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Canvas & Large Prints Q&A

Posted by on April 23, 2012 with 2 Comments
Today we’re going to do a little Q&A about one of my very favorite things – large photos!! I’ve got canvases and framed prints all over my house…I recommend them to every single client…I am completely elated when I get to hang them…they are big and beautiful and SO MUCH FUN! And I’m sure you’ve heard me say all of that before. Nothing that is talked about this often can go without questions…and you guys had some! So here are my answers. :) Forgive me if you’ve seen them before, since they were on my formspring page first, but I just thought it would be fun for everyone to see. Now go canvas & frame the world! I’m ordering my first gallery wrap canvas. Do you have any tips…do you do 1.5 or 2.5 inch sides? Do you get the gel coating over the top? Is there anything special I should be doing while ordering? I have canvases all over my house and they are hung with tacks because I move them around so much. My clients always think that’s hilarious. I find that I move them so much that it’s easiest for my own canvases to just be wood frame-plain.
For my clients canvases I really don’t do anything special either – so no coating and such. I will have them color correct if necessary but that’s about it. For clients – just to help set your canvases a part, you might want to do paperback with saw tooth hanger but then again you may just leave them as is. All of mine are 1.5 and I make sure I have enough room for the image to wrap around the sides. I’ve done .75 wrap for one client because we were putting 2 16×20′s in the entry and they would be behind the door when it was opened so we wanted to be sure that they would not get hit by the door. So exciting for you! I can’t wait for you to get it… My wall art deliveries always make me the happiest!   How often do you sell framed prints? Not nearly as often as Canvas. I offer it more to show a boutique variety of options and I do have a 30×40 framed print in the studio for people to see as a sample but very rarely is that the choice. Although with the new Organic Bloom options that I will be showing this summer I could see them becoming a more popular option! I’m having a hard time pricing framed prints. When I use the calculator at 40% COGS the price just seems way too much . It’s hard to compete with Hobby Lobby even though my frames would be better quality. First of all, you’re not competing with Hobby Lobby because last time I checked Hobby Lobby didn’t have a gorgeous family portrait to place in the center of any frame that they offer. It’s important to truly realize how special and incredible what YOU OFFER is… Once you’re mindset changes so will you clients! {promise!!} Here’s the thing, you’re not actually selling paper or wood or canvas material. What you REALLY sell is the incredible memory that you’ve documented for them…. And NOW you’re showing them how they can display and preserve AND ENJOY these memories!! Anytime a pricing questions comes up, the good answer is not one that can be given in a one or two or even 100 sentences. To really learn and understand pricing once and for all (in a way that will change your bank account and clients experience forever) check out the thriving photographer. But here is one suggestions for you… Consider marking up the frame but not the print. So it’s like they get the print for free when they frame it and you can explain it to them in such a way that they feel the value they are getting by purchasing a ready to hang item from you. For me, it’s really important that I present my clients with ready to hang items so that I know they won’t sit in a closet for a year waiting to go to the framer!  
If you have questions that you’d like to see answered you can leave a comment below or ask away over on the Formspring page.
 
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I’m shocked!

Posted by on April 19, 2012 with 0 Comments

What would your signature – oh so fabulous fragrance smell like? 

Wanna make your best friend’s day? Send her this card by Naughty Betty

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Dear Over Opinionated Photographer

Posted by on April 18, 2012 with 49 Comments
Dear Over Opinionated Photographer,

I’d like to tell you a story.

It’s about a bucket and a dipper. Have you heard it before?   The story goes that everyone – yep even you – has a bucket and a dipper. Within each of our buckets is a different level of water. For some, it is full and for others it is empty. How we feel; our mood, our abilities to handle what life sends our way… Well, it can all be traced back to how empty or full our bucket is.

Have you ever woke up to find your favorite song playing on the radio? Or has someone offered you a genuine compliment that you really needed to hear? Maybe you’ve opened your email box to find a glowing reply from a client who just saw their sneak peak or had a friend just step up and help you without you even having to ask?   I truly hope you’ve gotten to enjoy some of these blessings in your own life. Each of these are examples of when someone has added to your bucket.  We all need help filling our buckets, we can’t do it on our own.

