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Young, New to Photography and… Thriving!?!!

Posted by on October 17, 2012 with 0 Comments
I’m excited to introduce you to twenty-two year old, Chelsea Steller and her dream-like photography! Chelsea hails form Santa Barbara, California and is one of my many amazing Thriving Photographers™.  
In her own words, Chelsea’s sharing what thriving means for her business and, her life… 
I chose Thrive to live what I love, to carry the dream of having photography adorn my days, while still creating enough space to breathe between sessions, spend time with people that I cherish, and to have a tangible career that doesn’t leave me scraping for pennies at the end of every month.
 
Being very young in my career, and still a “budding” photographer in so many ways, I had no idea how to frame my business in a way that would be sustainable, lasting, and true to who I am. I knew I had to emerge out of the friends and family photo zone, and begin kicking things into full gear.
Coming across “Thrive” was the best guide I could have asked for. Leah has woven together all of the steps to take your business where you dream of, and blended them together in such a beautifully coherent way. Her business framework flawlessly depicts the steps that EVERY photographer can draw from. Leah has absolutely poured her heart out in sharing how to create a profitable, sustainable, career. Her program coupled with an incredible online community of “Thrivers”, has filled my days with so much encouragement and support. Having an online group of professional photographers, who are transparent, willing to answer any question, share their relatable hardships, and take joy in each other’s successes, has been entirely worth every penny. They are an incredible fallback, to grow you, give you continued feedback, and cheer you on, no matter where you are in the program, or how many years you’ve been in business. To Leah and all the Thriving community, I am so grateful for you all. Leah, thank you so much for paving the way for us!” I’m Chelsea Steller and I’m a Thriving Photographer!
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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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What Men get and Women Don’t and how it Hurts Us as Business Owners

Posted by on October 15, 2012 with 10 Comments
How does the below scenario relate to you (A WOMAN) as a business owner?  It’s time to get to the bottom of this lie we feed ourselves! When a girlfriend says, “You look great in that dress!” what do you say back to her? “Oh, this old thing?  I only paid $10 bucks for it because it has a big ol’ flaw right here. Do you see it RIGHT HERE?  And you don’t know what it took to squeeze into those Spanx so I could hide my cottage cheese butt!” Hmmm. Okay let’s try that same scenario out on a man. ‘Cause you know, and all my guy readers can confirm, that when a guy has someone say he looks good in that shirt… What does he say?   Ummm...  How about a normal and appropriate response that sees no need to mention cottage cheese or backends?  He simply says, “Thanks.” Ugh! Why are they so good at that?  Have you ever walked away from someone after revealing way too much, and thought…  “What is my problem?  I couldn’t have just said, ‘thank you’!?!!?” Now… Let me show you how this inability to accept and recognize success, compliments, and/or accomplishments hinders us as business owners.  We constantly focus on where we need to improve, what we could have done better… How the accomplishment still isn’t good enough.  Do men do that?  (Okay, obviously, I am super over-generalizing here!!!) But you get what I’m saying.

Ladies, we need to learn how to acknowledge and even, dare I say it, celebrate our successes.

Let’s take a minute and think about what you’ve accomplished thus far.  You took a passion and combined it with a dream of being an entrepreneur, and you’ve had the guts to make a go of it.  Just that one simple statement – all by itself – deserves to be celebrated.  Now if you have clients, if you have people paying you for your services (no matter how big or small those payments may be), if you get to make your own hours and dictate your own day… You are living a dream compared to the majority of the world population.  Think about that!  So let’s say that you’ve taken your passion and you’ve combined it with your entrepreneurial dream, but you’re just not there yet.  You’re not at a place where you can quit that day job or pay those bills on your own.  You’re not currently able to fund that dream trip or save for that dream home.  That’s okay!  Yes, you’ve got further to go…. But you are going!  Do you know how many people out there are to afraid to even do what you’re doing right now… Afraid to even try?!?  Focus on your successes.  Celebrate your milestones.  Squeal over your victories!  Happy dance for your future.

For crying out loud… Acknowledge that you’re doing something awesome!

