Episode 256: How to Direct Powerful Portraits – Dauss Miller

Are you missing out on creating powerful portraits due to a lack of connection with your clients?

In episode 256 of the Bokeh Podcast, Dauss Miller discusses the role that psychology plays in a photography business, and how important building relationships is with your clients. Listen in as he outlines the steps he takes to create a real connection, provide a comfortable environment, and direct powerful portraits.

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Show Notes

Technique for Time: Look at your workday in 3-hour segments and group tasks that are similar. (8:35)

Book Recommendations: (19:21)
Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk – bit.ly/bp-crushingit
Start with Why by Simon Sinek – bit.ly/bp-startwithwhy
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck – bit.ly/bp-notgivinganf
Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk – bit.ly/bp-simon-ted

Advice for Photographers: Understand what you’re passionate about. (23:27)

Brand Position: Creating a unique experience for clients by approaching commercial shoots with an understanding of the company’s brand through research. (26:37)

The Gear Bag: His first business card as a reminder of where he started. (29:00)

The Psychology of Business: Everything is about connecting with, building trust, and building a relationship with the client.

How to Connect with Clients: (39:09)
Understand what motivates them.
Understand what is interesting to them.

Creating a Comfort for Powerful Portraits: (42:02)
1. Get to know your clients before your shoot so you can provide them with comforting things like favorite foods, drinks, music, etc.
2. Maintain eye contact.
3. Engage and compliment.

The Untethered Soul – bit.ly/bp-untethered
Reawaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins – bit.ly/bp-reawaken