We just got FASTER & BETTER LOOKING!

Go4Pro Photos is dedicated to inspiring your journey as a professional photographer BUT how on earth am I supposed to do that if you can’t even get on the website because it’s so slow AND if I’m not feeling inspiring because I don’t love how “I” look. (We’re talking about my website now.) 

So I decided to do something about it! 

THE DESIGN & BRAND First I hired the very best designer available (Laura Kathryn) and had her completely redesign the Go4Pro Brand! I told her everything I wanted it to be like, feel like, think like and do and said, “go!”.  Now I have a new logo, new website, new brand…I’m even getting new stationary! The whole process with Laura has been amazing! She first redesigned my brand for Leah Remillét Photography, now Go4Pro’s Brand and next you’ll see what she’s currently working on with The Thriving Photographer™ Brand. I can’t say enough great things about Laura… If you want an amazing brand, she’s the answer! 


THE SPEED
 Next was the trouble of slow. I tested my website (you can test your site’s speed here) and found out we were running SLOWER than 85% of the websites that had been tested. That’s a no-go. So after talking with my web-guy and doing some serious research. We decided to switch my hosting over from the old company to a fairly new up and coming hosting company called Pressable (who specializes only in WordPress and making them way faster). I’m now ranking 82% FASTER than all sites that have been tested and that’s with video and a ton of content!  

So now I’m excited to reveal my new gorgeous & faster website! Take a peak around, let me know what you think and I’d LOVE to hear if you’re noticing considerable speed improvement! 

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A ThankFUL Letter to You

I wish I was a better writer. 

I never feel like my words do justice to how my heart is feeling. As I sit at my desk trying to figure out how to express how grateful I am, I already know that anything I try to say will fall short of how I really feel. 

Simply put, I truly love what I do and there’s no way I could do what I do, without you.  Every day I get to wake up, have my little morning routine, kiss my kiddo’s off to school and then sit down and boldly inspire beautiful people to live the life they’ve imagined. 

The fact that this is my life, still catches me by surprise! 

I wish you and I were sitting together on my big couch drinking hot chocolate. If we were, I would tell you my story and you would start to understand why it’s so incredible to think that I’m getting to write you this letter today. I’m just not supposed to be here in so many ways and yet, I am.

I wish I had the talents to express all that I feel, but I will have to settle for two words and I hope that you will be able to feel to some degree how profoundly I wish to convey them… 

THANK YOU. 

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to inspire your journey. I will do everything I can to not only deserve, but continually earn this honor as well. 

I couldn’t let this week of Thanksgiving go by without telling you how truly grateful I am for you!

xoxo!
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USB Presentation Ideas for Photographers

Did you know that Apple has stopped including disk drives standard on their computers? This is one of the primary reasons custom USB Drives are becoming all the rage for professional photographers.

It seems that presenting your digital negative on CD’s or DVD’s will soon be a thing of the past! Which I’ll admit, makes me a little sad because I loved my disk packaging, but what can you do? Change is inevidable! Custom USB’s will become the go-to option for presenting digital negatives thanks to companies like Apple who no longer place disk drives on their latest computers. It won’t be long before more and more companies get on board, leaving photographers in need of a different option for presenting their digital negatives. 

To inspire you, we’ve put together several USB presentations from members of my business training program, The Thriving Photographer™. They’ve been showing them off in our private groups and I was so inspired that I asked them if I could pass on the inspiration to you. Take at look at some of the wonderfully packaged UBS options that are available.

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Renee Angela Photography

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 USB Ordered From: Miller’s
Turnaround Time: 2-3 days

Cost of USB: $30

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Jennifer Skoog Photography

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USB Ordered From: USB Memory Direct
Turnaround Time: about 10 business days from order date.
Cost of USB: 8gb was $12.31 (Style- Walnut Engraved)

“They were great, I got a virtual copy almost instantly!” – Jennifer

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Anna Dobrenski Photography

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USB Ordered From: USB Memory Direct
Turnaround Time: Less than two weeks
Cost of USB: $9.85 each (Style – Leather Butterfly)
Custom Bag: The Pink Dandelion – $3 each when ordered in bulk

 

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Michelle Smith Photographer


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USB Ordered From: Miller’s
Turnaround Time: 2 business days after uploading order

Cost of USB: $50 for the 8gb Drive + Case

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Evangeline Images

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USB Ordered From: Miller’s
Turnaround Time: Received it the next day
Cost of USB: $18 

“Very easy to create a simple and elegant design and lighting fast delivery.” – Carrie

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Picture This Portrait Studio

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USB Ordered From: Photo Flash Drive
Turnaround Time: Shipped nine days after the order was placed
Cost of USB: 10 @ $23.77 each for 16GB
Packaging: Silver Camera Charm from Hemp Beadery
($2.99 per dozen- ribbon not included)

Custom Bag to match brand colors Mel and Me & Co. ( $35 for 10 bags)

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Sarah Sunstrom Photography
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USB Ordered From: Flashbay
Turnaround Time: one week
Cost of USB: 4GB Trix Flash Drive (WHITE). $10.89 each with $25 for shipping.  
Total for 25 of them was $289.75.

