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Building a “Team” on an As Needed Basis

Posted by on October 15, 2014 with 0 Comments

Building an as needed team

I started to draft a blog post but couldn’t get any images to upload…tried to hyperlink some text…nothing there either.

My first thought was that there must be some long awaited update needed but WordPress showed things were good to go.  Then I wondered if I’d somehow changed my permissions from Admin…nope, not it either! And that’s when I found myself up a filthy creek with no paddles. 

I literally had NO IDEA what to do from here. I was all out of tricks, except I wasn’t! 

David “my web guy” was the ace up my sleeve! David’s a huge part of my team, but he doesn’t have to show up too often! You know when you see some awesome tool on someone else’s blog and you think, ‘I want that!’. Or when you need to update your theme, but you’re terrified that you may just have the power of imploding your website in one click? Well, that’s when I shoot David an email. 

And so I started writing the email. I explained what happened, what I’d tried and asked him to take it from here… 

Well, guess what happened! Less than an hour later the problem was solved and this email was waiting in my inbox;

Hi Leah –
Turns out the Billboard plugin was masking all the other plugins that needed updates (it had an over-aggressive hide update command somewhere).
Anyway, once it was disabled, a TON of plugins needing updates showed up.
After the update, everything seems to work again.
I’ve disabled the problematic update code for that plugin, so you should get proper update notices going forward.
All the best,
– D
This is about as close to fairy dust – genie in a bottle – magic wand kind of wishing that I’ve experienced! Have a problem, send a magic email and problem is solved thanks to my virtual “team”!
Being the end all for every problem that ever arises in your business is exhausting, especially when you just don’t know how to fix it! But having a team, to most, seems as probable as finding a Fairy Godmother’s wand in your driveway. When we think of teams, we often think that you’ve gotta have all these full time positions available, big bank rolls to pay them and a huge lists of tasks to keep them busy! NOT TRUE!  There are plenty of freelance experts out there who can help you only when you need it with the troublesome areas that you’re – well – not an expert at. 
What areas of your business give you trouble? Web Stuff? Book Keeping? SEO? Data Entry? Blogging? Would it be possible to get some help and how much time would that free up for you to spend doing things that actually make you money? 
Bottom line, I could have spent HOURS, trying to solve the case of the missing upload button. And all the time spent trying to solve this urgent problem would have taken me away from the important things I’d planned to tackle today… And maybe even tomorrow. 



There are great resources out there to build your freelance team.  Start with Facebook and post to find out if anyone knows someone they would recommend for what you need. If nothing turns up, try ODesk.com 
I’ve had some great luck with both…hope you do too! 


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Success Wheel

Posted by on October 13, 2014 with 0 Comments

Monday Motivation from Go4ProPhotos.com, "think, idea, try, do, do again, and again, keep doing, success!"
Source:  Figure 20

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Thrive Retreat Swag Bag Giveaway!

Posted by on October 10, 2014 with 21 Comments

Thrive Retreat Swag Bag Giveaway

Have you ever wished you could peak inside the swag bag from a retreat and see what those attendees got? Me too! That’s why I’m not only going to show off the goods BUT I’ve also got one extra swag bag to giveaway!!

The Bag. I was feeling extra crafty this year (must have been spending to much time on Pinterest) and got the idea that I would make the swag bags this year for a personal touch. All in all it was actually a very easy project outside of the first paint mishap and the fact that anything handmade takes longer than ordering online. 😉 I might write a tutorial post on that another day. 

Then comes the really fun part of filling the bags! I love sharing great deals, fun finds and of course, about my favorite companies that help elevate the experience I provide as a photographer. I am so blessed to have the most AMAZING sponsors who encourage and support me! 

Some of these vendors have been with me from the VERY beginning…as in before The Thriving Photographer™ was even a thought yet, because I was just barely learning to thrive myself (thank you Lens Pro to Go!!). 

Thrive Retreat Photography Swag BoxInside the Swag Box

‘This Life is for Thriving’ Tumbler from The Thriving Photographer™
The latest Digital Issue from Chic Magazine
5×7 Frame by The Organic Bloom
Custom Thrive Flash Drive by Photo Flash Drives
Camera Strap by Adi & Tuck on Etsy
The latest Digital Issue from of Mozi Magazine
SD Cardholder from Think Tank
Newborn Tie from Trendy Ties
Sample Swag from Pro Digital Photos


Plus Amazing Discounts and Deals from:

Chic Critique Forum
Laura Kathryn Creative
WHCC
Lens Pro To Go
Jamie Schultz Designs
Zenfolio

PLUS!! Summerano is giving away their entire shop to one fabulous friend. So we have TWO amazing and really fun prizes to send off! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

GOOD LUCK!


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The Thrive Retreat à la Instagram

Posted by on October 8, 2014 with 0 Comments



Being a photographer can be really lonely, but in the strangest way. 

We are constantly interacting through blogs, media platforms and participating in forums or whatever else, so while you are inside the industry, for many you still feel really alone. 

