Episode 294: Creating Powerful Reception Lighting – Kenny Clapp

Reception Lighting

Do your reception photos fall short because you’re not familiar with making the most of your light sources?

In episode 294 of the Bokeh Podcast, Kenny Clapp shares the important principals for creating powerful reception lighting. Listen in this special episode where we scroll through Kenny’s Instagram to review the characteristics of light to look for while you’re shooting.

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: Baltimore and the DMV area (2:30)

Brand Position: Honest, Meaningful, and Attentive (3:01)

Advice for Photographers: Learn the technical side of photography first. (10:56)

Content Recommendation: (12:38)
inspirephotoretreats.com
Mentors
SLRLounge.com
Youtube.com

Technique for Time: Treat your business like a business and give yourself a timeframe for getting things done.(16:52)

Book Recommendation: Mindset by Carol Dweck – bit.ly/bp-mindset (21:27)

The Gear Bag: Stamping Block – bit.ly/bp-stampingblock (24:10)

What Drew Kenny to Dramatic Lighting: His Experience at Failing with It. (27:20)

Drawing Inspiration:
Magmod How I Shot It Youtube – bit.ly/bp-howishotit
Photography Contests
fearlessphotographers.com
wpja.com

Four Characteristics of Lighting: (36:24)
1. Quantity of Light
2. Quality of Light
3. Color of Light
4. Direction of Light

Quantity & Quality of Light Discussion:

 

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Practical Tips for Reception Lighting: (50:00)
1. Scout your location ahead of time.
2. Don’t overcomplicate things or equipment.
3. Use grid to control your light.
4. Experiment in a controlled manner.

Lighting:
Godox Flashpoint – bit.ly/bp-godoxflashpoint
AD200 – bit.ly/bp-godox-ad200 (55:01)

Mentioned in this Episode:
Eric & Amber Langwa
Eric McAllister – mccallisterphoto.com
Roy Cox – 4-optic.com

Links:
clappstudios.com
instagram.com/clappstudios

Episode 293: How to Delegate to a Team of Photographers – Katie Devaney

Delegate

Are you ready to grow your team, but fear the idea of letting someone else manage work for your brand?

In episode 293 of the Bokeh Podcast, Katie Devaney of Be Light Photography shares how she found success in hiring team members and delegating work in her business! Listen in as she shares the key principles for bringing on the right people and delegating work to your team.

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: A team of multiple photographers, offering film, digital, and video. (3:53)

Advice for Photographers: Always chase after your dream and don’t hold back. (4:58)

Technique for Time: Take days off during the week, make time for the people in your life, hire an assistant (6:58)

Book Recommendations: The Maxwell Leadership Bible by John Maxwell (9:39)

The Gear Bag: Fans – bit.ly/bp-portablefans (12:18)

Katie’s Team: (15:32)
5 Lead Photographers
1 Videographer
1 Administrative Assistant

Challenges with Delegation: Trust that they’ll show up, represent the company, deliver high quality work. (25:16)

Important Principals for Delegation: (26:46)
1. Hire the right people for your team.
2. Train your team well & be available to help when needed.
3. Leave room for grace, no one is perfect.

Onboarding New Photographers: Everyone is different based on where they are in their experience. From 6 months to a year, it can vary. (35:46)

Links:
belightphotography.com
instagram.com/belightphotography
instagram.com/belightfineartphotography

Episode 292: How to Establish a Manageable Workflow – Chip Gillespie

Manageable Workflow

Have you set up the proper workflows for your business to efficiently operate, so that you can spend more time with the people you love?

In episode 292 of the Bokeh Podcast, Chip Gillespie shares the important principals behind creating workflows for every aspect of your photography business, allowing you to spend less time working in your business. Listen in as he shares his experience as a wedding photographer and how creating workflows led him to creating StompSoftware!

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: Connecting on a personal level with clients that continues to being them back and refer their friends. (2:54)

Advice for Photographers: Choose your clients wisely. (7:35)

Technique for Time: Build boundaries, create a dedicated work space, (12:35)

Book Recommendation: (22:32)
Rework by Jason Fried – bit.ly/bp-rework
Remote by Jason Fried – bit.ly/bp-remote
Start with Why by Simon Sinek – bit.ly/bp-startwithwhy

The Gear Bag: (25:36)
Sewing Kit – bit.ly/bp-sewingkit
Superglue – bit.ly/bp-superglue
Bartender Style Bottle Opener – bit.ly/bp-bottleopener

What is a Workflow? A set of tasks that get you from where you are to where you want to be. (28:34)

Photography Business Workflows: (31:33)
1. Marketing Workflow
2. Pre-shoot Workflow
3. Editing Workflow

The Importance of Efficiency: Removing all unnecessary steps. (38:27)

Streamlining Communication: Canned Emails & CRMs (40:00)
Mentioned: Jenny Corbit

Maintain Your Brand (43:00)

You’re not Superman & you can’t do everything. (50:15)

Links:
chipgillespie.com
instagram.com/chipgillespieweddings
Stompsoftware.com
instagram.com/stompsoftware
BlogStomp
AlbumStomp
AlbumPrufr

Episode 291: Removing the Hierarchy from the Photography Industry – Co Hodges

Photography Hierarchy

Have you ever felt disconnected from or left out of the photography community based on your skill level or experience?

In episode 291 of the Bokeh Podcast, Co Hodges of Unraveled Academy shares her thoughts on building an inclusive community and overcoming hierarchy in the photography industry. Listen in as she discusses the significance of relationships and authenticity in community building.

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: All artists of all walks of life can come to learn, grow, and connect with others, where students and teachers are on the same level. (2:26)

Book Recommendations Pt. 1: Start With Why (4:14)

Advice for Photographers: There will always be another mountain to climb and conquer, but enjoy the one you’re facing now. (5:49)

Technique for Time: Create dedicated office hours. (10:33)

Book Recommendations Pt. 2: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (15:50)

Spectrum Inspired: To raise awareness and de-stigmatize autism spectrum disorders. (18:40)

The Gear Bag: Monopod (23:29)

Hierarchy in the Photography Industry: Stems from “fan-girling” over artists in the community, who then allow themselves to be put on a pedestal. (26:30)

Overcoming the Hierarchy: Adding Value (31:16)

Significance of Relationships (34:49)

Significance of Authenticity (36:36)

Sharing Vulnerable Parts of You: (39:50)
1. Write down 100 things that make you up as a person.
2. Cross out anything you wouldn’t be willing to share online.
3. Use the remaining things to open the doors to your vulnerability.

Links
coleenhodges.com
instagram.com/co_hodges
theunraveledacademy.com
instagram.com/unraveledacademy
Let’s Get Unraveled Podcast – bit.ly/bp-unraveledpod
Nathan’s Episode on Let’s Get Unraveled – bit.ly/bp-unraveled-nathan
theunraveledacademy@gmail.com