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How to Create Your Best Business Year Yet!

Posted by on December 31, 2013 with 0 Comments
At the start of every year we each have big plans to live better. How have the last few years gone? Do you feel like you’re living better from the start of last year? Are you happier? Are you more fulfilled? Have your relationships grown deeper? 

Several years ago it was my time to ask what I wanted…I wanted things to change! I wanted to actually go to bed at a normal time instead of when my head hit the keyboard. I wanted to stop looking at my house and feeling angry at myself over all the mess and chaos knowing I couldn’t even think of an upcoming time slot to clean it. I wanted to actually feel like I could sit down and watch a movie with my hubby and not worry about all the editing and blogging and work that needed me. I wanted to stop looking into my kids faces and feeling such tremendous guilt as I said, “just a few more minutes”…again.  I wanted to actually make money with my photography so that I could contribute something more than “free pictures” to my own family. I wanted to stop feeling like I was failing. 

I had lost control. I knew that if I didn’t change things soon, I would be facing a lifetime of regret and I couldn’t live with that. 

When I really dug deep, this is the list of what I wanted to see change… 


THE OLD ME…

  • I wanted to bring in a substantial income through my photography that would truly help my family. 
  • I wanted my kids to know I would be there for them and with them…starting with me being in their classrooms.
  • I wanted my husband to stop having to go to bed without me, in fact, I wanted to be able to have cuddle time and watch movies together and actually start looking at my evenings as a time to relax again. (Which seemed so foreign at the time!) 
  • I wanted to feel content with myself. The guilt and frustration I felt toward myself had become my norm, I was ready to be happy with me again. 

It was a huge list that was going to take a lot of work but I couldn’t let another year go by feeling so broken and frustrated and guilty. I was willing to work as hard as I had to in order to get control back.  So the next year came and…


THE NEW ME…

  • I was averaging $2000.00 sales with a multi week wait list.
  • I brought my session count down to 1 a week making it possible for me to start “clocking out” at reasonable times. 
  • I was back to spending most evenings with my husband instead of my computer.
  • I was deserving my children’s faith in me and I was also in each of their classrooms every week! 
  • I had found my confidence! I literally felt like a new woman! I went from feeling like a failure to feeling like one of the most blessed women on the planet! 

HERE’S WHAT MATTERS MOST FOR YOU! 

I chronicled everything!  I tracked, monitored and detailed exactly how I did it. I knew I wasn’t alone as ‘The Old Me’ and I wanted to help other women find their joy again too. 

Best Year Yet

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After  months of intense work to build a training program that could truly change lives I released, The Thriving Photographer™ to the world.

And it has changed lives all over the world! Ranging from The Middle East to Minneapolis, photographers are investing in their future. They are implementing what they learn from The Thriving Photographer™ and seeing their lives change!  

If you can related to ‘THE OLD ME’… If you want to see huge changes in 2014 I want you to know that it’s possible. 

As Dena McMullen said, “Thrive is PRICELESS to me. If you haven’t already, you absolutely MUST purchase this program. I did & I haven’t looked back!! Thank you, Leah, for all that you do!”

In 365 days from today you can either feel the same feelings of frustration and guilt or you can change your life.  I truly believe you can have the life you imagine! 

Are you ready to make 2014 the best year of your life

 

If you are truly ready to see your circumstances change, The Thriving Photographer™ will give you the tools, the training and  step-by-step directions on how to to do it. 

Plus with our 110% guarantee, there is no risk and so much to gain. To hear the stories of transformation of other Thrivers, click here. To join the wonderful world of Thriving Photographers and see what’s really possible for you in one year, go here

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Are you ready for more? I'm determined to prove to as many photographers as will let me that you can have passion, profits and time for a great life.

I create six-figure photographers, and I'd love to teach you, step-by-step, how it's done. This is happening for photographers from all over the world who are just like you. Let me prove just how wildly successful YOU can be!

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Live Beautifully

Posted by on December 30, 2013 with 0 Comments

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I create six-figure photographers, and I'd love to teach you, step-by-step, how it's done. This is happening for photographers from all over the world who are just like you. Let me prove just how wildly successful YOU can be!

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Merry Christmas from Our Home to Yours

Posted by on December 24, 2013 with 2 Comments

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Right now my little family and I are in Seattle to celebrate the holidays. As I think about this time of year, I know it brings great joy for many, but also much loneliness and heartache to others. 

A few weeks ago I was standing in our kitchen surrounded by my hubbies’ family and someone made a comment about eating out on a holiday…I quickly responded that none of the good restaurants are open.  My brother-in-law curiously asked, ‘how would you know’? 

“Because we tried. When it was just me and my dad, one Christmas we didn’t have anywhere to go so he tried to take me to a nice dinner except after our third empty parking lot we realized it wasn’t going to work. We ate our Christmas dinner at Denny’s.” There was silence. It was as if they’d all forgotten my life hadn’t always been like this. 

And then I got lost in my thoughts. Remembering lonely times of my childhood. Thinking about how my children will never know what that feels like…in part, I feel beyond grateful to know this but I have also come to realize and appreciate that it was in many of those moments that I became who I am today. 

Since that conversation, I’ve been thinking about those who are going through heartache and loneliness during this time where it is amplified by the season. My wish is for you to know that the true meaning of the season is hope. Hope is not a gift you have to wait to be given, you can give this gift to yourself.  

BElieve THEre is GOOD… Be the good. My favorite truth about this life, is choice. We can choose. I get to choose. You get to choose. 

You may not be able to choose your circumstances or what will happen next. We do not get to choose when heartache or tragedy will strike but we can choose what we will do next. 

Let’s choose to be the good we want to see in this world. 

