An Instagram Glance at September

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September was a month where I’ve been torn between wanting to slow down and rest up, while simultaneously wanting to push forward and aim for even bigger. Maybe those two visions can align themselves, I definitely believe it’s possible. I guess I’m ready to be bold during the day while I work but then slow things down in the evenings, and although that hasn’t happened yet. I’m hopeful!

September was all about Thriving, enrollment opened back up for the last time this year! It was so exciting to bring so many new photographers into The Thriving Photographer™ family. We had two live webinars and I worked to train for my first 1/2 marathon (I’ll be sharing about that soon). The month was full of back-to-school and back-to-work visions in our home and now I think we may just be starting to find our fall rhythm.

Want more? I’m sharing more glimpses and stories HERE on Instagram!

Girl Boss Book Club – October

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I LOVE learning!  My education, training and best mentors have been found in the pages of books.  There are so many amazing must-read books out there and I’d love to start sharing some of my favorites with you, one month at a time. So what do you say? Do you want to join me? Each month, I’ll unveil our  Girl Boss Book of the Month, (you can see last month’s book here) you can then go pick yours up at the library, through Audible or Amazon and get your inspire on.

In October, I want to share with you the book, The Martha Rules. Love her or hate her, this woman knows how to run a business!  In this book, she shares her  advice and knowledge to help you channel your skills and passion into business that is successful.  “Featuring Martha’s top principles for success, as well as stories and anecdotes from her own experiences, Martha’s Rules is sure to appeal to business readers, fans, and anyone who admires her for her style, taste, and great advice–and who have great business ideas of their own!”



About the Girl Boss Book of the Month: I have read so many amazing books that have truly inspired me, and I want to share them with YOU!  Here’s how it works.  At the end of every month, I will post the book that we will read for the next month. Then, I will host an online discussion of the book, I’m still working out how to do that part – if you have any ideas, please share them in the comments. I’m currently thinking about a live online webinar, Google hangout or possible periscope.   My goal is to have this be an awesome opportunity to build connections, grow as thoughtful creatives and get inspired to dream and do bigger and better things.

I can’t wait to get started!  Are you in?

Don’t live with regret (Thrive Enrollment is Closing)

At some point in your photography journey, you realize that in order to actually enjoy, sustain, and profit from your passion, you have to learn how to run the business.

You can’t guess. You can’t hope. You can’t depend on friends and family to be your billboards. You must know how to organize and effectivly run your business. 

If you want to do more than just talk about it, to actually achieve the life you’ve imagined, to reach the income goals you dream of, and to have the balance you crave, you have to go beyond freely available advice and get serious about building a great business you can be proud of.

The Thriving Photographer™ business training program has helped over one thousand photographers build successful photography businesses on their terms — And it will help you get there too.

October 1st is the last day for this enrollment period. Thrive will not be available again until 2016.

On Monday, we will start transforming a whole new group of photographers! Through the next 8 weeks, businesses are going to transform, and lives are going to change. Photographers are going to find out that success is possible for them. Are you going to be one of them?

If you’re feeling excited about The Thriving Photographer™ and what it could do for your business, I hope you’ll honor that and join us! You have nothing to lose (with our 30-day guarantee) and everything to gain!

There is a moment that every entrepreneurs reaches. It’s the moment when you realize you can either settle for mediocracy, or you can put meaning behind your words, be daring, and truly see what is possible.



When you sit down and close your eyes, what do you wish for yourself and your family? Maybe your list includes….

  • Feeling content and happy.
  • Getting a good night’s sleep (regularly).
  • Having just the right amount of great clients.
  • Getting to charge what you’re worth and not having to negotiate.
  • Feeling confident in your pricing.
  • Making monthly deposits to a college savings account for your kids from your profits.
  • Having time to sleep, spend time with friends, or do something just for you.
  • Having someone else come in and clean the toilets for you.
  • Surprising your husband and taking him on great date that you pay for. 
  • Paying off a credit card or those student loans.

These are not unrealistic dreams. These are not wishes that should only be reserved for shooting stars. This is all possible. YOU ARE POSSIBLE!

