546 episodes

Welcome to The Bokeh Podcast, where we help photographers build sustainable businesses!

Host Nathan Holritz and his guests will help you build your brand, focus your marketing efforts, refine your workflows, and dial in your photographic technique - all with efficiency in mind.

In the end, we not only want you to succeed as a photography business owner, but to still have a life through it all.

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Bokeh - The Photography Podcast Nathan Holritz

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Welcome to The Bokeh Podcast, where we help photographers build sustainable businesses!

Host Nathan Holritz and his guests will help you build your brand, focus your marketing efforts, refine your workflows, and dial in your photographic technique - all with efficiency in mind.

In the end, we not only want you to succeed as a photography business owner, but to still have a life through it all.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    #545: Workflow Consultation - Ethan Righter

    #545: Workflow Consultation - Ethan Righter

    Are you overwhelmed with all the moving pieces of your photography business? Do you feel like you're ALWAYS in front of the computer to finish one more thing - and missing out on the freedom that you thought was part of owning your own business?

    Make sure to listen in to episode 545 for principles, tips, and tricks to help you dial in your workflow and get more time back in your life! Ethan Righter and host, Nathan Holritz dive into conversation to understand the root of the overwhelm in Ethan's workflow, and explore steps to improve efficiency, productivity, and profit!

    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.

    Details of Ethan's Photography business (5:05)

    What does Ethan's typical workday look like? (7:38)

    Primary goal of Ethan's desire to streamline workflow (10:15)
    To have more time for growing his business - shoot more and edit less!

    The most time-consuming elements of Ethan's business (13:08)
    1. email
    2. editing

    Tips for streamlining email and client communication workflow (19:30)

    Time-saving tips for editing (48:30)

    Links:
    https://www.righterportraits.com
    instagram.com/schoolkidpix
    instagram.com/righterportraits

    Calendar and email resources:
    https://calendly.com
    https://unroll.me
    https://textexpander.com

    CRM Recommendations:
    https://honeybook.com
    https://shootproof.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    #544: Brand Position Consultation: Where Are They Now? - Whitney Smith

    #544: Brand Position Consultation: Where Are They Now? - Whitney Smith

    Have you ever wondered what happened with our former Brand Position Consultation guests following their episodes? Did they make changes to their brand position statement, website, or marketing efforts that resulted in growth for their business?

    You're in luck! Our new series, "Where Are They Now?" welcomes back some of our former Brand Position Consultation guests so that we can check in to hear all of the details! In episode 544 of The Bokeh Podcast, Whitney Smith is back to share how the changes she made helped to triple her revenue for her part-time photography business! 

    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.

    What is a brand position consultation episode? (3:00)

    Description of Whitney's business at the time of the brand position consultation on the Bokeh Podcast (4:03)

    New Brand Position Statement created following the Brand Position episode: (6:35)
    The most fun you'll have in front of a camera! Lit photography for Midland teens and seniors!

    What were your 2-3 biggest takeaways from the brand position consultation? (8:54)
    1. Make sure to focus on who you're talking to in your brand position - speak directly to your client
    2. Carry that message throughout all marketing strategies for consistency

    How does Whitney bring the "fun" to her sessions in order to follow through on the messaging? (14:32)

    How did the changes with your brand position create growth in your business? (16:54)

    In one sentence, how would you sum up the significance of a strong brand position to those photography business owners listening in? (19:16)
    "If you're not using the right language and speaking to specific people, they won't find you! It is so, so important to speak their language so that you stand out!"

    Links:
    https://charitywater.org
    https://dandelionseniors.com
    https://instagram.com/dandelionphotog
    Whitney's Brand Position Consultation Episode:
    https://www.photographersedit.com/bokeh-podcast/episodes/brand-position-whitney-smith/

    • 20 min
    #543: How to Apply Constructive Criticism in Your Business - Anna Wright

    #543: How to Apply Constructive Criticism in Your Business - Anna Wright

    Hearing opinions and critical feedback from others can sometimes be uncomfortable. But seeking and receiving actionable constructive criticism can truly help you improve your practice and grow your business!

