Episode 393: How Personal Projects Can Help You Build Your Business – Emma O’Brien

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Are you so focused on running a successful business that you aren’t creating any personal projects that fuel your passion?

In episode 393 of the Bokeh Podcast, Emma O’Brien joins us to share how personal projects can also benefit and build your business. Listen in as she describes how her passions have grown her business, along with where to start with planning your next personal project.

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: Portraiture for People Who’s Dogs are Family (:49)

Customer Experience: Taking the time to understand what a client wants from a shoot, deliver it with bells on, and make sure your client is the center of attention. (3:45)

Outsourcing and Delegation: Editing and newsletter marketing (7:34)

Inspiration: Art galleries (12:22)

Book Recommendations: The Artist’s Way by Julie Cameron (14:19)

Emma’s Personal Projects: (18:52)
Vegans of South Africa
Rescued Farm Animals
The Black Series

How Passion Projects Effect the Growth of Business (23:14)

 

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The Impact of Work Going Viral (29:32)

Successful Personal Projects: ()
1. It needs to be authentic
2. Make a body of work that sits as a coherent series
3. Self promote

Links
facebook.com/emmaobrienphotos
facebook.com/mentoringforcreatives
instagram.com/emmaobrienphoto
emmaobrien.com
mentoringforcreatives.com
emmaobrien.com/black-rescue-series
ted.com/talks/emma_o_brien_the_creative_magic_of_black_dogs
boredpanda.com/black-shelter-dogs-and-cats-portrait-photography-emma-obrien
emmaobrien.com/the-farm-series
This is Marketing – Seth Godin – bit.ly/bp-thisismarketing

Check out Emma’s other episode:
https://www.photographersedit.com/blog/pets-emma-obrien/

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Episode 172: How to Capture the Personality of Pets – Emma O’Brien

personality of pets

Have you wanted to break into the pet photography niche, but struggle with capturing a pet’s personality?

In episode 172 of the Bokeh Podcast, Emma O’Brien shares her journey to becoming a pet photographer. Listen as she shares three big ideas that will help you better capture the personality of a pet.

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: Be smart in how you schedule yourself.

The Lesson: Not knowing how to price accordingly eventually led to her hiring on a business coach.

The Gear Bag: Nikon D810 with Nikor 20-70 2.8mm

Differences in People vs. Dogs:
1. Dogs come in different levels of training and communication can be complicated with them.
2. Dogs have a very short attention span.
3. Lighting a dog’s face requires more lighting from the from than a human face.

Breaking into the Market:
Connect with charities, vets, and pet shops to shoot free photos to build your network.

3 Ways to Capture a Dog’s Personality:
1. Be extremely patient.
2. Keep snacks and treats on hand (higher end treats, such as chicken or cold meat, work best).
3. Sit at the same level as a dog.

Mentioned in this Episode:
Polly Alexander

Links:
Dogart.co
Emmaobrien.com
fb.com/emmaobrienphotos
Instagram.com/emmaobrienphoto
twitter.com/emmaobrienphoto
instagram.com/dogartphotography
Episode 107: bit.ly/bp-107
Pollyalexander.com
Dog Sounds App: bit.ly/bp-dogapp