What are you going to do today for your future?

Don’t just survive… Thrive.

Mom + Photographer Better!

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I had just wanted an outlet. That seems so ironic now.

My outlet became a monster. It consumed me, and I’m ashamed to admit that my marriage, my health, and my children all suffered because of it.

I was so unorganized.  I didn’t know how to price myself right.  I had no workflow or systems in place, and I couldn’t figure out how to get clients.  I tried whatever idea dropped onto my screen.  I wasted so much money and time.

I cried a lot back then.

I was sure I was a failure. I was a failure as a mother, a wife, a business owner, and a homemaker.

And I was so, so, so tired.

It took an ambulance ride to get me to wake up. This was not sustainable.  This could not continue. So I set to work!

Everything had to change. And it did.

Slivers of light began to break through the darkest of my clouds. Step by step, I studied, tested, adjusted, and proved what worked. If it didn’t save me time or make me more money, it was thrown to the wayside.

These are my stats from the darkness I felt in 2009 to 2011 when I realized I’d figured out something amazing and had to start sharing it with others.


I want to share what happened in the middle.  I want to share what the pieces were that brought me from wishing and hoping to doing and living the life I’d imagined.

Most importantly, I want to share how I  let go of guilt, found my way, and started feeling joy in motherhood again.

Today I feel whole.  Definitely not perfect, but whole!  The aching pain of guilt, failure, and exhaustion has left.  I am more productive and more profitable then ever before and I’m working less then ever before!

I want you to know how I got here!


I’m offering a brand new live webinar just for moms with photography businesses.  I can’t wait to openly share what I’ve done right, wrong, and in between, and how I’ve been able to find my happy place.

See you Tuesday!



The Thriving Photographer is open for Enrollment! (Limited Time)

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The Wait is Over!

The Thriving Photographer™ is back and open for Fall Enrollment! That’s right! Thrive (the absolute best photography business training program – hands down!) is available for a limited time.

You can get all the details HERE. But just know that Thrive will be open for this enrollment session until October 1st at midnight Pacific Time. If you don’t make it for this session, you’ll have to wait until 2016. So don’t delay… It’s time to build the business you’ve been dreaming of. It’s time to get organized. It’s time to use a tested and proven recipe for success.

More than anything… It’s your time!

Free Webinar: ‘7 Steps to a 6-Figure Photography Business’ is back!

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The biggest question I hear is, ‘but is this possible for me??

You know success is possible. You’ve seen plenty of photographers who are killing it, but how are they doing it? Can it be duplicated and do you live in the right demographic, city or country to experience your own success? 

And what about the rest of your life? If you’re making bank will it have to be at the cost of your spouse, your kids and your well-being? 

I believe that you absolutely can build a profitable business around your terms, your goals and your lifestyle and it can happen much quicker than you might think! With the right tools and the right strategies in place, you can scale your business for your lifestyle and make sure that every session you book is highly profitable!

This is a topic I am hugely passionate about because I see too many amazing women who are burnt out, underpaid, overworked and beyond discouraged. Their relationships are suffering, their health is suffering, their confidence is suffering.

Between 2007 and 2009, I was blessed enough to figure out the secret to low hours, high sales and running an organized little photography business that started helping my family instead of hindering us. I didn’t always have it figured out. I made lots and lots of mistakes, but I was determined to get it right. I was determined to unlock the secrets to success. But I don’t want it to be a secret! I want you to know exactly how I did it!

That’s why I’m so excited to announce that our most popular FREE webinar is back! And this time we will be offering two different dates and times PLUS we have a brand-new free workbook to go with this live training and some awesome goodies I’ll be releasing during the webinar!

Join us as we uncover the 7 pillars for a 6-figure photography business!

We will be talking about:
– Leah’s Story – From Shoot & Burn to Thriving
– Brand Perception & Consistency
– Pricing & Collections
– Marketing to Reach Your Dream Clients
– Systems & Outsourcing
– Case Studies highlighting success in Rural and Over Saturated Markets

Make sure you join us live! You don’t want to miss this!