Let’s choose to fill empty spaces in our hearts with those who need love and mercy more than we do.

Let’s choose peace instead of strife, hope instead of despair and love instead of resentment. 

I wish you hope, peace and love with all that I now have to give! 

xoxo!
Leah 

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Are you ready for more? I'm determined to prove to as many photographers as will let me that you can have passion, profits and time for a great life.

I create six-figure photographers, and I'd love to teach you, step-by-step, how it's done. This is happening for photographers from all over the world who are just like you. Let me prove just how wildly successful YOU can be!

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5 Common Mistakes that Stop Growth & Productivity for Photography Businesses

Posted by on December 20, 2013 with 15 Comments

Tell me if I’m wrong here…and I’m just gonna tell you right now, I’m not!  We got into this because it sounded fun, because we had a ton of passion and because it seemed like a great way to make extra money – that wouldn’t be that hard.  

Whoa! What the heck we’re we all thinking? Not hard? Not hard?? 

I’ve never worked harder, given more, deprived myself of more or sacrificed more hours of sleep before I started my photography business. Not even my newborns required this much. But really, how did I not see this coming?  Being an entrepreneur is hard….being an artist is hard….we’re trying to be both! 

In the beginning I made every mistakeI kept making my business and my life so much harder than they needed to be. Until I learned… 

“Making the simple complicated, that’s commonplace. Making the complicated simple, that’s creativity.” – Charles Mingus  <– CLICK TO TO TWEET IT OUT!

Today I’m sharing with you 5 common mistakes that stop growth and productivity for photographers, including me. When I finally learned to stop making these mistakes, was when I finally started turning the corner and building the business and life I’d been dreaming about (and it came with sleep!) 

I really hope I can help you to see that there are some fundamental changes you can make, none of which are complicated, but all of which can absolutely have a profound impact on how you feel and the level of success you achieve. 

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I create six-figure photographers, and I'd love to teach you, step-by-step, how it's done. This is happening for photographers from all over the world who are just like you. Let me prove just how wildly successful YOU can be!

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Inspiration for Photography About Me Pages

Posted by on December 18, 2013 with 3 Comments

The About Me Page is important…I think we all can appreciate and understand that! It’s one of the first pages you click on when you switch from glancing to engaged, but I think that it’s also one of the most challenging. 

Talking about yourself…focusing the lens on you, instead of them…it can leave a lot of photographers feeling very uncomfortable and outright  insecure – and so they neglect this oh-so-important conversion page on their website. But no more!

Today’s I’m excited to showcase some fabulous about me pages from members of my business training program; The Thriving Photographer™. I hope they help spark your creativity! 


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Meagan Baker 


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Megan’s about me page has it all! Beautiful photography, a call to action, fun facts and video!  

Her about me page starts off with a beautiful and fun strip of images that instantly allow the viewer to connect with Meagan! 

She goes on to share a combination of insights into her passions as a photographer as well as fun facts that help you further connect with her as a person. 

And my favorite part… VIDEO! Meagan has created a beautiful video that not only allows the prospect to truly imagine what it would be like to be Meagan’s client but also immediately stirs an even deeper desire to make that happen…Soon! 

Meagan Baker Photography
Vancouver, Canada





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Renee Shields 

Why I love it: Photogrpahy About Me Page Inspiration

Less is more in the case of Renee’s about me page!  Renee tells you exactly what you need to know including who she is, what she specializes in and how to reach her! Renee makes it easy to see that she’s excited to talk photography with her prospects! 

The page is clean, fun and easy to digest. You get just enough of a taste to know you like Renee but she accomplishes the goal of every great writer, she leaves you wanting more. 

I also love the consistency Renee maintains to her brand. 

Renee Angela Photography 
Dallas, Texas












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Megan Johns

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Getting in front of a camera is hard enough!  Getting in front of a camera with someone your intimidated by is more than most of us are willing to undertake! 

Megan’s about me page just makes you feel instantly at ease! I love all of the bite sized tidbits that help us to get to know her and feel confident that she’ll help you feel at ease in front of her lens. 

I also love the combination of personal, professional and random facts that Megan shares through her about me page! By the time you’re done reading you can’t help but want to take this mommy out to lunch just to get to spend more time with her! 

Megan Johns Photography
Jacksonville, Florida





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Dena McMullen

Why I love it: Great Photography About Me Page 

She had me at hello!

Dena understands the art of simplicity. She’s broken down the text into small bite sized nuggets, provided a fun easy to digest visual that immediately helps us to connect with her  and even stayed true to her visual board by wearing a bright yellow dress in the same hue as the one she showcases. 

The other thing Dena did right in a really big way is that she included her name! I can’t even tell you how often I go to a photography website and search for a name to no avail. If you’re photography business isn’t named after you, or if your name is hard to pronounce like mine (Leah Remillét), please help a sister out and give me a hint!


Fading Moments Photography
Waco, Texas 






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Thought behind my own photography about me pages:

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For Leah Remillét Photography, I wanted to create two different about me pages that together would tell my story! Because I have a website and a blog, I thought it would be fun to create a more personal depiction on my blog while keeping  my website more polished and professional. 

I look at it as if my website is my resume and my blog is my cover letter. 

Since my blog is my personal outlet, the about me page is only about me with a focus on randomness. My website on the other hand features much more than just me, it also includes my incredible team, without which LRP couldn’t be what it is today!

Leah Remillét Photography
Washington 

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Posted by on December 17, 2013 with 10 Comments

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I create six-figure photographers, and I'd love to teach you, step-by-step, how it's done. This is happening for photographers from all over the world who are just like you. Let me prove just how wildly successful YOU can be!

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Posted by on December 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

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