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A Photography Biz Success Story

Posted by on February 19, 2014 with 3 Comments


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I set out to create a business training program that would transform lives.  I knew it was possible because the same strategies that I teach in The Thriving Photographer™, first transformed my own life. 

Today, Arizona based Family Photographer Christine Mosby is sharing her story! 

This is what she said when she sent me this amazing video…”I thank my lucky stars I found you and you were willing to help me!  You have impacted my life in ways you’ll never understand! Your willingness to help not only me but so many others, speaks volumes to your selflessness and caring for others!!! Thank you again!! ”  – Christine 




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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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You Belong on the Gentle Cycle

Posted by on February 17, 2014 with 0 Comments
Monday Motivation from Go4ProPhotos.com// Be gentle with yourself, you're doing the best you can.

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Filed Under: Inspiration
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!

If you're ready to take your business further, sign up for email updates (it's free).

Why you’re not performing at the level you could be

Posted by on February 14, 2014 with 4 Comments

Today as you read this, my hubby and I are traveling through the Mexican Riviera and the view was so breathtaking that I just knew, I had to film a quick video for you. 

One of the reasons for agreeing to this trip, (besides getting to use my Kate Spade passport) despite the fact that planning a trip while planning to move is not the best timing…was because with everything going on in our life, I knew I needed a solid reboot. 

You see, I’m terrible at turning my computer off! I always have so many applications, windows and tabs up that I never want to shut it down…but inevitably it always happens. The wheels start to spin and things slow way, way down until it freezes up. I am forced to reboot. 

We are a lot like that (especially as female entrepreneurs) – we too are trying to run so many projects and so many “applications” and we don’t ever want to fully walk away. And with work being on our phones, iPads, in the next room, it makes it easy to always be on and always be working. 

But just like my lagging computer, we to begin to lag. We too begin to see the signs that say, we need to reset our own ram.

Have you ever:
- Realized you were getting angry over things that normally would not bother you?
- Started feeling foggy in key areas that you once knew very well? 
- Began feeling a depleted level of passion for things that normally bring you great joy and satisfaction? 

Then you have probably experienced the need to reboot. I’m in the middle of my own “reboot” as you read this and I just wanted to take a moment to encourage you to do the same. 

I’ve been in that place where I refused to make time to rest, where I convinced myself that I had  to work, that I had to be in my office. I was wrong and if I hadn’t figured it out when I did, I could have not only hurt the potential of my business success, but more critically, I could have hurt the most precious relationships in my life. 

 We all need a chance to reset our “ram”. We need to take the time to rejuvenate before we are forced to. I fully believe that when this is done, you become a better partner, a better parent and a better business owner. 

Filed Under: Videos
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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How to Organize Your Inbox

Posted by on February 12, 2014 with 2 Comments

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The reality is this — email is an ever compiling to-do list with your name on it that you didn’t write — and if you don’t act like the boss, your email will boss you. 

According to Microsoft research, “people can process about 100 email messages an hour. If you receive 40 to 100 messages per day, all you need is one hour of uninterrupted email processing time to get through your Inbox.

Further statistics show that of the email you receive: 

  • Fifty percent can be deleted or filed. 
  • Thirty percent can be delegated or completed in less than two minutes 
  • Twenty percent can be deferred to your Task List or Calendar to complete later. 


Can you see the silver lining? So now let’s break down HOW to take back control of your Inbox!

1. Schedule Uninterrupted Email Time. Email should be closed out except for at certain scheduled times each day.  Before implementing this, I’d sit down to work on editing or blogging and notice a new email had come it, so I’d stop what I was working on and go read the email. Only an email very rarely comes without strings attached (we’ll talk about that in #2) and so while I told myself I was coming to just glance, in reality I would inevitably feel this sense of urgency to take care of the problem. It was never until later, sometimes much later that I would realize in frustration that I’d become completely distracted f0r my original project. I finally had to find a better way so I decided to try checking email once a day and at a specific time.

By sticking to an email schedule I have found my overall accomplishments and productivity increase dramatically! In fact, it’s amazing how much smoother my work flow and day goes which begs the question…why do I ever deviate? All I can say is that old habits die hard.

2. Assign Labels.  Each email can be assigned a label; reference, action or trash. Within the first two labels we can be even more specific with immediate or defer. An action email is any email where steps need to be taken. For example a client is asking for a specific image to share on Facebook. Action steps will need to be taken. You’ll need to locate the image, resize and watermark it and then send it back via email or upload it into Facebook and respond.

A reference email on the other hand does not require response action but rather is something you will want to refer back to in the future, for example when the Go{4}Pro Newsletter drops in your Inbox no specific action is required but you know you’ll want to reference the inspiration you find inside. Within reference and action we can sub-label either ‘immediate’, obviously needing urgent attention or ‘deferred’ which is not presently time sensitive.

