Episode 64: Stop Acting Like an Artist! – Peter Clayman

Artisti - Peter Clayman

Struggling to find a balance in art and business as a photographer? It’s so easy to get lost in one or the other and lose sight of the big picture.

In episode 64 of the Bokeh Podcast, Peter Clayman of NH Images shares steps you can take to pursue the art of photography while still keeping the business side a priority. Peter discusses how he found a balance that allowed him to utilize his business skills, focus on client wants and needs, yet still create art with his photography.

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About Peter: Peter Clayman is a New Hampshire photographer and videographer with NH Images. After leaving the corporate world to pursue photography, he found a great balance in art and business. When he’s not photographing weddings, he enjoys spending time with his children and working out.

Peter’s Aha Moments:
1. While working in corporate America, Peter was given a camera and shown that he had artistic potential to do more in photography, so he quit his full time job.
2. After being in sales, he realized his skill for creating connections and partnerships came natural.

How Peter’s business degree helped start his business: 
1. Profitability – He was focused on being profitable from day.
2. Relationships – Knowing that business relationships were so important in corporate world, allowed a transition into understanding and respecting them in the entrepreneur world as well.
3. Differentiate – Creating a differentiator in his business from his competition based on what mattered to the couple.

Major Drawbacks on Focusing on the Artistic Side of Photography:
1. Managing paychecks to take care of the bills.
2. You may not be focusing on what the client is looking for.
3. You are missing opportunities to create relationships.

2 Ways to Pursue the Artistic Side of Photography While Running a Business:
1. Take time to shoot images you’d like to capture at shoots if time allows.
2. Shoot for yourself or create a passion project for yourself.

Links
Website: nhimages.com
Facebook: NH Images Photography & Video
Instagram: @nhimages
Twitter: @nhimages
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

Episode 63: The Significance of Collaboration – Tomas Flint

Collaboration - Tomas Flint

Looking for inspiration in your business? As entrepreneurs, we go through phases that require us to search for something more for our businesses. Whether we search in art or elsewhere, we can find inspiration in areas outside of our primary passion.

In episode 63, photographer Tomas Flint describes how he found inspiration in the music and life of Tom Petty. As one of the most influential musicians in Tomas’ life, Tom Petty created a beautiful example of collaboration with others in his work. This idea of collaboration motivated Tomas to push his business further through working with others. Listen to episode 63 as Tomas shares his story of inspiration through Tom Petty, and how photographers can apply the concept of collaboration to their own businesses.

The Bokeh podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Post-Production for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer. You can also subscribe to the Bokeh podcast on the Apple podcast app or add to your playlist on Stitcher.

About Tomas: Tomas Flint is a photographer based out of Rochester, New York. He finds joy in spending time with his son and playing the guitar.

Tomas’ Aha Moment: Regardless of where his career is going, where it is, is good.

Tomas’ Musical Inspiration: Tom Petty

Tomas’ Comparison of Photographers and Musicians: Their trajectory is so incredibly parallel to ours in the way that we get to creating, manifesting, nurturing, and presenting ideas. Its all the same vibe, it’s all creation. These examples of work serve as the inspiration as to how he can get more out of himself and what he can aspire to.

Tomas’ Tip for New Ideas: Wherever the essence of your work is coming from, you need to focus on that. If you can do that, you can make a better product.

Links:
Website: tomasflint.com
Instagram: @tomasflint
Simon Sinek – Golden Circle Ted Talk
Julie Morgenstern – Time Management from the Inside Out
Photographer’s Edit

Episode #62: How to Prepare Your Business for 2018 – Meredith Ryncarz

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As we approach the end of another year, have you started to prepare your business for 2018? Part of being a successful business owner is establishing a clear and actionable business plan, and that includes planning in advance for the new calendar year! But what’s the best way to go about this process?

In episode 62 of the Bokeh Podcast, photographer Meredith Ryncarz explains the significance of not waiting until the new year to plan for the new year, and outlines the steps that she and her husband have implemented in their business for a powerful planning process that has led to continued growth!