    In episode 543 of The Bokeh Podcast, Anna Wright shares strategies for not only how to seek constructive criticism for your business, but how to find the right person to provide that feedback to you! Listen in to hear her steps for connecting with a mentor and creating the expectations for the feedback 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.

    Brand Position (3:20)

    Creating a great customer experience (6:37)

    Technique for time management  (9:06)
    1. Outsourcing
    2. Virtual Assistant

    How to best communicate when outsourcing/delegating (11:30)

    Book Recommendation (14:40)
    Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

    Why constructive criticism is so important to Anna in her business (17:19)

    Why should photography business owners care about this type of feedback? (20:11)

    Anna's explanation of the difference between constructive criticism and opinions? (22:47)

    How can photographers seek out the right people to give constructive criticism? (25:12)
    1. Find someone who knows and is invested in your business
    2. Ensure the person is trained in providing feedback/constructive criticism in the field
    3. Ask for specific, actionable feedback/constructive criticism relative to your business

    How should photographers approach the conversations asking for constructive feedback? (33:14)

    How do photographers filter the feedback to determine what is valuable? (35:13)

    Links:
    https://www.charitywater.org
    https://www.annakayphotography.net
    https://www.instagram.com/annakay.photography
    Anna's 1st Bokeh Podcast Episode 329:
    https://www.photographersedit.com/bokeh-podcast/episodes/fully-booked-in-2-years/
    Free checklist for qualifying feedback:
    https://view.flodesk.com/pages/61dfa3496758a3ddd643efe5

    • 43 min
    #542: Building Marketing for Community - Katelyn Workman

    #542: Building Marketing for Community - Katelyn Workman

    Are you consistently searching for how to best market your photography business? Do you try all of the latest trends on social media and follow what everyone else is doing only to feel like you're spinning your wheels, and doing it alone?

    Katelyn Workman is here for episode 542 of The Bokeh Podcast to bring us back to the basics with marketing - build a community and engage authentically! Listen in to hear principles driving this philosophy, as well as 3 simple steps that photographers can take to start building community today!

    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 (2:37)

    Creating a great customer experience (5:23)

    Technique for time management (9:35)

    Outsourcing/Delegation (15:10)

    Book Recommendation (22:38)
    Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman

    Favorite piece of gear (30:00)
    Canon 85 1.4

    How did Katelyn connect her love of connecting with people with marketing? (33:45)

    What is the benefit of community for a photography business? (36:31)

    Steps to building community (40:58)
    1. Blogging on a regular basis
    2. Instagram - use IG to connect with others in the industry AND use IG stories to share about you
    3. Attend or host in-person events to connect with others in the industry
    4. Be persistent

    What principles should photographers keep in mind when marketing to a community (50:05)
    1. Serve before selling
    2. Be honest and practice "real" authentic communication
    3. Be consistent

    What are the next steps photographers can take to begin building community (54:45)
    1. Show up on stories authentically
    2. Make a list of vendors to connect with
    3. Create a piece of content that provides value

    Links:
    https://www.charitywater.org
    https://katelynworkmanphotography.com
    https://instagram.com/katelynworkmanphotography
    https://thriftbooks.com

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #541: How to Create Emotionally Evocative Images - Robert Hill

    #541: How to Create Emotionally Evocative Images - Robert Hill

    How can a photographer set an intimate tone during a session in order to create emotionally evocative images? Robert Hill says, "To capture intimacy, you must create intimacy."

    Robert joins us for episode 540 of The Bokeh Podcast to explain the necessary steps photographers must take to create a sense of vulnerability and intimacy with couples in order to capture an image that is not only beautiful, but emotionally driven. Listen in to hear his tips for how to create this environment of trust and openness with clients.

    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.