“They had the graphic ready to approve within 30 minutes and I had my
shipment within a week. Highly recommend them!” – Sarah

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Amanda Star Photography

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USB Ordered From: McKenna Professional Printing
Turnaround Time: about a week and a half
Cost of USB: $21.04 with velvet bag
Packaging: Double sided card for print release printed by Millers

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a brunn photography

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USB Ordered From: Flashbay
Turnaround Time: Order to delivery about a week 
Cost of USB: 50 @ $10.09 each

“Flashbay had a quick response to my inquiry and their customer service was outstanding.” – Amanda

 

The over spender’s guide to business spending

You know that thing…the one you bought because you thought you had to have it?  The one it turns out you’ve never really used?  Yeah, I’ve got them too!

There’s that light meter I never learned how to properly use. The CD of actions I bought the first time I went to WPPI that I’ve still never even loaded (but can’t get myself to toss). The $125 book on photography that I ordered three years ago and have yet to crack open. I’m sorry to say that I could keep going. 

It’s easy to get sucked into all of the shiny objects being offered BUT I had to get smarter! Over the years I developed a little system to keep my spending in check. 

In today’s episode I’m sharing the 2 questions I ask myself when I’m considering a purchase and my little trick for justifying my spending when the honest answer is no better than the fact that “I really want it!!!” 

CLICK TO TWEET IT OUT! —>  “Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.” – Warren Buffet 

After the video I’d LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! Do you have items in your “closet” you realize you didn’t need OR do you have any great tips on spending wisely! We’d love to hear in the comment section below! 

   Love the BACKDROP? We do, too! It’s Spangled, from the fabulous Drop it Modern!

CHIC RETREAT 2014 (I’m going, are you?)

I don’t know if anything in my business makes me as happy as when I get to be hanging out with you all in-person!?!!  And I’ve been dying to share about this! I’m SO excited to have been asked back as a speaker for the 2014 Chic Retreat with 6 other fabulous speakers!

It’s already more than HALFWAY SOLD OUT through our VIP Early Enrollment so don’t wait to sign up because it will sell out soon.

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  • 7 top photographers sharing their juiciest secrets
  • A private one-on-one photo critique with one of our Speakers (10 minutes)
  • 2 of Seattle’s most creative Event Planners planning this workshop. You’ll be in Pinterest-Heaven every. single. day.
  • A photo scavenger hunt in the popular Pikes Place Market
  • A ride to the top of Seattle’s famous Space Needle
  • An Elegant Dinner Soiree
  • Limo rides
  • A modern venue in the heart of downtown Seattle
  • Catered meals featuring Seattle’s finest food (one meal per day. No alcohol will be served.)
  • Scrumptious snacks and sweets
  • Daily Swag & gifts galore!
  • Over $1000 in Giveaways
  • A Mini Trade Show featuring our Speaker’s favorite products
  • Get featured in Chic Magazine in the Retreat Review
  • Personal headshots photographed by some of our Speakers
  • A LIVE styled Cake Smash Session by Heidi Hope
  • A mock sales presentation by Leah Remillet (watch it happen as if it were real!)
  • A “Marketing Minute” where all attendees share their best marketing tip
  • A Branding Breakout session where a group of peers critique your branding & online presence
  • A Workshop Workbook with over 40 pages of notes from all the Speakers
  • Takeaway worksheets from each Speaker to apply your learning
  • Styled sessions with a variety of models including children, seniors, families, and an editorial bridal
  • Photo shoot rotations with our Speakers sharing what’s in their bag, camera settings, posing tips, smile tricks, as they shoot
  • Shooting opportunities for the attendees to photograph models during the styled shoots (after the Speakers have shared their shooting secrets)
  • A chance to hang out with the Speakers during the optional night activities including a Rooftop Pajama Part-ay & a late-night Ferris Wheel ride on the boardwalk

SAVE over $150! INTRO PRICING ENDS ON NOVEMBER 25TH!

The Secret to Work/Life Balance with Jean Smith

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“I WAS SITTING AT MY COMPUTER ONE NIGHT AND I JUST LOST IT…I REALIZED I HATED MY PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS!”

My amazing guest, Jean Smith shares her personal journey to profit, balance and getting her life back!  Oh yeah, it’s that good! 

I absolutely adore Jean! We met last year at Chic Retreat where we were both speakers and we immediately just clicked!  Jean is absolutely amazing as a photographer, a speaker, a person…this woman is the whole package! 

When Jean and I sat down to record this we had no plan at first…we were just catching each other up on our personal recent events, but as we talked more and more we knew what we wanted to share with you!

Jean and my weekly routines are very similar!  We both have Monday Family Night, Friday Date Night, we don’t ever work Sundays and we rarely work weekends…we are busy, don’t get me wrong!! But we have learned how to find time for time.

BUT!!! It wasn’t always like that, not for either of us, so today we’re talking about how and when it changed. I can’t wait for you to hear Jean’s story!

The problem actually isn’t that others don’t respect your time, it’s that you don’t. The good news;  you’re easier to persuade! <—- CLICK TO TWEET

   Love the BACKDROP? We do, too! It’s Spangled, from the fabulous Drop it Modern!