The Bokeh podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Post-Production for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer. You can also subscribe to the Bokeh podcast on the Apple podcast app or add to your playlist on Stitcher.

About Meredith Ryncarz: Meredith Ryncarz is a photographer currently based in Birmingham, AL. As a military spouse, she’s developed a flexible business model that enables her to move her business to a new location easily. She’s utilized her plan to help others as well with The Restart Specialist.

Meredith’s Aha Moment: When she started to step outside of the photography industry and look at education that was provided for Fortune 500 companies, it changed how they interacted with vendors, customers, and employees.

Meredith’s Favorite Tools:
17hats – Client/project manager that handles contracts, invoices, and questionnaires.
ConvertKit – Email marketing automation for bloggers.
Meet Edgar – Social media tool.
Photographer’s Edit – Custom photo editing for portrait and wedding photographers.
Planoly – Instagram planner & scheduler.
SurveyMonkey – Survey tool.
Teak & Twine – Custom gifting service.
Trello – Task Management Software

Four Steps To Planning For The New Year:
1. SWOT Evaluations – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats
2. Survey clients of their experience anonymously through SurveyMonkey.
3. Review client workflows & adjust.
4. Make a list of goals and dreams with actionable tasks.

Links:
MeredithRyncarz.com
Instagram: @meredithryncarz
Facebook: Meredith Ryncarz Photography
The Restart Specialist – Created by Meredith Ryncarz to help others who need to restart their businesses based on her personal experience as a military spouse who relocates every three to four years.
Arbinger Institute Training
Creative Live
International Academy of Wedding Photography
Todoist – Task Management Software

Episode 61: How to Build a Team of Photographers – Katie Snyder

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Are you overwhelmed with the number of bookings for your wedding and portrait business? What if you could share the workload with associate photographers?

In episode 61 of the Bokeh Podcast, Katie Snyder shares how she went from burnout to managing a team of successful photographers under her brand. She shares her journey to building a team of photographers, including her fears of letting go and her requirements for finding the right people for her team. Now, as a successful business owner, Katie credits much of the growth of her business to the amazing team she has the pleasure to work with.

The Bokeh podcast is brought to you by Photographer’s Edit: Custom Post-Production for the Wedding and Portrait Photographer. You can also subscribe to the Bokeh podcast on the Apple podcast app or add to your playlist on Stitcher.

About Katie Snyder: Katie Snyder is a photographer based out of Atlanta, where she resides with her husband, Dan. When they’re not in Atlanta, they’re touring with Dan’s band, Paper Lights. To accommodate the demand of her services and allow for flexibility in her career, Katie created a team of photographers to better serve her clients.

Katie’s Aha Moment: She didn’t have to do everything herself. Running a business can be overwhelming, but finding the tasks that you are passionate about can allow you to delegate tasks.

Katie’s Theory: Everyone is born creative.

Katie’s “Why” For Building A Team: Her drive for building the team came from her own burnout. As an entrepreneur, she found that she was working long hours every day, with very little time to spend with friends and family. Around her 30th birthday, she felt stuck and unsure of how she could continue. She wanted to find a way to make the business work for her. At that time, she had associate photographers who had been helping her with weddings when she decided to take a year off from shooting weddings herself.

Katie’s The Most Difficult Part of Having a Team: Learning how to communicate to the client that they will be getting a photographer that isn’t her, but they’ll be getting a photographer who is just as good, if not better.

Three Steps for Hiring the Right Photographers:
1. Personality – Find someone with a great personality that can handle the stress of a wedding day. Personality is more important than skill on some level.
2. Communication – How do they communicate with others and with you? Find someone who can respond promptly.
3. Skill Level – Find someone who is well versed in every lighting scenario.

Links:
KatieSnyder.com
Instagram: @katiesnyderphotography
Facebook: Katie Snyder Photography
Music: Paper Lights