Our dippers can only add to or take from another’s bucket. We need others to fill our buckets for us. They do it through genuine kindness, compassion, love, friendship, service and thoughtfulness. In contrast… Have you ever asked a question because you were excited and eager to learn more, only to have someone make you feel like an absolute idiot for not already knowing? Or have you had your faults painstakingly pointed out as if you weren’t already aware that you’re not perfect?

Perhaps you’ve had a “friend” point out that they would never shoot from that angle, or with that gear, or in that light, or edit that way, or take on those type of clients…  ‘But hey, they’re ‘just say’n’!   Or have you ever read a tangent comments on your own Facebook wall or your own Blog that made you just want to curl up in bed and cry… All from someone hiding behind a monitor in who knows where, who seems to think that they knew everything and that it’s their responsibility to offer enlightenment to you. When in truth all they’ve done is  leave you defeated, defenseless and feeling like you have nothing left to give?

These are examples of other people reaching into your bucket and taking from you. To many people want to take. They believe that when they take it helps release a little of their pain. It doesn’t… In fact, it does the opposite. It allows bitterness to fester.

We are all trying. None of us are going to get it all right – all of the time. None of us are perfect and I still haven’t met anyone yet who thinks they are the exception.

I think that we are all pretty clear on the fact that we have room for improvement and most do a pretty good job of self deprecating without needing any additional help. And yet too many are overly eager to offer up their unwanted and uncensored opinions.

You may have had your own bucket dipped out of so many times that you feel like your bucket is on the verge of empty and you desperatly need someone to share with you. If this is true, there is no better and faster way to get your bucket filled then to actively start looking to add to someone else’s. As you begin making deposits in other’s buckets you will find that your own bucket has become full.

No matter where you are right now, contentment is possible. And if you decide to try it, it will open up your eyes to thousands of blessings that are hiding right under your nose. – Lori Smith
I hope that we can all be a little kinder to each other, be a little more willing to share and be a little less prone to excusing bad actions… I hope your bucket can be full soon. xo’ Leah P.S. I would love to hear your thoughts – post a comment and jump in on the conversation!  Image Source: Frank Heckers for Real Simple
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It’s My Birthday…

Posted by on April 17, 2012 with 5 Comments
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Easy & Cheap Backdrop Ideas

Posted by on April 16, 2012 with 11 Comments
I love that inspiration is all around us! We’re so lucky to have so much to be inspired by on a daily basis and yet sometimes you just can’t help but get a little, well… Discouraged. You know what I mean… You’re on Pinterest or you’re taking a few minutes to check out some blogs and you suddenly feel a little green over all of the freak-ing ridiculous creativity, craftiness and the sheer time to do it all that’s floating around out there and you start questioning if you’ve ever had a good idea in your life. Can you relate? This post is for all of us who don’t have hours and hours to spend crafting. For those who don’t have access to never-ending budgets for creating elaborate schemes and especially for the mamas who forgot to switch the laundry over (again) because they are so freaking busy just trying to keep up with regular life. If we can’t get the laundry switched over how the heck are we supposed to build a rustic lemonade stand, sew up some vintage inspired dresses and press 50 gallons of our own award winning homemade lemonade (that of course come from our own orchard in the back) all in coordination with the sun’s golden hour? I mean seriously?  I guarantee dinner was not made in that house. AND YET…. WE STILL CRAVE CREATIVITY TOO! What is a girl to do??? If you can relate… Today’s post is for YOU! Here are some FAST, CHEAP & EASY D.I.Y. BACKDROP IDEAS  to add a little spunk to your portfolio!   Awesome backdrop idea--easy and cheap!
photography by :: www.kellitrontel.com
Cost: Estimate Under $10 To create this look you’ll need:
  • Kraft Paper
  • Craft Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Scarves, ribbon, twine and flowers are optional
For Annie and Jaime: Cheap Vibrant photo backdrop idea via Martha Stewart Source:: Martha Stewart Weddings Cost: Under $10 To create this look you’ll need:

Creator:: Urban Scarlet Facebook:: www.facebook.com/UrbanScarlet   Cost: Under $10 To create this look you’ll need:
  • At least two colors of streamers. In this example 4 were used: coral, sea foam green, off white and a light peach.
  • Scissors
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Masking Tape
Ribbon Backdrop by Bare Feet Projects Cost: ?? Not to bad if you have a stockpile of fabric or ribbon! To create this look you’ll need: I think there are several different ways you could go about creating this look. You could use fabric, ribbon, streamers or some combination. Here’s what I’m thinking you would need.
  • Fabric (snip for desired width and then tear the fabric to give it a more shabby chic vibe)
  • Streamers (cut at all different sizes)
  • Ribbons (cut at all different sizes)
  • Cord. String across desired location and knot the ribbons and streamers to the cord.
  • Scissors
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Did you know I have a Secret Club?

Posted by on April 13, 2012 with 0 Comments
My goal in creating The Thriving Photographer was to create a program that could and would give any photographer (at any stage in their business as long as they were wanting more) the knowledge, comprehension, vision and tools to truly become a Thriving Photographer! I’ve learned that the true key to success is… Persistence. Success is not for the lucky or the brilliant (although those certainly can’t hurt) who it’s really reserved for, is those who refuse to give up. I know that success is possible for anyone persistent enough to believe in their dreams. I wanted to create a program for them, the determined believers! It was my dream to prove to those who want it so bad but just need a little help with logistics – that they could absolutely do this! You can have passion, profits and a life…. You can be a thriving photographer! In addition to creating the program, I also wanted to create a place where the truly determined and dedicated could support one another. So I created a Secret Club, The Thriving Photographer Group on Facebook. The threads are amazing. They share, encourage, inspire and uplift one another! I am so honored and excited to get to be associated and to help inspire these incredible photographers journey! In an industry of talkers, these photographers are doers!! Here are a few posts just to give you a glimpse of what’s going on behind the curtain… Are you ready to join the ranks of The Thriving Photographers? All it takes is determination – I bet you’re passionate enough about this whole photography business thing to have that!! You’re going to learn about everything you need to be the successful professional photographer making the money that you currently only dream of… Already feel like you’ve got parts of “it” figured out? No problem, I’ll help you figure out the rest!! You’re going to have all of the tools and templates you need and now you even know about the Secret Thrivers Support Group. On top of that you have a money back guarantee. So seriously, why not?!!? GO FOR IT!!!  
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Visual Marketing

Posted by on April 11, 2012 with 7 Comments
I was so honored when I got the news that Leah Remillet Photography would be featured in the book Visual Marketing (available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon). To be honest, I’ve known about it forever and even had my copy for months, but I guess I was just a little embarrassed to share the news with you. I didn’t want to be all “look at me aren’t I awesome?!” I reserve that kind of talk for my number one fan – my dad. But thanks to Kari (my amazing intern) who spotted the book, took it home and photographed it for me I’m now sharing it with you…. (At the end of I got some of my own tips for you!)  
As photographers we have a goldmine opportunity to use visuals in all of our marketing endeavors. Think about what a blessing that is!! Other small business owners are struggling to add the visual elements whereas we have our own stockpile sitting on our hard-drives.  Cha-Ching! Visual Marketing will truly help us reach and connect with potential clients. By taking the time to pamper clients and give them something to talk about, we can ensure that clients are spreading the word on our behalf! Everyone wants to share pictures – I think we can all agree on that! And sharing good pictures is even better! How easy are you making it for your clients to share the great images that you’ve created for them? A few ways that I use Visuals to aid in my marketing endeavors:
  • Mini albums (get a free download here <– Scroll to the very bottom)
  • iPhone templates (these are little mini billboards that can’t help but attract attention)
  • Putting their Premiere Slideshow up on YouTube IF they’ve purchased it (I use Animoto)
  • Packaging! Everything is presented like a present and even better, some of the packaging is reusable!
  • Wall Art Displays – When my clients have guests over, most likely there is going to be a large statement canvas or a cluster of canvases for all to enjoy and it’s probably pretty close to the front door (and guess who shot them?).
  • Want to become an expert on using visual marketing as well as pricing and selling those wonderful products that you offer? Check out THRIVE!
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ENHANCE YOUR VISUAL MARKETING EFFORTS? 
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