Episode 396: My 3 Biggest Lessons as an Entrepreneur – Zaakirah Muhammad

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Do you wish you could jump ahead as an entrepreneur to gain experience and learn the important lessons on how to run your business?

In episode 396 of the Bokeh Podcast, Zaakirah Muhammad joins us to share the three biggest lessons she’s learned in the last 10 years as a professional photographer, and how those lessons have impacted her overall brand and services.

The Bokeh Podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Editing for the Professional Photographer and Miilu: The Simplest Way to Create and Manage Timelines and Shot Lists for the Events You’re Photographing.  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.

About Zaakirah (3:18)

Customer Experience: Develop your relationships with your clients (10:17)

Technique for Time: Have a short to-do list and dedicate time for each task. (12:28)

Delegation/Outsourcing: Sales, Accounting, Systems, and Editing (15:51)

Book Recommendations: (19:12)
Nicole Walters podcast
Act Like a success Steve Harvey
Crushing It by Gary V
Secrets Trilogy by Russell
Jab Jab Jab Right Hook

Three Lessons (31:04)
1. Follow your purpose.
2. Practice fulfilling your passions.
3. Pivot when necessary.

Zaakirah’s Purpose: Storytelling (34:13)

Links
zaakirahnayyar.com
phocusedmediagroup.com
instagram.com/illuminousone
instagram.com/phocusedmediagroup
The Living Legacy Podcast – zaakirahnayyar.com/podcast
Seeing Life through a Different Lens – zaakirahnayyar.com/book
thephotocookout.com

Episode 395: Encouraging Inclusion in the Photography Industry (Part 2) – George Mitchell

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In light of the death of George Floyd and the events surrounding this tragedy, we felt it was important to continue our recent conversation with George Mitchell about inclusion in the photography industry.

In episode 395 of the Bokeh Podcast, Nathan and George discuss the significance of appropriate language when discussing race-related issues, the importance of not just talking about but doing something to encourage change in our culture, and specific steps that photographers can take to encourage progress.

At the Bokeh Podcast, we’re committed to creating a diverse and inclusive space on our platform for the voices of all photographers. We’ll continue to do our part in fighting to end racism and encourage inclusion and equality.

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.

Building Comfortable Conversations (1:54)

Processing Recent Events (3:51)

Allyship:
Listen and self reflection. (8:04)

Be Aware of Triggers (11:35)

Knowing When to Speak Up, Ask, and Listen (14:22)

Memorandums of Understandings: Actionable items that organizations are planning to take to help right the wrongs. (15:28)

Starting Conversations and Getting Involved (19:40)

Tangibly Show Support for the POC Community (26:58)
1. Reflect on your day to day dealings
– Is your organization diverse?
– Is there equity or true inclusion there?
2. Take actionable steps for change in your business (write it down).
3. Get involved in minority led organizations.
4. Diversify your portfolio.

Links
gmitchellphoto.com
instagram.com/GMitchellPhoto

Check out part one of my conversation with George in episode 378:

inclusion

Have you considered the impact you could have on the photography industry when it comes to diversity and inclusion?

In episode 378 of the Bokeh Podcast, George Mitchell joins us to discuss how the photography industry as a whole can take steps towards providing more inclusion for all people, and how you can take those practices and apply them to your own business. If you’re ready to help our industry become more inclusive, 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.

Head to bokehpodcast.com/378 to see the full show notes from this episode.

Episode 394: How Shooting Film Can Improve Profitability – Kiamarie Stone

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Do you have a love for shooting on film, but need to find a way to incorporate it into your services while maintaining profitability?

In episode 394 of the Bokeh Podcast, Kiamarie Stone joins us to share how she’s increased her revenue by adding film to her packages. Listen in as she highlights how you can incorporate film into your business, while educating your clients on what it means to hire a hybrid photographer on their wedding day.

The Bokeh Podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Editing for the Professional Photographer and Miilu: The Simplest Way to Create and Manage Timelines and Shot Lists for the Events You’re Photographing.  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.

Personal Connection and Good Energy (1:21)

Continuing to Book During COVID-19 (9:14)

Brand Position (11:41)

Customer Experience: Bring more of yourself into the business and make your customers feel heard, loved, and welcomed. (17:20)

Technique for Time: If you can give it to somebody else, give it to somebody else. – Vanessa Joy | Outsource everything. (23:04)

Inspiration: Gary V, Tony Robbins, Chip & Joanna Gaines (28:50)

Book Recommendations: (32:38)
Instagram Secrets by Jeremy McGilvrey – bit.ly/bp-igsecrets
Digital Wedding Photography; Capturing Beautiful Memories by Glenn Johnson – bit.ly/bp-digitalweddingphoto

Adding Film to Your Packages (35:08)

Being More Profitable with Film (36:25)

Film Equipment: (41:41)
Pentax 645 N2
Nikon F100
Fuji 400H (film)
50mm 1.8 Lens

Incorporating Film Into Your Business (46:24)
– Set up or attend a styled shoot.
– Show off galleries of hybrid weddings and educate your clients.
– Offer to shoot film at another wedding to set up a portfolio.

Photo Vision Experience (49:23)

Links
kssphotos.com
instagram.com/kiamariestone
facebook.com/kssphotos
photovisionprints.com


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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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