Do It.. N O W No, you may not have arrived at where your heading…. Maybe your portfolio isn’t where you want it, or your sales aren’t what they should be.  Maybe your schedule could use some filling and your camera is still set on auto.   I get that you’re probably not quite where you want to be yet….  But oh my goodness, how great is it to know that you’re on the road, that you are taking the journey!  IT IS POSSIBLE; IT’S ALL POSSIBLE BECAUSE YOU’RE MAKING IT HAPPEN!  We have a private Facebook group just for our Thriving Photographers.  Just in the last several days, I’ve loved getting to read thread after thread after thread of photographers who were trying their first “thrive” sales appointments using the new techniques I’ve taught them. In these exact same threads, they would exclaim that they’ve just sold their target collection, many including add-ons.  Each had just made more money off of one session than ever before.  Many had just made more off of one session than they ever had in an entire month before starting Thrive. It’s a HUGE accomplishment, and they had every reason to be squealing like Wilber and dancing like Donkey Kong, but I started noticing a pattern.  They would immediately follow-up their success with a little ‘personal negative.’  It was like the equivalent of the ‘cottage cheese butt’ being blurted out after a Victoria Secret Super Model just walked over and asked you to share your secrets to looking so fabulous. These girls had done it.  They had just proved to themselves that thriving is more than possible – it is real.  They work hard, and they deserved to glory in their  success and bask in this moment of realizing their dreams of becoming a thriving photographer… But they couldn’t entirely do it. We, as women, seem to feel guilt even about being successful. 

But here is the Secret to changing that:

Humility and Gratitude for our successes – YES!   Guilt from them – NO WAY! 

Sure, I push myself.  And their’s probably no way you could find someone out there as critical of me as I am. But sometimes I let myself just get caught in the moment and gush over how far I’ve been allowed to come.  It’s not really something I do out loud so much, but it helps me stay more grateful when I take time to realize how much I have. I sincerely hope that you will take more time to recognize and celebrate your accomplishments.  To focus a little longer on your victories and wallow a little less in your mistakes. Norman Vincent Peale said,  “Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.” You are already worth celebrating , simply because you are willing to try and do.  Now take the time to stop and think about how much more there is to you that’s worth celebrating!

 

Image Sources:   The Cautious Photographer –Leah Remillét  |   NOW – Style Swoon   |   Success – Petnoga
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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Changing the way You Think about Sales & Marketing

Posted by on October 12, 2012 with 0 Comments
You picked up a camera because you love photography; you decided to start charging, because – hey, why shouldn’t you get to make a little money at it? But now you find yourself in a situation you never wanted.  You’re over-worked, under-payed, and you don’t know what to do about it. I got an email last week that sounded so similar to countless others that I’ve received.  I hear it all the time… Photographers lamenting over the thought that maybe this business just wasn’t such a good idea – simply because of the whole sales and marketing element. Now here’s the thing…. If you’re going to be an entrepreneur (and if you’re charging to take pictures, then you are!), you’re going to have to embrace marketing and sales.  No business can function without these two key elements.

If this makes you wanna toss your camera in a trash compactor, I’ve got some good news!  What you may actually need?  Could be nothing more than a new perspective.

Here’s what I mean…
Ready to take it to the next step?  Thrive outlines the methods I utilized to build my business.  Methods that meant never having to feel salesy or market my friends and family to death.  I walk you through how I built an experience-based business model, which ensures that every single person I encounter – whether that be a potential client, a referral or a marketing partner (myself included!) – all has a great experience in the process! If you love photography, and you love the possibilities of what it could do for you as a thriving business… Then you need to check out The Thriving Photographer       Love the backdrop? Me too! It’s Spangled from Drop it Modern     – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –   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).
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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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Backdrop Awesomeness I Wouldn’t Have Thought to Use!

Posted by on October 10, 2012 with 14 Comments

I was doing a little shopping over at Urban Outfitters when I spotted these adorable shower curtains!

When I saw them, I said to myself, “Self, these would be such cute backdrops… Couldn’t you see using these for seniors or kiddos? And look at that price! You pay way more than that normally! I think you should try them!”

So, I decided I was on to something and ordered them! I’ll update you with a fun post once I get ’em and play around with them in the studio!

ZigZag Shower Curtain in Grey – 3 Colors Available ($44)

Waterfall Ruffle Shower Curtain by Urban Outfitters – More Colors Available ($79)

 Triangle-Chain Shower Curtain by Urban Outfitters ($44)

Filed Under: Photography Technique
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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Corporate Job vs. Photography Business

