Episode 74: Entrepreneurship and Self-care – Sara O’Hara

Self-care - Sara O'Hara

Does your business get so overwhelming that you have little to no time for self-care?

In episode 74 of the Bokeh Podcast, Sara O’Hara of Sara Jeanne Photography opens up about a time in her life when she realized, not only the importance of self-care, but the impact it had on her business.  Listen as we dive into the importance of emotional health, embracing time management techniques, and Sara’s four steps to self-care.

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About Sara: Sara is a wedding photographer in Montana, but also works for the International Academy of Wedding Photographers. She loves the mountains, coffee, dark beer, and traveling.

Sara’s Aha Moment: While you can do anything, you can’t do everything.

Time Management Technique: Sara’s learned that the best way to get things done is to schedule it. They plan ahead for everything, date nights, days off, weddings, consultations, etc.

Four Steps to Self Care:
1. Schedule Time Off – Take the time to care for yourself and enjoy time for yourself. If that means you need to put it on the calendar to make it happen, then put it on your calendar.
2. Define Your Own Success – While there are so many different definitions of successful, make sure the goal you’re striving for is one that you’re setting for yourself and planning for.
3. Live Three Miles Deep Instead Of Three Miles Wide – Rather than focusing on the surface level things, put your efforts into the things that truly matter and will help grow your business.
4. Outsource – Whether you’re outsourcing a component of your business or your personal life, review the tasks you’re completing and analyze what pieces are absolutely necessary for you to be involved in, then outsource the rest.

Links
Website: sarajeanne.com
Instagram: @sarajeanne2
Facebook: Sara Jeanne Photography
International Academy of Wedding Photographers
Rising Tide Society

Episode 73: Time Management for the Photographer – Erika Grace

Time - Erika Grace

Do you ever feel short on time? As if you’re unable to manage your schedule well enough to effectively run your photography business?

In episode 73 of the Bokeh Podcast, photographer Erika Grace shares the techniques and workflows she uses to manage her weekly schedule. Listen in as she explains the importance of organization and repetition in her schedule that allows her to efficiently operate her business with little to no stress.

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About Erika: Erika is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Deland, Florida.

Erika’s Aha Moment: When Erika realized she could make a living doing what she loved, it motivated her to pursue the trade.
Time Management Technique: Erika has created a weekly schedule that include certain tasks set for certain days of the week and she avoids changing that.
What Organization Means to Erika: When it comes to photography, Erika has no problems being carefree. When it comes to business, Erika has to stay organized in order to successfully run her business.
One Tip for Maintaining Time Management: Get into a repetitive groove that will allow for you to get more work done.
Links
Instagram: @erikagracephoto

 

Episode 72: How to Photograph Mitzvah Celebrations – Rachael Spiegel

Mitzvah - Rachael Spiegel

Have you considered narrowing your photography services to a niche market, but unsure how to go about doing so?

In episode 72, photographer Rachael Spiegel shares how she has built a successful career in the niche market of photographing only Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Listen in as Rachael shares three tips she utilized to educate herself in her practice, gain experience under established professionals, and network with vendors in her specialty.

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Rachael’s Aha Moment: When Rachael was studying photojournalism, a photo editor reviewed her portfolio and told her that she didn’t see her passion in the photos she was taking, Rachael immediately knew she was right. She hadn’t found her passion in news photography.

Time Management Tool: Photographer’s Edit handles all of her editing so that she can spend more time with her family.

Benefit of Going to School for Photojournalism: To be in a community that was so supportive was beneficial, especially for an industry that is a solitary profession.

Bar Mitzvah: The celebration of a Jewish boy turning 13 and becoming an adult in the eyes of Judaism and becoming an active member of the religious community.

Bat Mitzvah: The celebration of a Jewish girl turning 12 and becoming an adult in the eyes of Judaism and becoming an active member of the religious community. Bat Mitzvahs are relatively new (around 100 years old, Bar Mitzvahs have been celebrated for around 800 years).

Mitzvah Services: Mitzvahs can be celebrated in a variety of ways, including a synagogue service where the child reads from the Torah, leads the service, or does an alternate service. Many Bar and Bat Mitzvah children are also required to pick a community service project to work on during the year preparing for their Mitzvah.

Mitzvah Celebrations: After the service, many families host a celebration. Depending of the family, it could be in a ballroom with a DJ and dinner or it could be a small gathering.

Horah: Traditional circle dance with everyone on the dance floor and the child is lifted into the air in a chair. In some cases, the family of the child will be lifted in the air on chairs as well.

Challenges in Photographing Mitzvahs: Many synagogues will not allow you to photograph the service, so you have to coordinate an alternate date to shoot formals in the synagogue. You’re also photographing in a sacred place, where certain behavior, such as horsing around and jumping in the air, is disrespectful, so you need to find more subtle ways to create a feeling of relaxation and comfort with the family.

Rewards in Photographing Mitzvahs: In order to truly appreciate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, you have to understand everything that goes into it, including the preparation of the child for the year leading up to it, learning a new language, reading the Torah, singing, etc. You get to capture the celebration of a child’s hard work and the joy it brings to the family.

3 Steps to Breaking Into Mitzvah Photography:
1. Educate yourself on the essentials of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
2. Reach out to established Bar and Bat Mitzvah photographers to assist them and experience one first hand.
3. Network with local synagogues, Jewish friends, and Bar and Bat Mitzvah planners.

Links:
Website: rachspiegel.com
Instagram: @mitzvahphoto
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Episode 71: Why We Do What We Do – Jessica Kaucz

Why - Jessica Kaucz

Do you ever forget the “why” behind your business? What is it that motivates and drives you to continue building your photography business?

In episode 71 of the Bokeh Podcast, Jessica Kaucz of See Me Roar dives into the passion and motivation behind her work that has become the “why” in building her business. From personal experience to impacting the lives of others, Jessica’s primary goal in her photography is to empower women. Listen in as she shares 4 simple steps you can take to finding the “why” in your photography business.

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Jessica’s Aha Moment: She needed to let the public get to know her personally online so they can decide if they want to work with her. If they can’t connect on a personal level, then she’ll never be able to get those photos out of them.

Time Management Technique: If you have kids, you understand the organization that must come with them, so Jessica stays organized, which helps keep her time managed.

Why Jessica is a Photographer: She wants to show people the beauty in real life, in daily life. Jessica photographs in a very raw and real way. She’s on a journey to empower women and in order to do that she no longer removes what some would call “flaws” in photographs.

Jessica’s Motivation Behind Her Work: Her two daughters inspire her to make a change in the definition of beauty. She doesn’t want them to feel like they have to be an ornament for somebody.

4 Steps to Finding Your “Why”
1. Try a lot of things and give yourself the opportunity to find what it is you truly enjoy.
2. Listen to what people are saying about you and find out what works with your clients that you do.
3. Take time to think about what bits of life make you excited and use that as motivation.<
4. Remove the limitations of society and the noise in your mind and think about what you really want to do.

Links:
Blog: Unashamed Stories of Abuse Survivors 
Facebook: See Me Roar
Instagram: @seeme_roar
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