Episode 285: How to Manage Kids During a Portrait Session – Katie Pearson

Kids Portrait Session

Photographing kids can be challenging, especially if you haven’t found the right techniques to manage them during a portrait session!

In episode 285 of the Bokeh Podcast, Katie Pearson shares 10 tips and tricks to handling rambunctious kids during a shoot! Listen in as she shares some of her funniest stories with photographing children and the gear she uses for entertainment!

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: My purpose is to capture love, relationships, and milestones in a fun and colorful way. “Let’s go outside and play!” (2:13)

Advice for Photographers: Customer service is a priority. Make sure your clients are happy from beginning to end. (7:18)

Technique for Time: Outsource your editing (9:41)

Book Recommendation:
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachael Hollis – bit.ly/bp-washface
bokehpodcast.com
creativelive.com

The Gear Bag: A small handbag full of travel items that act as an emergency kit. (17:19)

How Katie Started Photographing Children (19:01)

Crazy Scenarios from Sessions: (22:35)
A Kid & a Rosebush (22:35)
Runaway Child (23:22)

The Gear Bag for Kids: (25:27)
Bubbles
Stickers

Managing Kids During a Portrait Session: (25:27)
1. Carry interactive items in your gear bag like bubbles and stickers. (Ages 2-4)
2. Get shutter huggers for your camera. (Ages 6 months to 1 year)
3. Feather duster for tickling toes.
4. Act silly.
5. Download a fart app.
6. Utilize Youtube for entertainment. (Baby Shark and Cocoa Melon)
7. Have the child use the camera or be the assistant so they feel important.
8. When you initially meet the family, get on the child’s level, introduce yourself, and ask them to play.
9. Have patience and avoid showing frustration.
10. Direct them to jump, twirl, and walk around to make it more playful.

Links
devinereithphotography.com
instagram.com/devinereithphotography

Episode 254: Wedding Party Posing on a Time Crunch – Alina Thomas

Wedding Party Posing with Alina Thomas

Are your wedding days so busy that you find very little time to capture the wedding party photos?

In episode 254 of the Bokeh Podcast, Alina Thomas provides a step-by-step posing workflow to capture a variety of wedding party photos when you’re on a time crunch.

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.

Technique for Time: Batch working to schedule blog and social media posts. (1:58)

Book Recommendations: Building a Storybrand by Donald Miller –  bit.ly/bp-storybrand (6:48)

Advice for Photographers: Consistency is key to anything you commit to. (9:47)

Brand Position: A wedding photographer for couples who want more than just beautiful pictures, they want a full experience. (14:24)

The Gear Bag: Macro Filters – bit.ly/bp-macrofilter (20:05)

Step-by-Step Wedding Party Posing Flow:
1. Camera – Wedding party lined up on each side of the couple, looking at camera. (28:28)
2. Laugh – Original position, but looking at each other and laughing. (28:54)
3. Cheer – Original position, with couple kissing & wedding party cheering. (29:32)
4. Camera – Have the wedding party move around and pair up, then repeat the first three poses, starting with looking at camera. (29:59)
5. Laugh – New position, but looking at each other and laughing. (29:59)
6. Cheer – New position, with couple kissing & wedding party cheering. (29:59)
7. Silly – Full wedding party making silly faces.
8. Walking – Bride & Groom walking ahead of everyone else, then kissing.
9. Selfie – Have wedding party get together like they’re taking a selfie, but the photographer is shooting it.

Quick Tip: Take a landscape and portrait image for double the images.

Links:
Alinathomas.com
Alinathomas.com/bokeh
instagram.com/alinatthomas
Convertkit.com
Greetabl.com

Episode 252: An Awesome Posing Flow for Couples – Sara & Alex Lucas

Posing Flow for Couples

Do you find yourself struggling to create a consistent and smooth flow between poses during your couples sessions?

In episode 252 of the Bokeh Podcast, Sara and Alex Lucas of Al Weddings walk through their workflow to easily pose couples without hesitation. Listen in as they share their six main poses, along with variations to each pose!

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: Originally, Sara and Alex branded themselves as a husband and wife team, offering wedding photography and videography. Today, they’ve found that couples are looking for photographers they can connect with on a personal level and their reviews always include comments on this aspect more than the photography. (00:05:36)

Advice for Photographers: No matter where you are in your business, remember to learn and continue to educate yourself. (00:15:42)

Technique for Time: Create a structured workflow that you stick to. (00:21:03)

Book Recommendations: (00:34:38)
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod – bit.ly/bp-miraclemorning
Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey – bit.ly/bp-moneymakeover

How to Set the Tone for Smooth Posing: (00:44:37)
Remember that your clients are experiencing you for the first time, so using repetitive posing is fine, they’re not going to know. You can also plan to use points of reference in your posing so that not every session feels the same.

A Posing Circle: Download the guide here! (01:03:37)
1. Walking
2. V/T Pose
3. Chest to Chest
4. Reverse V
5. Stacked (Prom)
6. Action Poses

Links:
alweddingsllc.com
instagram.com/alweddings
Tuesday Together – risingtidesociety.com

Episode 247: How to Create a Compelling Headshot – Ben Marcum

compelling-headshot-ben-marcum

Are you creating headshots that truly capture the personality of your client?

In episode 247 of the Bokeh Podcast, Ben Marcum describes the importance of creating compelling headshots for your clients, and the unique elements that make a headshot stand out.

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.

Book Recommendation: (7:57)
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: bit.ly/bp-notgivinganf
Think and Grow Rich: bit.ly/bp-thinkgrowrich
The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur
3 Simple Steps
Building a Storybrand:  bit.ly/bp-storybrand

Advice for Photographers: Get out and talk to people to get yourself seen. (12:56)

The Gear Bag: (17:45)
Nikon D850 w/ 70-200mm
Tethered with Capture One – youtube.com/watch?v=Vp2uq4UBLYI
Paul C Buff Alien Bees

Elements of a Compelling Headshot: (35:51)
1. Connection
2. Confidence

Links:
benmarcum.com
benmarcumportraits.com
instagram.com/benmarcumphoto
peterhurley.com
headshotcrew.com
The Secrets to Creating Amazing Headshots – Peter Hurley: bit.ly/bp-Headshot
How to Win Friends and Influence People: bit.ly/bp-winfriends