Episode 295: A Purposeful Wedding Photography Timeline – Ashlyn Cathey

Wedding Photography Timeline

Are you creating valuable wedding photography timelines for your clients that prepare you for any situation?

In episode 295 of the Bokeh Podcast, Ashlyn Cathey discusses the importance of creating purposeful timelines for your weddings to leave them stress and chaos free. Listen in as she explains how to prepare your clients’ expectations of their day and deliver an amazing wedding experience for your couples.

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: (3:42)
Being personal, providing all day coverage, and having experience in the industry.
Driven by 3 values: to love couples, to serve above and beyond, to preserve special moments.

Advice for Photographers: (13:44)
1. For Newbies: Time and consistency are your friend.
2. For Experience: Don’t forget to take the time to feel inspired and learn new things.

Technique for Time: Time Blocking (17:27)

Content Recommendation: Behind the Scenes Podcast with Jeremy & Audrey Roloff – bit.ly/bp-behindthescenes (22:35)

The Gear Bag: Spiderbelt Dual Camera Holster – bit.ly/bp-spiderbeltdual (24:37)

Importance of Wedding Day Timelines: Living in the moment, means leaving time for those moments to happen. (31:47)

Key Notes for Timelines: (32:21)
1. The day will fly by.
2. Most days don’t go as planned.
3. Make the day fun with extra time for fun things.

Reasons Timelines Don’t Work: (32:57)
1. Miscommunicated Desires
2. Coordination
3. Not having a Plan B

Links:
ashlyncathey.com
instagram.com/ashlyncathey.photo

Episode 294: Creating Powerful Reception Lighting – Kenny Clapp

Reception Lighting

Do your reception photos fall short because you’re not familiar with making the most of your light sources?

In episode 294 of the Bokeh Podcast, Kenny Clapp shares the important principals for creating powerful reception lighting. Listen in this special episode where we scroll through Kenny’s Instagram to review the characteristics of light to look for while you’re shooting.

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.

Based in: Baltimore and the DMV area (2:30)

Brand Position: Honest, Meaningful, and Attentive (3:01)

Advice for Photographers: Learn the technical side of photography first. (10:56)

Content Recommendation: (12:38)
inspirephotoretreats.com
Mentors
SLRLounge.com
Youtube.com

Technique for Time: Treat your business like a business and give yourself a timeframe for getting things done.(16:52)

Book Recommendation: Mindset by Carol Dweck – bit.ly/bp-mindset (21:27)

The Gear Bag: Stamping Block – bit.ly/bp-stampingblock (24:10)

What Drew Kenny to Dramatic Lighting: His Experience at Failing with It. (27:20)

Drawing Inspiration:
Magmod How I Shot It Youtube – bit.ly/bp-howishotit
Photography Contests
fearlessphotographers.com
wpja.com

Four Characteristics of Lighting: (36:24)
1. Quantity of Light
2. Quality of Light
3. Color of Light
4. Direction of Light

Quantity & Quality of Light Discussion:

 

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Practical Tips for Reception Lighting: (50:00)
1. Scout your location ahead of time.
2. Don’t overcomplicate things or equipment.
3. Use grid to control your light.
4. Experiment in a controlled manner.

Lighting:
Godox Flashpoint – bit.ly/bp-godoxflashpoint
AD200 – bit.ly/bp-godox-ad200 (55:01)

Mentioned in this Episode:
Eric & Amber Langwa
Eric McAllister – mccallisterphoto.com
Roy Cox – 4-optic.com

Links:
clappstudios.com
instagram.com/clappstudios

Episode 281: How to Attract International Wedding Clients – Ann Koch

Attract International Wedding Clients

Traveling the world to photograph weddings may sound like a dream, but have you considered the logistics of how to build a business to support it?

In episode 281 of the Bokeh Podcast, Ann Koch shares her experiences with international weddings, and how knowing your motivation for travel can effect your business model! Listen in as she shares the marketing components that you need to focus on in your business if you’re ready to become an international wedding photographer.

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: Create memories that truly represent who they are by adding a little bit of magic. (2:26)

Advice for Photographers: Integrity means everything for your clients. (6:10)

The Importance of Meditation (13:50)

Book Recommendations: Why Buddism is True – bit.ly/bp-buddismtrue (18:44)

Video Mentioned in this Episode: bit.ly/bp-youtubetherapist

The Gear Bag: Sharpie for film labelling. (22:35)

The Importance of Asking for What You Want (30:57)

Before You Decide to Focus on International Wedding Clients:
1. Understand Why You Want to Travel and the Motivation Behind It
2. Establish Trust with Your Potential Clients

Tips for Overcoming Introverted Tendencies: Ask questions so your clients are forced to talk about themselves. (44:11)

How to Get International Clients: (48:39)
1. Google and SEO
2. Referrals from Past Clients and Venues

Links:
Annkathrinkoch.com
instagram.com/annkochphoto
Oura Ring – bit.ly/bp-ouraring
How to Win Friends and Influence People – bit.ly/bp-winfriends
rockmywedding.co.uk
Episode 243 with Karen Julia – bit.ly/bp-243

Episode 278: Ballin’ on Budget Weddings – Sarah Willey

Budget Weddings

Are you concerned that photographers who are pricing themselves low are undercutting the market?

In episode 278 of the Bokeh Podcast, we chat with Sarah Willey on why she believes every market deserves great photography services, not just the higher end. Listen in as she breaks down how photographers can be successful with budget weddings, and how they can begin servicing the budget-friendly markets.

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.

The Lesson: Happy clients equals a happy life. (2:01)

Content Recommendations: Jenna Kutcher’s Goal Digger Podcast & Dave Ramsey’s Podcast (4:50)

The Gear Bag: A clipboard with timeline and shot list readily available. (6:06)

“80% of US wedding are photographed for $2k or less.”

Getting Clients When You’re Getting Started: (21:30)
Referrals
Facebook Boosted Posts

Associate Photography Business: This brand allows for affordable quality under a brand not associated with Sarah’s business. (32:05)

Supply & Demand Business Model: As time goes by, she adjusts her pricing based on the demand for her business. (35:58)

Breakdown of Budget Wedding Expenses: (39:26)
$1500 x 6 = $9,000/month
$9,000/month x 10 months = $90,000
$90,000 – 20% = $72,000 (not including write-offs)
$72,000 – $150/wedding (for outsourcing editing) = $64,800
$64,800 – $12,500 (in business expenses) = $52,300
Bonus: Add in your print sales.

Ideas for Working with Budget Brides: (46:35)
1. Tune out what everyone says and be confident in your pricing.
2. If you focus on the budget pricing, you will stay busier.
3. Remember that your time is still valuable.

Links:
sarahlynnphotographypdx.com
facebook.com/photographybysarahlynn
instagram.com/sarahlynnphotographypdx
bit.ly/bp-171
bit.ly/bp-182