    Creating a great customer experience (6:50)

    Technique for time management (17:12)

    Outsourcing/Delegation (26:53)

    Book Recommendations (33:30)
    The Answer to How is Yes by Peter Block

    Favorite piece of gear (35:55)
    Mamiya C330

    What is meant by Robert's statement "to capture intimacy, you must create intimacy"? (42:23)

    What does the word "intimacy" mean to Robert? (46:46)

    How does Robert create a sense of trust and safety for his clients? (55:30)

    Where is the balance between vulnerability and over-sharing? (1:00:25)

    What does it mean to encourage intimacy with couples during a shoot? (1:05:00)

    Robert's tips for how to capture emotionally evocative images:
    1. Build a Relationship
    2. Cultivate trust
    3. Create safety
    4. Encourage them
    5. Direct, don't pose

    Links:
    https://www.charitywater.org
    https://robertjhill.com
    https://instagram.com/robertjhill
    Robert's First Bokeh Podcast Interview:
    https://www.photographersedit.com/bokeh-podcast/episodes/reason-behind-what-we-do/
    Robert's Book - Poser:
    http://education.robertjhill.com/free-book
    Robert's Work Less Make More FB Group:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/worklessmakemore
    Bokeh Photo Conference:
    https://www.photographersedit.com/bokeh-photo-conference/

    • 1 hr 15 min
    #540: A Fresh Approach to New Year's Resolutions - Nathan Holritz

    #540: A Fresh Approach to New Year's Resolutions - Nathan Holritz

    Are you tired of trying to hit the reset button every year with big, unsustainable goals - only to fall off the wagon within weeks? Nathan Holritz, CEO at Photographer's Edit and host of The Bokeh Podcast, has a healthy, more sustainable solution for you - not only for 2022 but for years to come. Listen in to episode 540 and let Nathan encourage you to have a healthier, stronger start to your year!

    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.

    What New Year's resolutions usually are (3:42)

    A New Year's resolutions alternative (5:16)

    Nathan's introduction to the application of values to our lives: (Re)Awaken the Giant Within, by Tony Robbins (7:55)

    Definition of values (11:58)

    Values - Our most important states of being that bring us a deep sense of happiness and fulfillment

    How to establish your values (16:34)

    How to live your values (29:19)

    Nathan's values:
    Healthy - Any time I take care of my body in a way that helps me stay lean, feeling alert, and feeling energetic, food is fuel and sleep is king

    Growing - Any time I've learned or tried something new, or pushed myself outside my comfort zone, always asking how/why

    Simple - Any time I’ve been able to minimize the number of moving parts in a situation, and focus on what bring the biggest positive results, 80/20 principle

    Kind - Any time I've been able to show someone kindness in word or deed, particularly through empathy

    Connected - Any time I've been able to connect emotionally with an individual or small group, ideally helping them, teaching them, or giving to them in some way

    Proactive - Any time I'm moving forward

    Consistent - Any time I've been consistent in my values and/or emotional state

    Time - Freedom and flexibility with my time

    Thankful - Any time I’ve shown appreciation for that which is in my life 

    Charismatic - Any time I’ve engaged with people in a spirit of presence, power, and warmth

    Fun - Any time I do something that makes me or someone else laugh or get excited

    Links:
    (Re)Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins:
    http://core.tonyrobbins.com/atgw-ebook
    bokehpodcast.com
    bokehbookshelf.com

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
152 Ratings

152 Ratings

Cwoo001 ,

Best Photography Podcast

I’ve been a wedding photographer for over 12 years but I didn’t know I could learn so much from one podcast. Nathan is hands down the best interviewer out there. I can listen to this podcast for 4 hours straight.

ElThuetar ,

Could be better, wish it was

Kinda weird. If you look through the episodes seems like only women are photographers. White, young, attractive women seems like the criteria for a guest appearance.

Carolina Guzik ,

Amazing resource for photographers!

There is su much knowledge and actionable tips in all the episodes! Nathan is a fantastic interviewer and his guests share tons of knowledge. I also love that the podcast is casual, yet informative!

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