At least that was me. In the beginning of my journey I remember wishing I had fellow photographers to talk with, go to lunch with and style up some concept shoot with. I’ll admit to being a not very lovely shade of envy when I’d see photographers that I admired having a fabulous day just playing with another photographer. 

I wanted that! I wanted a real-life photography friend! 

Fast-forward a few years and an idea sparked. I had a feeling I wasn’t alone in that early wish to have more human photography connection. As members of my business training program, The Thriving Photographer™ started sharing their successes and stories through our private Facebook groups, I longed to really meet them. I wanted to hug them when they were down, happy dance with them when they were celebrating a new sales record and just get to know these amazing photographers who had trusted me to help them grow their businesses! ‘The Ultimate Photographer’s Sleepover”…I told my hubby one night. 

I could see how awesome it would be. We could stay in some amazing mansion, get deeper (and real, like you only can when you’re talking face to face) on building a Thrive lifestyle and of course style up some gorgeous shoots for no other reason than to inspire each other! We could stay up late laughing and talking (and possibly even dancing). It was going to be amazing!

The more than 60 women who make up the Thriving Mastermind attendees are my dream come true!

Last week, we had our fourth Thriver’s Mastermind Retreat in Scottsdale, AZ.!! These women were the friends I dreamed of all those years ago. We laughed (#grabbyclown), we cried, we danced, we bonded and we strengthened one another. 

This is an Instagram snapshot from our weekend!

When I look at these images I see that dreams come true. That kindness is still alive and well. That dedicated mom’s become younger when we get to take time for themselves (and jump on beds or bond in giant bathtubs). That the power of united women is amazing and that anything is possible! 


Thrive Retreat Photography Workshop

My Thrive Mastermind Girls…Thank you for such an amazing weekend! Thank you for trusting me with your dreams and for letting me be part of your journey!
And most of all thank you for the amazing memories we now share! 

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10 Things We Do to Keep Our Marriage Strong

Posted by on October 6, 2014 with 1 Comments
IMG_2664Thirteen years ago today, on a wet Saturday afternoon in Seattle I vowed to spend my life – come what may with this guy. At the time, I didn’t fully know what that meant or what was in store but before the clock struck midnight, I had a new last name and was embarking on the greatest adventure of my life. 

Thirteen years later I can say unequivocally that he is the best decision I ever could have made for myself. I trace every good thing that has come into my life back to the moment I said yes to him. 


We are far from perfect and still have so much to learn. But we also smile over how far we’ve come and how many miles it took us to get here. We’ve lived in 3 states, moved 9 times, brought 3 children into this world and have grown into the people we are today…all together. 

Over this last weekend Taylor surprised me and took me to Whistler, Canada for our anniversary! We had an absolutely amazing weekend! While we drove I asked what he attributes to our marriage being strong? You’ll find his answer at #1, the rest are mine or a collaboration of both of us. 

I share these with you not because we have it all (or even most of it) figured out, far from!! But because what I have learned thus far has been because of the wonderful examples and influences of others plus I always love hearing how other people do what they do – so here’s a little about how we do what we do!


10. There is no exit strategy. When I first said, ‘I do’ I had no idea what that really meant, but I had a new husband who taught me that quitting was not an option. He believed that happiness really was possible and that through thick and thin we were in it all together. We’re in this for eternity. There is a perspective that comes with planning to spend forever together that helps you to see past right now frustrations and build on forever happiness. 

9. Two Minutes. This has been a newer one for us but I really love it! The first 2-minutes after Taylor get’s home are just for each other and not to discuss anything negative. He walks in the door, comes and grabs me and we just hold each other. Of course the kids try to pry their little bodies right in the middle, but we just smile and hold tight to each other. 

8. Sweet Surprises. Leaving a little note, planning a special night, sending a thoughtful text. Taylor is way better at these than I am, but it’s amazing how they make my whole day so much brighter. 

7. Saying Why. I love to hear ‘I love you’ but it’s said so often that sometimes I feel like it lacks some of it’s power, but when he tells me why…when he says why he appreciates me, why he loves me, why I did a good job that day or why he thinks I’m beautiful, it takes ‘I love you’ to a whole new level!

6. Little Rituals. There is something that feels so safe about having little rituals that are just ours to have. They aren’t anything to big…trying new specialty root-beers, dancing to no music in the kitchen, waiting till we have at least 2 of our favorite shows recorded so we get “more closure”, putting the kids to bed at 8pm and then having our time. 

5. Time away. I always new I wanted to be the cool wife who was going to encourage her hubby to go out with the guys. We have so much fun together, but we are also very different…I’m a girl, he’s a guy – that pretty much sums it up. So there are adventures that just aren’t meant for the other to be a part of. Some are bigger like when he goes on fishing trips or heads off for one of his Spartan Runs and I go on girl’s weekends and to my photography events, but others are just once in a while. It’s important that while most of what we do is together, we also have interests that are our own. Besides, it gives us new stories to tell each other which at this point, they are all pretty much re-runs. 

