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

personal projects

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 346: How to Plan Your Next Personal Project – Lucy Baber

Are you passionate about making an impact or a difference in your community, but don’t know where to start working on a personal project?

In episode 346 of the Bokeh Podcast, Lucy Baber shares the mission behind why she started her personal project, 100 Black Dads, along with the 9 steps she took (and wished she had) to execute this project she’s so passionate about. If you’re ready to launch your next personal project, this episode is for you!

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: Philly’s FUN Family Photographer (2:15)

BokehBookshelf.com

Giving Yourself Time to Go Full-Time (9:19)

Advice for Photographers: (11:17)
1. Get a steady income when you go full-time.
2. Prioritize relationships.
3. Prioritize photography conferences.

Technique for Time: Give yourself permission to clock out at a certain time of day for your family. (21:15)

Book Recommendations: (27:39)
pumpkinplan.com
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – bit.ly/bp-bigmagic

The Gear Bag: Bandaids: “Emergency Kit” (31:43)

100 Black Dads: Highlighting the loving and nurturing side of black fathers. (34:02)

Steps to Launching Your Personal Project (44:47)
1. Write a mission statement. (45:33)
2. Clearly define your scope and goals. (50:47)
3. Write a press release. (52:42)
4. Determine a budget, availability, and travel needs. (54:56)
5. Apply for grants and sponsorships. (59:16)
6. Consider wardrobe needs for promo interviews.
7. Plan your launch. (1:02:10)
8. Create a mix of easily attainable goals. (1:03:44)
9. Outsource if possible. (1:06:38)

Links:
lucybaberphotography.com
instagram.com/lucybaber
lucybaberphotography.com/100-black-dads
thephotocookout.com
Rae Barnes’ Episode – bit.ly/bp-157
Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
Ore Adesina’s Episode – bit.ly/bp-200

Episode 327: The Importance of Creative Play – Olivia Vale

creative play

Do you struggle with finding a balance between the two ideas of “play” and “work” in your photography business

In episode 327 of the Bokeh Podcast, Olivia Vale of Photo Fantastico shares how photographers who find themselves burning out should look to find joy in their work through playful exercises. Listen in as she explains how “work” and “play” don’t have to be mutually exclusive, and provides three prompts to get creative today.

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: Spend 30 minutes a day sitting and thinking without meditating. (30:22)

Content Recommendations: Stuart Brown’s Ted Talk: Play is more than just fun – bit.ly/bp-playmorefun (36:11)

The Gear Bag: Granola Bars – bit.ly/bp-naturevalley (38:36)

Before Incorporating Play: Sacrificing personal life for business. (41:35)

Creative Experiments from Photo Fantastico: (52:39)
1. Take a photo of the most interesting thing in the room in the most interesting way.
2. Take a photo of a color that speaks to your soul and look at it for a full minute.
3. Take 5 selfies in 5 minutes in radically different ways.

Links:
oliviavale.com
instagram.com/photo_fantastico
photofantastico.com
Showit United – united.showit.co
Untethered Soul – bit.ly/bp-untethered
Episode 294: Creating Powerful Reception Lighting – Kenny Clapp – bit.ly/bp-294
Friends of Fearless Conference – theffconference.com

Episode 302: The Reason Behind What We Do – Robert J. Hill

reason

Are you striving to add value to your clients’ lives by doing more than just taking photos?

In episode 302 of the Bokeh Podcast, Robert J. Hill explains his desire to develop genuine connections with his couples in order to empower their relationship. Listen in as he shares tangible steps to finding and adding purpose to what you do in your business.

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 camera is my tool to help couples deepen their lives and empower their relationship so they can have a stronger and more intentional marriage. (2:05)

Advice for Photographers: Focus more on who you are than what you do. (8:52)

Technique for Time: Work Less and Make More, Set up a Strict Schedule, and Find a Co-Working Space (9:29)

Book Recommendations: (15:38)
How to Win Friends and Influence People – bit.ly/bp-winfriends
The Power of Now – bit.ly/bp-powerofnow

The Gear Bag:  (23:31)
Holdfast Pouch – bit.ly/bp-holdfastpouch
Pelican Case for Cards – bit.ly/bp-pelicancardcase

Robert’s Original Motivation with Photography (26:17)

How Robert Empowers Relationships with His Work (30:30)

“Seek to Understand Rather than be Understood”

Adding Meaning to Your Business
1. Questioning – Ask Why
2. Look Internally for Education and Growth
3. Find a mentor or business coach that is willing to get to know you.
4. Personal growth and self development outside of business.

Links
robertjhill.com
education.robertjhill.com
instagram.com/robertjhill
The 80/20 Principle – bit.ly/bp-80-20
Untethered Soul – bit.ly/bp-untethered