographers: 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 96: Play-Based Family Portrait Sessions – Jenna Cole

Family Portraits

Do your family portrait sessions tend to feel stiff and over-posed?

In episode 96 of the Bokeh Podcast, Jenna Anderson of Jenna Cole Photography describes her take on play-based family portrait sessions. Listen in as she shares the steps she takes to not only create a fun environment for the kids, but capture memories that will last a lifetime for the family.

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.

Jenna’s Aha Moment: She can enjoy being a photographer without the fame, the following, or being booked up all the time. Enjoy the process you’re in and how you’re growing from it.

Technique for Free Time: Slowing down her business goals and setting up structure has allowed for her to find focus on the tasks at hand without distraction. This also allowed her to set up boundaries around life and work.

The Gear Bag: Her Canon AE-1 that her mom learned film photography on.

Play-Based Family Portrait Sessions: These sessions are set up to capture how a family would normally engage with one another, without every client’s session coming out the exact same.

Steps to Creating Play-Based Family Sessions:
1. Once booked, reach out to the family for names, ages, and a photo of the family so you can think about the family and how you can use their features to interact with each other.
2. Capture the “Grandma Photo,” the photo grandma wants of everyone looking and smiling.
3. Play games with the kids that will get the fun started:
a. Shark Attack: where the child secretly gets to be a shark and go attack by kissing the ears of the unsuspecting parents.
b. The Sushi Roll: everyone is facing the  same direction and standing in a row, when one person rolls in, pulling the rest of the family into a “sushi roll.”
4. Sometime you’ll just need to play games with the kids before the session to make them feel comfortable.

Photographers Mentioned in this Episode:
Samantha Kelly
Yan Palmer – “The Fall Apart”

Links:
Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk – Danielle Krysa
Paradox of Choice – Barry Schwartz
Tony Robbins
Website: jennacole.com
Instagram: @jennacolephoto_fam
Facebook: Jenna Cole Photography