Episode 420: My Approach to Engagement Sessions – Courtney Bowlden

engagement sessions

It’s important to make your couples feel comfortable during their engagements session, but could you be doing more to better serve them?

In episode 420 of the Bokeh Podcast, Courtney Bowlden joins us to discuss the importance of communication, connection, and preparation with your clients as you approach their session. Listen is as she shares her process before, during, and after sessions that leaves her clients excited for their images!

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.

Making people feel comfortable in front of the camera. (1:57)

Customer Experience: I’m there for clients before, during, and after. (3:42)

Technique for Time: Block out vacation time. (10:57)

Delegation: Writing for emails, newsletters, and blogging.

Book Recommendations: (22:3)
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero – bit.ly/bp-badass
You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero – bit.ly/bp-bamoney

Building Connections and Relationships (31:33)

Outfit Recommendations (33:04)

Shooting Sessions (37:11)

Sunseeker App

The Gear Bag: (40:40)
Canon 5d Mark IV
35 mm
50 mm
85 mm
24-70 mm
70-200 mm

Posing in Engagement Sessions (49:52)

Delivery Process (55:39)

Links
courtneybowlden.com
instagram.com/courtneybowlden
thefindlab.com

Episode 410: Capturing the In-Between – Jide Alakija

in-between

Have you exhausted the traditional, posed wedding day portraits over and over again? Consider shooting for the in-between moments to pull something special out of your clients’ special day.

In episode 410 of the Bokeh Podcast, Jide Alakija joins us to discuss why capturing the in-between moments at weddings is important to him. Listen in as he shares how you should approach this photography style, while also balancing your time to still capture the traditional photographs.

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.

Brand Position: Capturing stories and memories that will last a lifetime. (3:11)

Customer Experience: Listen to what’s important to your clients. (7:07)

Technique for Time: Set aside time for rest. Make sure you have a start, end, and exit planned. (10:26)

Outsourcing/Delegation: Understand that your clients aren’t looking for everything that you’re looking for. (14:51)

Book Recommendations: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey (21:17)

bokehbookshelf.com

Looking for the In-Between Moments (27:50)

Balancing Standard Images and In-Between Moments (32:55)

Creating a Plan (36:33)

How to Capture In-Between Moments (38:11)
1. Plan Your Shots
2. Listen to Your Clients
3. Have Empathy
4. Have Heightened Curiosity

Links
instagram.com/alakijastudios
instagram.com/alakija
Alakija.com
Jidealakija.com
Nikon Ambassador
Jide’s Art Company – tafeta.com
Aruba Engagement Session

Episode 365: How to Capture Emotion in Your Clients – Karissa Layne

emotion

Are you able to pull out real, raw emotions from your clients during your sessions?

In episode 365 of the Bokeh Podcast, Karissa Layne shares about the importance of connecting with your clients so they’re comfortable enough to open up around you. Listen in as she walks through the importance touch points from inquiry to the session that allows her to capture her clients on an intimate level.

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.

Customer Experience: Honest enthusiasm. (2:26)

Brand Position: Capturing your marriage, not just your wedding day and giving you photographs that reflect who you are. (5:35)

Technique for Time: (8:47)
Take 1-2 days off work each week.
Have realistic expectations for what you can get done.

Inspiration: Faith & Family (17:50)

Book Recommendations: (20:28)
Building a Storybrand by Donald Miller – bit.ly/bp-storybrand
Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer – bit.ly/bp-ruthlesseliminationhurry
Bridgetone Podcast – bridgetown.podbean.com/e/the-ruthless-elimination-of-hurry

 

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Capturing Emotion in Your Clients:
1. Get to know your clients on a personal level either in-person, on a call, or through a questionnaire; also let them get to know you as well.
2. Prompt your couples to take an action, then look for the in between moments.
3. Give them space to connect during your sessions by stepping away from them.
4. Provide constant feedback to your clients for encouragement.
5. Work Quickly, but also slow down. Don’t make awkward moments.

Action Tip: Start by encouraging your couples to walk or run to loosen them up.

Why Movement Works: They’re thinking about what they’re doing, not how they look or the camera.

Links:
karissalaynephoto.com
instagram.com/karissalaynephoto
Anna Anderson’s Brand Position Consultation – bit.ly/bp-345

Episode 364: Posing Flow for Boudoir – Anna Johnson

posing

Do you struggle with creating a seamless experience while posing your boudoir clients?

In episode 364 of the Bokeh Podcast, Anna Johnson of Boudoir Ego walks us through the posing flow she uses to capture a variety of images with a few simple poses. Listen in as she shares some of her favorite tips for delivering the most out of your sessions!

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.

Customer Experience During COVID-19: Keeping communication open and popping on social media more than normal. (1:21)

Technique for Time: Set a schedule for yourself. (5:29)

Outsourcing/Delegation: Hire a CPA (9:54)

Inspiration: Watching TV (16:25)

Book Recommendations: (23:55)
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis – bit.ly/bp-washface
Calm the F*** Down by Sarah Knight – amzn.to/bp-calmthefdown

There is Growth in Experience (29:26)

Photographers that Inspire Anna:
jenerations.com
karamariestudios.com

Posing Flow for Boudoir: (33:15)
1. Starting on the bed; laying on back, stomach, side, feet on wall, etc. + a variety of each of these shots.
2. Move them to half on/off the bed (legs off).
3. Move all the way to the ground; back against the bed, then back on the ground.
4. Move over to the window; against the wall on the ground, on knees, standing up.
5. Move to the couch; Start with sitting, then lay down on back, stomach, side, etc, then kneeling on the couch facing the window/light, etc.

Tip for Shooting Boudoir: Capture a variety of angles and shots for each pose you place your subject in.

Tip for Variety: Shoot through objects like plants, glass balls, prisms, etc.

Links
boudoirego.com
instagram.com/boudoirego
Anna’s Bokeh Podcast Snapshot Episode – bit.ly/bp-231