4. Consider the other. We and when I say we, I mostly mean me, are not always great at this one. But hands down…we are at our very, very best when we are considering and taking care of each other! When we are each looking for how we can lighten the others loads life is so much sweeter and more enjoyable! 

3. Date Night. We have never stopped dating. We try to go out on a date once a week, sometimes life is to crazy, but when it does get crazy, we typically make up for it with a full weekend just the two of us. We have always been the kind of couple who loves and lives for date night. Our babysitters are on speed dial and they know they can count on us to pretty much finance their wardrobes…it’s an investment that has been well worth it! 

2. Novelty. We continually try new things together and I think this really helps us to stay young in our relationship! We’ve tried cooking new things, trying exotic restaurants, traveling to amazing places, outdoor adventures (which I do only because I love him – my still purple nail is proof of that!), dance lessons…we even read the Hunger Games trilogy together during several long road trips last year. It was actually really fun! Sometimes they are things for me (i.e. ballroom dance lessons) and other times they are things for him (i.e. backpacking into the woods for a weekend). But the bottom line is, we are always trying new things together. The together part is what’s so important. It gives us knew things to talk about, laugh about and get excited about. 

1. Birds & Bees thrive here!  I know this is totally not a PG answer and I’m pretty embarrassed to even be typing it. But if you’re married than sex shouldn’t be new. When I asked Tay why he thinks we’re so strong, this was his answer and he followed up with this statement. ‘Look at our friends who seem the most unhappy in their marriages and they all joke about never having sex.’ He had a strong point. There is something vulnerable and powerful about coming back together…often.  

 

So that’s what I came up with. What about you? What is the number one thing you attribute to a great marriage? 


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Registration Open: Luxe in Las Vegas 2

Posted by on October 1, 2014 with 0 Comments

Registration for the 2015 Luxe Workshop is now open!!! HURRY because we are already 25% sold out from last year’s attendees and we’re sending out newsletters to over 50,000 photographers! Don’t wait till it’s to late!

This is the workshop for Senior Photographers (or even wannabe Sr photogs!) because you can build a KILLER portfolio in one day!

You’ll get to learn from Kelli France, Leah Remillet, Leslie Kerrigan, Courtney DeLaura & Brittney Kluse!

We’ll have NEW teaching topics, NEW gorgeous models (10!) & a NEW stylized theme (Gossip Girls!)

So if you are attending WPPI in February, this is a no-brainer!

Sign up before it’s too late at www.luxeworkshop.com 

Here’s a Behind The scenes Look that attendee Priscilla Davis made:


TESTIMONIALS FROM LAST YEAR:

“Best. Workshop. EVER! The amount of pure awesome that went into this workshop was unbelievable. From learning from some of the best in the biz to the gorgeous styled models – and everything in between – Luxe was hands down the best investment I have made in my business! Thank you ladies of Luxe for helping me get my business to the next level!” -Autumn Abbott

“As soon as I saw the opportunity to attend a workshop and portfolio building experience in my own city, I knew I had to jump in and take advantage of it. Well of course it was the best purchase I have ever made! The images produced rocked, the education was invaluable, the friendships that are made are so special to me and the mentors I now have in this profession are priceless. I really found my “calling” during this workshop and decided to specialize in teens & high school seniors. I’ve got a long way to go still but that’s why I’m ready for LUXE, round 2!” -Priscilla Davis


“Do you need a fresh perspective on your High School Senior photography? Or do you want to get into the Senior market and have a place to start with your portfolio?Luxe was an amazing workshop for both the beginner in Seniors and also the veteran! Inspiring teachers, wonderful topics, a fabulous time, and new photography friends to boot!! I would totally recommend this workshop!” Brooke Roundy 

“Thank you so much to all the teachers for the incredible information they shared. The styled shoots were fantastic. I walked away with not only exceptional images and the skills to replicate them, but also lifetime friendships. This is a must-attend workshop!” Susan Willis

“These are the best photos I have ever taken. This is the first time in a while that I love editing each and every one. Normally I get board and my adult ADD (self diagnosed) kicks in. Hey maybe I am not ADD after all, maybe I just hated trying to edit crappy photo sessions! LeslieCourtneyLeahKelli and Brittney can’t thank you enough for an amazing day.” -Rebecca Rosen

“What a fantastic group of women to learn from and have openly share their knowledge and experiences with all of us. They were all so gracious and kind. I still reach out to these women and get answers, advice and encouragement when I need it. If you are thinking twice about attending this workshop…don’t, you won’t regret it.” -Jackie Harley

“Thank you so much for such an amazing workshop. I loved everything about it! I’m having so much fun going through all my pics!” -Brooke Samuelian


NOW GO REGISTER!!! 

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Never Crowded

Posted by on September 29, 2014 with 0 Comments

Motivation Monday from Go4ProPhotos.com "Go For the Extra Mile. It's Never Crowded"
Source: Peter Loves Jane

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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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