3. Reference System.  According to Microsoft, “on average, people spend up to an hour a day” looking for stored documents or e-mail messages. I know neither of us have an hour a day to spend searching for archived emails so having a reliable labeling and reference system is going to be necessary if we ever want to find that email, about email again! Creating folders with different reference topic labels may just be your saving grace for never loosing “that” email again. Here are helpful articles to help you learn more about setting up a reference folder system in Outlook, Gmail or iMail.

4. Auto Response set as Signatures.  Many of the emails we receive can be answered in a similar way every time. Instead of taking incalculable amounts of time responding with the same answer to a new email address, create auto signatures and label them for each of the topics you need to cover on a reoccurring basis.

For example you could drop in an auto signature for each new client inquiry telling them about you and your business. For my new client inquiry emails I talk about what makes Leah Remillét Photography different, how excited I am to have the opportunity to be their personal photographer and I even include an Animoto Slideshow to help set and create the emotional connection. All of this is set as a signature. Along with the ‘email inquiry’ response I also have auto signatures pre-written and ready to drop in for Session Reminders, Product Pickup, Sneak Peak and Ordering Appointments, Surveys and even one for when I’m already scheduled for their requested date. (See them HERE.)

5. Two minutes or less. My dad has this ‘touch it once motto’ that’s pretty darn fantastic and applies perfectly to getting us on the happy path with our inboxes. Statistically 30% of the emails waiting for you in your Inbox can be deleted or resolved in less then two minutes.  If you can ‘say’ yes when asked, “can I take care of this in 2 minutes or less?” then why save it for another day? You’ll more then double the time you ultimately invest into the email just by labeling, referencing, pulling, rereading and responding the second time instead of the first.

Email, as with all technology, can be our best friend or our darkest enemies multiple times in the same day. I propose we try a new approach, a happy, organized and disciplined approach and take back our inboxes. The outcome will be liberating! So what do you say? Are your ready to take back your inbox?


Tip: I share amazing business strategy and organization articles I find on twitter, join in the conversation. If you don’t have twitter you’ll be inspired on Facebook too!

Filed Under: Business
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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Why We Should Dance

Posted by on February 10, 2014 with 0 Comments
Monday Motivation from Go4ProPhotos.com // Why We Should Dance


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Filed Under: Inspiration
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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How to Blog like a Machine

Posted by on February 7, 2014 with 6 Comments

Blogging builds your  audience, increases your SEO and keeps your web presence current (assuming you’re blogging high value, relevant content).  When I look back, my company all started because of a blog post, and you might be able to say the same thing! 

BUT – blogging can also be incredibly time consuming and if not managed properly it can take us from other areas of our businesses (and our life) that also need our attention.

Blogging is a necessary and important part of my workload but it’s also important to me that I’m always working to produce consistent content F-A-S-T-E-R!  Today I’m sharing my best tips for what has worked for me.  I’d love to hear what you’d add to this list in the comment section below!


1. Create a Plan.  Know ahead of time what you blog and when so that you can sit down and crank out  content for multiple posts in a single sitting.  For example your plan might look like: Monday – Sneak Peak Posts or Photo Tips on Slow weeks  /  Wednesday – What to Wear /  Friday – Feature.  It doesn’t even have to be the same one thing every week either, for example, you can take it so far as to say 1st and 3rd Wednesdays are Wall Art, 2nd is What to Wear and 4th is Wordless Wednesday. 

2. Set a Schedule.  One of Laura Winslow‘s amazing tips when she guested on last weeks episode of Video Friday was the free WordPress  Editorial Calendar plugin.  We immediately put this plugin to work at Go4ProPhotos.com and are loving it! But in order to effectively use the calendar you’ve got to be drafting and scheduling blog posts in advance. Not sure how do that? Lot’s of you had questions on scheduling so I’ve created a step-by-step video for you down below! 

3. Bust em’ out.  Set aside a couple of days a month (or more if you need them) and let those be your blogging days. Two ways I’ve made these days more effective is by keeping a journal with me for new ideas and having a secret Pinterest Board that is just for blogging inspiration. Then when I’m ready to draft out next month’s posts, I can pull out my two secret creative-juice weapons and get to work. 

4. Blog Stomp.  We’re talking about blogging like a machine so I couldn’t leave out Blog Stomp. Now I want to be clear that I am in no way affiliated and am not sharing this for any reason except that they really are that awesome! If you haven’t checked them out, I talked about them in THIS video (10 Web Tool for Photographers) or you can learn more at their website blogstomp.com 

How to Schedule Blog Posts & Facebook Posts 

Filed Under: Business
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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Posted by on February 6, 2014 with 1 Comments


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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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