Episode 451: How to Become the Next Version of You – Shaun Austin

next version of you

Are you ready to make 2021 a year of growth by becoming the next version of you?

In episode 451 of the Bokeh Podcast, Shaun Austin joins us for his sixth interview on the show to discuss the how he finds motivation to consistently try being a better version of himself. Listen in as he shares 3 principles to implement for growth, along with the impact that your relationships have on this process.

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.

Toughest Lesson During COVID-19 (3:11)
Not being in control of things that he wants to be in control of.

Learning He Doesn’t Have Control (6:32)

Celebrating Relationships & Life Story Online (18:01)

Continued Motivation to Be Better (22:52)

Consistent Improvement vs. Showcasing Improvement (28:24)

Why Shaun Started Staying Consistent (38:22)

3 Principles to Enable Change (42:46)
Vision
Plan
Consistency

Vision (43:05)
– Quarterly Vision Goal – Look to see where you want to go.
– Discover through curiosity & uncover with the team.
– Write it down and find what can move you towards or away from the goal.

Planning (47:42)
– Task
– Timeframe
– End Goal

Consistency (51:45)
– Road block: consistent things not working.
– Set expectations for consistency.

Role of Relationships in Becoming the Next Version of You (1:00:16)

Links
instagram.com/shaunaustin
instagram.com/kissbooks
Facebook.com/kissbooks
The Stack by Shaun Gordon
Armchair Expert – Dax Sheppard
Unstuckologist

Shaun’s Other Episodes:
Episode 18 – In Pursuit of Simple
Episode 77 – The Importance of Being Intentional
Episode 187 – Workflow Wednesday: Album Sales Pt 1
Episode 189 – Workflow Wednesday: Album Sales Pt 2
Episode 234 – State of the Industry

Episode 449: Addressing Codependency as Photographers – Alisha Crossley

codependency

Do you seek your validation or security from the approval of others, including external praise for accomplishments?

As photographers, we often unknowingly look for that praise from clients we serve, which can be toxic for our mental wellbeing. In episode 449 of the Bokeh Podcast, Alisha Crossley joins us to discuss codependency, learned behaviors, and setting boundaries!

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: (6:28)
“Fine art wedding photographers capturing love stories while writing our very own.”
The picture should be just as beautiful as the experience.

Technique for Time: Change your mindset around time. (15:57)

Delegation (19:37)

Book Recommendations: (29:11)
This is Marketing by Seth Godin
The Paradox of Choice

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Codependency (32:24)

Codependency in Relation to Our Clients (42:00)

Acknowledging Codependency & Learned Behaviors (45:28)

Three Ways You Can Serve Your Clients While Maintaining Boundaries (45:28)
1. Be honest with yourself and acknowledge behavior.
2. Communication with your clients on clarity.
3. Ask yourself: Is this what I want for my business?

Ways to Maintain Boundaries (58:48)
1. Look inwards at your own intentions in relationships.
2. Establish your time management boundaries.
3. Set boundaries with your employees.

Using Goals for Clarity (1:09:30)

Links
alishacrossleyphotography.com
instagram.com/alishacrossleyphotography
Mint

Episode 446: How to Set Up a Styled Shoot – Rachel Howard

styled shoot

Are you looking to build your portfolio with dream images, while simultaneously building a community of photographers and vendors?

In episode 446 of the Bokeh Podcast, Rachel Howard joins us for a conversation around setting up her recent styled shoot and retreat! Listen in as she shares her approach to the styled shoot, along with what she learned in hosting and leading other photographers.

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: Photographing the raw beauty of life in North Alabama and beyond. (3:05)

Client Experience: Consistency and personable. (5:40)

Technique for Time: Creating routines and time blocking. (7:43)

Delegation/Outsourcing: Editing, bookkeeping, and album design. (11:28)

Book Recommendations: (19:54)
Will Power Doesn’t Work by Benjamin Hardy
Sick of Me by Whitney Capps
Personality Isn’t Permanent by Benjamin Hardy
Benjamin Hardy – Episode 397

bokehbookshelf.com

Rachel’s First Styled Shoot (23:00)

Styled Shoot During COVID (23:19)

The Attendees’ Expectations (31:57)

Creating Structure (35:18)

Three Questions to Ask Before You Plan a Styled Shoot (46:19)
1. Are you structured?
2. Are you a leader?
3. Can you be real & strip away the pride?

Links:
rawimageswithrach.com
instagram.com/raw_images_with_rach
Blog Post about Styled Shoot/Retreat

Episode 445: Portraits of Loss, Love and Motherhood – Martha Swann-Quinn

loss, love and motherhood

As an entrepreneur, it’s not often that we hear conversations around how to prepare for pregnancy, motherhood, and even loss.

Martha Swann-Quinn joins us to share how she started her personal project, Portraits of Loss, Love and Motherhood, to bring awareness and community to those who have experienced pregnancy loss.

Listen to episode 445 as Martha shares how she experienced two miscarriages of her own after starting this project, and highlights how she navigated these losses while continuing to photograph weddings and families too.

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 love and life and making memories last for generations to come. (2:17)

Client Experience: Looking at your clients and treating them as people first. (7:09)

Technique for Time: Be intentional with your time. (12:28)

Delegation: Accounting, legal work, and editing. (14:02)

Book Recommendations: (16:04)
Building a Storybrand by Donald Miller
Art & Fear

Go-To Lenses (22:23)
50mm & 85mm

“1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage”

“1 in 100 babies are stillborn”

Portraits of Loss, Love and Motherhood
The Blog
Loss, Love & Motherhood Book

The Importance of an Emergency Fund (41:01)

Knowing What it Costs to Run Your Business (42:59)

Cutting Costs that aren’t Essential. (43:37)

Sharing About Pregnancy (45:10)

Approaching Pregnancy as an Entrepreneur (50:51)
1. Talk with your doctor.
2. Review your contracts with your lawyer to ensure you’re covered.
3. Think through how you want to handle announcing/sharing your pregnancy.
4. Consider delegating and outsourcing tasks (assistants, virtual assistant, editing).
5. Check in with your CPA about your finances.

Working with Other Photographers (57:56)

Vetting Photographers for Your Brand (1:01:50)

Communicating Outsourcing (1:10:04)

Learn More About Martha’s Story

Links
instagram.com/marthaswannquinn
marthaswann.com