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

Play-based Family Sessions - Jenna Anderson

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