Posted by on October 8, 2012 with 0 Comments
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Does it get better???
Yes and no.
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Yes, it can get 100,000 times better (seriously!) – if you structure and operate your business like, well, a business.  But for many – no, it doesn’t.  Because they never really make that transition to “professional.”
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They may call themselves a professional, but they don’t treat themselves or their business as such.  And the effects are obvious.
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Do I get clients who ask for deals?  I can’t remember the last time that happened, so I’ll say pretty easily, ‘No.’  But everything I say, do and portray is, “business.”
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Did I use to get people who asked for deals?  OH MY WORD, YES!  But I was lacking confidence, structure…  Honestly, I was lacking pretty much everything, and people could feel that – so it’s really no surprise that they didn’t take me seriously.
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Because I, myself, didn’t take me seriously – I just didn’t know how to… yet.
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Ultimately, you have to decide if this (being a professional photographer) is what you really want.  If it is… If it’s ‘the thing’ that you would choose to be or to do above anything else… Then you need to decide what kind of photographer you’ll be.  Are you going to stumble along and just try to make it up as you go along?  Do you have thick enough skin for that?  Because when you do it that way, you get called out – a lot!
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Or do you want to be taken seriously?  Do you want to not just say you’re a professional photographer, but actually feel it in your bones?  If that’s what you want – really, really want (because it takes hard work!) – then The Thriving Photographer will walk you through, step by step, exactly how to do it.
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The Thriving Photographer is an investment; those who are ready to take themselves seriously realize that every business in the world needs to invest in itself to thrive.  And this investment is the first step to proving to yourself that you are not only worth it, but that you’re betting your hard-earned dollars on the fact that you can do this.
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On the other hand, those who are still stuck in that cycle of not being ready to be treated like a professional?  Will always find a reason why they can’t.  I literally sold stuff on Craigslist and Ebay to make my dream happen, because I knew with everything in me that failure was not going to be an option.  I needed to give myself the best possible advantages to ensure success.  Now I’ve taken everything I’ve leaned, implemented, proven and developed and packaged it up into one program for photographers who really are ready to thrive.
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So what do you say?  As you read this, did something stir?  Did you feel the fire building and the desire being strengthened?  Of course… it would have probably been mixed with fear, and that’s good, because it means you’re sane!  Or… as you read it, did you feel that you wanted something safer than this, that it sounded too hard?  Does it feel better to imagine being able to go to work, put in your hours, and then be able to walk away and leave work behind you?  {If it does… Wear that truth proudly. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel bad for that (especially not yourself)!  In fact, you should be commended for being honest with yourself and finding your true desire!}
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The most important thing you can do for yourself is to make a decision – because only then will you finally get the chance to fly.
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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Wife, mom to 4 and lacked balance… Now she’s THRIVING!

Posted by on October 5, 2012 with 2 Comments
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A couple of months ago, the word “thriving” would have never entered my mind if someone had asked me to describe my business.  While my photography skills were improving, I was struggling to put all the pieces together…..my prices, my website, marketing, etc.

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I am a wife and mama to four boys, and I didn’t know how to balance it all.   I was overwhelmed with all the information available on the internet.  I felt like I was throwing a ton of stuff against the wall just to see what would stick.

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I was a fan of Go4Pro, and I kept reading about The Thriving Photographer™.  When I finally decided to purchase it and I watched the very first video of Leah, and how encouraging she was, I knew I had made the right decision.
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I now have clear goals, a clear direction, and the confidence to charge what I know I’m worth.  I am also part of a talented group (Leah calls it, “the secret club”) of thriving photographers who are knowledgable and helpful, and I consider them my friends.
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Thank you, Leah, for all the hard work that went into this, and for helping me to THRIVE!!!
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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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From Disc to This… Change your clients’ minds forever!

Posted by on October 3, 2012 with 15 Comments
Okay, so I absolutely hated hearing my clients always ask me for “the disc.” They never saw the possibilities of what we could create; all they were interested in was that stupid, shiny round thing. BUT I HAD MORE TO OFFER!! I wanted them to see that! I wanted them to see how much more attractive a canvas cluster would look on their wall than would a disc hanging above the fireplace (or tucked into a drawer). BUT THEY WEREN’T GETTING THE PICTURE…. At least – not until I finally got smart and started showing them! I finally figured out that in order to get my clients to stop focusing on the disc, they had to see what was possible! Seeing is believing! That’s why I am so excited to present you with The Product Pricing Guide Templates!

AND HURRY!! THE INTRO PRICE of $99 (THAT’S $50 OFF) IS ONLY GOOD FOR 48 HRS!!

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It’s a lookbook that you can share with your clients.

It outlines your pricing, inspires clients with amazing wall art displays, and provides you with all of the product shots that you need in order to get them excited about the possibilities!

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We’ve designed The Product Pricing Guide Templates to be shared as a digital magazine, printed magazine or press printed book.

Your clients are sure to fall in love with all that you have to offer when you share your customized Product Pricing Guide with them… And you’re sure to love all of the custom wall art and product photography that fills the pages of this download!
Filed Under: Profits & Sales
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).